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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Original Answer: I'd imagine there are a lot more things that need to be done to complete a modern movie. In the 1920's you didn't have to deal with lawyers to fight for rights to use different intellectual properties. Deal with executives who want to change the view of a director. Deal with expensive and tough to work with actors. Not to mention the amount ...


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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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It all depends on the money, talent, and licensing control. Production contracts can be very complicated as there can be many players: the creators, producers, production companies, networks, writers, actors, etc. Here is an excerpt from the Wikipedia article on the TV series Damages: Due to the low ratings and high costs, it was speculated early that ...


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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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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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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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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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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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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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OK, I'm going to posit this as an answer… though there is some cynicism… When filming, picture is everything, sound is the 'red-haired step-child' [poor PC-awareness aside] The Director and DOP [Director of Photography] will spend as much time as time/budget allows getting the shot right, as regards lighting, angle, lens… heck even getting the actors to ...


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In the 1950s and 1960s, most sitcoms were filmed in front of a live studio audience. Comedy performers prefer working with an audience so they will know what is funny and what is not. This was probably because radio comedies of the 1930s and 1940s were broadcast and recorded with live audiences. This helped performers ad-lib and pace the comedy. By the ...


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They do to an extent. They are both filmed in Vancouver and share some of the same sets and production teams. This is apparent with places like the coffee shop: Arrow: The Flash: But Oliver Queen's mayoral headquarters (taken from Youtube) and Flash's CCPD building (taken from YouTube) are not the same (Notice the windows): Having a quick look ...


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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 ...


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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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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 mockingly uniform instead of Plutarch, as was originally scripted. In MJ2, ...


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TV Stations are constantly updating their 'revenue map' - this is how much money they make at certain times on certain days - it's really just an annual calendar, it has to be annual to take into account seasonal variations (viewing drops in the summer) and special events (Christmas, easter etc.). These figures are actually very easy to compile because ...



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