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Why do punches sound like a “slap” in older movies?

Almost all of the of the older movies (from 25-40 years ago) that feature fighting scenes seem to have a very common depiction of a punch that sounds like a slap. I could never understand why did they ...
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Did Sean Gullette actually trepan himself in Pi (1998)?

In the final scene of Pi, we see the character depicted by Sean Gullette put a drill directly to a tumorous bulge on his head. There's a noticeable blood splatter and the character doesn't flinch. In ...
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How did they film the motorcycle jump in Point Break (2015)?

The 2015 Point Break remake features a large number of spectacular stunts. Most of these stunts are claimed to be genuine and performed by highly skilled stuntmen. In one of the opening scenes a jump ...
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Quality difference between HD video and 35mm film

I have noticed lately some of the older movies like Titanic being sold on Blu-rays in high definition (HD). As I understand, high definition implies high level of detail, yet I do not understand what ...
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Did Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman do the singing in Moulin Rouge?

In Moulin Rouge!, Was it the actors recording those songs, or vocal doubles?
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What was the first movie entirely shot from a first person POV?

The movie Hardcore Henry claims to be the "the world’s first fully first-person action movie", that is, it is entirely shot from the protagonists first person point of view (POV). But I don't think ...
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Why are easter eggs put in a movie?

Many movies have hidden meaning and a lot of easter eggs in them. Why are they put in the movie?
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Why can we hear Lisa's bracelets?

20 minutes into the movie, Lisa comes over to Jeff's place for (and with) dinner. She is wearing bracelets to her left wrist. The sound of these bracelets is loud in this scene. We can clearly hear ...
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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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Did they use the real Farnsworth House for filming?

When watching Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice I first noticed that Bruce Wayne's house, to which he moved after Wayne Manor apparently burned down, was modelled closely after Farnsworth House. But ...
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What's with the Wessen head shake?

In Grimm, what is the real-world reason for the Wessen head shake during woge? Is it to mask the morphing software? This occurs in all episodes: Wessen characters snap their heads from side to side ...
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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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Why do they develop this DIY Lucy device and not use something available?

Since season 8, Richard owns a new gadget: Lucy. A small pyramid on the desk at the kitchen, glowing blue and talking with the voice of Aubrey Plaza. Why do they develop things like this, when they ...
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How do they film new born babies? [duplicate]

Movies frequently show babies being born in outside environment and judging by the look the babies do seem extremely close to new borns. Unless we are tricked by CGI, how do they film such scenes? I ...
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Can alcohol be used during filming to strengthen an actor's performance?

Many times I have noticed overly realistic drunk/anger/agony performances, which made me wonder if alcohol was actually used to relax the actor a bit and let them "spit it out" in a more natural way?
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How do they make tattoos in movies?

I've recently watched Point Break, and I was astonished by the number of tattoos worn by the principal characters, as well their thickness... How do they manage to do this? But in general, what ...
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Why does Harry Potter 6 look like it does? [duplicate]

In a recent Collider podcast the hosts were discussing O Brother Where Art Thou?, and mentioned the cinematographer using (I think), a "digital intermediary" which made the sepia tones. It was then ...
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What was the significance of whole movie being black and white and one scene being colored in Schindler's list?

I was really confused while watching Schindler's list that what was the reason behind the movie being black and white? In one particular scene in the movie it becomes colored. Was there any ...
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Why does the spotlight slowly appear when they started talking?

I'm talking about the following scene in The Age of Innocence: Scene 1: In Scene 2: When those two started talking, a spotlight slowly appears on them, and we only hear their voices, and nobody ...
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How was the special high-contrast cinema release of Se7en created?

David Fincher's magnificent noir movie Seven (or Se7en) has very dark cinematography enhancing the moral darkness of the story. I remember that, after its initial success, the studio released a ...
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Does 1957's 12 Angry Men consist of only one cut?

Does 12 Angry Men consist of only one cut? Apart from maybe an opening scene and closing scene, when they are in the room, I don't see any cuts. If that is so, does it mean when some actor makes a ...
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Shooting of the gravity free scene in Inception

How was the gravity free scene in the hotel in Inception shot? Was zero gravity created?
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Are some films filmed with a larger frame than all cropped versions?

There is a question about the Hitchikers Guide to the Galaxy and the aspect ratios it was released in: Why the very different release formats for Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy? The crux of the ...
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How was the bear attack scene shot in 'The Revenant'?

