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In almost every movie or TV episode when a door is opened, the character doesn't bother to shut the door after passing through. Why? Would it kill the flow of the story?

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Related: movies.stackexchange.com/q/19339/49. –  Napoleon Wilson Aug 10 at 22:44
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I suspect two reaosns: It's 3 or 4 extraneous seconds. Why include it? Also, most sets are not upto Building code, just plywood nailed together. So doors may or may not even function correctly. –  Jeff-Inventor ChromeOS Aug 10 at 23:38
    
That aside, do you really close every (inside) door behind you? –  Napoleon Wilson Aug 11 at 8:53
    
@SonnyBurnett I typically close any door I had to open to go through –  David Wilkins Aug 11 at 12:12
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If there's a cameraman following the actor, it would certainly present a problem. –  Johnny Bones Aug 11 at 22:22

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Woo - one I know! - often sets are temporary structures and if you slam a door it can make the whole wall wobble (this is often seen in poor-quality shows or ones from the 60's/70's). So many floor managers have just become used to ensuring that they aren't slammed by cast members - even if it's a real set just out of habit. In fact I've seen in scripts lines such as "Door slams [ensure solid door]".

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