Questions about styles used through films and shows.

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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 HDTV,...
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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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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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Was the Lord of the Rings trilogy the first film series to be shot concurrently?

I know that the three films in the Lord of the Rings film series were quite famously shot concurrently. The films were then edited and completed, before being released to the cinemas a year or so ...
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What techniques were used for the animation in The Triplets of Belleville?

The brilliant modern animated movie The Triplets of Belleville (also known as Belleville Rendez-Vous) is both moving as a story and has beautifully stylistic animation. The images are clearly meant to ...
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Camera movement in final scene of 'Into The Wild'

I just watched 'Into The Wild'. In the final scene the camera rotates around Chris' face, zooms out of the bus and zooms out showing the surrounding area above the bus. This link does not show the ...
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How are head shots and deep throat gashes filmed?

I was watching a move the other night and the main character slits the throat of another person. The camera stayed on the victim the whole time this happened. I'm wondering how this is achieved. ...
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Why all the fancy technology in most movies?

In most of the movies and TV-series I have watched, whenever there is some kind of "technology" involved (say, like a tracking device or hacking something important), there is a lot of unnecessary, ...
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When an actor is supposedly but not actually looking at someone or something

Sometimes in a scene where a character is supposedly looking directly at another, the actor is in fact looking slightly to the side. When I notice this, it generally appears to be done intentionally ...
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Killing computers in movies

In the present age, pretty much everyone knows the working of a simple computer, but still in movies people shoot only the computer monitors to disrupt connections and what not! Obviously for most ...
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Term for dialogue-driven movies in a restricted setting?

Is there a term for a dialogue-driven movie that takes place entirely on a single set? Some examples would be: Lifeboat, 1944 Rear Window, 1954 12 Angry Men, 1957 The Man from Earth, 2007 Dogville, ...
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How are death and autopsy scenes filmed?

I've been watching a lot of Silent Witness recently and I'm intrigued by how a lot of the post mortem shots are achieved. A typical story line involves a supporting character (one we certainly ...
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Why the yellow-orange tinting of the entire movie?

Fritz Lang's silent epic Die Nibelungen is completely tinted in a yellow-orange tone (and the film has only been reconstructed rather recently (2010) to this original color tinting using the same ...
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Are talent doubles used for chopstick usage in American dramas?

A friend of mine who lives in an Asian country noted that non-Asian Americans use chopsticks very well in American TV dramas. Are talent doubles, and/or actor training, employed to ensure that this ...
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Why the long takes in Rope?

Alfred Hitchcock's 1948 film Rope is known for it's long takes. There is plenty of documentation regarding the length of each shot and the limitations of the technology available, but less so ...
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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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Is the introduction of Snake Eyes a reference to Rope?

While I guess it isn't a big secret that Alfred Hitchcock has always been a huge inspiration for Brian De Palma, one possible connection between both of them has only occurred to me recently. The ...
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How are dual-role films shot?

How are dual/double role films shot in which the actor is shown on the screen at the same time in the same or different z-index planes and are in a fight scene in which one actor is punching the other,...
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Which are the “several forms of animation” used by Wes Anderson in Fantastic Mr. Fox?

From the Wikipedia article for Fantastic Mr. Fox, The film mixes several forms of animation but consists primarily of stop motion. Besides stop motion, Which other forms of animation did the ...
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How do they film phone conversations?

How is the scene of two people talking on a phone shot in a film or TV series? For instance, if person A has to call person B, the scene can be taken in either of two ways. Ask person A to act ...
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Do the actors really go nude in the shooting of the movies?

I often wonder if actors really go nude for certain scenes in films. I am not talking about those movies where we can see the sexual body-parts or genitals of the actors/actresses, but instead less ...
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Camera sway as cinematic technique?

I've noticed a trend in movies where the camera "sways" during quiet, drama scenes, as opposed to "shaky cam" which is used during action scenes. I've noticed its use in both political/war movies and ...
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Why are some movies still shot in black and white or sepia?

Why are some films still shot in black and white or sepia? I can understand if it's perhaps a "period piece" like The Artist or The Good German, or if, like in Sin City, it's done to perhaps stay true ...
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What “colour template” do Harry Potter movies employ?

