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how do they make cats hiss?

I was watching Aliens and noticed that Jones the cat seemed to be genuinely unhappy and hissing during Ripley's dream sequence at Gateway Station. How do animal handlers get cats to hiss?
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What are light meters used for in digital movies?

I know when shooting on film, a light meter is used to determine the amount of exposure time for the film to get the right colours. It also mentions they're used to to determine the optimum light ...
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What exactly does a director do in an animated feature?

In a normal movie a director would setup shots the way they wanted and direct the actors in such a way that ideally it would clearly have a certain imprint of that directors vision on it. However in ...
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How can credits (like closing credits) be found?

Is there any way other than watching a movie or trusting IMDB to see the credits (such as closing credits) of any movie?
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What does a movie producer do?

I'm curious about what role the producer plays in the production of a movie. I understand that it's the person in charge, but that's all I know. What are the responsibilities of a movie producer?
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How much time did the technical part (motion capture) of the film Avatar consume?

I heard it took 11 years for the technical development for Avatar. Is this true, or is the story development included in this calculation. Can anybody confirm how long it took for the motion capture ...
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Malayalam movies collection report

Drishyam (2013) is referred as the greatest hit in Malayalam film industry by theatrical run as well as by collections. Still the exact figures are not known, but it is believed that it collected ...
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What do sitcom car rigs look like without effects?

Typically seen in shows with a live audience, there's a very noticeable type of shot where the characters are in a car with what's presumably a blue screen background, the car is obviously stationary ...
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How does an average (non-star) actor's pay work?

An average actor, (according to the SAG?) makes scale. What is scale? Is it hourly pay? paid per picture? Are there any residuals? Benefits? Retirement?
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Are actors all starving?

What do I mean by this question? Well, when watching making of videos, or even when a show like CSI, or Law and Order might have a movie production in an episode's plot, quite often they will show the ...
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What is the difference between a grip and a key grip?

Could you define what a grip does in the production of a movie, and then what makes the key grip, key? When looking at the crew list of "Big Trouble in Little China" I noted it also shows, in ...
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Why do movies & TV use this police radio clip over and over?

Quick background The sound I am referring to can be heard in this video, in the police radio at 0.26. It sounds like, "one-four-one celibacy". I've noticed this sound for a long time. So, the ...
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What is this technique of playing music instrument called?

In August Rush, Evan/August plays the musical instrument very differently, using his full hand rather than his fingers. What is this technique of playing music instrument called? Is it just made for ...
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Why don't American television series have different titles for each season?

Take, for example, The Simpsons - the first season of that show is just called The Simpsons, as is the second season and the third season and so on and so forth. The individual seasons don't have ...
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Was the ending to “How I Met Your Mother” planned from the start?

In How I Met Your Mother, Ted tells his kids the lengthy story of his life during his twenties and thirties. His "official" intention is to tell them, as per the title, how he met their mother. In ...
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Do A-listers audition for roles?

It is normal for new actors who haven't proven themselves to audition for roles in movies. But What about A-listers like Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, etc. Do these guys still attend auditions or are scripts ...
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Why don't production houses offer corrigendum?

Whenever there is an error, factual or typo or otherwise, we see newspapers / books / magazines posting a corrigendum for their readers. My question is why don't production houses / directors etc do ...
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Why is it that most movies seem to be created in cooperation with some unknown studio?

I noticed that most movies appear to be created by a cooperation of at least one very well known studio (like Pixar, Paramount, Dreamworks, etc.) on the one hand and a company you've never heard of on ...
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Is there a name for the inter-mercials specific to TV networks

I'm not sure what you could call it. Nearly every channel has promotional adverts, to let you know who provides what you're watching. That's not quite what I'm thinking of. The best example I ever ...
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What kind of animation/drawing program do they use to make South Park?

In 6 Days to Air, the documentary about the making of South Park episodes there is some great footage of the animators working on the characters in studio onw acom tablets. I couldn't tell what ...
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Do Marvel Studios share the same Mode of Production as Marvel Comics?

