General questions about the film industry and its workings.

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Way to find out about Movie/TV Budgets?

Is there a way to find out what the official budget of a Movie or TV show is? I'm aware that Box Office Mojo is a fairly reliable resource to find the estimated gross of a movie, but I haven't come ...
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What exactly is 70mm print and why does anyone care?

There has been a bit of controversy lately over the release of Tarantino's Hateful Eight movie. As I understand it, the movie was scheduled to play in a particular theater in Los Angeles that plays ...
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Who will say “start camera action” when the director casts himself in the main role?

If the director is in front of the camera, who will say those words to start a movie shot? Who will say "start camera action" when the director casts himself in the main role?
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Why isn't there singing and dancing in movies like there used to be [duplicate]

I recently watched the included commentary from Christoper Walken talking about Gene Kelly from a short on Turner Classic Movies. In the video, Walken says the ...
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Why is child acting legal?

In most industries, in most of the countries that produce most films, child labor is illegal. Not just highly regulated, or has special laws governing payment of the children, but illegal. Thus, in ...
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How do studios decide which movie (classic) to release on Blu-ray?

Consider the examples of The Odessa File (1974) and The Day of the Jackal (1973). They are both classics based on novels by Frederick Forsyth and released at around the same time. The Day of the ...
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How do movie makers and movie theaters make money based off of a movie?

I'm curious to know how revenue stream works for: The creator of the movie (movie production studios) The presenter of the movie (movie theaters) Is there a 50-50 split, or a lease agreement? ...
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What was the first book-to-film adaptation?

I've been doing my research about film adaptation. The object is a novel and film of "To Kill a Mockingbird". Now, I've seen on wikipedia that the first film that ever been adapted was Greed in 1924 ...
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Why fake (relatively) easy scenes?

I saw a movie about a year ago where there was a relatively simple shot of an SUV taking an off-ramp on a freeway. It only lasted a few seconds (5 - 10). When they went to commercial, they had one of ...
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Is there a website with stats on male versus female leading roles in movies?

In Hollywood, are there more main roles for male actors than female (actresses)? Are there generally more roles for male actors than female (not just leading ones)? It probably depends on the genre. ...
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Why are people playing police officers not arrested?

In a film or TV series there are often people playing police officers, quite often on set where memebers of the public can see them. Wouldn't this fall foul of the 'impersonating a police officer' ...
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Why doesn't Hollywood make movies related to epic stories like Mahabharata or Ramayana?

It is my deep desire to see Mahabharata or Ramayana made as movies with effects and direction like Lord of the Rings. I have read both these great epics; they are very profound. Many movies, ...
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Confused About Translators' Philosophy When They Create Subtitles And Dubbing For Movies

I cannot figure out why some translators change the meaning of characters' lines via the subtitles and the audio dubbing. Sometimes humor is removed. Sometimes they change the meaning of what the ...
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Why do people tap the back of cameras during filming?

At around 59 min and 30s, the video above shows on-set footage of a film crew. (Link is setup to start playing from there.) For a few seconds, it shows people ...
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Was film actually “better” than digital media?

I happen, time and again, to read and hear people – among which people working in cinema – regretting the fact that film (in the sense of actual reels of plastic strip) is nowadays very rarely used ...
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Do different major Hollywood studios have distinctive styles or signature elements in their filmmaking?

Do film experts, critics, industry insiders, etc recognise and discuss signature styles or elements between major Hollywood studios? Along the lines of... "This is a very typical Universal film, in ...
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Why are there so many Shark based monster movies these days?

Other than Jaws and maybe that movie with LL Cool J and Samuel L Jackson, I can't really think of many shark monster/horror movies. But suddenly it seems to me that there is a new shark monster movie ...
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What format do movie theaters now use?

I know that in earlier times, feature films were distributed on large format tape, and these were what were distributed to theaters for showing. A given feature film would have several reels. The ...
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When are dialect coaches brought in?

When are dialect coaches hired for actors, and who typically makes the decision? I've seen serious movies where stars attempt to emulate an accent with grating incompetence. And now I've seen the ...
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Why are actors addressed by real names off screen but on set?

My understanding is that Method actors should always want to address their co-actors by their character names, even when not on stage, and to be addressed by their character's name anytime they're on ...
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Why are box office numbers made public?

Why are all 'box office sales' made public? Is it a customary thing? A marketing ploy? Do they have a similar thing for TV (beyond ratings)? I only see profits for video games listed for publicly ...
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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 ...
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Are more movie stars acting in TV shows nowadays (and if so, why)?

I recently saw the TV show Fargo, and the presence of Martin Freeman and Billy Bob Thornton (both legitimately successful movie actors) made me wonder: Is doing the switch from movies to TV more ...
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Why do film studios buy domains of fictitious companies?

A few moments ago I saw an episode of 'The Blacklist' and recognized a sign with the address of an fictitious estate agent. My curiosity was to check the domain in the web browser. It seems that the ...
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What are the reasons for different Worldwide release dates of a movie?

What are the major factors that lead to different release dates worldwide for a movie? Eg: Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained releases on 25th Dec, 2012 in the US, on 18th Jan, 2013 in UK and as ...
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What's with the trend of releasing movies outside the US first?

