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Why are the plot recap and opening title sequence of The West Wing in standard definition when the rest of the episode is high definition?

The West Wing was shot on film and six of the seven seasons were broadcast in high definition. Warner Brothers made all seasons available in high definition through download and streaming, but the ...
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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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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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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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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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What changes to Mockingjay Part 2 were made due to P. S. Hoffman's passing?

Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, who portrayed a character in The Hunger Games, passed away during the middle of filming for the Mockingjay movies. His character Plutarch Heavensbee is a central figure ...
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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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Regarding Age of Ultron's post-credit scene

The movies of the Marvel Cinematic Universe have established the common procedure to place little scenes after and during the credits sequence, in order to hint at future movies or to give hardcore ...
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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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Was there any mutual inspiration between Copper and Ripper Street?

While I've admittedly only seen a few episodes of Copper yet, on a first view it seems to be basically the Americans' Ripper Street (or Ripper Street the British Copper, however you want it). While ...
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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 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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Has Jean-Claude Van Damme really no memories of filming the movie Knock Off?

I recently watched Knock Off and came across this little quote: It also features Jean Claude Van Damme’s best performance outside of JCVD… not that he’d recall as he’s suggested he was so coked ...
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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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How close is Masters of Sex to the actual events?

Masters of Sex tells the Story of the research team consisting of William Masters and Virginia Johnson researching sexuality in the 1950s. The persons really existed as well as their study, so I ...
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How did they shoot the animal scenes in Life of Pi?

Is the tiger, hyena, zebra etc animated? They look quite real. Are they trained animals?
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Why use commentator in TV broadcasts of sports?

Obviously a radio broadcast of a sporting event requires an commentator or two to tell the listening audience what is going on. But why do TV broadcasts of sports almost always use commentators? What ...
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What comes first, the music or the take?

Good music in a movie is not only good music but also music that is in sync with what happens on the screen. I can imagine it's not a trivial job to achieve this. So it made me wonder what generally ...
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Why was “The Social Network” made so quickly after Facebook took off?

The movie was released in 2010 and had to have started being planned for at least 1-2 years before that. It seems this was incredibly fast after Facebook was released to the whole world and took off. ...
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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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Is the story of the Prince of Persia movie purely based on the titular video game?

I heard that Prince of Persia: The sands of time movie was based on the Prince of Persia: The sands of time video game. However in the wiki article it is said: Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time ...
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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's taking Sin City 2 so long?

According to wikipeida, Robert Rodriquez announced that he would do Sin City 2. The latest update, according to Wikipedia, is that they're almost done writing the script. Is there any indication as ...
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Why do most characters have perfect, white teeth even if the film's setting makes them unlikely? [closed]

I understand the premium that's placed on perfectly straight pearly white teeth in American society (or at least I think I do) but one thing that really irks me is the dental perfection on display in ...
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Lighting during a night scene

Many movies contain a scene that is portrayed as taking place during the night. Due to the low amount of light some tricks are applied. Unfortunately, I couldn't find much info on this. To me it seems ...
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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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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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What is the point of making some dialogues inaudible and not showing some language translations?

Today I was watching Sherlock Holmes and The Game of Shadows. In that movie, several foreign languages like German, French etc. were used. The film itself had no translation in English despite some ...
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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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What does it mean for TV shows to be ordered?

Whenever a TV channel wants a new series of a show, they are said to order it. I don't understand why they use this word—wouldn't it make sense to say Channel X is making another series of Y. Why is ...
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Have the Arrow writers fully planned out Oliver's 5 years away?

I was just bothered about the whole continuity thing, and whether the writers make up Oliver's time away for 5 years as they go along, or if everything has been laid out already. For instance, no way ...
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How did they get this shot in Metropolis?

How were the shots of the runners running towards the camera captured in Fritz Lang's Metropolis? Here's the shot: Was a dolly used? If it was, would it have been mounted on wheels only or would ...
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To which degree are movies filmed simultaneously in different languages?

After having watched the Tamil movie Raavanan I was surprised to learn that there is also, Raavan, a Hindi version of this movie, which was produced and released simultaneously by the same director ...
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Was Birdemic intended to be a bad movie?

I would like to know if Birdemic was intended as a funny non-serious movie or if it was really made with the intention of producing a genuinely scary movie that just got bad. Were they serious when ...
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What was the first film or television show that used computer generated credits?

I imagine, but do not know for sure, that in the early days of film and television, credits were filmed on a second reel and added to the production after the fact. Historically, what was the first ...
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In dubbed films, what language is spoken if the character says something in the dubbed language?

For example, German and French is spoken a lot in Inglorious Basterds. In the German and French dubbed version of those films, what language would be spoken in those scenes?
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Whose idea was it to put an orange lightbulb in the mysterious briefcase?

This answer about the contents of the briefcase contains an interesting quote from Roger Avary, the co-writer of Pulp Fiction: Originally the briefcase contained diamonds. But that just seemed too ...
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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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Wachowski trademarks?

We all know the Wachowskis perfected the now famous Bullet Time in the movie The Matrix. We also know they are on the cusp with the technology they utilize. Are there any production/filming techniques ...
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Why are certain scripts produced as animated features instead of live-action?

If Tangled (2010) used live-action, what would have been the problem? Would the effect be different if Tangled was acted by real actors/actresses? How do film-makers decide which story will be ...
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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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Fake currency used in movies - trouble?

Every fourth movie that I watch has a suitcase full of money, money in stacks, money being thrown into the air. While I can imagine that if its a stack of money, maybe only the top bill is real. ...
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Why are some DVDs with old movies have black bars on all four sides of the screen

I've watched a lot of movies in resent years and I certainly know about anamorphic and non-anamorphic presentation of picture on DVDs but still there're some DVD editions that have black bars on all ...
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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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When are film soundtracks made?

At what point in the process of film creation are the soundtracks/scores usually made? I'm particularly interested in modern blockbusters, especially those with symphonic scores like Pirates of the ...
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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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Is there a symbolic reason for the rotating lab assistants on Bones, or was it a production decision?

After the main lab assistant, Zack Addy, was found to be in cahoots with an evil character a few seasons ago, the role of the lab assistant on Bones has been played by a rotating set of actors and ...
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Are the Puppy Bowl puppies trained to play the game?

Instead of watching the Super Bowl this year, I decided to watch the Animal Planet Puppy Bowl, featuring puppies dragging toys around the field and scoring if they drag it to the end zone. It made ...
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Are there any existing animation templates for movie graphics?

I was recently watching the newest Hunger Games movie. There was a scene when Katniss walked out of a bunker for hunting and she saw a deer that was not afraid of her. What got me thinking, was that ...
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Was Project X based on a real incident or vice versa?

Was the movie Project X based on events of a real incident or did parties get thrown to mimic Project X? Was there a real party (thrown by a teenager) that lead to a riot and news coverage that lead ...