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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 much would a third season of SGU cost to produce?

I'm entertaining a dream in which I win €140,000,000 in the EuroMillions draw and use it to fund the return of unfairly-cancelled shows. Using any available figures, how much would a third season of ...
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How do they make bloodshot eyes in movies?

I have seen tons of make-up tutorials on cuts, bruises, bullet wounds etc., but could not find much information on how bloodshot eyes are made in movies.
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Why do TV shows uses multiple directors and screenwriters?

In many TV seasons different directors are used to direct different episodes and different screenwriters are used to write different episodes, this is even common in one single season (e.g. GoT and ...
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Was Kirk's retirement from the Star Trek franchise already decided in The Undiscovered Country?

After the crew of the Enterprise successfully intervenes the assassins' plans and saves the future of human-Klingon-peace in 1991's Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, there is a little epilogue ...
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Why are two Jungle book movies being made consecutively?

Everybody perhaps knows of Jon Favreau's movie The Jungle Book which is going to be released in 2016. But quite recently I learned (and to my utter surprise) that another Jungle book movie is coming ...
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Why do TV series creators prefer to remove characters rather than recast them?

Actors playing roles on TV series occasionally leave the series after a while, for various reasons. I've noticed that, at least in the last few decades, that usually results in the character leaving ...
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Frame rates of early movies

If I am correct, films run at 24 fps. Early, we saw jerky and rapid movements of people. This was, I think, 16 fps. However, we have seen earlier films (like the first kiss) at 24 fps it seems. Also ...
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How much did Legendary Pictures' connections to the Pittsburgh Steelers really influence the production of The Dark Knight Rises?

As explained in previous questions, the fact that the football players of the Gotham Rogues in The Dark Knight Rises were largely played by actual football players from the Pittsburgh Steelers was ...
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When the trailer for a movie is released, how far along is it in development?

When a trailer (not a teaser) comes out, the rest of the movie usually follows a few months later. Is the movie itself typically complete at this point, or is there still (post-)production work to be ...
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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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When movie or show script gets stolen long into filming

I remember reading something about Bryan Cranston's script getting stolen from his car at the time when he was playing Walter White of Breaking Bad. I can imagine something like this can totally throw ...
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Do the teams in The Amazing Race already know which countries they will be visiting prior to the production?

While watching The Amazing Race, it feels like that the teams don't know which country they will be visiting next and they finds out only while opening the clue at the start of the each leg. If this ...
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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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Was Felicity Smoak always planned to be a main character in Arrow?

According to the trivia section of this article "Emily Bett Rickards was originally only intended to appear as Felicity in 'Lone Gunmen'." The wording doesn't make it clear if they meant that the ...
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What was the budget for the film “Hitchcock”?

Does anyone know what the budget was for the film Hitchcock? I read somewhere that it had a low budget, but I haven't been able to find a specific amount. (Due to the low budget--I read--it was ...
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Why screeners are released in DVD format instead of Blu-ray?

A screener (SCR) is an advance screening of a film or television series sent to critics, awards voters, video stores (for their manager and employees), and other film industry professionals, ...
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What happens to complex movie set decorations?

I can imagine that movies with large budget should generate a lot of set decorations. I have seen those go to theme parks like Universal of Orlando, however, that is only a tiny portion. While ...
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Are the movies 'The Fantastic World of D.C. Collins' and 'Cloak and Dagger' connected somehow?

In 1984, both The Fantastic World of D.C. Collins starring Gary Coleman (TV movie) and Cloak and Dagger starring Dabney Coleman (theatrical release) came out. They have identical plots. In both, ...
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Legality of using fake license plates in movies

When a movie is filmed in a location that is different than the location in the script (e.g. a movie set somewhere in the US that is filmed in Canada), and there are automobiles shown with license ...
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Do “Arrow” and “The Flash” share sets?

Watching a recent episode of Arrow (Season 4 Episode 15 "Taken"), I get a feeling that Oliver's Star City mayoral race campaign headquarters looks incredibly identical to Central City's Police ...
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Why does America's Got Talent have so many executive producers?

I was watching America's Got Talent last night, and during the opening credits was struck by the number of executive producers listed. It seems to grow longer each year. They are (from the official ...
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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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What does key grip mean? [duplicate]

I was reading through the Schizopolis Wikipedia page. In the production section, it says: Schizopolis was shot on a budget of only $250,000. Due to Soderbergh's desire to keep the film simple, ...
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When someone is shown via a photograph/prop, but they don't do any acting, how are they credited?

Sometimes, usually in TV shows, it might happen that an actor is shown via photograph or a prop of their body. They themselves don't make an appearance, and don't do any voice acting. For example, in ...
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Who really designed The Lake House and under what considerations?

