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

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Is there a rating of the 3D-ness of a 3D movie?

If things aren't thrown in my face during a 3D movie, I feel somewhat disappointed. I also appreciate the use of 3D to enhance a wide-angle shot, a humorous close-up, give a subtle sense of depth, and ...
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Why do professional green screens look so much better?

Why does the average green screen, such as one on the local news station, or some video on youtube, leave an outline and is obviously fake, but in some movies these effects look totally real. I was ...
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How do they film scenes with the actors driving in a car?

I know long ago they would have the car stationary and use a projector screen to with moving scenery to make it look like the car was moving. It was obviously staged, but good enough. I've seen ...
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How did they make Captain America so tiny and skinny in the first half?

How did they make Chris Evans so tiny and skinny in the first half? He lost weight + green screen all along I suppose? Or is there something more interesting.
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What weighs toward the decision to ignore the gravity change?

Melancholia is a realistic "what-if" science fiction, set in roughly the time we live in. The whole plot is centered around the concept of a planet approaching Earth. Being what it is, why would they ...
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Zoom actor in while background out? How is this effect called and made?

I don't have a youtube link (I think "The shining" has such a scene), but you all probably know this effect, the actor is zoomed in by the camera while the background zoomed out, probably by zoom in ...
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What is the science behind making actors appear different?

Captain America, Lord of The Rings and The Social Network have each used a technique where an actor has either been shrunk down (Captain America & LoTR) or completely replaced by a face (Captain ...
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Walking around someone who is moving in Slow Motion?

In the "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" series musical episode, "Once More With Feeling", during the Giles and Buffy fight montage (Song: 'Standing in the Way') there is a scene where Buffy is hitting a ...
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How were Hiro's time halting scenes filmed?

In many scenes in Heroes, we witness Hiro Nakamura display his ability to stop time: However, also in these scenes, we witness him interact with the scene, whether it be interacting with stopped ...
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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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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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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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Why the different effects when Sirius Black appears in a fireplace?

In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005), Sirius Black appears in a fireplace to talk to Harry. It looks as if his head was made of embers: In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007), ...
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How do they film “flying human” scenes?

I am watching Chronicle (2012) and this question just popped into my mind. What techniques are used for filming flying human scenes? Do they always use chroma keying or are there other techniques?
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How was the electromagnet scene filmed?

In the first episode of season 5 of Breaking Bad, a large electromagnet is rigged up in a truck, and placed next to a building. The camera shows the contents of the building flying across the room ...
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How did they film the gun spinning scene?

In "End Times" (Season 4 Episode 12) of Breaking Bad, there is a scene of Walt sitting near the pool. He places his gun on a table and spins it. The gun ends up pointing at him. He spins it again, and ...
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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 film Patsey being whipped?

A Sequence in 12 Years A Slave shows Patsey, a plantation worker, being tied to a pole and whipped. The shot is horrifying, and shows her flesh being torn and rendered open by the whip as it makes ...
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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 ...
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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 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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Would special effects for early movie patrons seem real?

When I watched The Walking Dead on my 1080i HDTV, the special effects looked seamless. In other words, I knew what I was watching was fake, but it was hard to tell. When I upgraded to a 1080p ...
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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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What happened to Frou-Frou in the 1967 Soviet film Anna Karenina?

In the 1967 Soviet film Анна Каренина directed by Aleksandr Zarkhi, there is a race sequence during which Count Vronsky's horse, Frou-Frou, is seriously injured. What happened to the horse which ...
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“Fast forward effect” in Mad Max

In Mad Max and Mad Max 2 (The Road Warrior), there are several scenes (often fast scenes, like car chases), where the film seems to be running on "fast forward". The characters move very quick and it ...
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Slowing down the frame rate vs. using a slow-motion camera

Why do even some of the big budget films slow down the frame rate to give slow motion effect rather than use a slow-motion camera? The point is that the first technique almost always give a hint of ...
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Is there a visually optimal area to view a 3-D movie at the theatre?

3-D films are becoming more and more common. While I find the experience interesting, I have yet to find "the best seat in the house". Opticaly, there ought to be a optimal viewing area where the ...
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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 was the space station fly-through in 2001: A Space Odyssey filmed?

In the sequence set to the Blue Danube Waltz, we see a Pan Am orbital shuttle docking with a partially-completed space station. Here is a clip from that sequence on YouTube. There are good views of ...
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Was the sword forging scene at the beginning of season 4 CGI or real?

My friend thinks the sword forging scene at the beginning of the 4th season of Game of Thrones was CGI (it certainly was picturesque with the flames dancing along the flow of molten steel). But I ...
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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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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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Were any non-CGI movies shot in their entirety though a colored lens/filter?

This is a 2-part question: Is it technically possible to shoot a movie though a colored lens/filter? (as opposed to changing the image color AFTER the movie is shot, via CGI or earlier effects) If ...
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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 did they shoot the animal scenes in Life of Pi?

Is the tiger, hyena, zebra etc animated? They look quite real. Are they trained animals?
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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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What software was used to make the LEGO Movie?

So I've just seen The LEGO Movie and I was amazed at the intricate details of all the minifigures and sets. I was wondering if anyone knows what software was used to create the film. Animal Logic, ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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How do TV shows with live audience manage special effect scenes?

Many sitcoms are recorded in front of a live audience who provide the laughter track. Now this is simple enough in most scenes. But some scenes require added special effects. For example the dinner ...
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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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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 difference between USD 38M and USD 120M CGI?

Watching Vin Diesel's Riddick (2013) was a jarring experience in many ways not least because of the quality of the CGI used. It could be best described as having a mid-2000s videogame-y feel to it. ...
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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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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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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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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. ...