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Mark Suszko
Re: Shooting two actors separated by perspex
on Jun 8, 2018 at 8:41:50 pm

Bill's got a very good point. He's also assuming the sheet o glass isn't as wide as the room, which would be expensive.

So, unless your actors are not gifted mirror mimes like Harpo Marx... whaddayado?

I have one idea; ultra-thin black vertical thread, under tension. Just one, where the hands must almost- meet. Use a wire removal rig like mocha or just paint it out in AfterEffects afterwards. But the thread gives the actors a practical target for placement of the hands, and limits their movement. Practical shoot with both actors maximizes the benefits of their timing and acting chemistry. Shoot with soft light and no shadows.

I have a second idea: shoot them one at a time, against a hard green cyc. They can beat on the virtual glass/force field all they want. Composite the two sides. Harder to edit because the actors can't directly react to each other - the editor will have to help with their timing. Suggest they use a practice session's audio as their guide, and loop the actual dialog/foley later.

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