I know Marvel Comics have a fairly notorious process of development, with Bullpen Bulletins outlining the methodology of the brain trust over the years. It seems little has been published/revealed ...
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Way to find out about Movie/TV Budgets?

Is there a way to find out what the official budget of a Movie or TV show is? I'm aware that Box Office Mojo is a fairly reliable resource to find the estimated gross of a movie, but I haven't come ...
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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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Transformers 3 Computer Graphics Production

I recently read an article about "Transformers 3 Computer Graphics Production" Which quotes For a last push on the final weekend of work, ILM’s entire render farm was used for Transformers 3. ...
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Captions in Mexican TV Commercials

Watching Mexican TV channels like Televisa and TVAzteca, you'll notice that many TV commercials have captions at the bottom of the screen with what appear to read as cautionary messages. Snack ...
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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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Film franchise forced to change actors due to unforeseen circumstances [closed]

For example, in Harry Potter movie series, professor dumbledore character was played by Richard Harris in the first two films. However, due to his death, the character was played by Michael Gambon in ...
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What is the difference between USD 38M and USD 120M CGI?

Watching Vin Diesel's Riddick (2013) was a jarring experience in many ways not least because of the quality of the CGI used. It could be best described as having a mid-2000s videogame-y feel to it. ...
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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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Why are some actors uncredited in certain films?

Eli Wallach appears in Mystic River. Olivia Williams plays a role in X-Men: The Last Stand. However, neither of them (according to IMDb) is credited in the movie. These two instances are simply ...
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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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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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What Unit Does the BBC News Countdown Timer Count Down?

BBC News (UK) has a countdown timer in its opener, for example see this video. On the bottom right, there's a countdown timer which counts the time until the news begin. But I find the timer ...
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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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How does Quentin Tarantino write dialog for a language he doesn't speak?

How does Quentin Tarantino or any other screenwriter write dialog for a language he doesn't speak? I have never found any mention of Tarantino being able to speak in any language other than English. ...
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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 Europa Report's budget?

Most reviews of Europa Report state that it was made on a low budget. But what was its budget exactly? Neither IMDb nor Wikipedia carry this information.
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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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Is it easier to make an older actor look younger than a younger actor older?

Considering how well 42-year old Matt Damon carried off the role of 17-year old Scott Thorson in Behind the Candelabra, I'm curious to know if it is easier, in terms of make-up, to make an older ...
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Why are pilot episodes often unaired?

I frequently watch tv series on DVD and very often I see the "Unaired Pilot" episode advertised (most recently Supernatural). I understand these are the test episodes which will be given to the ...
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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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AFV Theme Music a La Bamba ripoff? [closed]

Is it just me or does the theme music for the show AFV "America's Funniest Videos" sound a little too much like Ritchie Valens "La Bamba"?
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Do boom mics only capture dialogue?

Are boom microphones designed to only capture dialogue? If not, is all extraneous noise filtered out during post-production? How is this done? How was this done before computers?
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How much of a film's sound effects do foley artists typically work on?

How much of a movie's sound effects is a foley artist responsible for? Are all non-dialogue sounds rendered by them? How is this decided?
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What are the exact responsibilities of the show runner?

Some of the series I follow intensely have showrunners I know off the top of my head. Doctor Who has Stephen Moffat (who was preceded by RTD). Lost had Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof. They are ...
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How to find who is the showrunner?

Some of the series I follow intensely have showrunners I know off the top of my head. Doctor Who has Stephen Moffat (who was preceded by RTD). Lost had Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof. But I only ...
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Logo on screen during rain delay of baseball [closed]

Why does the team logo come on the screen during a rain delay? I figure it is to let the network affiliate stations know, without making a verbal comment, that they can switch their broadcast over to ...
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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 ...
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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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Production logistics for recycling on Mythbusters

The cast and crew of Mythbusters make an amazing number of gadgets, test platforms, small scale buildings, etc. for each and every episode. They take great pride in destroying their creations ...