Recently on set, five stand-ins were seated around a picnic blanket in the park, all relatively close to each other.
As the director of photography (DP) went in for coverage of the different actors, the backgrounds for the shots weren’t always optimal.
So the DP asked the stand-ins to hold hands.
A Great Trick for Cheating Groups of Stand-Ins
The DP wanted the backgrounds to be something different, so in setting up the shots, he had to cheat the stand-ins to different spots. To achieve this, the DP simply rotated the stand-ins as a single group to achieve better backgrounds!
Once the stand-ins held hands, they formed a circle. The DP was then able to instruct the circle of stand-ins to move together as a unit several steps in one direction. The DP was also able to ask the circle of stand-ins to rotate as a circle.
The instruction to hold hands was very effective. As a result, the stand-ins were repositioned as a group to a new position while proportionally preserving the relationships between and among the stand-ins. The DP didn’t have to instruct each and every stand-in to a new position, which obviously would have taken a lot more time compared with having the stand-ins link hands and move as one.
Have you encountered this trick for moving groups of stand-ins? What other tricks do you know for moving groups of stand-ins?