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Mind the Gaps: Creating Convincing Crowd Scenes

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Shooting convincing crowd scenes is difficult when you only have a few background actors to help. This tutorial shows how using a long lens can make things a lot easier: long lenses narrow the angle of view and make a space appear to be crowded.

We’ll also look a stacking your actors in layers, so that a large room can appear to be fully populated by the smallest crowd. This works well when combined with camera motion.

 Finally we’ll show how you can creatively fill gaps, or stage wide scenes and cut rapidly, so that a small number of extras appear to fill a large space.

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