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Why are zoom shots rarely used?

In all of the movies I have seen in my life, I have rarely seen zoom-in shots used. Most of the time, when the camera moves closer, it "pans" in. (The difference is that in a zoom-in shot, the camera ...
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Derek's safety in the hill scene

In Peter Jackson's 1987 film, Bad Taste, one of the main characters, Derek, is fighting with aliens on the side of a rather steep hill. I have to wonder what kind of safety precautions the actors took ...
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How do they film minors smoking?

Many movies depict children and minors (and non smoking actors) actively smoking a cigarette and blowing actual smoke. How is that done?
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How was the dwarf character in Apporva sagothargal Appu depicted?

In the 1989 Indian film, Apporva sagothargal actor kamal hassan plays a double role - one of a normal man and another one of a dwarf. How was kamal Hassan displayed as a dwarf in the movie ?
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Was E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial shot in 1.85 or 2.35?

I can see that the "E.T." movie is sold in 1.85 and 2.35 formats: http://www.amazon.fr/E-T-lExtra-Terrestre-Peluche-Dee-Wallace/dp/B008JELMU6/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top ...
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Why do they always close the eyelids of dead people?

You have seen it hundreds of times in movies. Someone dies and the doctor, priest, cop or someone else, moves their hands over the dead person's eyes and the eyes magically close. It's as if the eyes ...
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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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Do movie actors/actresses dub their scenes after shooting or do they use the audio that is in the scene?

Do they record the audio separately? Or is it all taken in one shot? I think I remember watching some cheap indie films whose audio and video, particularly the speaking of the actors, are not very ...
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Did cunnilingus actually happen in Basic Instinct?

In Basic Instinct, it seemed to me that rather using awkward props or various ways to fake it, it would have been logistically simpler if cunnilingus had actually taken place between Michael Douglas ...
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What's the distinct color grading in David Fincher's movies?

In most movies, there is a post shoot processing, which gives the movies a distinct look. Often this color grading is based on certain pre-defined presets or let's say themes. Now, every time I see a ...
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How are first-person perspective videos shot?

I want to know what kind of cameras are typically used to shoot first-person perspective videos or movies and how they are shot? Here's an example. The song Smack my bitch up by The Prodigy. Here's ...
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How is dialog between two people filmed?

I was always wondering how dialog between two people is filmed. Suppose there are two people talking. The screen is switching between faces of the characters while they talk. How it is done in ...
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How was the “pen through the lip” scene shot?

In the film 'Red Lights' (2012), how did Cillian Murphy's character stick a pen through his lower lip? It wasn't real, was it? I can't find anything on google that that even mentions it.
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Why not shoot movies with stereoscopic 3d cameras instead?

Isn't it easier (and way cheaper seeing 3d conversion runs in the millions for a full movie) to just shoot a movie using stereoscopic cameras instead of creating a shallow 3d effect via post ...
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What are the methods of including a character's thoughts in an audiovisual medium?

When adapting a written medium (such as a novel or comic book) to an audio-visual one, a common difficulty is presenting what the character is thinking on-screen, as most fiction is presented from the ...
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How to make a film in black and white and add color to some objects?

How is a movie made to show selective colors. For instance, in Pleasantville a sister and brother are transported to the universe of an old black and white TV show, and the movie switches to being ...
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How do they film the apparent beheading of a person?

How do they film the beheading of a person, like the beheading of Ned Stark in Game of Thrones? It was pretty clean beheading. There are more examples in Spartacus; there were a lot of beheading with ...
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Utopia realistic shootings

I am currently watching the British series Utopia and I a was curious if someone knew or could point to a reference on how do they make those ultra realistic shootings and deaths.
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What kind of blood they use in movies for bloody scenes?

I always wondered what kind of blood is used in Movies. I thought it could be of animals or color or least possibly Human Blood which I am sure will not be legal. I doubt because in a lot of movies ...
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How did they create The Shadow's disguise?

In his 1994 movie The Shadow uses his psychic abilities to somehow alter his face to look like another person as part of his disguise. I've often wondered how this was actually done in the movie. It ...
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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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In Lucy, are the inserted predator/prey shots an example of Expressionism?

Maybe this isn't the right forum, but I don't see an "Art Theory" stack exchange. In the movie Lucy, just opened this weekend, near the beginning the bad guys are closing in on the main character and ...
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Lighting during a night scene

Many movies contain a scene that is portrayed as taking place during the night. Due to the low amount of light some tricks are applied. Unfortunately, I couldn't find much info on this. To me it seems ...
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How are underwater scenes in movies filmed?

In some movies, for instance the Jaws series, it's a wonderful feeling to see sharks underwater and have it feel very realistic. I'm curious to know how they film underwater scenes in movies. Not ...
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The use of flyover sequences

Can someone please explain the use and significance of flyover sequences between scenes in TV shows and movies? (For example, the TV show House M.D. has flyover shots between scenes of the outsides of ...
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Why do characters turn off a car when stopped, even briefly, only to turn it back on again?

