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May
15
comment In Swordfish, did they really fly a bus underneath a helicopter in downtown LA?
@JohnnyBones I don't think they flew a bus into a building either -- that was done using a crane, as in the photo I included in my question. But apparently everything else was real, except for the landing on the rooftop which was filmed on a backlot as you suggest -- see my answer below.
May
12
comment How would you describe the relation between Mathilda and Léon?
Great answer, very insightful.
Apr
30
comment Why was there no narration in The Hunger Games?
@Catija I agree, but I think it especially applies to movies, since narration (whether as a voice over, or exposition by an actor) usually drags things down.
Apr
18
comment Is the BB-8 robot in the new Star Wars movie and in this presentation the same exact robot?
The one in the GIF, although it looks the same as the one on stage, seems like it is CGI and not a practical robot, mostly because of the bouncing head.
Apr
13
comment How to find out whether a reality show is scripted
I'm going to disagree that every reality TV show is scripted. My family was on an episode of Sell This House on A&E about ten years ago. We were never told what to say. Things just happened and they filmed it. They shot about 18 hours of video over three days, that was edited down to 22 minutes. The format apparently was successfully; the series ran nine seasons. Our episode was rerun several times over a period of a couple of years. (And just from that one episode, we would occasionally get recognized on the street, "Hey weren't you on...")
Mar
16
comment What does the audience do during hour-long breaks while taping Wizard Wars?
@Walt The article you linked to has the important piece of information that was missing: "6. There are unseen magic acts -- Both sets of competitors create routines for the second round, but just the winning team performs." I conjectured this in a comment to the_wandering_dev_manager, but was looking for something to back it up. Your link does that. The audience does not have to wait for the teams to develop their acts.
Mar
16
comment What does the audience do during hour-long breaks while taping Wizard Wars?
@Walt That's an excellent link. Please make your comment into an answer you can be in the running for the bounty!
Mar
14
comment What does the audience do during hour-long breaks while taping Wizard Wars?
That would work for the first round -- but for the second round, the team playing against the Wizards isn't known until the first round has been judged. I doubt they would have both teams prepare routines for the second round, and only one team's effort actually used, but I guess that could happen. Will be interesting if anyone else chimes in.
Mar
7
comment Legal implications of shooting a movie along a public sidewalk with dozens of people
Wow, what an edit. I wish I could upvote again. Thanks for all the additional information, and in particular the difference between commercial use and informational use. Still seems there could be some grey areas there sometimes.
Mar
7
comment Legal implications of shooting a movie along a public sidewalk with dozens of people
The general crowd release is like what the print on the back of a sports event ticket (like a baseball game) so they can show you on TV if they want ("Kiss Cam" etc.) Hadn't thought of using that for a movie. The Matrix video was fun to watch, but of course that was exactly opposite of what I am referring to -- the Matrix crowd was obviously extras, and the people on the New York sidewalk on Law & Order SVU (which inspired my question) looked exactly like a normal street scene (which was the director's intent).
Feb
12
comment “I find her interesting because…she sleeps above her covers…”
If you sleep above the covers, you don't have to make the bed in the morning.
Dec
22
comment Which movie/tv started showing scenes after credit?
Well technically probably the first movie made back in the late 1800's or early 1900's to have credits (which would be a question in itself), because closing credits weren't common until the 1970's, and before that all credits were shown before the first scene. Perhaps this question should be retitled "Which movie/tv started showing scenes after the ending credits?"
Nov
26
comment Film on Ch 4 in mid 80s: Teenage boy runs away by stealing fathers car and meets girl, she has baby
Elton John's soundtrack is one of my favorites. I can listen to it over and over.
Dec
15
comment How do they film “flying human” scenes?
Chroma keying (green screen) was not yet available back in the 70's. Instead a purely optical technique called traveling mattes was used that incorporated blue backgrounds. The actor(s) and the background were filmed separately and combined using an optical printer. Why blue and then green screens>? Blue was originally used because it is furthest away from the color of human skin. Green is now used because digital cameras are more sensitive to green light.
Nov
26
comment In Skyfall, what happened in the boat on the way to the island?
@ShaneFinneran Thanks for pointing out Bond and Sévérine were not tied up when they are first shown on the deck of the boat. I missed that.
Nov
10
comment Minimum or Maximum Movie Running Time Limits?
During the time movies were sold on VHS tapes (before DVD's were invented), there was a de facto maximum length of two hours for almost all films since that was all that would fit onto a standard VHS tape. Anything longer would have to go onto two tapes, or uses a lower speed (and lower quality) both of which was done very rarely. With DVDs, this restriction went away.
Jul
6
comment Why does America's Got Talent have so many executive producers?
Using the Wayback Machine I was able to view the NBC AGT site from the second season. Of the eight EP's back then (more than I remembered there being), seven were the same as this season so it does seem likely many of them were financial backers.
May
13
comment History and reasoning behind average length of a feature film
During the 20 years or so that VHS tapes were the primary medium for retail movie sales and rentals, few movies were released longer than two hours, since that was the capacity of a VHS T120 tape, played at standard speed. With DVDs now the medium of distribution, that limit no longer applies.
Apr
24
comment Walking around someone who is moving in Slow Motion?
Given the title of the question "Walking around someone who is in Slow Motion", I thought they might have used the same technique, i.e. a circle of still cameras as mentioned in my answer.
Apr
24
comment Walking around someone who is moving in Slow Motion?
Paragraph starting with "In order to understand" in Philosophical Potential in "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" -- where it discusses a slow-motion scene with Giles and Buffy in the episode "Once More, with Feeling" as similar to scenes in the Matrix. But perhaps there was more than one slow-motion scene like this. As I mentioned, I did not see the episode.