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I don't think Tarantino has ever explained, so all you'll find are attempts at an explanation, like this one: But after reading the script several times, I have come to the conclusion that Tarantino, whether he intended it or not, hit upon nonlinearity as the only way he could tell one particular storyline in the script, the tale which comprises ...


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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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There's an interesting blog at Vanilla Video discussing this and state it is due to the hand-cranked nature of the projectors and cameras: The earliest cameras and projectors needed to be hand-cranked to advance the film through the gate. This lead to varying frame rates. Early silent films had frame rates from 14 – 26 frames per second, which was ...


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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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Talking to TMZ, Matt Groening said: He was always yellow, and they painted him wrong once. 'At the time we didn't have enough to do retakes, so when there were glitches and mistakes it stayed that way. 'He was never 'black', it was an accident. (Source:dailymail.co.uk) So he was always supposed to be yellow white like rest of the characters, not ...


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Presumably because they didn't or couldn't get a release form. In many jurisdictions a signed Release Form is required, to be able to broadcast the actions of a member of the general public, other than as a simple non-identifiable passer-by or part of a large crowd. Getting this signed allows you to use the footage & prevents you from being sued later, ...


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Summary: Delay between original trilogy and prequel trilogy Lucas' marriage ending resulting in a potential lack of finances, a possible lack of interest in producing sequels, inability of technology of era to reflect what Lucas wanted to achieve. Delay between prequel trilogy and new/sequel trilogy Lucas not wanting to pursue sequels, Lucas selling ...


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Some films in the cinema certainly have a recap of sorts. Consider the opening of The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers for example, where we see a repeat of Gandalf's falling scene, which is then extended to show the new film from The Two Towers showing what happened afterwards. However, I would suggest the reason for this not being generally done is for ...


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In general, there is a support member of the crew hidden within reaching distance of the star who will hand them an oxygen supply on demand. In this case that wasn't possible as the stunt was performed in a tank of water. Fisher admits to panicking and not following the proper procedure of pushing a panic button although it should be said that due to the ...


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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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The inclusion of laughing for a sitcom comes from the fact that many of them were originally filmed with a real in-studio audience just like a game or variety show. The show would include the laughter from the real audience. Now shows that want to replicate that style will use quality, well produced laugh tracks rather than rely on a random result from a ...


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If you can afford a timecode slate setup, no, it's not necessary, though the action of clapping the slate can serve a couple of purposes: It is a small signal to the editor (well... usually his intern, anyway) that there is audio to look for. On MOS takes (takes without sound), the slate is not clapped (because there's no sound) there's also usually (...


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As Wikipedia says, the actual Lake House was built from scratch for the movie and had to be deconstructed after filming. According to this article this was apparently part of the conditions for using Maple Lake in Willow Springs, Illinois as its location, to leave the place in the exact same condition they found it (though, they actually built a new fishing ...


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According to this site: The true joke of the entire film, however, is that it is a joke, and we all know it, even if most of Knoxville and Nicoll’s co-stars are unwilling and unaware participants. And it goes on saying that: Most of the victims of the numerous pranks are apparently accepting enough, though there are only a few instances of ...


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According to Nina Jacobson, the producer, in this answer on Quora: Practically, Phil had shot about 80% of his scenes. What we had to do with the remaining 20% was to give two key scenes to Liz Banks and Woody Harrelson. In MJ1, Effie gives Katniss Cinna's design for the mockingjay uniform instead of Plutarch, as was originally scripted. In MJ2, ...


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Ad people know how to push our buttons. Psychological analysis on the impact of color shows that people (i.e. consumers) associate blue with concepts such as credibility, being business-like, professionalism, and trust. IBM was proud to be called "Big Blue." Facebook isn't blue by chance. Blue is also associated with honesty. All of these are good ...


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Season 1 and 2 were supposed to have 24 episodes (the "normal" amount of episodes for a network show), but for season 1 the finale became a double-length episode. With respect to season 3: they planned for 22 episodes, but the finale became a double-length episode. Wikipedia does note the remarkable broadcast schedule: In response to fan complaints ...


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To answer your questions, I'm going to use this site, Jeopardy-FAQs.com, which is an unaffiliated Jeopardy! site that seems to have some specific knowledge of how the show is taped... perhaps someone who worked on the show. They shoot an entire week of show in one day, so five episodes per day, and they apparently shoot two weeks-worth of episodes in each ...


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According to the Wikipedia entry for chroma key: Green is currently used as a backdrop more than any other color because image sensors in digital video cameras are most sensitive to green, due to the bayer pattern allocating more pixels to the green channel, mimicking the human eye's increased sensitivity to green light. Therefore, the green ...


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From Quora (bolded is mine): The chronology of the film is structured to prevent audiences from realizing that the end of the film is really the middle and near the middle is really the end. By Jon Mixon [The nonlinear plot] serviced the experience of the film and further engaged the audience...The audience was engaged by jumping back and forth, ...


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Yes, that was Sharon Stone in that scene, there was no body double. However, Stone has claimed that she was "tricked" into doing that scene, and was told by Paul Verhoeven (the director) that she would not be seen exposing herself on-camera in the final cut. As she tells it: She says, "When we did it, it was going to be an innuendo and the director said,...


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The answer is "actors want work". They're also somewhat realistic about recognizing how they're marketed... if an actor is overweight... they're going to get cast in a lot of roles for "overweight people" and very few roles for "normal people". Similarly, if someone has a "character face", they know that they have a non-traditionally beautiful look and ...


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Trailers typically come out before a movie is "distribution-ready", but exactly how far along depends on the movie, and how far in advance they want to hype it. For starters, trailers are usually made well in advance of the final product. Keep in mind that the trailers have to go through much of the same post-production work as the film itself. The effects ...


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According to the Development section of the Wikipedia article for The Undiscovered Country: With the looming 25th anniversary of the original series in 1991, producer Harve Bennett revisited an idea Ralph Winter had for the fourth film: a prequel featuring young versions of Kirk and Spock at Starfleet Academy. The prequel was designed to be a way of ...


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You're probably thinking of props, but I can think of three different categories this applies to. (I cover props last here.) First is actual sets. Hello, Dolly, for example, had an elaborate turn-of-the-century New York City set. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid was set to use that set for its own New York scene, but the studio balked at the last minute,...


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There are actually incentives for filming in the city of Pittsburgh that have nothing to do with being a sports fan. Dawn Keezer, Pittsburgh Film Office Director states that Hollywood is enticed into filming in the city because of the $75 million tax incentive program that was introduced in 2004. However, she is quick to point out that a tax incentive was ...



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