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Establish a common archive into which people can deposit
footage of their local settlement with no people visible.
Given enough distinct contributions, anyone in the world
making a post-apocalyptic film in later years will be able to
construct "empty street" sequences from this archive without
the source being immediately obvious.
Traffic and security cameras could make a valuable
contribution to get the ball rolling.
Inspired by this ...
[pertinax, Apr 03 2020]
||But from now on you'll be able to get that look any time you want, just by whispering "New virus !" all alone in a locked room ...
||I've enjoyed seeing my city in post-apocalyptic dystopian
mode. As the street cleaners have been classed non-
essential it has become more creepy every week.
||Perhaps some fake corpses could be strewn around, to add a little artistic verisimilitude to an otherwise bald and unconvincing narrative.
||Drones could make another contribution with the flight paths free.
||Then again, perhaps some real corpses could be strewn around, to add rather more artistic verisimilitude to an otherwise bald and unconvincing narrative.
||You could always add your green-screened characters in
later. Or throw in some stock footage of people standing
around looking pensive, add a narrator overlay, and you can
have anything from a murder mystery to a historical