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Who needs extras anymore ? get an inflatable crowd !!!

Discussion in 'Movies' started by montrealfilmguy, Sep 6, 2011.

  1. montrealfilmguy

    montrealfilmguy Well-Known Member

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    Think i'm kidding ? This has been used in a spectacularly long list of films.Starting with Seabiscuit. http://inflatablecrowd.com/default/Home.html and the features resume of the company. http://inflatablecrowd.com/default/Feature_Films.html Imagine the savings on lunch now. What happens when you need the crowd to cheer for Seabiscuit ? (havent seen it yet ) On Cinderella man they had 11.000 of those. Here's the creepy pic http://inflatablecrowd.com/default/Images.html#5 why does that make me think of those smiling mannequins in that atomic test bomb footage .....
     
  2. MatthewA

    MatthewA Well-Known Member

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    I'm just surprised they didn't think of this earlier. Heck, a lot of the dead soldiers in Gone with the Wind were just dummies.
     
  3. Ralphie_B

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    I think I saw an article on this in a recent issue of Wired. Sounds like it supplements, but doesn't entirely replace extras. I think the proprietor explained that usually a certain ratio of inflatables to real extras was desired, to generate an element of the random/organic movement of real people. Nice thing is, unlike a CGI crowd, you still get the actual lighting/etc of the real location.
     
  4. montrealfilmguy

    montrealfilmguy Well-Known Member

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    Actual lighting (HDRI ) for CGI has been around for quite some time now,you can even do it in basic comsumer software like Poser. As shown here,you can even use a cheap mirorred xmas ball and import the data into your software which turns out very accurate since you are in effect getting an image from the actual location. http://www.effectsportal.net/index.php/hdr/ Im sure theres a bunch of behind-the scenes of big budget films that have a guy walking around with a giant grey or reflective ball.
     
  5. Greg_S_H

    Greg_S_H Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, the guys with those balls were seen in the various Star Wars prequel making-of docs.
     
  6. Ralphie_B

    Ralphie_B Well-Known Member

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    How 'bout that -- it makes sense that the reflective ball method would be so effective, now that I think about it. I had just never seen/heard of it before!
     

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