A major setting in The Lake House is the eponymous house at the shore of a lake in the middle of nowhere, where both Alex and Kate lived consecutively and which Alex's father designed and built for ...
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Why do old movies sound like old movies?

There seems to be a distinctive "old movie" sound. The accents (often British, or some weird American-British hybrid), the delivery of lines (if I talked to somebody the way these lines are delivered, ...
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What movie is this set from?

While on a motorbiking trip across America in 2012, we had the good fortune to be taken to visit a movie set. We were not allowed onto the set itself as they were due to start filming soon after we ...
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Was the bathroom stall scene in Get Hard real or green screen?

In Get Hard, Will Ferrell plays a stock broker that gets framed for embezzlement and gets convicted for it. He's sentenced for five to ten in San Quentin max security prison. To get prepared, he hires ...
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What happened to the cut 44 minutes of The Magnificent Ambersons?

Does anyone really know what happened to the missing 44 minutes of Orson Welles’ “The Magnificent Ambersons”? Were they saved somewhere in an RKO vault and forgotten*, or left on the cutting room ...
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What was Joss Whedon's budget for Much Ado About Nothing?

Joss Whedon has been quoted as saying Whatever you're thinking, it's less but has anyone placed a specific dollar figure on the budget of his 'Much Ado About Nothing'? If not, can someone here ...
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Why was there such a long gap between the parts of the “Before” Series?

I was just wondering why there was such a long gap between the "Before" series. Before Sunrise: 1995 Before Sunset: 2004 Before Midnight: 2013
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Hollywood movie that took longest to create

What Hollywood movie did take longest to create? By 'the longest' I mean full production until it made it to the theaters.
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Union contracts and extremely long workdays on movie sets

We've all heard about movie shoots with ridiculously long workdays, e.g., we've heard actors talk about getting up at the crack of dawn, working until the wee hours of the next morning, sleeping a ...
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Why do movies in theaters not have recaps?

Weekly TV shows like The Flash, Supernatural, DC's Legends of Tomorrow... always have a recap at the beginning of each episode to bring the viewer up to date with the current events of the stories' ...
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How do filmmakers avoid offending actors when casting?

Almost all characters in films necessitate actors who have certain features before makeup and costumes fill in the gaps. The role of James Bond, for instance, necessarily calls for a tall, handsome ...
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What is the reason behind the multiple Spiderman reboots? [duplicate]

Spiderman is the one franchise that is on course to a third reboot in a span of 15 years. My question is what was the reason for these numerous reboots of Spiderman which pretty much follow the same ...
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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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Why are people playing police officers not arrested?

In a film or TV series there are often people playing police officers, quite often on set where members of the public can see them. Wouldn't this fall foul of the 'impersonating a police officer' law?...
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What would happen if a show would remove its disclaimer?

What would happen if shows like South Park would remove their introductory disclaimer like message like 'all celebrities are impersonated...poorly'etc. before the show stars. What could happen to them ...
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Legal implications of shooting a movie along a public sidewalk with dozens of people

In a lot of movies and TV shows, there will be a scene where an actor will be walking along a busy sidewalk, and there will be dozens of people behind them, and perhaps even one or two people coming ...
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Why are there so many different writers to TV series?

Whenever I search for episodes of various TV series, I am wondering why there are different writers and/or directors. See the list of Almost Human Episodes for an example. It doesn't make sense to me ...
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How much does a staff writer make on a TV show?

How does salary work when writing for television? I'm talking about a standard network sitcom or drama like Modern Family or Castle. Is it a traditional salary, or is payment based on work turned in? ...
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How are Streets of Fire's end credits structured so unusually (or are they)?

It was only recently that I conciously noticed that Streets of Fire employs quite an unusual structure for its end credits. When the movie ends, first the cast list scrolls over a view of the last ...
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Do the “miners” on Gold Rush make money other than the gold they find?

The TV show Gold Rush is wildly popular. Does anyone know if the miners make money from the advertisers, have endorsements with the equipment manufacturers, are they compensated by the Discovery ...
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Did The Revenant movie team kill animals for the movie?

I found this article claiming that Leonardo DiCaprio really ate raw bison liver and slept inside of dead animals for the filming of The Revenant (2015). Yet I never heard a single complaint, e.g. from ...
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How is this shot in Batman made?

In the 1989 movie Batman, the Joker is seen falling and the images make it seem like it was animated. How was this done? I am talking about the images of the Joker himself, which are not photographs ...
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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 does Lost have an unequal number of episodes among all seasons?

Lost seems to have an unequal number of episodes across its various seasons: season 1 - 25 episodes season 2 - 24 episodes season 3 - 23 episodes season 4 - 14 episodes season 5 - 17 episodes season ...
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Why are there such large gaps in the Star Wars release timelines?

Wikipedia lists the following release years for the Star Wars movies: Episode IV: A New Hope (1977) Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980) Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983) Episode I: The ...