A recent trend that I've noticed (or I'm just crazy and need to delete this question) is to release a major film outside of the U.S. first, even if it's a Hollywood film. Usually a week or so later ...
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Is there any censorship board present for films and TV shows for Hollywood?

There is Censor Board for films produced in India. It assigns certifications to films, television shows, television ads, and publications for exhibition, sale or hire in India. Films can be publicly ...
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Why are trailers called “trailers”?

Why are trailers called "trailers"? Considering the verb "to trail" means "to follow behind", why would something that is shown before the main movie be called a trailer?
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Why does “Hollywood Accounting” still work?

Hollywood accounting is the practice of big studios of making successful movies into what looks like a financial failures on purpose and through questionable accounting tricks. The goal is to show no ...
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Lead actor/actress VS Supporting actor/actress

On what basis, Chris Hemsworth is considered as a Lead actor in the movie Rush? In the movie, both characters have equal importance and both narrated the story in equal measure and occupied same ...
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What is the most loss suffered by a Hollywood movie?

What Hollywood movie has lost the most money ever? How much did it lose? Is the answer different if you adjust for the value of money over time?
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Why are more American movies are coming out in foreign countries first? [duplicate]

While chatting about the movie Jupiter Ascending in the chat room, I learned that the movie is apparently already out in many European countries, whereas the movie comes out today, 6 February 2015, in ...
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Why do digital movies show aliasing and red/green chromatic aberration?

I just saw the second Hobbit film and some issues that I thought were present in the first Hobbit film really came through. The first issue was that nearly all hard diagonal lines, such as those on ...
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Is it possible to get an A-lister into a big-budget movie without anybody knowing?

Could a studio realistically disguise until the premiere the presence of an A-list actor in a small but non-trivial part in a movie they would not be expected to be involved in? Presumably if they're ...
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Is it possible to predict the financial success of movies?

In response to Sony pulling The Interview (albeit temporarily), various writers wrote about how much money it was projected to make, had it been released according to schedule. Assuming that the ...
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Do the film makers make the little kids cry?

I was watching Breaking Bad : End Times S4EP12 and there's this scene where Walter's family moves to Hank's house for security and the little kid Holly (probably few months old) cries while the family ...
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What's the word for an actor not getting a part in a movie?

What's the word for an actor not getting a part in a movie?? It's like some verb, it starts with an S. It's not scooped, but something like that. There's an entire website about actors getting ...
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Movies without Film score/background music

Few years ago I've seen this movie L'enfant (2005) and I'm very surprised that there's no film score through out the movie and I think (not 100% sure) Keane (2004) also doesn't have background score. ...
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Is it possible to produce a continuous Game of Thrones?

If you’re like me, 10 hours of Game of Thrones per year is not nearly enough, which got me considering the following thought experiment: What if we could tune in to a channel that, 24 hours a day, ...
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Is there a name for Robin Williams' style of physical comedy?

I'm sure all film fans were deeply saddened by the recent death of Robin Williams. In obvious tribute, News outlets and internet sites are broadcasting clips of his finest works, and videos of his ...
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What is the relationship between theaters and film distribution?

I've always been a little confused at "big screen" film distribution so I thought I would ask here. How do movie theaters relate to one another in terms of what films they can show and their ...
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When and why did the decline of Musicals in American Cinema happen?

It seems to me that musicals are much less common in the American Film Industry these days in comparison to the 30's, 40's, and 50's. Of course, I'm not saying that they never make musicals (e.g. ...
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Industry sources for film news [closed]

I've searched around for good places to get movie and television news and have found some good places, like Screen Rant and /Film. But a lot of times information will be mentioned, such as, "it's ...
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Why does the director's name always show up in the end of the credits?

I have noticed that during the opening credits of a movie/TV show, the name of the director(s) always shows up last, at the end of the credits. I'm not really sure if that happens in the ending ...
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Is Lt. Hicox correct in his comparison of Joseph Goebbels with David O. Selznick?

In Inglourious Basterds when Lt. Archie Hicox is briefed by Gen. Fenech and Winston Churchill, his qualities as movie expert are put to a little test when he is asked by Churchill about Joseph ...
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Why are electricians listed in the closing credits?

The closing credits in a full length movie can seemingly go on for ages, or at least 10 minutes or more after the actual film has ended. I realize that modern movies requires a lot of professional ...
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Are there other film collections like the Criterion collection?

Are there other curated film collections like the Criterion collection?
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Why are movies so different from the original books?

Recently reading both the books and watching the movies for "A Murder on the Orient Express" and "Ender's Game", I am curious as to why some of the details change when going from the book to producing ...
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How do they decide what/who gets nominated at the Oscars?

I watched Zero Dark Thirty last night and I have to say, I didn't expect the movie to be nominated as one of best pictures of 2012. Some of the flicks I was expecting were, The Hobbit Django ...
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What is the budget of a typical modern B-movie?

B movies are generally considered to be low budget films without the greatest production values. But where is the line in the sand that divides a B-movie from its richer brethren? (Also, who draws ...