How does Hollywood do this camera trick?
October 5, 2012 9:00 AM Subscribe
How does Hollywood film a scene without taking the camera off of the character and then you realize that the character has changed (but the camera never left them!)?
**SPOILER ALERT FOR THE SEASON 4 PREMIERE OF MODERN FAMILY**
On this season's premiere of Modern Family (which aired on 9/26/12), near the end, there was a scene where Jay and Gloria hug and as they're hugging, the camera pans around their bodies, but never leaves their embrace and when they pull away, it's obviously been several months later, as Gloria is visibly pregnant, everyone is wearing different clothes, and Phil, in the background, now sports a beard.
How does Hollywood do that, where the camera doesn't leave the scene it's looking at, but the characters in the scene are able to change their appearance without going off camera? I'm sure it's a simple explanation, but I'm really curious and can't get it out of my head ever since I watched the premiere.