I have been in the surroundings of one or two movie sets and seen that despite having so much crowd surrounding the actors they perform most of their act easily. I wonder how they focus on the scenes without losing focus or looking around in the crowd.

  • Are you focusing on visual distraction, or noise as well? Because in that case I want to point out that noise is added after the recording. During recording, the goal is to only record dialogue.
    – Flater
    Nov 5, 2018 at 11:31
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    Is there really any answer that isn't going to be "they act," or are you looking for specific techniques they are taught? Nov 5, 2018 at 17:42
  • Yes, If they are taught special techniques, I want to know ?
    – Hamza Saif
    Nov 5, 2018 at 18:06
  • I'm focusing on every type of distraction and how they avoid them, and thanks for the reason for noise distraction which you explained.
    – Hamza Saif
    Nov 5, 2018 at 18:11
  • Unless you suffer from Attention Deficit Disorder focusing on a specific task isn't an acting technique, it's something everyone does in their daily live, e.g. when working, driving, playing sports, playing video games, dancing, reading, watching TV, ... not looking at every person that walks by me isn't really that hard.
    – Oliver_C
    Nov 7, 2018 at 9:21

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I can't make this into a long answer, because it's actually a boringly simple technique...


It's the same as ignoring the camera. You just do it. Those who can't do it don't work as often as those who can. This is a kind of [un]natural selection process whereby those who can do it are the ones who progress in the industry and those who can't fall by the wayside.

Even when there is no crowd, there are potentially a hundred people around, all busy doing their own job - camera, sound, director and assistants, PAs and runners, lights, costume, makeup, scripts, production, [art department] props, electricians, carpenters, painters.

You're never alone on set, it's always busy.

Behind the scenes shots aren't easy to find. Lots are taken but few are published. I found this from (I think) Captain America [copyright unknown, linked from Pinterest] and this is all for a relatively small green-screen shot with just two actors.

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