The picture below shows a scene with a bear attacking Leonardo DiCaprio, who is playing Hugh Glass in the movie ' The Revenant'. How was the scene shot? Was the bear real?
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How is dubbing done for fight sequences?

How about dubbing for fight sequences? Do the actors dub for the fight sequences as well or is any other method used like using the original set audio along with the background music?
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Question about a specific filming technique - the long zoom

This scene, which I can't find anywhere but on a Facebook page, contains one long zoom taking up approximately 50 - 70 feet. Can anyone suggest how it might have been done (considering the time ...
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Is High Frame Rate (HFR) being used for films apart from The Hobbit?

Are there any films coming out in High Frame Rate (HFR)? I can't seem to find anything about the use of HFR except commentary on The Hobbit. Is this technology considered for broader use in the film ...
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Why was the art of old animated films sketchy?

The art of the moving characters (not static backgrounds) of old animated movies such as The Sword in the Stone (1963), The Jungle Book (1967), and The Aristocats (1970) were sketchy. The line work of ...
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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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How do they shoot scenes where the camera passes through a window?

I have never understood how they shoot a scene where the camera moves, closes up on a window (or sometimes a wall) and then it passes through it, like it wasn't there at all. What is the technique ...
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Why does the boom operator have to hold the boom mic by hand?

This woman is a boom operator. She holds a long stick with a big microphone on one end, to record sound on movie and television shoots. If you've ever tried to hold something over your head for a ...
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Filming timespan of Jeopardy!

Most Game Shows are filmed with live audiences. A popular and long running example is Jeopardy!, others being Family Feud, Who wants to be A millionaire, and a recent one is The Chase. Some of these ...
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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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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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How was pre-title opening in Spectre shot?

The opening scene in 2015's Spectre has a long continuous sequence which, as an amateur filmmaker, is difficult to figure out how it might have been done. The movie begins as an apparent crane shot ...
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Textual vs material representation in Blade Runner cinematography

Do the cinematography techniques in Blade Runner use textual representation (image as text) or material representation (image as presence) in order to convey the themes or motifs of the film? I ...
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Show recorded in front of public: how does it work?

Some USA TV-series (the most popular ones, I guess) are recorded in front of a public: how does it work? And what about special effects, like green screen and such: how do they handle it?
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Was there ever a TV comedy that showed you the other side of the TV?

So Seinfeld, The Cosby Show, Who's the Boss, Everybody Loves Raymond, Growing Pains, Roseanne... they are all built off the living room set where you watch the actors watching TV in the living room ...
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Is there any purpose to the short fade to white?

At the end of All Is Lost, when Our Man inadvertently sets his lifeboat on fire while trying to get the attention of some light he sees in the distance, he has to jump into the water and after a ...
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Technique where the outline of real actors and objects is replaced by superimposed animation?

My question is related to the following technique: How do they mix real characters with animated characters? Except that instead of having a real Dick Van Dyke during all the scene, an animated Dick ...
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Why use foreign accents in English language movies when unnecessary?

I've recently watched the movie Child 44, which is set in the 1950's Soviet Union during the Stalin regime. Apart from the fact that the movie itself is not memorable in my opinion, the thing that has ...
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How did they film the bridge scene in Sorcerer?

So I just recently had the pleasure of seeing this Friedkin great, and for the first time in a while was left in absolute wonderment. I actually said "wow" out loud. The scene I'm referring to is ...
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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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In Bollywood, do they play the song while shooting?

Song sequences are an integral part of the Bollywood movies. In fact, it's an integral part in almost all Indian movies. Quite often, these songs are solely responsible for the commercial success of ...
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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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Digital makeup for Mystique

I was reading recently that the gruelling makeup process for Mystique was the main reason why Jennifer Lawrence isn't interested in making more x-men films. It seems like the obvious solution would ...
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Lady in the Lake 1947 (Mirror Scene)

I came across a question linked here: How do they film the mirror scenes in movies? I found it interesting that most examples came from popular and from recent films. Here is a clip from Lady in the ...
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Why are not all IMAX theaters domed?

I have been to the IMAX theater at the Tech Museum in San Jose, California and at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. As I understood it, IMAX meant that a movie was filmed with ...
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Why is classic IMAX not digital?

These days everything is digital. I came to know that, real 70MM IMAX i.e (not LieIMAX) are shown using film stock instead of digital once. What's keeping them from producing the format in digital ...