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The selection and combining of shots into a sequence, and eventually to a completed movie.

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What is the term for video quality that is intentionally made to look old or degraded?

What is the term for video quality that is intentionally edited to make it look older or degraded, even when the original was captured on high quality video? For example, video quality can purposely ...
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What is this cinematic story telling technique called?

When actors are in a scene, as their time comes to an end in that scene/location, they will discuss action that needs to happen at another location. The next scene is rarely what the actors were ...
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What do you call the cut used to trick the audience into thinking the subjects of the scene haven’t changed? [duplicate]

There’s a type of cut in a movie between scenes which is set up to temporarily trick the audience into thinking the subjects of the scene haven’t changed. For example a group of characters discuss ...
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How was this killing scene filmed?

In this scene, at 5:00, you can see two people in frame and one of them shoots the other guy in the head using a shotgun. How did they edit it to look like one continuous scene? I'd imagine they would ...
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Is this continuity error in "Jagged Edge" intentional?

1985's Jagged Edge has a continuity error. In the scenes that take place during the first day of the trial, Glenn Close, who plays a defence attorney, is wearing three different outfits while she is ...
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What is the term for a cut from one close-up object to another absurdly similar close-up object? [duplicate]

What is the term for a cut from one close-up object to another absurdly similar close-up object? For example, in the movie "A Christmas Story", I think there is a cut from a close-up of a ...
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Term for when the sound of a movie starts before the image [duplicate]

Is there a technical term for when the first sound of a movie is heard while the screen is still black? A hypothetical example: we hear the sound of howling wind for a second or two before we see an ...
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Why do the walls of the room disappear in this second shot?

In biographical drama movie The Two Popes (2019), there is a scene where Jorge Bergoglio argues with Father Yorio and Jalics in a closed room: In the second shot, Jurio leave the room with ...
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Where did Lucas get the money to finish Star Wars?

An interesting facet of the production of Star Wars (1977) is that it was very heavily edited; in fact, it even won an Academy award for editing. A lot of the original raw film was terrible, and the ...
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Did the UK version of Terminator 2 censor out the lock picking scenes?

In a YouTube revue of Terminator 2, the narrator claims that the UK either tried to or actually did succeed in censoring out the scenes in which Sarah Connor picks several locks in the insane asylum ...
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Were Morgan Freeman's scenes filmed separately and spliced in later?

In "Now You See Me 2", most (all?) of the scenes with Morgan Freeman look like they were filmed separately with standings playing the other actors. This is especially obvious in the scenes involving ...
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What would the formal narrative structure be for a movie that starts and ends in present time but the rest is sort of internal monologue?

My daughter is making a short (6min) dance movie for her final school project, and she's having trouble figuring out what the formal narrative structure would be, and isn't getting much help from her ...
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What is it called when sound from next scene begins before the current scene is over? [duplicate]

Sometimes, in films the sound for the next scene will begin while the current scene is still playing. For example, in Episode 3 of Season 5 of Game of Thrones, Arya is washing a corpse for the first ...
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Purpose of subliminal skull in Return of the Jedi?

In the climax of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi Darth Vader throws Emperor Palpatine over a precipice and just as he does so, a subliminal image of a skull is flashed on the screen over Vader's face. ...
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What is the name of this film editing technique?

What is it called when a seemingly short or contiguous conversation/dialogue is spread over a few scenes that take place in different places that are apparently far from each other? Here is an ...
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Why are there two fades to black at the end of Dunkirk?

At the end of Dunkirk, there are two fade to black / cut to black instances: Farrier's plane on fire, fade to black, Tommy on the train just finished reading the newspaper, cut to black. That really ...
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In Cabin in the Woods, why does he start the car with his left hand?

The Cabin in the Woods takes place (mostly) in America. The 20-something cast is in a big RV that has the driver's seat on the left. The ignition should be to the right of the steering wheel. However, ...
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Technical realisation of fade-to-black and freeze frame (analog)

I wanted to know how a fade-to-black was done in the old days (before digital editing and non-linear editing) but could not find any information. In older movies and TV-productions (analog, before ...
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Is there something similar to a "Radio edit" of a song in television

A lot of songs have multiple edits - usually at least a radio edit and a album edit. To my understanding, the difference is usually that the radio edit is edited to be shorter and more "to-the-point": ...
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How are movies shot on film cut and edited nowadays?

Many movies are still shot on films. At the same time, computers can greatly facilitate editing. So I just wonder how the whole process is done. Is film digitized and edited on computers or is it ...
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Why does Moe Greene speak with a strange voice?

In The Godfather, why is Moe Greene's line "I talked to Barzini" given in such as strange voice? I heard it was dubbed but why would it be?
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What is the difference between Sound Mixing and Sound Editing?

I would like to understand what the difference is between Sound Editing and Sound Mixing. Could someone explain?
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Jean-Luc Godard's editing in sync with a machine gun [closed]

I remember watching an episode of a TV show reviewing and analyzing films, and in particular Godard's techniques. At one point, while discussing his editing style, a scene from one of his films was ...
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Cop scene explanation from John Wick (2014)

In a well edited movie, there are no scenes that don't either move the story ahead or explain something not otherwise known about the protagonist or his/her story. In John Wick (2014), there is a ...
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How do characters act so fast in movies?

