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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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They're actually just glorified 'lick & stick' - thin 'not quite plastic' decals adhered to paper backings, which are wetted with a mixture of water and alcohol and applied to the skin. I imagine they're very similar to the ones you can find on the cosmetics counter in some chemist's (though I've never used those, so that's a guess). They will start to ...


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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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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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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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There are many ways to film dialogue scenes. In reality, what you see on film (unless there are no cuts at all) is a compilation of potentially dozens of takes of on-set film and audio recording, possibly coupled with digital recording sessions done after the fact (the way they record audio for animated films). Shooting a scene On a single camera shoot, ...


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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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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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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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Because audiences expect it, and will enjoy the movie less if it's missing. Sound is a very crucial form of information transmission for humans; we rely on sounds non-stop to process our environment, often without even realizing it. Movies take advantage of those often subconscious sound cues to bring out the intended emotions in a scene. They also rely on ...


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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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The difference is that 70mm film is, from a simple mathematical perspective, twice as big as 35mm film. 70mm film is shot horizontally in the frame where as 35mm is shot vertically. This gives directors a much larger canvas to shoot on, with increased resolution (up to 18k in some cases, compare that to 4k televisions that are just hitting the market), as ...


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The director Colin Trevorrow said it was all real. Well, up to the dinosaur part, they haven't figured out how to get around the [AHA rules.][http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/NoAnimalsWereHarmed] The stunts for the kill scene were done by [Zara Young's actress Katie McGrath] herself. “She was game,” Trevorrow said. “That’s really her, that fall,...


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Richard has done a great job of explaining that it is more than one cut but I'd like to add why. The fact is that, even today, it's pretty much impossible to make a feature-length film in one cut... even with digital recording. In the 50s, it was even more limited. All films were shot on actual film and filmmakers had to work around the limited length of ...


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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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