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 '14 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. – Jeff-Inventor ChromeOS Aug 10 '14 at 23:38
  • That aside, do you really close every (inside) door behind you? – Napoleon Wilson Aug 11 '14 at 8:53
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    @SonnyBurnett I typically close any door I had to open to go through – David Wilkins Aug 11 '14 at 12:12
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    If there's a cameraman following the actor, it would certainly present a problem. – Johnny Bones Aug 11 '14 at 22:22

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 '16 at 5:49

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