I was watching The Hills Have Eyes (2006) and in one scene a zombie is searching to kill someone. In this scene a human and his dog are hiding from the zombie, but the dog unfortunately made some ...
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What is this editing technique called?

The following editing technique is used in the opening scene of Friends with Benefits for example: [Scene 1: two guys A & C are talking] A: What is your name? [Scene suddenly cuts to scene 2: two ...
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Why haven't clapperboards become obsolete? [duplicate]

Clapperboard (or slate) is used in movie primarily for two purposes: To assist in synchronizing picture and sound (with the help of a clap). It makes the editor's life easy. Cataloging of the ...
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How are awards given in the editing category?

How are awards are given in the editing category? In 2013, Argo (2012) won an Oscar for editing. I saw the movie, but I didn't notice any noticeable editing effects like rapid cut sticking out, like ...
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Is there a word or phrase for when the movie tricks you for a moment like this?

I know I've noticed this effect many times but I can only think of the most recent example: At the end of a scene, someone (bad) is locked out via mechanical door, and is pressuring the people inside ...
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How does the editing of lip-sync take place for non-native artists (especially in songs)?

I was going through this answer here, where @JasonCraig ends the answer with: Later a huge portion of issues are sorted in the editing table. So, I wanted to know what are the editing methods used ...
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Why and to which extent was The Night Manager recut for international release?

While The Night Manager was released on its original TV channels BBC One (UK) and AMC (US) as 6 60-minute episodes, it has been repacketed in other countries (at least Germany) as 8 45-minute episodes ...
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Why was the cocoon scene edited out of Alien?

I thought the cocoon scene in the original Alien movie was pretty powerful and you really feel Ripley's fear and uncertainty. In the scene Ripley finds alien castings in the hold of the ship and the ...
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Does 1957's 12 Angry Men consist of only one cut?

Does 12 Angry Men consist of only one cut? Apart from maybe an opening scene and closing scene, when they are in the room, I don't see any cuts. If that is so, does it mean when some actor makes a ...
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Regarding Miranda Tate's reappearance in Wayne Tower

Nearing the climax of The Dark Knight Rises we see Bruce return to Gotham while Miranda Tate gets captured together with Gordon's men. While the latter gets sentenced to "death by exile", the former ...
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On The Biggest Loser, do they interview contestants before AND after the weekly weigh-in?

Each week on The Biggest Loser, during the weekly weigh-in segment, the show will frequently cut back and forth between contestant interviews and the weigh-in itself as it progresses. The contestants ...
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Can a Live Telecast Be Edited?

Just curious to know whether the Live telecast can be edited before they are actually broadcast in TV Channels? Some famous shows like WWE are alleged to have displayed the shows after editing. Just ...
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How to make a film in black and white and add color to some objects?

How is a movie made to show selective colors. For instance, in Pleasantville a sister and brother are transported to the universe of an old black and white TV show, and the movie switches to being B&...
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What kind of animation/drawing program do they use to make South Park?

In 6 Days to Air, the documentary about the making of South Park, there is some great footage of the animators working on the characters in studio on wacom tablets. I couldn't tell what program it was....
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What is a seamless cross-cutting transition called?

Although I don't have a clear example, I'm looking for a transition which is somehow a mix of: Cross-cutting: where two scenes in different locations happen at the same time Graphic match : where "...
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What comes first, the music or the take?

Good music in a movie is not only good music but also music that is in sync with what happens on the screen. I can imagine it's not a trivial job to achieve this. So it made me wonder what generally ...
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Did the director and editor for House of Cards make aesthetic decisions based on H.264 encoding limitations?

Given that the production team for House of Cards knew the show would be streamed online as the only distribution method, did the directors and editors consider H.264's encoding limitations when ...
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When will high definition television no longer account for the standard definition 4:3 aspect ratio?

The vast majority of TV shows are now available in high definition. However, much content still seems to be framed for "center cuts," where the center of a high definition image in a 16:9 aspect ratio ...
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Why was this scene from the trailer not in the film?

I had seen all the trailers of The Amazing Spider-Man before its release. In one of those trailers Uncle Ben (Martin Sheen) says to Peter, Do you have any idea what you really are? This seems to ...
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How do they prevent animal cruelty in movies?

According to a number of sources, cruelty to animals is an offence and it is punishable in most countries. But in historical film it's inevitable, because if a film is looking to be historically ...
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How are older movies post-converted to 3D?

I went to see Hugo in 3D today, and beforehand there was a trailer for the upcoming re-release of Titanic in 3D. I must say, I was impressed. How much of the conversion to 3D of a movie that was ...
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What is the first occurence of a sequence of short shots of the same length separated by fade ins/outs?

This technique is used in several movie trailers to give a feeling of stress, anxiety or urgency. It is also used in several movies (mostly thrillers, action or horror movies), sometimes even before ...
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Is there an alternative cut of The Truman Show?

When I saw The Truman Show at the cinema, it was edited more heavily to make it look like a documentary about how the show was made, by whom and the actors in it, etc. Some things were mentioned ...
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