I've noticed in countless films and television shows that when characters stop for some reason-- to pick someone up, for instance-- they turn the car off, only to turn it back on again mere seconds ...
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What is the name of the technique of introducing a character via a (often monocoloured) freeze frame?

In the movie snatch (among others) the characters are introduced via a mono coloured freeze frame with the name of the character next to it. An example of this can be found in this video at the 1:22 ...
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When did movies first start to show real world from inside a car?

When did movies first start to show real world from inside a car and not a studio-based rear projection? What was the first movie that contains car sequences all made with real action shots?
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The choice to switch from POV in the remake of 'Maniac'

The modern remake of the 80s slasher film of the same name, Maniac (2012), starring Elijah Wood as Frank Zito is depicted entirely from the killer's point of view, thus putting the viewer 'in his ...
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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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Why do films have more cuts than they did 20 years ago?

The "20 years" is an arbitrary figure but I have noticed that films tend to have way more cuts than they did in earlier days of film making. Sometimes there will be a conversation in the room and ...
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What does the television-esque film style in the episode “I Am Anne Frank, Part II” represent?

In the second season episode of American Horror Story, "I Am Anne Frank, Part II", we're told that Anne Frank is actually Charlotte Brown, delusional and obsessed wife of Jim Brown, a new character to ...
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Why is Nebraska shot in black & white?

Why is the movie Nebraska shot in black & white? What theme does it resemble in this movie?
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What is the movie term for only seeing what is on camera?

This may be a duplicate, since I don't know what this is actually called. I just watched the James Bond movie GoldenEye and the final scene (almost) of the movie prompted this question. James and ...
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How was the whipping scene accomplished in Django Unchained?

In Django Unchained right after the 'I like the way you die boy' scene Django is whipping one of the Brittle brothers. When you watch the scene carefully we can clearly see that the whip is hitting ...
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What do actors actually inhale when they snort cocaine or smoke crack?

While film scenes where an actor injects something into his/her arm can perhaps be faked with edits and maybe prosthetics, how do actors manage to snort cocaine or smoke crack? Are there approved safe ...
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What is the mirror half-moon object used in production?

I was watching Pacific Rim Special Features disc last night. In one brief production scene, I saw a half moon shaped object which was chrome or mirror like. In another movie special features, I saw ...
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Do they really have sex in movies?

Many times in movies (especially Hollywood), actors and actresses are shown having intercourse (not talking about pornographic films). Do they really do this? Or fake it? That's really up to the ...
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Why do actors in old movies look old?

Actors in the movies and TV shows from the 50s and the 60s often look old to me, probably way older than their actual age, or older than than you would expect their roles to be. First of all, am I ...
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Does Alex really hold on his breath while he is beaten up by Dim and Georgie

There is a scene in A Clockwork Orange I'm curious about how they done it. Alex is saved by two policemen who turn out to be Dim and Georgie (his old droogs). They drag Alex to the countryside, where ...
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Why is the bride's name bleeped in Kill Bill Vol 1?

In the movie Kill Bill Vol.1, whenever someone mentions the bride by her name Beatrix Kiddo Her name is censored with a beep. Is this explained somewhere in the movie? Or is it just a signature ...
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What is the term for that style device when a soundtrack turns out to be heard within the reality of the film?

I believe the initial scene of Eyes Wide Shut is an example for this. I am sure I've heard a fancy term for the use of a piece of soundtrack that turns out to be heard within the film itself. How is ...
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Is there such a “punctum” moment in the movies

I am trying to find a theory similar to Roland Barthes' for the photography, where he describes a detail in a photo as "punctum", that creates a direct relationship between the object and the person ...
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Why the very different release formats for Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy?

Alright. The first time I saw the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005), it was... believe it or not... 4:3. I even obtained a copy of this. Later, I discovered that it was supposedly released in ...
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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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How do they shoot Dual-Roles where camera is moving or both characters interact?

I was wondering how they shoot dual-roles in movies and after searching found an answer; I knew some of this before, but I have seen movies where: The Camera is moving. The actor is shaking hands ...
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How do they mix real characters with animated characters?

Some animated movies shows real characters( men / women) in them like movie Avatar. How do they mix real characters with animated characters? Is this cost more than purely animated movie? How is the ...
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Sound of a next scene starts one moment earlier than video

I saw this several times in different movies, but I don't understand what is this supposed to mean. The main idea is when the scene is about to change, for one second or so we still see the picture ...
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When shooting a short film, can more than one person do the camera work? [closed]

To clarify, I mean if you're only going to use one camera, can two or more people do the camera work? For example, one person can shoot one scene, and then another person can shoot another scene? Or ...