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If you look closely, you'll almost always note that the mirror is angled so the camera is out of its view. This is sometimes masked by the actor looking directly into [the reflection of] the camera, which gives the impression that he is looking at himself in the mirror. However, there are at least two other options for getting a shot in which the camera ...


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Well for the first film and for most of the second, the Bride is on a revenge mission where she is hunting her victims. Her identity would have to be a secret to make sure she doesn't get followed or caught. It could be Tarantino's way of breaking the 4th wall and including us in the element of mystery and disguise that the Bride has to undertake to remain ...


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Kill Bill is basically a homage to dozens of films from the past, which were generally shown in black & white on television to cut down on the gore. The same happened to Kill Bill to be able to achieve an R rating and be released in theatres. IMDB's trivia section confirms this: The black and white photography is ultimately an homage to '70s and ...


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Well, I think there is perfect reason for it: audience appeal. Of course those things are totally unrealistic and over the top, but show a simple black-and-white console to the audience or a basic database application and they will just find it boring to look at or think there is not much to it. Of course it bothers the hell out of those who know better, ...


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Because of powdered milk's resemblance to cocaine and other drugs, powdered milk is sometimes used in film-making as a non-toxic prop that may be inhaled. Other methods listed on nypost.com are - “It’s usually cornstarch, but you have to put a bit of baby powder into it, because starch is too sticky and heavy,” says Gillian Albinski, the property ...


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From the script: From an interview with Uma Thurman: Why do they bleep your name? That one eludes me. You'll find out her name. You will definitely find out her name, I can tell you right now, but that'd ruin it. From an interview with Vivica A. Fox: What name do you and Uma say when they bleep it out? Beatrix. Her name is ...


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The Shining used the then newly-invented device called a Steadicam to shoot these (and many other) scenes: This film was among the first half-dozen to use the newly developed Steadicam (after the 1976 films Bound for Glory, Marathon Man, and Rocky), and was Kubrick's first use of it. This is a stabilizing mount for a motion picture camera, which ...


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Disclaimer: Violence is stupid and dangerous. A blow to the skull is often fatal. I wouldn't say it's easy, but there are several sweet spots on the skull that, when hit with sufficient force, is almost guaranteed to cause unconsciousness. I would suggest the upper part of the jaw bone or the temple. Both places are connected to the brain stem through ...


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This will be achieved through a series of shots. Let's pretend you want to show a scene where two people are talking in a diner - here is the classic way to go about it. First you shoot an establishing shot of the whole room - your actors can perform the whole scene and it doesn't matter if they mess up, as you will not be using the dialogue from this shot ...


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Because the resolution of film is better than the resolution of standard-definition TV. It is difficult to define the resolution of 'film' since it is not a digital, pixel based media. But film is designed to be sharp even on much larger screens than any television. We can however use the resolution of digital cinema projectors as a good proxy figure. So ...


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It's the same for professional as well as amateur actors - I've known some pros that have a hard time reaching the crying point. One technique includes allowing the actor to focus on the saddest memory they have, in solitude, then pull them out for the take. I recall seeing a documentary that showed Gary Oldman looking through a book of photos of his family ...


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This was done using a prosthetic chest on his real chest (make sure to sing that to the tune of "We Want A Rock" by They Might Be Giants). Skip to 2 minutes in for an explanation. But to sum up: RDJ is actually sitting inside the chair you see. The chest is a sculpted prosthetic laying above him.


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That's really up to the actor (if they have enough clout). Very often it is written into contracts whether an actor will go fully or partially nude, regardless of whether their on screen character does so. During filming it is not unknown for filmmakers to use body doubles for close up shots, and many times during mid to long shots an actor might request ...


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From the article The Naked Truth about on-screen nudity The subject of nudity clauses has come up with increasing regularity these days, particularly as more flesh is being revealed on network television. Though naked actors may be more prevalent than ever, the choice not to show all is also more accepted. Megan Fox, Jessica Alba, Scarlett ...


