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18th Mar '16 9:50:06 PM Chariset
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* The superintelligent rats pull this off in ''Literature/MrsFrisbyAndTheRatsOfNIMH''. When the main colony is about to be bulldozed by scientists looking for their escaped rats, they have enough advance notice to evacuate most of the population, but they know a suddenly-empty nest will seem suspicious. Seven or eight volunteers remain, and when the nest is opened, they run a circle route in varying patterns to present the illusion of a steady stream of escaping rats.
20th Feb '16 6:44:11 AM JustKnown
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* Circular Drive-style deceptions were popular with the western Allies in WWII, originating with the British in the Western Desert and later embraced wholeheartedly by the U.S. Army and climaxing in an entire false invasion force off of Calais on D-Day. Literal {{Circular Drive}}s were a popular part of these deceptions, with trucks full of mannequins and fake insignia.

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* Circular Drive-style deceptions were popular with the western Allies in WWII, originating with the British in the Western Desert and later embraced wholeheartedly by the U.S. Army and climaxing in an entire false invasion force off of Calais on D-Day. Literal {{Circular Drive}}s were a popular part of these deceptions, with trucks full of mannequins and fake insignia.
insignia. Since allied trucks typically had tarps over their cargo beds two soldiers sitting next to the tailgate would often be enough to convince most observers who'd naturally assume that truck was full. Why send a whole truck just to carry two men?.
11th Dec '15 2:18:53 AM jormis29
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* The famous long dolly shot that opens Creator/AkiraKurosawa's ''{{Rashomon}}'' was filmed by having the actor walk a figure eight path that crossed the dolly tracks twice. Clever framing makes it look like the camera is following the woodcutter through the forest but he's actually walking around it.

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* The famous long dolly shot that opens Creator/AkiraKurosawa's ''{{Rashomon}}'' ''Film/{{Rashomon}}'' was filmed by having the actor walk a figure eight path that crossed the dolly tracks twice. Clever framing makes it look like the camera is following the woodcutter through the forest but he's actually walking around it.
9th Dec '15 5:07:40 AM DariusAngel
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* An similar example occurs in an episode of Series/HogansHeroes where the prisoners loop into a truck they are being loaded into in order to convince their guard, the loveable but hapless Sergeant Schultz that he is bringing full numbers home to the camp. Though Schultz does think he has seen some of the prisoners before, he is easily convinced otherwise.
7th Jul '15 6:23:57 AM Willbyr
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Alien Invasion. Natural Disaster. Kaiju attack. Big catastrophes naturally require a big response, and what better way to depict a big response then to show them mobilizing an entire army? There's only one problem: you can only afford twenty extras, two jeeps and three trucks... and [[MyCarHatesMe one of those won't start.]]

Thus was born one of the classic techiques of cinema: The circular drive. Need to depict an entire armored division with only three tanks? Simply drive them in a big circle that passes the camera and hope that nobody notices the markings don't change. You can turn a SuspiciouslySmallArmy of twenty extras into an entire battalion if you frame your shot right. Note that this is not restricted to vehicles - pretty much any object will do, provided it can be steered appropriately. Takes advantage of the time-worn technique of having vehicles turn in front of the camera to add action to a scene, but the same three or four vehicles passing in the same repetitive sequence is going to be a dead giveaway. Alternatively, the same vehicle (or vehicles) may be noticeably present in multiple scenes for no apparent reason, which is particularly egregious when the scenes are supposed to be separated by time or distance.

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Alien Invasion. Natural Disaster. Kaiju attack. Big catastrophes naturally require a big response, and what better way to depict a big response then to show them mobilizing an entire army? There's only one problem: you can only afford twenty extras, two jeeps and three trucks... and [[MyCarHatesMe one of those won't start.]]

Thus was born one of the classic techiques techniques of cinema: The circular drive. Need to depict an entire armored division with only three tanks? Simply drive them in a big circle that passes the camera and hope that nobody notices the markings don't change. You can turn a SuspiciouslySmallArmy of twenty extras into an entire battalion if you frame your shot right. Note that this is not restricted to vehicles - pretty much any object will do, provided it can be steered appropriately. Takes advantage of the time-worn technique of having vehicles turn in front of the camera to add action to a scene, but the same three or four vehicles passing in the same repetitive sequence is going to be a dead giveaway. Alternatively, the same vehicle (or vehicles) may be noticeably present in multiple scenes for no apparent reason, which is particularly egregious when the scenes are supposed to be separated by time or distance.






