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When they film scenes in the streets, with many people around, do they ask people to not look at the camera? Or talk to the actors....? This question always wss on my mind since i was a kid



Those people are (usually) background actors. They aren't just random people who happen to be walking in the street where a movie is being shot. it's their "job" to walk around like that. Those people will indeed be told to not look at the camera or talk with the actors (unless the director wants them to of course).



I know that sometime directors do what's called "stealing the shot" where they just film a crowd inconspicuously, so it's not obvious that they're being filmed, thus nobody is looking at the camera. Every other time, mostly it's extras just packed into crowd scenes.