How far can you push location limitations in favor of budget, before it's obvious?
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    Default How far can you push location limitations in favor of budget, before it's obvious?

    Basically in order to save on locations in the budget, I will want to use the same locations for multiple scenes if I can but not sure how far I can push it, before it starts to feel forced, like you are doing it on a budget.

    For example, there is a scene I have when the police are interrogating someone, in an interrogation room. The prosecutor wants to know if he can use any of this. Now normally the police watch an interrogation, from the observation room, that is divided by a big window, in movies.

    But I thought, that I could just write it so that I do not need to show this other room on the other side of a window, and instead I have it so the prosecutor is in his office, and is watching the interrogation at his computer, through a live video feed from a camera and mic, in the interrogation room.

    The prosecutor could then talk to the cops on the phone, and ask them to ask the person different questions as new developments come along in the interrogation.

    That way the prosecutor's office doubles for the observation room and he is just watching it on his computer, instead of being in an additional location for the observation room.

    But if wrote and shot it like that, will audiences think, the police don't have technology, to transmit a live feed right to the prosecutor's computer, etc.

    That is just one example, but do you think that audiences might tell that it's obvious I am being too cheap on locations therefore, or what do you think?

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    I think that's perfectly fine - it's no more technologically complicated than a Skype call, but on a closed circuit.

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