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James & James on “Hybrid” Filming (with Big Screens!)

Hybrid Filming

As we resume in-person filming, we are finding creative solutions for capturing engaging, intimate interactions while keeping our cast and crews safe. Oftentimes, this includes a “hybrid” approach to interviews — filming in-person talent, who is interacting with a remote participant. 

Recently, we are taking that one step further, experimenting with a host personality speaking with more life-size, virtual interviewees. In this example, a real life James interviews a virtual James through a vertical monitor. Whoa.

Here are a few reasons to consider this tech. 

Higher Production Value

While recording our host talent in a real filming environment, we can establish a multi-camera setup that also records the nearly life-size virtual guest as if they were in the room. We are seamlessly cutting between the close-ups of a real person and the close-ups of a screen person. With a little bit of set design, we could even have a real person interacting with a group of screen people, like how Nick Fury holds conference meetings (but maybe less moody).

Virtual Meeting - Hybrid

In-Person Experience

While the end product is designed to be in a league well above a Zoom-to-Zoom screen capture, the in-person experience for your host talent is also… well, delightful. Without being hunched over a laptop screen, we can record your executive interacting with virtual participants while moving freely through an open space. We are not over simplifying this — he or she simply walks in, stands on the mark, and looks at the guest(s) straight in the eyes. It’s the ultimate workaround for capturing a close, candid conversation without the social distancing and travel that would otherwise be required. 


One of the notable benefits of a “Zoom-world” is that everyone is more accessible! With this setup, we can “beam in” anyone you’d like to feature into our real-world set. And we don’t think that this trend will go away anytime soon. Whether people are in their offices or homes, get ready to see a lot more people join a conversation digitally in high-quality formats.


While our example is brief, you can see how the possibilities for a “hybrid” setup are limited only by your imagination (and budget). Think about this:

  • 1 on 1 interviews with an in-person and virtual participant
  • Panel discussions with an in-person moderator and virtual panelists
  • Trade shows with virtual exhibitors in a live space
  • Event or museum spaces with pre-recorded welcome messages from a virtual host

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