Artificial visual or mechanical effects introduced into a movie or television show.

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What is this dog really biting in The Thing?

In John Carpenter's The Thing (1982), when the infected dog is transforming and scaring the crap out of the other dogs, one of them jumps up and bites the chain link fence. It happens a couple of ...
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Were Ellen Barkin's legs highlighted or enhanced?

In 1991's Switch, a tale of a murdered man resurrected as a woman, Ellen Barkin plays the main characters female persona. In this movie, she is incapable of walking in heels, having never done it as a ...
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How is the “solid black eyes” effect done?

In several shows, there are characters who gain solid black eyes, usually to indicate that they have turned on sort of superhuman or supernatural ability. For instance, Alexander Lyta in Babylon 5 ...
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What do they use for broken glass pieces in movies?

Most of action movies involve tremendous amounts of explosions and shattered glass. I remember watching Die Hard (1988) and the amount of broken glass made me wonder, what was it made of to keep ...
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Can amputated limbs be portrayed without computer graphics?

When a character in the plot is supposed to lose their limb(s), how does that special effect get portrayed without the use of computer graphics? For example, Rust and Bone.
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Why blue background are used for special effects and What is difference between the blue and the green backgrounds? [duplicate]

In many movies and TV series blue background is being used for giving special effects or for some kind of animations. So what makes blue color so special? Which is better, blue or green backgrounds?
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How do they make bloodshot eyes in movies?

I have seen tons of make-up tutorials on cuts, bruises, bullet wounds etc., but could not find much information on how bloodshot eyes are made in movies.
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How much of Jungle Book (2016) is CGI?

In Jungle Book, I could tell the boy was real and the animals were CGI, but the landscape and accessories I could not tell. For example, Mowgli handles various vines and baskets. Are those real? What ...
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Is this scene from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. essentially a realistic depiction of filming a fight scene?

In Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 3 episode 15, Spacetime, there's a scene in which a bunch of agents are essentially rehearsing a big fight. It features Agent May very obviously pulling her punches ...
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How was the Burj Khalifa scene shot in Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol?

How was the "Ethan Hunt dangling over the side of Burj Khalifa" scene shot in Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol? Especially the final part of that scene, wherein Hunt jumps towards an open window in ...
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How was the underwater scene shot in Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation?

How was the underwater scene as well as the scene wherein Ethan Hunt jumps into the water tank shot? Was the tank built as an entire functioning set or was part of it CGI?
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Horse jumping off the cliff scene from 'The Revenant'

In the movie The Revenant, when Di Caprio jumps off the cliff while on his horse, the scene looks very realistic. While in the "fight with the bear" scene I could definitely tell that it was done with ...
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How are surgery scenes shot in TV/Film?

How are the medically invasive surgery scenes shot in movies or even for television ? House MD has some of the most detailed surgery scenes on television - for example the scene where House himself ...
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Were Tina Fey and John Cena “digitally enhanced” in Sisters (2015)?

In Sisters (2015) there are some scenes where both Cena and Fey appear to be ... bigger than usual; Particularly in this image: Tina appears to have a bigger chest than on the rest of the movie or ...
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Why were the Doctor Who opening scenes and music changed between seasons and not between Doctors?

It makes sense to me to replace the music and/or intro sequence upon arrival of new Doctor incarnations, but this isn't how they decided to replace the opening intros. It seems like they stuck with ...
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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind - Ice Scene

In 'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind' there is an ice scene around the beginning of the film where the two main characters lay down on the ice. Screen left there is a unique and very beautiful '...
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Term for faking something in a movie related to set or lighting

So, I was under the incorrect assumption that the term "gaffe" referred to creating something that just looks close enough to pass on screen. I'm certain I heard this term used for barnum and bailey's ...
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Is the visible mannequin in the opening car bomb scene in Casino (1995) intentional, and if so why?

In the opening scene of Casino (1995), Sam Rothstein gets into his car and is blown up. In the moment of the detonation, you can clearly see that DeNiro has been replaced with a dummy. (When the scene ...
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How did they make the shimmering colours when Mork calls Orson?

At the end of every episode of Mork & Mindy, the alien visitor Mork calls his boss Orson to give a report. The show depicts the call by having Mork chant, "Mork calling Orson. Come in, Orson!" ...
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How is Paul Walker's character regenerated in Furious 7?

After watching Furious 7, I was amazed that throughout the movie I didn't feel that Paul Walker didn't complete the film but yet his presence is not felt anything like virtually created. How was this ...
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Why does the Airwolf series use “photon torpedo”-like missiles?

What wondered me is that they made the effort of Airwolf dodging missiles or using decoys to get rid of them. We see the missile head flying in the background or the missile itself hunting Airwolf. ...
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How is this shot in Batman made?

In the 1989 movie Batman, the Joker is seen falling and the images make it seem like it was animated. How was this done? I am talking about the images of the Joker himself, which are not photographs ...
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Was CGI used to make Will Smith look different in the movie Concussion?

I was watching this trailer about the movie "Concussion" and to me Will Smith looks very different from the last movie I saw him in just a couple of years ago. Something about his jawline and the ...
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How did they film the flat spin in Top Gun?

Did they really throw an F-14 into a flat spin and then have to recover it? Or is that a model shot? It seems (to a complete layperson) like an unthinkably-dangerous thing to do, but the shot looks ...
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How did they do the sea floor in Exodus: Gods and Kings?