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A movie production can do another take if it doesn't look good. Typically, a quality TV series or movie spends $100,000s per finished minute in post production cleaning up green screen shots. The commentary in the updated Battlestar Galactica mentioned how one can tell there was money left over on an episode when there is more than a few seconds of the ...


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This article gives a proper insight as how guns are used in movies. Blanks Blank-fire guns are real, working weapons that have been minimally modified to fire blank cartridges. Blank cartridges contain gunpowder, but do not fire a shell or bullet. They are used for scenes that require a believable muzzle-flash and a loud report. They can be costly ...


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Actually the film makers claim that the cigarettes used by the minors are tobacco-free cigarettes or nicotine-free cigarettes. They are commonly called herbal cigarette. According to wikipedia, Herbal cigarettes are also used in acting scenes by performers who are non-smokers, or -- as is becoming increasingly common -- where anti-smoking ...


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IMDb explains this for a scene in Mission: Impossible II: The scene where Tom Cruise "peels off his face" to reveal Dougray Scott was achieved in one shot by shooting both actors against a green screen. Cruise, not wearing a mask, was simply told to place his hand in a pre-arranged position under his chin then pull his hand across his face. ...


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Nowadays horses are trained to fall safely. almost all animal performances are under the close supervision of the Film and TV unit of the American Humane Association. Stunt horses can be trained to fall on command safely. Some techniques used to ensure the horses safety : Each horse has its hoof in sponge rubber to soften kicks and mouths are taped to ...


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The Three Musketeers When Alexander Salkind and his son Ilya produced The Three Musketeers in 1973 they shot so much footage that they decided to split it into two movies: The Four Musketeers (1974). This had ramifications and resulted in the Salkind Clause: For their daring, the Salkinds have gone down in legal history: actors' agents and ...


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Do you define bullet time as slow motion bullet dodging, or the spinny effect from multiple cameras in an arc? There's a slow motion scene in the first Blade film where you can see the bullets moving through the air, giving the target enough time to reacting and move out of way. Blade came out in 1998, a year before The Matrix. It's in the scene in ...


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Most of them are not. They are just acting. The only time they actually do participate in it is in porn. Unless the camera shows you that the actress or actor is trying to "hide" something from the camera's view then you know that it is for pretend. (Source: Wikianswers) Usually they would use a body double for the nude parts in movies. But in normal film ...


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Her name is bleeped because she cannot be named until she deserves to. Throughout the film she has 4 names. In chronological order the first event of the story is the wedding massacre. At this point she is Black Mamba. She is shot in the head by Bill. This is the death of Black Mamba. She wakes up four years later. This is the birth of The Bride. Now The ...


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There are several ways to do this. You would be surprised how many actors have teeth missing under those perfect veneers so, as in the case of Ed Helms, the filmmakers can just utilize those gaps. Then there are varying degrees of concealment; Black-out tooth paint - this is a quick solution for long shots, but has to be reapplied several times over the ...


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Simply because every one has a different idea of what "a lot of money" is. And, unless the actual number is important to the plot, there's no need for the audience to know it. If the movie is well written the audience will be emotionally attached to the character, so, for example, if that character is later handed a supposedly huge check for some reason and ...


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Performance capture generally refers to the practice of capturing very subtle movements from real actors and using those in animation. Movies like Ice Age are fine without performance capture because the characters aren't realistic. The problem you run into when trying to make realistic human animations is that the human brain is wired to detect very ...


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Great question. This can often come down to the willingness of the actors concerned as to whether to go all the way during a 'spitting' scene. Sometimes you will indeed see the shot as an edited one - 'spitter' spits, cut to 'spitee' receiving the phlegm. This is easy to pull off and does not have to involve any real phlegm hitting the 'spitee's' face - ...


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To be honest with you, the best answer to this question is the adage that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. There are a plethora of reasons why actors looked so drastically different back then, some of them social, some of them technical, but to assert that they were any less handsome is a misnomer. Popular culture of the 1950's (and also but a little ...



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