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Recycling effects is a very common tactic in post-production. Once you have an effect that works great, it's simply cheaper and faster to reuse it than to reinvent the wheel over and over again, especially when 99% of the viewers won't notice it. You are one of the few people who noticed that this particular sound was recycled, but there are hundreds of ...


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Christopher Nolan is, quite famously, aghast with 3D; which he perceives to be an industry forced as opposed to audience led technology... basically, its only around as a way for the film industry to make more money. Nolan is a great advocate of Film, and a great critic of the machinations of the film industry that are pushing for 3-D: "The question of ...


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Christopher Nolan has repeatedly expressed his dislike for 3D based on various reasons: For example in an interview about Inception he expressed that while interesting, 3D isn't too relevant for a movie's effect: DEADLINE: Why didn’t you shoot in 3D which studios like Warner Bros have made a priority? NOLAN: We looked at shooting Inception in 3D and ...


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First of all Spider-man doesn't have Organic webs in its starting stage in comics. He got Organic web later in the Comics series. In the Sam Raimi's trilogy of Spider-man he does not follow the real Spider-man comics story as it is and skipped the Artificial Web-shooters thing and even skipped the main characters like Gwen Stacy. So, you can say its ...


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The usage of laugh tracks in a TV show dates back to early television and the necessity of shooting a scene multiple times. While the performances of cast and crew could be tailored to fit the scene, the "audience laugh" - the aural cue to the viewer that something funny had happened - couldn't be controlled as easily. Once audiences had seen that scene once ...


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In 3D films, the 3D glasses are the reason for the dimness.Because the 3-D glasses are darkly coated with polarized filter that decode the images and give them depth dim. I've found a good link and let me summarize the stuff from that site. According to the so-called father of 3-D cinema, Lenny Lipton, because it projects two separate pictures, viewers ...


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It's because of scheduling. When you have two leads who are also featuring in major films like The Hobbit... (together!) and Star Trek plus having writers and producers who are involved in a variety of projects, it's difficult to get everyone in the same place at the same time to make a show... particularly if you want to maintain the quality of the show at ...


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Because hearing laughter when watching comic shows makes people inclined to regard them as funnier than they would normally. Really. Even when they are intelligent. Even when they know it's fake, canned laughter. I know this is hard to believe, but behavioural psychologists have run the tests, and the results are unambiguous: laugh tracks work, no matter how ...


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According to this article I found (written in 2010) - individual movie titles can not be copyrighted. However, there can be a trademark granted if there is a certain level of recognition of the title to the specific movie. The author of the article cites "Star Wars" or "Citizen Kane". Per the linked article, the MPAA has a Title Registration Bureau which ...


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This one is actually surprisingly hard to answer, mainly because the show actually had four different grades of cars that were used in production; "Hero cars", "Stunt cars", "Jump cars" and "Shells". Stunt / Jump cars According to the book "Knight Rider Legacy" (referenced here in '15 facts you might not know about Knight Rider'), the show went through an ...


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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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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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It appears to depend on the film's creators and what they want. E-Online were asked about this via Twitter and published an article as a response, which included this snippet: Most of the time, A-list gods and goddesses don't have to read for anything. In fact, even B-plus talent often joins a project before a casting director is even hired. They ...


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It could be done in various ways:- Different shots of small groups- Sometimes low budget movies use the same people in different shots and combine them to make a large crowd scene. In developing countries like India, getting a crowd is not tough. It is possible to get a large amount of people for cheap price such as 100 Rs/day. So why worry, you can afford ...


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There are 52 weeks in a year. American TV series usually go from the end of September to May, about 34-35 weeks. Before the late 1960s, a television season was closer to about 30 episodes in the United States.[Wikipedia] [Version] Most shows go on hiatus over the winter holidays and thanksgiving, due to lower viewership. Events such as the president of ...


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The Pontiac Aztek has something of a reputation. A bad one. It was Pontiac's failed attempt at making a crossover model: a midway model between a minivan, a pickup truck, and a full SUV. The public hated it, and it sold poorly. To add insult to injury, it consistently finds itself included in lists of the world's ugliest cars. So it was the perfect car to ...


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This is just an addendum to the other answers. This particular audio clips is part of the Premiere Edition Vol.1 (released in 1990)   from the company Hollywood Edge, which provides high end, professional, and royalty free special effects and music for all media use It's a 2 min track that features: Police Radio; Calls Received Through ...


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One of the known method for this is Reduced gravity aircraft, unofficial nickname vomit comet. KC-135A known as NASA 930 was used in the movie Apollo 13. Cecil said that in 2001: A Space Odyssey, huge rotating sets are used, while the actor remained more or less stationary. It's not that realistic in looks but cheaper as compare to vomit comet. Wire and ...


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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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So, I actually work in casting... There are honestly a couple ways to do this sort of thing and I'm going to take your example as a hypothetical because, let's be honest, you're probably not actually going to be casting Julia Roberts and/or Jonah Hill. No offense meant... just being realistic. Split the Difference You want someone to play both 30 and 50? ...


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MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD Imagine it's a week before the opening scene. Bane is scheming on how to destroy Gotham, learns of Wayne's fusion reactor/neutron bomb via Miranda/Talia, and decides it will be his main device to hold Gotham in fear while he lets them destroy themselves from the inside. Sinister, indeed. Bane also comes to learn Dr. Pavel is the only ...


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From What's the Difference?: How to Tell Things Apart that Are Confusingly Close A “story by” credit is given to the person or team who came up with the essence of a film (such as the plot or main characters) and who may have written a treatment, but who didn’t write the screenplay. Similarly, a “screen story by” credit goes to a person or team who ...


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As I mentioned in the comments, the technique used to alter the appearance of film in post production is called 'Colour Grading', and is a process used in most if not all movies. This was a practise that was used even before the advent of digital editing, but was the result of what was referred to as 'Colour Timing'. Colour Timing is still used in analogue ...


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For deaths, the footage is never used as it would be extremely distasteful, as well as evidence in any investigations or lawsuits into the accidental death. An example of this would be Brandon Lee, the son of Bruce Lee, who was accidentally shot and killed on the set of The Crow, as detailed on Wikipedia: In the fatal scene, which called for the ...


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As this interview (from 2008) with co-creator Craig Thomas reveals: We've had a plan since the pilot and we actually shot a little piece of it at the beginning of season two, using the kids, because we knew if we waited until the finale of the series, the kids would have aged like six years. So yeah, part of our plan for how we want to end it all ...


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The question focuses closely on the activities of the director that occur when on set shooting the movie, but this is actually quite a small part of the overall activities of making a movie. The overall process might be years long, with only a few weeks or months shooting 'film'. To quote from the first few lines of wikipedia's definition of Film Director: ...


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Because, as per Obi-Wan, that is what Anakin looked like when he died. Obi-Wan makes sure to create a distinction between the Jedi Anakin Skywalker and the Sith Darth Vader, going so far as the claim that Darth Vader killed Anakin. In reality, we know that but the creation of this distinction answers your question - Anakin died when he was killed by ...


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Inception is well known for simulating all of its zero/reduced gravity scenes without CG. There is a behind the scenes documentary where the effects team detail the various method they use – and crucially how different shots within a sequence use different methods. This means there's never a single "trick" that the eye can catch to break the immersion.



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