I don't know if "colour template" is the word for that. What I mean is the colour of the movies, especially Globet of Fire and the ones after it, seemed to be very dark but also with so much depth to ...
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How was the aerial prison scene shot?

I have been wondering, knowing that back when this movie was shot technology wasn't comparatively so advanced, how could they have shot the opening scene of The Shawshank Redemption? If it was shot ...
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What is the term called for the sudden blackout before the suspense scene?

Mostly in the cartoons and in some TV series or movies sometimes the screen turned black mid-between a sudden surprise scene, which impacts great to maintaining goosebumps. The last i noticed this is ...
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How is the dialogue for wide shots recorded?

In scenes where the boom mic would have to be placed much too far from the actor in order to film the scene, how is the dialogue recorded? Is there some hidden microphone on the actor's clothing or ...
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How did they shoot/record the One Day More scene?

In Les Miserables, I understand all music numbers (every scene, that is) were recorded live on set with the actors leading an accompanying pianist off-site. How then could they shoot the One Day More ...
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How was the opening scene with the fly made?

This may sound like a bit of an odd question, but I was wondering how the opening scene in Once Upon A Time in The West was made and more specifically, how they made the fly do what it did. It must ...
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Do other actors/actresses really spit on each other in movies?

I've been seeing more and more of these scenes lately (though I know they aren't new), as they add shock value to a particular scene/story line. Just curious if it's split-scened or just a part of the ...
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When half of a character's face is dark and half is light - What is this called? And what is the intent?

In many films and TV shows, just before a seminal moment (though not necessarily before a climax), the director will call for a character's face to be half in darkness, half in light. I first noticed ...
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Technologies used in MI: Ghost Protocol

What kind of technology does Ethan Hunt use in The Kremlin where he projects the image of a statue on transparent film? Is this possible to trace anyone's eyes according what they're seeing in front ...
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How did Woody Allen film this dancing scene?

Since the first day I watched Woody Allen's Everyone Says I Love You I couldn't stop wondering: How on earth was this scene filmed? The way Goldie Hawn moves is incredibly natural. I literally find ...
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How do they prevent animal cruelty in movies?

According to a number of sources , cruelty to animals is an offence and it is punishable in most countries. But in historical film it's inevitable, because if a film is looking to be historically ...
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May the lead role actors be used to fill spaces if needed?

Several scenes in a movie require a lot of people to appear on-screen. For example a scene of a party where it needs a lot of people to appear together. I heard crews of the production unit and even ...
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How are OnScreen Conversations filmed

Three instances spring to mind: Star Trek conversations via the viewscreen Red Dwarf crew interacting with Holly A scene in the Doctor Who episode 'Blink' where the Doctor speaks from the television ...
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What are the artistic reasons to shoot “Curb Your Enthusiasm” in a higher frame rate?

What are the artistic reasons to shoot "Curb Your Enthusiasm" in a higher frame rate? It gives me the impress I am watching an old show.
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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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What is including a sound from another movie as a tribute called?

Is there a term for when a movie intentionally includes a bit of a sound track from another movie solely as a tribute to the original movie?
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Where did flatlining come from?

A standard sign of death on TV and film seems to be someone's heart rate machine flatlining with a long, drawn out BEEEEEEEEEEP. However, this is not what actually happens - apparently this noise ...
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How can a movie from 1987 be better in HD than SD?

How can a movie from 1987 be better in HD than SD? Does that apply to all movies that were recorded on old-style film?
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Why is it a common trend to pan the camera past an object then back to it?

The title might have been vague so let me clarify. I have see this in many movies and television series over the years, even cartoons. Let me create a scenario since I can't visually remember one to ...
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Why are there different audio levels for different languages?

I was watching the Star Trek Into Darkness trailers on Apple's trailer site. I watched the Announcement in english (US) and then the UK and AU versions and I noticed that background audio was at ...
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Breaking a whiskey glass with your bare hands: how would this have been done?

In Broken City, there's a scene where the character, Jack Valliant, breaks his whiskey glass by squeezing it with his bare hands. I'd first like to know if this is actually physically possible. Second,...
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Is a helicopter used to shoot such scenes?

Often in movies we see moving vehicles from above. Personally, I think they are shot using helicopters. But if so, why can't we hear the noise of the helicopter? It can't be a balloon, can it? Because ...