How do they film the beheading of a person, like the beheading of Ned Stark in Game of Thrones? It was pretty clean beheading.

There are more examples in Spartacus; there were a lot of beheading with blood sprinkling from people's necks. These all look pretty realistic. Here is a link showing one of the beheadings.

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    How do you know what a real beheading looks like? I'm staying on your good side from now on. Commented May 3, 2017 at 15:30

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The first half of that GIF was a real actor, with a prosthetic skin flap on his chest that would hide the tube of blood that was spurting out of his neck area. The second half of that was most likely a dummy, although it could have been CGI or a combination of a dummy and CGI. There is always a cut in the film just before the head comes off (note how the view goes from the guy with the swords to the guy just as he's losing his head).

A top-notch Editor gets paid big bucks to make sure you can't tell when that cut happens. A low-budget Editor will probably not do as good of a job, or doesn't have the editing tools necessary to make the cut as seamless. If you've ever seen any movies where people get hit with a very fast-moving car or truck, you'll know almost immediately how good that Editor is.

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