In almost every movie or TV episode when a door is opened, the character doesn't bother to shut the door after passing through. Why? Would it kill the flow of the story?

  • Related: movies.stackexchange.com/q/19339/49.
    – Napoleon Wilson
    Aug 10, 2014 at 22:44
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    I suspect two reaosns: It's 3 or 4 extraneous seconds. Why include it? Also, most sets are not upto Building code, just plywood nailed together. So doors may or may not even function correctly. Aug 10, 2014 at 23:38
  • That aside, do you really close every (inside) door behind you?
    – Napoleon Wilson
    Aug 11, 2014 at 8:53
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    @SonnyBurnett I typically close any door I had to open to go through Aug 11, 2014 at 12:12
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    If there's a cameraman following the actor, it would certainly present a problem. Aug 11, 2014 at 22:22

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Woo - one I know! - often sets are temporary structures and if you slam a door it can make the whole wall wobble (this is often seen in poor-quality shows or ones from the 60's/70's). So many floor managers have just become used to ensuring that they aren't slammed by cast members - even if it's a real set just out of habit. In fact I've seen in scripts lines such as "Door slams [ensure solid door]".


for YEARS i have noticed, and now watching Stranger Things - again, get out of the car, leave the lights on. other times, walk through a door, do not close it... i theorized it is to keep the feeling of continuity going. turning off lights or closing doors [especially when entering, not when exiting like leaving home] would render a change in flow and be distracting. bugged me for years, good to finally Google and research it a bit, and find others noticing the same thing. ah, the beauty of the internet 8).

  • It's probably a combination of both of these answers. Turning off the lights and closing the door when leaving a house or office is often saved for significant scenes.
    – miltonaut
    Sep 4, 2016 at 5:49

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