The sea floor rendering in "Exodus: Gods and Kings" was really amazing: How did they do that 3D rendering? Where did they get the models? What sofware? What was the studio that did it?
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Paul Walker body doubles in Fast & Furious 7

I had just recently watched Fast & Furious 7. I am aware that Paul Walker's two brothers stood in as a body double for his character in order to finish filming some scenes. I am also aware that ...
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How are Michonnes Zombies made?

During some episodes of The Walking Dead Michone has 2 zombies (Mike and Terry) without arms and jaw, which she uses as mules and for protection. I saw images of the actors of the zombies, they have ...
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How was Michael Douglas' apparent facelift achieved in “Behind the Candelabra”?

Michael Douglas, playing Liberace, has a facelift partway through the HBO movie. His skin is noticeably tighter and smoother afterwards. How was the effect achieved?
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Were old TV shows routinely sped up for some reason?

I have recently made a habit of waking up early, and as a by-product spend my mornings catching re-runs of The Donna Reed Show. I've noticed in a number of episodes, though not necessarily all of them,...
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What is the term for the colour scheme/effect in e.g. Supernatural

In the TV series Supernatural, almost all episodes have a darkish colour scheme. The only exception is for episodes partly set in another universe, e.g. S05E08 "Changing Channels" where they brothers ...
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What is the name of this technique when the scene is morphed into something visually similar?

Like in the movie The World's End, there were some people sitting in the shape of a circle then the movie's name is shown gradually, the O letter is similar to the circle made by the people. I see ...
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Are there any existing animation templates for movie graphics?

I was recently watching the newest Hunger Games movie. There was a scene when Katniss walked out of a bunker for hunting and she saw a deer that was not afraid of her. What got me thinking, was that ...
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Where did the “dream effect” originate?

When a TV or movie character begins to dream (or daydream), there is a common set of effects used to communicate that to the audience: Whitened screen or edges (a "cloudy" effect) Sometimes a brief ...
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Zombies At The Fence - filming head injuries to walkers

When zombies (or walkers or however you refer to them) are in an easily kill-able location, such as the fence at the prison, there are many times where spears or swords or other lengthy objects are ...
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How are water scenes (with flooding) achieved without injuring actors?

Sometimes you see scenes in movies where characters are in a boat below deck, or in some other circumstance where water comes rushing in and knocks them over and they go sliding off camera. How do ...
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How was the opening scene in Fight Club made?

In the opening scene of Fight Club (1999) there is a visual journey through the Narrator's brain showing the "synapses". How was that scene made?
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In Unbroken, how were the actors made to look malnourished?

After the two plane crash survivors are rescued from the ocean, they are brought to a small concentration camp in the jungle. At one point, both men are brought out into the light and appear severely ...
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Which material are fake eyeballs made off?

I recently watched the Kill Bill movies. In both movies Beatrix plucks out an eye from an opponent (Elle Driver and one of the crazy 88). I'm curious about which material fake eyes in Kill Bill (or in ...
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What are Walker guts made of?

What are people in The Walking Dead really using to make it seem like they are rubbing Walker guts on themselves to stay hidden from Walkers? Are they using like BBQ sauce or something?
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How was the effect of Alderaan blowing up accomplished?

A special effect sequence in the original Star Wars (1977) shows the planet Alderaan being blown up by the Death Star (frame shown below). Considering that this was the pre-digital era, I thought the ...
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How were starfields / streaming stars created in the pre-computer era?

Starfields or streaming stars are ubiquitous to give the impression of movement of space crafts. I am thinking of flying directly and frontal into the starfield, as in the beginning of the intro or ...
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How were the CGI scenes created for National Geographic series WW II Greatest Raids

I've been watching a few of the World War II series on the National Geographic channel lately and they have a series called WW II Greatest raids. In this series they provide CGI reenactments of the ...
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How did they make Hitler disappear in “Your Job in Germany”?

In "Your Job in Germany", at approximately 1:22, Hitler, who was standing behind a podium giving a speech, fades into blackness, but the podium itself remains. IMDB credits Adolf Hitler as himself, ...
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How was the effect of David Walliams finger being cut off achieved

In the movie "Dinner for Schmucks", the actor David Walliams (who plays Mueller) has his index finger (with the famous ring of the family) cut by the blind "fool". How was this effect achieved?
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What is the most time-consuming makeup to apply to a single actor in film or television?

There have been some famously elaborate make-up in film and television which take enormous amounts of times to apply to the actors, for example Michael Scofield's full-torso tattoo in Prison Break ...
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How are the face-in-suit segments of Iron Man filmed?

This question deals with the actors in a full-body shot of the suits, however I am wondering how the face-inside-the-suit segments are filmed, for example: Iron Man HUD as seen in The Avengers (2012)...
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How do they shoot long underwater scenes (especially the even longer stylistic ones)?

How do they shoot the music videos where people are singing inside water? What confuses me if that is plain special effects is their clothes, they behave exactly how clothes behave in water. The ...
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What do sitcom car rigs look like without effects?

Typically seen in shows with a live audience, there's a very noticeable type of shot where the characters are in a car with what's presumably a blue screen background, the car is obviously stationary ...
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The Invisible Man (TV Series) Eye Special Effect

In the 2000-2002 Sci-Fi channel TV Series, "The Invisible Man": The central character Darien has a side-effect of invisibility called "Quicksilver Madness." In this state he becomes dangerous verging ...
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Total Recall (1990) nail color change effect

In the first Total Recall, there's an unimportant shot where the receptioninst at Recall is changing the color of her nails. She taps one with a stylus, and it "wipes" to a different color. (I can't ...