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Questions tagged [effects]

Artificial visual or mechanical effects introduced into a movie or television show.

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How is the “bullets whizzing through water” effect created?

We've all seen action sequences in which someone dives into the water to avoid being shot, and bullets whiz past them while they swim. I just watched the scene above from XXX: State of the Union, and ...
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Alice growing effect in 1972 “Alice's Adventures in Wonderland” - how was it done? It's not green screen

How was this scaling effect done? I've linked to the timecode of the moment. It's at 00:27:02 My first assumption would have been green screen, but it's clearly not -...
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How do filmmakers avoid getting blood splattered on the camera lens in battle scenes?

While I was recently watching some of the battle scenes in Outlaw King (2018) I found myself wondering how they avoided getting blood all over the camera. The battles are particularly bloody in that ...
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Simulated (dry) quicksand

I've been watching the original Lost in Space series (1965). In at least a couple of episodes, a character would fall or get pulled into "quicksand". In each case, the material is obviously dry - upon ...
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What is the first example of warning messages about special effects being shown to audiences before a film?

I have seen two instances of a message of caution or warning being shown before a film to explain to the audience that a particular moment in the film with a special effect is meant to be part of the ...
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How do they accomplish the “zombie walking with a broken ankle” effect?

Zombies are often shown dragging one foot behind them. The clip below shows an example from Shaun of the Dead (2004). You can see the zombie dragging its foot at 2:06. ...
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How did they shoot the bowling ball scene in The Big Lebowski?

The Big Lebowski (1998) features a number of surreal dream sequences in it. In one of them, the Dude is plastered by a bowling ball and obtains the viewpoint of a bowling ball as it rolls down the ...
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What causes the “stretched arms” effect?

Near the end of Robocop, as the bad guy is falling, his arms infamously looked stretched out and fake (at 1:29 in this clip): What type of special effect is causing ...
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Spiral-projectors / holograms (?) - how do they work? (as seen in Gambinos SNL performance)

I'm not sure if Movie&TV is the right StackExchange site for this question, but I did not find an FX-site. Here goes: In Gambino's SNL performance: There are ...
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How did they film the scene that showed Leonel Salamanca's amputated legs in S03E08?

In Breaking Bad S03E08 I see you, Leonel Salamanca, portrayed by Daniel Moncada, is shown sitting up, with amputated legs, on a hospital bed. The image is clear and seemingly full of honesty, leaving ...
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Air effect in scenes and dances

I am new to filming effects. I was wondering how they create air effect, for example: many actors have their hair flying in scenes and in dances. Do they use fans in front of them or are there any ...
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How were the machines in Matrix Revolutions modeled?

Matrix Revolutions has a lot of scenes with very complicated machines. For example, when Neo and Trinity are going to the machine city there is a huge defensive machine (pictured below): To CGI model ...
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First appearance of the realistic mask effect

What was the first movie to use the realistic mask effect - which appears to show a mask being removed that is indistinguishable from the actors face. Was it before the Mission Impossible series? ...
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Animals died during the film shooting?

Is it true, that a lot of animals died during the shooting of Gilliam's "Adventures of Baron Munchausen"? Quote from IMDB's trivia: A lot of the animals for the film died and had to be replaced. ...
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How were the opening credits to Superman created?

The opening credits sequence for Superman is one of the most famous and recognizable in the history of cinema. How, exactly, was it produced? (I am speaking specifically about the animated, ...
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How is open head of Commander Data done?

Data has his head open several times, for example here: Given the time of creation of Star Trek - Next Generation series, I don't assume this would be done with CGI, also his head doesn't seem to be ...
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Has a major film ever intentionally used live ammunition to film a scene?

I was imagining the other day that most war films and scenes are filmed with people faking shooting. Sometimes wars scenes are not even using blank rounds, like in Star Wars. This leads me to wonder ...
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How are the face cuts done when Dexter takes his blood samples of his victims?

Whenever Dexter has his victim on the slab ready to be killed, he cuts them with a surgical knife and takes a blood sample. Obviously the knife is fake and the blood is fake but quite often you will ...
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How do movie makers combine real life scale shots of actors with scaled shots of miniature models?

For Blade Runner 2049 movie I saw on YouTube that they made a miniature scale city, but in some shots you can see the life sized actors and the city in the same shot. I am wondering how are they able ...
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How was the wipe transition done historically?

A classic example being Star Wars, but I am aware that it was used way before that, at the turn of the century. I get that today it can be done relatively "easily" with the aid of a computer, but back ...
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What techniques were used to film Ariadne entering the dream world for the first time

I am having trouble finding techniques that Nolan had used in the filming of this scene.
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Justice League 'Official Trailer' vs 'Heroes Trailer'

In the later Heroes Trailer for Justice League the color and settings are different from the first released Official Trailer. Why is it like that? Are official trailers of movies released without CGI ...
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How do they create the side-impact-crash “from inside the car” shots?

I've wondered about this for years. It's become quite popular to film car crashes from inside the vehicle that suffers the worst damage. These scenes are usually shot from inside the "target" ...
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Physiological changes in Klingons between Star Trek TNG and Star Trek Discovery

My question is extremely similar to this one. I grew up watching Star Trek: The Next Generation, thus I always took it for granted that Klingons look like this: Now I'm watching the brand-new Star ...
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Time freezes and actors and things can be viewed from different angles. What is this special effect called and how is it made? [duplicate]

The music video for Avicii’s “Lonely Together” shows an effect previously seen in movies like “The Matrix”. What is it is called and how is it made?
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How do they cost effectively film the scenes where James Franco plays 2 roles?

