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


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#1 of 6 OFFLINE   montrealfilmguy

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Posted September 06 2011 - 03:04 PM

Think i'm kidding ? This has been used in a spectacularly long list of films.Starting with Seabiscuit. http://inflatablecro...fault/Home.html and the features resume of the company. http://inflatablecro...ture_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://inflatablecro...t/Images.html#5 why does that make me think of those smiling mannequins in that atomic test bomb footage .....

#2 of 6 OFFLINE   MatthewA

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Posted September 07 2011 - 02:24 AM

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.


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#3 of 6 OFFLINE   Ralphie_B

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Posted September 07 2011 - 04:39 AM

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 of 6 OFFLINE   montrealfilmguy

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Posted September 07 2011 - 09:02 AM

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.effectspo.../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 of 6 OFFLINE   Greg_S_H

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Posted September 07 2011 - 09:25 AM

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

#6 of 6 OFFLINE   Ralphie_B

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Posted September 08 2011 - 05:03 AM

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!