The Future of Commercial Directing in Two Words: Plastic Avatar
Duo Call Action From Miles Away With New Directing Technology.
Directors the Perlorian Brothers have proven that Woody Allen’s adage that ninty percent of life is just showing up doesn’t hold true when it comes to the game of commercial directing. That’s because they’ve perfected a new system of directing actors remotely, without ever setting foot physically on set.
In fact, the duo can be literally thousands of miles away while directing via their system, called “Teledirectobotics” which combines a cellular telephone with speaker and a link to the film camera monitor feed all contained within a dolly-mounted facsimile of the director, in actuality a repurposed CPR training dummy, that gives the actors a human face to relate to while performing their roles.
Though the project is still in the prototype stage, the Perlorians have had success using the apparatus to direct actors virtually while actually being several miles away, even from noisy environments like a poolside restaurant or the beach.
“The benefits of this technology are obvious when you think about how remote and inconvenient some location shoots can be,” says Laszlo Perlorian. “But consider the potential for those projects involving small children or animals,” added other brother Bruce.
While some actors have expressed some reservations and confusion about taking direction from an automaton, the Brothers are enthusiastically optimistic and are rolling out the next phase of development: directing multiple shoots simultane- ously from one remote location. “Clearly,” say the Brothers (speaking through the tinny voice of their plastic on-set avatar) , “Teledirectobotics is the future!”