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How do they prevent animal cruelty in movies?

According to a number of sources , cruelty to animals is an offence and it is punishable in most countries. But in historical film it's inevitable, because if a film is looking to be historically ...
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Did the director and editor for House of Cards make aesthetic decisions based on H.264 encoding limitations?

Given that the production team for House of Cards knew the show would be streamed online as the only distribution method, did the directors and editors consider H.264's encoding limitations when ...
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Was Alfred Hitchcock a feminist?

Many of Alfred Hitchcock's films contain a strong female lead. From Grace Kelly's Lisa in Rear Window to Ingrid Bergman's Alicia Huberman in Notorious, these actresses were characteristically ...
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What exactly does a director do in an animated feature?

In a normal movie a director would setup shots the way they wanted and direct the actors in such a way that ideally it would clearly have a certain imprint of that directors vision on it. However in ...
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What is the reason for the many directors used in the Game of Thrones series?

A total of 9 directors have been used to direct the Game of Thrones TV series till date. I was left wondering as to why use so many directors for a single plot story! Wouldn't their individual styles ...
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Why does Christopher Nolan end the Dark Knight Trilogy this way?

Once Batman dives into the ocean with the bomb and "The Bat", and after Bruce Wayne's obituaries are read and Robin discovers what Mr. Wayne left back for him, what is the significance of the final ...
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Is it common to see directors acting in their own films?

There are a few movies I can note where their directors also played a role in their films. Orson Welles tended to star in many of his films, but that was during the 40's. Roman Polanski played the ...
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How are the best director award winners chosen?

I do not understand how the best director awards are determined each year. It seems impossible to assess the method of a movie director unless you are part of the crew. So, how do the nominators/...
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Why did Nolan want to end the Batman series?

According to numerous sources, The Dark Knight Rises will be the end of the Batman series. I think all the three Batman movies directed by Nolan was successful and did well at the box office. Since ...
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Why was Brenda Chapman released from directing “Brave”?

The title hopefully sums up the question entirely. Brenda Chapman was one of the lead animators on "Lion King" and was to be Pixar's debut female director on "Brave" which she has sole story credits ...
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Have any directors insisted on a “no cuts, no dubs, no censorship” policy?

I know that some directors insist on having the final cut privilege. But taking it further, have any directors (or studios for that matter, however unlikely it is) insisted on a "no cuts, no dubs, no ...
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Was Rear Window making a statement about 1950s gender roles?

Alfred Hitchcock was a master of mise-en-scène, whereby in film just about every inch of every frame of a film was intentional. Rear Window is one of his greatest and most influential films. ...
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Unrelated Cast Songs for the Credits

At the end of "There's Something about Mary" (1998) the characters sing "Build me up, Buttercup" which seems to be fairly unrelated to the film and at the time unique. Was TSaM the first film to ...
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Whose picture is it anyway?

I've read that while the writer/screenwrite creates the story, it's the director's vision that makes the motion picture. So, whose picture is it, anyway?
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Why is Mark Romanek ashamed of the movie Static?

In 1985 Mark Romanek (director of such videos as Nine Inch Nail's "Closer" and Fiona Apple's "Criminal") made an independent film named Static. He did not direct another feature until 2002's One Hour ...
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Why do directors make cameo appearances in their movies?

This is something very common, that we all have been seeing since as long as we can remember. This question stemmed from my recent re-watching of Django Unchained, where Quentin Tarantino makes a ...
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Who is the highest-grossing female director?

Wikipedia's list of highest-grossing directors shows that the top 10 highest grossing directors are all male. Who is the highest grossing female director? And how does she rank with other male ...
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Where was director Tommy Wiseau born and/or raised?

Can anyone find some definitive information about where Tommy Wiseau (director of the "movie" THE ROOM) is from and/or his age? Please do not just link to his Wikipedia page. That does not help. A "...
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Why do TV shows uses multiple directors and screenwriters?

In many TV seasons different directors are used to direct different episodes and different screenwriters are used to write different episodes, this is even common in one single season (e.g. GoT and ...
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What is the reason for making “Human Centipede 2” in black and white?

As per Tom Six's claim for Human Centipede 2 to make it more graphic and disturbing, making the first film seem like "My Little Pony compared with part two." So why to make it in black and white? So ...
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What is the adequate naming treatment when a film's director comes out as transgender?

Recently, both the Wachowski directors declared themselves transgender. So we went from the Wachowski Brothers to the Wachowski Siblings, and now the Wachowski Sisters. The Matrix movies were made ...
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Why is Stanley Kubrick classed as one of the greatest directors?

While having an interest for movies, but more concise, good movies, you hear about different actors, producers, directors, filmmakers etc, but one person has come up a lot while researching ...
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Does James Cameron work with/for NASA? [closed]

I've heard that he helped with some space-videos with NASA.
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What is the role of a director in a film? [closed]

If everything is laid out in a script, then what is the use of director in a movie?