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Apr
12
comment When a TV commercial shows for a split second then cuts off, what is happening?
One additional scenario, that is a variation on your second example, while most commercials are scheduled for a particular time, for sports events they are run during breaks in the action, like the end of an inning in baseball, etc. I can't remember the exact mechanism (this was some 20 years ago when I was writing code to control the tape playback machines at DirecTv) they would get an audio tone at the beginning of the commercial break, to allow a local commercial to replace the national feed. If the tone was late for some reason, you would see the beginning of the national commercial.
Mar
2
comment At what point is the orchestra told who the Academy Award winner will be?
The Time article didn't say anything about Rosas and Cullinan having to memorize everything and then each other. That does sound a little weird.
Nov
10
comment Is clapping the clapper just tradition at this point?
Interesting about the iPhone/iPad apps.
Nov
9
comment Is the movie “Vacation” (2015) a sequel, reboot, or remake?
@cde and Andy -- I modified my answer based on your comment.
Nov
9
comment Is the movie “Vacation” (2015) a sequel, reboot, or remake?
Nice summary. You left off prequel (I'm just trying to be complete). Star Wars I is obviously a prequel to IV. Is II both a sequel to I and still a prequel to IV at the same time?
Nov
1
comment Cooking shows' last minute finishes
@blm My issue with the time management is every single time they show all the competitors in a mad dash to get done at exactly the last second. None of them are allowing any time to assess if everything is as it should be. It just seems staged to me (i.e. edited to look that way).
Oct
13
comment When did shows start repeating the last few seconds/minutes after commercials?
I think it's particularly prevalent in reality shows. It seems a lot of times, the show pauses just before the commercial with some sort of tease to get you to stick around. Then when it resumes, rather than just jumping to the reveal, they replay the tease again.
Oct
5
comment Why did they change the child actress portraying Lily twice?
Another example -- Edward Furlong played John Conner in Terminator 2: Judgement Day at age 13 and won a couple of awards for his work. He was expected to reprise the role in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines twelve years later, but he was having substance abuse problems and the role went to Nick Stahl.
Sep
22
comment Original Cooties ending
@cde You mean Wade (the PE teacher)? Yep, he shows up out of nowhere after you think he's zombie food.
Sep
22
comment Original Cooties ending
@cde "Circle, circle, Dot, dot, – Now you've got the cootie shot!", spoken by Tamra. Unfortunately, it turns out only kids who have started puberty are immune, all the the rest turn into zombies.
Aug
3
comment Whiskey in US movies out of plain glass decanters. A movie or culture thing?
Plus when the host is offering guest(s) a drink at home, they almost always have a bar area (maybe just a countertop or top of a chest) handy in the living room where they can step over to to pour drinks. No need to go into the kitchen. I can't remember the last time I was in a house that had a setup like that.
Jul
10
comment Were old TV shows routinely sped up for some reason?
@Catija I added a reference to a story in the WSJ. But there are many more, just Google: old tv shows sped up for more commercials
Jul
6
comment What is this vehicle during the filming of the bus flip in Terminator Genisys
There are at least two separate cars -- the one you show as your first sill, with the cameras at the back, and the one I am referring to. One runs ahead of the bus, and the other runs alongside it.
Jul
6
comment What is this vehicle during the filming of the bus flip in Terminator Genisys
@GuruGulabKhatri I grabbed the screenshot from the video clip I linked to. I agree, I don't remember any shots in either the trailers or the final movie that were that close to the bus, except for the camera mounted underneath the bus itself.
Jul
6
comment What is this vehicle during the filming of the bus flip in Terminator Genisys
@Richard Then why aren't there any cameras?
Jun
26
comment How much does a staff writer make on a TV show?
@Catija Wow, had no idea it was so structured. I assumed everything was negotiated on an individual basis (which, as a contract programmer, is the way it works in my profession).
May
29
comment How does ADR work?
@wbogacz "automated is not equivalent to automatic" Actually, the first entry in Collins Thesaurus for automated is automatic.
May
28
comment How does ADR work?
@wbogacz But I can see how it could be automated; as you were suggesting. A computer could input the original dialogue from the soundtrack, separate out the words (if our smart phones can do that, an expensive computer should do an even better job); then repeat for the words spoken by the actor and line them up by stretching or reducing a little of the time between the actor's words. Come on Hollywood, not that difficult.
May
27
comment How do they shoot live commentary in reality shows?
Agree with the huge amount of editing. Years ago my wife and I participated in a half-hour reality show that was filmed over three days. They shot 18 hours of video which was edited down to 22 minutes of air-time footage (Some people get 15 minutes fame; we got 22.)
May
26
comment Legality of using fake license plates in movies
@his I was think more along the lines of when a car is filmed from a helicopter and shown driving down a highway in regular traffic, where the road would not be closed..