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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
Although your top still is interesting, with the cameras visible at the rear, that is not the car I was referring to. The one in my post (which is the same as your second picture) doesn't have any cameras mounted at the rear; there is just a bare wooden deck. Although that could be a camera mounted under the front rail, I don't understand why they didn't use the rear deck instead which is much larger. Plus I don't remember any shots from this angle ending up in either the trailers of the movie.
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..
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.