* Used in the infamously bad ''SpaceThunderKids'' where the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=voaK8wL3vz4 footage of the tanks]] is blatantly the same couple of frames recycled for over a minute.

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* Used in the infamously bad ''SpaceThunderKids'' ''Animation/SpaceThunderKids'' where the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=voaK8wL3vz4 footage of the tanks]] is blatantly the same couple of frames recycled for over a minute.



* ''{{Gettysburg}}'' uses this technique to allow an admittedly large number of extras to represent two huge armies. Particularly noticable with the cavalry. The actors can change their uniforms but their horses can't change their coats.

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* ''{{Gettysburg}}'' ''Film/{{Gettysburg}}'' uses this technique to allow an admittedly large number of extras to represent two huge armies. Particularly noticable noticeable with the cavalry. The actors can change their uniforms but their horses can't change their coats.



* A variation shows up in ''Film/MontyPythonsLifeOfBrian'' with the Roman Soldiers repeatedly trooping into and out of the hideout of the [[strike: Judean Peoples' Front]] Peoples' Front of Judea. If you look closely you'll notice that the number of soldiers going in is different from the number coming out.

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* A variation shows up in ''Film/MontyPythonsLifeOfBrian'' with the Roman Soldiers repeatedly trooping into and out of the hideout of the [[strike: Judean Peoples' Front]] Peoples' Front of Judea. If you look closely you'll notice that the number of soldiers going in is different from the number coming out.



* CircularDrive -style deceptions were popular with the western Allies in WWII, originating with the British in the Western Desert and later embraced wholeheartedly by the U.S. Army and climaxing in an entire false invasion force off of Calais on D-Day. Literal {{Circular Drive}}s were a popular part of these deceptions, with trucks full of mannequins and fake insignia.

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* CircularDrive -style Circular Drive-style deceptions were popular with the western Allies in WWII, originating with the British in the Western Desert and later embraced wholeheartedly by the U.S. Army and climaxing in an entire false invasion force off of Calais on D-Day. Literal {{Circular Drive}}s were a popular part of these deceptions, with trucks full of mannequins and fake insignia.
20th Jun '15 6:23:03 PM Katsuhagi
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* Used in the infamously bad ''Space Thunder Kids'' where the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=voaK8wL3vz4 footage of the tanks]] is blatantly the same couple of frames recycled for over a minute.

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* Used in the infamously bad ''Space Thunder Kids'' ''SpaceThunderKids'' where the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=voaK8wL3vz4 footage of the tanks]] is blatantly the same couple of frames recycled for over a minute.
20th Jun '15 6:22:02 PM Katsuhagi
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20th Jun '15 6:21:49 PM Katsuhagi
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* Used in the infamously bad ''Space Thunder Kids'' where the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=voaK8wL3vz4 footage of the tanks]] is blatantly the same couple of frames recycled for over a minute.
15th Jun '15 7:32:38 PM Katsuhagi
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* ''Film/{{Airplane}}'': Played for laughs, of course: The circle is obvious, the film is sped up, and as it goes on more and more incongruous vehicles (including a beer truck and a farm tractor) [[ThrowItIn get added in]].

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* ''Film/{{Airplane}}'': Played for laughs, of course: The circle is obvious, the film is sped up, and as it goes on more and more incongruous vehicles (including a beer truck truck, a wiener mobile and a farm tractor) [[ThrowItIn get added in]].
21st May '15 5:00:22 PM nombretomado
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* Used twice in the opening credit sequence of ''HogansHeroes'' with running prisoners and guards falling out for a midnight rollcall. The camera is aimed at their feet to hide the fact that it's the same men both times.

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* Used twice in the opening credit sequence of ''HogansHeroes'' ''Series/HogansHeroes'' with running prisoners and guards falling out for a midnight rollcall. The camera is aimed at their feet to hide the fact that it's the same men both times.
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