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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 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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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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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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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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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 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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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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In regards to the cat in Alien, 32 Things We Learned From the ‘Alien’ Commentary Director Ridley Scott got the hissing reaction from Jones the Cat by flashing a German Shepherd into the cat’s sight This is also mentioned on IMDb, To get Jones the cat to react fearfully to the descending Alien, a German Shepherd was placed in front of him with a ...


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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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The other two answers here are pretty solid, but I wanted to touch on the sort of "cliques" that exist in Hollywood as well. Take many of the Judd Apatow movies for example. There is an established group of cast members from movie to movie. You get the sense that the roles they play may not necessarily designed for them, but that the genre of movie is so ...


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Sometimes they have to give an audition and sometimes they don't have to give an audition. If you count Russell Crowe as A-lister then he also gave an audition for the film version of the musical Les Miserables. (Source: www.dailymail.co.uk). There are many other examples over the internet. Even sometimes non-A-listers can also clear auditions over ...


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Is every appearance of a product in a movie sponsored? No. Free promotion for undisclosed reasons You'll see plenty of movies where characters use Apple products, however Apple have claimed (via the Washington Post) that they aren't paying for it: Apple said it does not pay for product placement and would not discuss how its products make their ...


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It's often done filming one person first, using an AD (Assistant Director) or someone else on set to quietly do the reverse dialogue to what's being filmed. Then they use the practical (the first actor's voice) dialogue to shoot the counterpart. Sometimes the other actor will be on set to do a more natural dialogue, but this is not an industry standard. It's ...


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TL;DR While there certainly are some instances of title changes for a new season, it is uncommon for the simple reason that most of the time a title change only makes sense from an artistic point of view, but not from a marketing one, where it can even bear considerable risks. Because the final decision often lies with the network, requests for title ...


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Well, without narrowing it down slightly, this is an extremely broad topic as there is no specification as to what type of actors, locations, etc. I will address this from the point of view of SAG-AFTRA, the Screen Actors Guild union in the United States. For example, SAG-AFTRA has rate sheets available on their website that spell out the hourly rate for ...


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Wikipedia has a page to denote such types of filming accidents, and most of the films I see there are prominent enough to have been released in spite of the accident and/or death. The most prominent 80s film I find is Rocky IV, where Dolph Lundgren punched Stallone so hard he entered the hospital for 8 days. The movie obviously continued the Rocky series, ...


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Clerks was shot in black and white for budgetary purposes, they just didn't have the money to film it in color. Frances Ha was filmed digitally (Color) and in black and white, and was done in b&w to evoke reminisces of movies such as Woody Allen's Manhattan, or works by Truffaut. I cannot find any references explaining why La Haine is in black and ...


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Often on shooting sets a table with food and snacks will be provided at all times. It's called a craft service, and it's there to provide nourishment not only for the actors but to all the filming crew. It gives the crew quick access to food and drink so that they don't need to leave the set if they get hungry. Here's a nice article on the subject.


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In the US meal breaks for actors are regulated by the Screen Actors Guild/American Federation of Television and Radio Actors (SAG/AFTRA) and are usually provided by the Craft Services Department. According to the Union rules found here The performer must be given the first meal break within six hours from the time of first call. The provisions for ...


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The producer is effectively the person (or persons) that create the film, and are typically the only people who stay on the project from inception to release. There can often be a hierarchy of producers, many of whom are accredited with production in order to guarantee their complicity and money (executive producers are typically of this category) whilst ...


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I think the most extraordinary instance of a production completing despite the death of an actor is The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2008). During a break in principal photography, actor Heath Ledger died of an accidental overdose. Director Terry Gilliam suspended production temporarily, but finished the film with a solution that was, in my opinion, ...


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Using the example for Jack Reacher in your question, Skydance Productions is a production company under Paramount, otherwise known as a subsidiary of Paramount. From Wikipedia, the production company...: may be directly responsible for fundraising for the production or may accomplish this through a parent company, partner, or private investor. It ...


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The Screen Actor's Guild sets certain required pay scales for actors. In some cases actors will agree to pay adjustments or a lack of credit as a favor to a friend directing the film (Robin Williams in Baron Munchausen) or just to have the chance to cameo in the film for fun. In some cases an actor won't be billed so as not to spoil a surprise. Lately the ...


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I think your question is primarily opinion based, it'll be hard to answer without using opinion. But I like it, so here's my .02. Anything with a brain stem can be trained to perform any of their natural behaviors. I'm not sure there's one true answer to you question, because a variety of training methods exist. Clicker training works great, and fast! It's ...


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It's usually too dangerous and/or expensive to use any real money in films, especially if its getting thrown around where people could steal it or it could be damaged or destroyed. The stage money you see in films and TV looks real, but only from the particular way its being filmed. Real money isn't actually printed on paper, it's usually cotton and it's ...


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Shooting in 3D costs are said to be 2-4 times that of 2D costs. Mind you, that is the costs of shooting the film, not the whole budget. It's mainly because you have twice the amount of data: for every frame you'll have to do everything twice, once for each eye. Furthermore, the whole filming workflow must be updated. You have bigger, more expensive cameras, ...


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Here you can find all technical memo's and publications of Pixar. Most of them can be directly related to the movie they are developed for, or used in by the images provided. Note that many of their publications are published in SIGGRAPH, which is one of the worlds biggest conferences/journals on Computer Graphics/animations. So they do new and innovative ...


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Some Movies & TV have big budgets, yes, but why waste it on something so few people are complaining about. This is just a stock clip purchasable/usable in films, much like the sound made when a bad guy appears on screen, or the high pitch shrill noises made in horror movies at a scene where a shock is supposed to occur. I would assume this clip is used ...


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So if you pick something up once, you're considered a grip? -Mike Nelson, riffing their own credits in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie (1996) Indeed, A Key Grip usually doesn't do any gripping, that is to say it's just a fancy way of saying "Grip Manager". And while we're at it, Mike is basically right that Grips just hold things such as ...



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