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What is the Resolution of 35mm film?

There is a lot of talk about 6k resolution from the Epic Dragon by RED, and of course there are 4k TVs now, but I'm wondering what actual film, 35mm particularly has a resolution equivalency of, if it ...
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Are real guns used in movies?

For example, in "Matrix Reloaded", we see that the agents fire on the car driven by Morpheus. We see that the bullets penetrating the body of the car. If the gun is not real, how did it happen? If ...
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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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Film where colour fades throughout to represent dying protagonist

Ok, I can usually find things using Google but no luck this time! This is a film from around mid-90s I think, but could be +/- 10 years. Male lead, who I think gets a kind of lethal injection which ...
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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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Screen within Another Screen

What do you call a filming technique of having a smaller screen within the main screen? It's typically used in a news show where the main screen shows the report from the scene and the small one ...
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Removal of background noise in movie scenes

I’ve seen a few “behind the scenes” clips in which you can hear a lot of background noise not pertinent with the shooting. Recently on many sites there’s a clip of a sex scene; you can hear the ...
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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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Why was Immortals so dark?

I watched Immortals and the whole movie seemed so dark and gloomy. I mean, the visuals are more black and yellow based than normal movies. No sun, no birds, no happiness- just night and black and ...
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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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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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First use of on-screen text messages, like in Sherlock and House of Cards

The BBC's Sherlock (July 2010-) uses a novel visual trick to show the contents of an SMS message directly on the television screen, so we can all read it without having to look at a dull phone screen. ...
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First Hollywood movie with “flashbacks within flashbacks within flashbacks”?

In Super (2010), I noticed the weird concept of flashbacks within flashbacks within flashbacks. Which was the first Hollywood movie with the same concept?
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Technique of shooting scenes inverted?

I read in a recent article on moviefone that there is a common technique of shooting scenes inverted (left is right and vice versa). Apparently this was used in Star Wars to shoot a scene including ...
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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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Where did the “calmly eating noodles when bad guys walk in” scene first appear?

This scene happens in many martial arts movies: It usually starts with some hero wandering into a strange town; orders a bowl of noodles; then a couple of bad guys casually sit down and start ...
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What was the earliest mass-release movie that used Matrix-like “bullet time”?

One of the things that The Matrix was famous for was "bullet time" cinematography. I'm fairly sure that, while it was the first one to use the technique extensively and become famous for it, it ...
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How far advanced are today's robots with respect to those shown in Real Steel?

Several high-tech robots are shown in the movie Real Steel. Robots that can follow voice commands and even having shadow recognition and voice recognition there. I was wondering: Do these types of ...
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What is a seamless cross-cutting transition called?

Although I don't have a clear example, I'm looking for a transition which is somehow a mix of: Cross-cutting: where two scenes in different locations happen at the same time Graphic match : where ...
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How might a “random” event be effected in a movie?

The hero and heroine are at a Mardigras celebration with ten other people (12 in all). There is a Mardigras cake cut into twelve slices with a token, and the winner of the token gets to be king/queen ...
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Hollywood doesn't pay attention to classic montage theory anymore?

I think montage theory belongs to the most important apects in movie art. Soviet montage theory is an approach to understanding and creating cinema that relies heavily upon editing (montage is ...
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Are there multiple HD masters of movies?

The Criterion Collection released The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou on Blu-ray back in May, the first appearance of the film on that format. The source for this disc was a "new, restored 4K film ...
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How does a movie get animals to “like” a character?

Suppose there is a movie in which the heroine is liked a lot by animals (as a means of foreshadowing how lovable she is to people). Would they use an actress or actor that is naturally well-liked by ...
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Style of shooting where common activities are filmed as if they were epic

I am trying to identify a cinematic style where a common activity is filmed as if it was way more epic than it really is (usually with a comedic intent). As an example: a guy could be just drinking ...
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Were the oil paintings in the episode “Im Schmerz geboren” for real?

