Need tips on a set-dressing problem
I'm making a short film about a group of teenagers surviving in an alien-occupied Earth.
In the film, they're supposed to be living in the forest, having set up a campground for themselves.
There's a ranch near my house that owns some trails in a small forest, and they said I could film on their property at anytime (super nice people I got lucky!).
Originally, I was going to set up a tent (I know multiple people who said I could borrow their tents for this) in the forest to make it look like the teenagers were actually living there, but we're trying to film all the forest scenes in one day and setting up the tent will take time and it will look weird to the people walking by, so I'm trying to think of alternatives to a tent. Maybe just set out sleeping bags? Again, may look weird to passerbys, but it skips the setup time.
Any ideas, anyone? Help much appreciated