In The Deuce James Franco plays both Vincent and Frank Martino. Sometimes this requires both brothers to be in the same scene. Usually in these cases only one of the brothers is actually in the shot, ...
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How do the SAW movies achieve dismemberment on screen?

I’m wanting to create a similar effect, as a girl saws through her arm, and i’m curious how the SAW movies achieved this. I also wonder if there is a more budget friendly way to achieve the same ...
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How was the helicopter scene from Captain America: Civil War filmed?

In Captain America: Civil War (2016) there is one scene where Captain America prevents a helicopter from flying away with his bare hands. Here is that scene if you haven't watched the movie, or ...
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How to film this particular aspect in the film Freddy vs Jason of setting someone on fire?

I rewatched Freddy vs Jason and I am a bit on the curious side of things once again. In the following viedo about Jason's attack on the party out bush, the obese man just sets Jason on fire, which in ...
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How did they film the walks between the Twin Towers in The Walk?

The movie The Walk based on the story of 24-year-old French high-wire artist Philippe Petit's walk between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center on August 7, 1974. Here Joseph Gordon-Levitt act ...
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How do they film a volcano erupting in such a way as what the volcano did in Dante's Peak?

In Dante's Peak (1997), Harry is a volcanologist and also the protagonist of the movie. The movie is all about the volcano that Harry is investigating blowing up, sending ashes, rocks and lava ...
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How are tsunamis crashing through cities and wiping out actors filmed?

In the movie The Day After Tomorrow (2004), there is a city (much like a modern day city) and during a natural disaster; there is a Tsunami that crashed through the city, destroyed buildings, killed ...
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What conditions and requirements are needed to film sex scenes safely?

I have seen numerous movies with sex scenes: Friends with Benefits is one, No Strings attached (insertion is not filmed here) and several others where the intercourse is actually on camera (the ...
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How is arterial blood spray filmed? [duplicate]

In Dead 7, Carrie and other movies, there have been some scenes where an artery has been severed and an open wound is visible causing an artierial spray coming from inside the wound. I am sure this ...
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How did they film the special forces helicopter crashes?

in White House Down, We see in the following youtube clip: That when special forces went to attack the White House, the captives fire a javelin missile at the ...
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What is the film technique for someone breaking into pieces?

In certain movies I have seen the antagonist's arms falling off, then their legs, then their bodies split in two and then their heads fall off when the camera angle has not shifted. Or the scene can ...
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How did they make cars fall apart in old movies?

A staple of old Buster Keaton/Laurel and Hardy films is the car that falls completely apart, either when closing one of the doors or even when driving, like so: How exactly did they pull these ...
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What are the film techniques for broken and protruding bones?

I have seen in a James Bond movie where there is a volcano disaster and the guy being James Bond (or the same person maybe just different movie) that when he and his host family during the eruption ...
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Is there any CGI used in Dunkirk?

Given what I know about Christopher Nolan as a filmmaker, I would expect a heavier emphasis on practical effects. However, even with movies like Fury Road, where practical effects were used heavily, ...
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How are 3D still shots or “time stop” effects created?

I am always amazed by 3D still shots in which the action freezes and a character is able to walk around and the people are frozen like statues. How do they do that? Some of the famous movies ...
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How was helicopter scene filmed in Escape to Witch Mountain (1975)?

Followup from Aviation.SE In Escape to Witch Mountain (1975), around 1h 19m, there is scene with helicopter (Hughes MD500) in inverted flight which lands upside down and keep spinning. While flight ...
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How are scenes shot in burning buildings?

Actors, Crew and equipment are all valuable -- shooting scenes in a burning building seems particularly impossible to do safely, but at the same time when watching these scenes, it's doesn't appear to ...
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How did they film the final shootout scene from Felina?

The final shootout scene in the last episode of Breaking Bad is quite impressive. Since watching it, I've wondered how it was filmed. When stepped through frame-by-frame, the rounds appear to be ...
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What makes theatrical blood visually discernible from real blood? [closed]

Of course, every blood scene in films, TV and theater will be fake. Real blood would have many sanitary issues, some psychological concerns, and wouldn't be nearly as convenient as artificial ...
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How do they film someone being stabbed with a weapon that goes all the way through?

How can you film someone being directly stabbed through any part of the body (especially the head, as seen in Game of Thrones) when the camera has not shifted angle at all?
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In The Time Machine, how did the books disintegrate so easily?

In 1960's The Time Machine, the hero takes a fragile book in his hand. As he turns one of the pages it disintegrates. He then accidentally pulverizes the entire book to dust. He does the same to an ...
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Do any of the computer programs used in 1980s Doctor Who still exist? [closed]

In the 1980s, the Doctor's TARDIS had three computer terminals in the console. Two of them had real monitors and the third (in the rare shot that showed it) was just a plastic box with a flat covering ...
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Name for the effect with an 'intensifying thriller sound' as someone is shown eavesdropping?

Generally in thriller-type movies, there is a scene where A & B are talking. But the scene ends with C listening secretly with an intensifying thriller sound. Is there any single name for this ...
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When were digital effects first used in film or TV?

I know Willow used digital effects to handle the "Morph" scenes when the characters transform. That's the first definite "CGI" example I can think of though, as opposed to other special effects ...
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Is there a canon explanation for certain holodeck differences between Star Trek shows?

Namely, I noticed that in Star Trek: The Next Generation, holographic characters and objects can actually travel a little distance/last for a few moments outside of the holodeck. (e.g. A couple of ...