One of many unusual aspects of the amazing Tatort episode "Im Schmerz geboren" was the parts where the scene transformed into oil paintings showing stills of the action, as with the casino shootout or ...
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2K versus Quad HD (QHD)

Is there a REAL difference or is it both the same. According to a German Wikipedia article 2K is a resolution with a width of UP TO 2048 pixels. Therefore 2560x1440 doesn't fit into this range. ...
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What do the characters that accompany Willard in Apocalypse Now represent in relation to the morality and insanity?

What do the characters on the boat (Lance, Clean, Chief and Chef) represent in Apocalypse Now and how do they relate to the metaphor involving insanity? Any answers good, I'm stuck.
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Why are twins often cast for young roles?

I've seen it many times. Very young identical twins cast for the same role. Off the top of my head: Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen in Full House. Dylan Thomas Sprouse and Cole Mitchell Sprouse in Big ...
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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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Why do some movies originally shot on film have notably vivid reds and skin tones?

Many older movies seem to have vivid reds and particularly realistic or noticeable skin tones (they certainly seem to stand out from typical skin tones on TV or the majority of movies). This applies ...
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How do they make horses fall down in war movies?

I have seen horses falling down many times in war movies while running. How do they make horses fall down in war movies? Are they highly trained to know fall down at some place or some barriers are ...
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How is a hanging scene filmed?

Needless to say that there are a lot of movies that contain a scene where a person is hanged, or commits suicide by hanging. How are such scenes produced? How to both ensure the safety of the actor ...
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Hair changes in The Book of Life - What's this called?

In The Book of Life, I just noticed a very interesting graphic effect. Manolo's hair swirl physically changes from scene to scene to face the camera. This effect occurs constantly but is never ...
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IMAX DMR vs 35mm film

I am planning to watch Interstellar, but I'm wondering which version I should watch. It has been released on a wide variety of media, among them classic 35mm film and IMAX. So I'm not sure if I should ...
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Did Spiderman filming halt so Tobey Maguire could bulk up?

Spiderman 1 with Tobey Maguire tells the story of how Peter Parker acquired his abilities. Most of the time he is fully clothed. However, we are privy to at least one scene (the day he gets bit) ...
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Rooftop contraption used to simulate realistic driving scenes

I recall seeing a behind-the-scenes feature wherein it is explained that realistic action sequences involving moving cars are now possible with the use of a device which allows the car to be ...
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How did they get the baby actor in Tootsie to repeatedly turn its head away from food?

In Tootsie, they have a scene where the baby keeps turning it's head away as a spoon is brought close to it's mouth. Usually the only role for a baby in a movie is crying but this seems more complex ...
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Are time lapse shots of growing plants done in a studio or at the particular places on earth?

I recently watched the Planet Earth TV series. There are some beautiful shots in the different episodes! And one shot (or one particular type of shot) I'm curious about how they done it. In the 8th ...
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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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What's the point of the old people's interviews in When Harry Met Sally

Why did When Harry Met Sally ... (1989) occasionally show interviews of random old couples retelling their love stories? Is there a name for this technique? I noticed that there was a time jump after ...
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House of Lies freeze frame effect - how is it done?

In watching House of Lies two notable things for me are the parts where Don Cheadle's character breaks the fourth wall (a la Spacey in the similarly named House of Cards) and the freeze frame effect. ...
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Actors acting the real actors inside a movie?

In the TV show Supernatural, Season 6, Episode 15, Sam and Dean find themselves pushed into an "alternate reality" where they are two actors acting in a TV show called Supernatural. And their names ...
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How was the tracking shot in Frenzy done?

Does somebody know how that famous tracking shot down the stairhall in Frenzy was technically accomplished?
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How are stunts where vehicles are seriously damaged (such as explosions or crashes) filmed?

In many movies vehicles are apparently seriously damaged. How are these stunts filmed? Are these made animated? Does it costs more to shoot these types of shots? Do these shots have retakes? Examples ...
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How are flyover sequences shot?

I have always wonder how they shoot the flyover sequences. Is it very difficult, is it costly? Me being an amateur filmmaker, can I shoot such a sequence? Example:
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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 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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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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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 ...