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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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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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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 did they film the gun spinning scene?

In "End Times" (Season 4 Episode 12) of Breaking Bad, there is a scene of Walt sitting near the pool. He places his gun on a table and spins it. The gun ends up pointing at him. He spins it again, and ...
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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'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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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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Do they really drink or eat when shooting movies?

Many times in movies and TV shows characters are showed as eating or drinking activities (water, beverages, alcohol). If a shoot takes many retakes, then the actors will not want to eat after going ...
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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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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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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 the mirror scenes in movies?

It always makes me wonder how do they place the cameras and crew members while filming a scene which is opposite to a reflecting object, such as mirror. Because, when filming the reflected objects we ...
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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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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 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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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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What is the longest, single take, tracking shot in cinema/TV?

In episode four of True Detective, there was a 6-minute long, single take, tracking shot sequence. What is the longest, scripted, single take (no cuts) sequence in movies / television? I am not ...
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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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How does a movie director handle an inherently dangerous scene such as the following?

In a store, I saw a music video of a woman standing dangerously between two "lions." (The quotes are for a reason.) How would a director shoot that scene safely? Is there a way to tranquilize the ...
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How do they shoot fight scenes without causing harm to performers?

What are the techniques to create a realistic fight/combat scene without injuring the actors?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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How can weightlessness be simulated on film?

How can the weightlessness of space be realistically simulated on film? Does it require CG or can a convincing simulation be achieved using wire fu and editing? (I'm happy to hear of good examples of ...
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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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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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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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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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What is the point of selling in 2.35 format a movie recorded in 1.85 format?

I can see that the "E.T." movie is sold in 1.85 and 2.35 formats: Example of 2.35 format - Another example - And a last one Example of 1.85 format But seems to have been recorded in 1.85 ...
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How did they create the hole in Robert Downey Jr.'s chest for the Iron Man movie?

Don't know if this is the right place to ask this, but I'm wondering how they created the hole in Robert Downey Jr.'s chest so they can put the reactor there? Here is the video "Iron Man: Behind the ...
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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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In films how do they make spider web?

In films like in Indiana Jones and National Treasure old temples, caves etc. have spider webs all over the place. Assuming that these aren't real spider webs, how do they make these fake ones? (I'm ...
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How do they make a huge crowd in a movie?

We usually see a huge crowd in a movie: In scenes in war movies having a huge crowd, where you'll have an army force with costumes In musical shows set in a movie, games like football, cricket, or ...
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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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Why do professional green screens look so much better?

Why does the average green screen, such as one on the local news station, or some video on youtube, leave an outline and is obviously fake, but in some movies these effects look totally real. I was ...
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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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Reason behind Man of Steels muted tones

Are there any officially declared answers to why exactly "Man of Steel" had such heavy, dark tones throughout the movie? Usually such themes are used to depict harsh times in a movie. But here, the ...