Questions about styles used through films and shows.

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What's the purpose of people shouting “Hello” into the phone several times after they've clearly been disconnected?

This is usually done with a landline phone. The character calls someone or someone is calling him, they talk for a while and then for any reason the other person hangs up earlier than the character ...
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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 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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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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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 do movie makers get people to watch a movie many times?

I notice that some movies are so densely packed with nuanced layers that you have to watch them a few times before you really start to see everything. Some people watch some movies 10+ times. But ...
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Can actors always wear contact lenses?

With higher-definition formats do actors with very bad vision have to remove contact lenses when their character isn't supposed to wear them, especially in close-up shots that would presumably make ...
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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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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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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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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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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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When was the horror film technique where a character opens a door to the same room first done?

I've noticed this interesting and scary film technique where a character tries to exit through a door, only to find that they've entered the same room as before. I've seen it done in The Awakening ...
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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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How does a movie director handle an inherently dangerous scene?

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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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 ...
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Is it really as easy to knock someone out in real life as in the movies?

As a child I watched (with my father) a boxing match which lasted 12 rounds. At the end neither fighter resembled his previous pretty self, but nobody got knocked out either. I just watched Terra ...
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How did they film Danny tricycle riding through the hotel?

I am curious how the camera managed to maintain such a close distance to Danny riding his tricycle through the hotel in The Shining. The camera seems to be positioned on some wheeled cart that is ...
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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 ...
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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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What is this vehicle during the filming of the bus flip in Terminator Genisys

In this "behind the scenes" footage, which shows how the bus flip was done, at 0:52 there is a strange vehicle that comes up alongside the bus: What is this? It appears to be a normal car enclosed ...
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What is the term for the colour scheme/effect in e.g. Supernatural

In the TV series Supernatural, almost all episodes have a darkish colour scheme. The only exception is for episodes partly set in another universe, e.g. S05E08 "Changing Channels" where they brothers ...
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Do IMAX screens in America play non-IMAX movies?

In India, I am very sure non-IMAX movies are played in IMAX screens. I am not sure whether American IMAX screens plays them. My friend says they "should not" play non-IMAX movies in IMAX screens in ...
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How is a series like Breaking Bad secured in case of any issues with actors?

Breaking Bad is the first series that I watched which had continuity going over multiple seasons. How do producers and Directors plan series like these which go on for period of multiple years. I ...
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Kill Bill colour changes to Black and White

In the movie Kill Bill, why does the colour keep shifting from standard colour to black and white? Is it to keep the gross levels down?
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Is this mask really possible?

Sometimes we see a mask is used by an actor of a film by which he drastically changes his face. I was under the impression that only after plastic surgery one can change his face. I stumbled upon this ...
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How did Tom Cruise do that plane stunt in Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation?

I wonder how the plane stunt from Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation is even possible, because planes travel at the speed of more than 750 miles per hour. He is just hanging with his hand in the ...
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What techniques are used by directors to make an actor cry?

I have always wondered what techniques directors use to get amateur actors, especially young ones, to cry. How can someone surrounded with so many film crew and cameras can concentrate enough and feel ...
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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 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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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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Why is Daredevil 2015 so brutal?

A lot of the imagery in the Daredevil 2015 tv series is significantly more brutal than any previous entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Examples of such imagery include: Fisk bash a guy's ...
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How were the scenes with Gazelle shot?

In Kingsman: The Secret Service Gazelle is disabled. I was surprised to discover that the actress playing the role (Sofia Boutella) is not. How were the scenes with her shot? Did she actually wear ...
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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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How “directed” were the activities filmed in Disney's Monkey Kingdom?

While watching the plot of Monkey Kingdom unfold, I became very curious about just how directed many of the scenes were. This is perhaps a slightly broad question, but I think it's still a good one. ...
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Was this movie the first usage of screen projection?

"The Forbidden Planet" came out in 1956, and there is a particular visual effects shot in the movie that was ground breaking at the time. Projecting live action onto a painted background, and I've ...
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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 are older movies post-converted to 3D?

I went to see Hugo in 3D today, and beforehand there was a trailer for the upcoming re-release of Titanic in 3D. I must say, I was impressed. How much of the conversion to 3D of a movie that was ...
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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 ...