animating objects appearing in rows on the screen

HI ! I am needing to fill up the frame with 1,593 people appearing in rows metrically. If that makes sense. Hopefully. I am playing around in the particle emitters in the node view and think maybe this is turning me on to something - somehow have an emitter that moves in a straight line? Appreciate any direction to poke around in. Thanks

Have you posted this at Toon Boom’s Discord?