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Was Bane's dialogue spoken during filming or dubbed in during post?

In the film The Dark Knight Rises, Bane wears a mask that covers the bottom half of his face. This obscures his mouth and jaw such that it's pretty hard to tell when the actor is actually speaking. ...
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What is the cost of making Game of Thrones each episode?

I'm wondering by seeing the richness of episodes in Game of Thrones. What is the average making cost of a single Game of Thrones episode?
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Filming timespan of Jeopardy!

Most Game Shows are filmed with live audiences. A popular and long running example is Jeopardy!, others being Family Feud, Who wants to be A millionaire, and a recent one is The Chase. Some of these ...
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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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Is clapping the clapper just tradition at this point?

As I understand, modern film and audio are synced using SMPTE timecode which is embedded in the metadata of the respective source files. Modern clappers also display the timecode, but they still have ...
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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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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 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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Is there a common origin to those blue background TV commercials?

I've seen a number of these in my many years of watching TV since at least the 1990s. These are commercials for some random mail order product, and right before the ad ends, the screen cuts to ...
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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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Green Colour of Blood in “Mankatha”

In The South Indian Tamil Movie, 'Mankatha' why is the colour of blood shown to be Green in the main character's imagination? The movie is miles far from anything related to Science Fiction or ...
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Why do panelists on British panel shows have a pen and paper which they seem to use regularly?

I personally find British panel shows to be among the funniest shows you can find on TV. One common occurrence I've noticed is that the panellists are often seen writing scribbling notes while another ...
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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 an actor cast that's an older version of another one?

How does someone show the same character at very different ages who has also morphed from one type of person to another? Is it possible that the same actor can somehow close the two-decade time ...
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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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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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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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How are TV shows resurrected?

Can anyone explain how cancelled shows are able to come back on different networks? What I mean is, who owns the rights to the show, the network or the production company? And to that end, are the ...
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What are the exact responsibilities of the showrunner?

Some of the series I follow intensely have showrunners I know off the top of my head. Doctor Who has Steven Moffat (who was preceded by Russell T. Davies). Lost had Carlton Cuse & Damon ...
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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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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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Has there been any proof that Storage Wars producers planted items?

After Dave Hester left Storage Wars, he opened up that the producers had been planting items every show. I find this interesting because I grew up following my grandparents who owned a successful ...
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How does the budget breakdown for a US TV season compare to a UK TV Season?

Firstly, regardless of the total amount how is the budget for a US TV Season of twenty odd episodes typically broken down? What percentage goes on writing, sets, equipment, actors, etc? Secondly, how ...
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What are light meters needed 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. Wikipedia also mentions they're used to to determine the optimum ...
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Why was Hodor renamed in the TV show?

In the Song of Ice and Fire books, we learn early on that Hodor's real name is Walder. However, in Season 6 episode 02 of Game of Thrones, we learn in a flashback that his name is Wylis. There are ...
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Was the opening scene in Dark Knight Rises there in the original script?

I know it was a great scene and established where the Dr. came from but it wasn't really necessary. If you take that scene out, Bane's first reveal is in the sewer. Was the opening plane scene an ...
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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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Disclaimer of a movie: Can it really save the producers?

It is usual in films to use Disclaimer in it to reduce the possibility of legal action for libel from any person who believes that he or she has been libeled via their portrayal in the work (whether ...
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What is today's version of the 'cutting the phone line' trope?

I watched Kiss the Girls last night and thought it was funny in the final scene that it all happened because the bad guy pulled the phone line. If you watch any Lifetime movies this might happen ...
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Why are box office numbers made public?

Why are all 'box office sales' made public? Is it a customary thing? A marketing ploy? Do they have a similar thing for TV (beyond ratings)? I only see profits for video games listed for publicly ...
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What is the reason for choosing Mary Jane over the Gwen Stacy in the 2002 Spider-Man movie?

As per the original storyline of Spider-Man Gwen Stacy is the first serious love of Peter Parker (Betty Brant is the first relationship of him which never worked). Then why did Marvel/Columbia ...
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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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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 are stunts where vehicles are seriously damaged (such as explosions or crashes) filmed?

In many movies vehicles are apparently seriously damaged. How are these stunts filmed? Are these made animated? Does it costs more to shoot these types of shots? Do these shots have retakes? Examples ...
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Was Sharknado planned as a trash movie?

I just watched the movie Sharknado and I wondered myself, if this movie was planned as a Trash-Movie or if this 'just happened'. There are so many really strange scenes, cuts, dialogs etc. so that I ...
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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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Were Borat's interactions with the public staged?

I know that Borat is not the greatest of all movies but I have always wondered if scenes in the movie where he appears in public, staying at the Jewish house etc. have been staged and participants ...
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What does the audience do during hour-long breaks while taping Wizard Wars?

There is a relatively new show on the SyFy network called Wizard Wars. The format is somewhat of a ripoff of cooking shows like Chopped and Iron Chef; two teams of magicians are each given the same ...
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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 ...
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When did shows start repeating the last few seconds/minutes after commercials?

You know the deal. You are watching a show. Something big is about to happen. Commercial... Then they go back 30 secs to a minute in the show after the commercial. Some shows are terrible about ...
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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 ...
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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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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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Can a TV sitcom like TBBT be pulled off the air prematurely?

I'm curious as to whether a (once?) hugely popular and liked sitcom that is/was The Big Bang Theory be pulled off the air before its final season. The show's longevity was confirmed in March of last ...
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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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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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Why not shoot movies with stereoscopic 3d cameras instead?

Isn't it easier (and way cheaper seeing 3d conversion runs in the millions for a full movie) to just shoot a movie using stereoscopic cameras instead of creating a shallow 3d effect via post ...
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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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How do TV shows earn money and how to find the stats about it?

Whenever a big budget movie comes out we see some statistics like first week earning breaks this and that record. So money/earning also became a source of addressing success or failure for that movie. ...
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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 ...