Chapter 13

You Can’t Always Get What You Want

While it is great to be able to shoot things properly, there are many occasions when you can’t get what you want so have to make do. The key words here are adapt, improvise, and overcome.

Old School Crowd Replication

It is rare to create armies of CGI people unless you have the enormous resources of a large digital effects studio. Normally, you find ways of making many actors out of a few. The traditional way to put crowds in a scene when you can only have your brother’s family show up is to ask them to bring many changes of clothes and be ready to walk. The camera is locked down and five people are positioned on the right for a take. After this take, the same five people move to the left, put ...

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