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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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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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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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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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I haven't seen this myself, but if the highest number on the right is 24 than it is a timeframe stamp - so 44:23 means 44 seconds and 23 frames. The highest number is 24, but there are 25 numbers, 0-24. In the UK the PAL (25 fps) timecode goes from 00 to 24. NOTE: Edited answer to reflect the clarifications below - thanks for the input user54609 and ...


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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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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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It's simple, really. What most screenwriters do is to write the entire script in the same language (which, in the case of Hollywood movies, is English) and then when there's a piece of dialog that's supposed to be spoken in some other language, say, French, all you do is to tell the reader this by adding a parenthesis between the character's name and 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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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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This is a PAL timecode. In the PAL analog video standard used in the UK (and much of the rest of the world) before the advent of digitial video, there are 25 frames in a second (numbered 00 to 24 in the timecode displayed by most video devices, in the same way that seconds and minutes go from 00 to 59, so the hour from midnight to just before 1:00 am ...


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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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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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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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The recent film Gravity used motion control rigs adapted from automotive assembly line robots. Popular Mechanics did a pretty interesting article about it: http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/digital/fact-vs-fiction/free-floating-feel-how-gravity-simulates-zero-g-16016504


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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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