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

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Is lens flare shot organically, or added in post-production?

The Star Trek series and movies really love their lens flare. Does the organic picture actually taken by the camera have this lens flare in it? Or is it added to the image in post-production? Are ...
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How was the three-breast effect done for the prostitute?

In the first Total Recall movie, the main cast visits a bar, and one of the patrons was a woman that had three breasts (instead of the usual two for non-injured adult human women). Did the actress (...
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Are there any other movies which feature trick-filmed scenes like the dinner scenes from “The Nutty Professor”? [closed]

I've probably watched those dinner scenes from "The Nutty Professor" a million times by now. I find them endlessly hilarious and fascinating. Especially after realizing that it's the same single actor ...
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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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Were any non-CGI movies shot in their entirety though a colored lens/filter?

This is a 2-part question: Is it technically possible to shoot a movie though a colored lens/filter? (as opposed to changing the image color AFTER the movie is shot, via CGI or earlier effects) If ...
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Is Yoda made using CGI in the original Star Wars or is it practical effects?

In the original Star Wars trilogy, was Yoda made using CGI available at that time or was he made using practical effects (like a puppet)?
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Did the creators manipulate the animation frame rate for specific visual effects?

Spider Man: Into the Spider-Verse is a particularly richly animated film with an amazing variety of animation styles used to reflect the different universes its multiple spider characters come from. ...
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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 did they film the gun spinning scene?

In "End Times" (Season 4 Episode 12) of Breaking Bad, there is a scene of Walt sitting near the pool. He places his gun on a table and spins it. The gun ends up pointing at him. He spins it again, and ...
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How do special effects experts reproduce hidden objects that are covered up by green screen suits?

I was watching the SFX clips from Hollow Man (2000) and I noticed that in the scene where the invisible soldier washes his hands the faucet handle turns. In the green suit scene, the actor comes to ...
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Do actors use prosthetics in naked scene of non-porn movies? And why? [closed]

Watching (non-pornographic) movies that contains nudity, I noticed that sometimes the genitals of the actors or actresses look fake. For example, in The Master (2012) there's a scene with many naked ...
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How did they make Yogurt so short?

In the marvelous film "Space Balls" Director and Actor Mel Brooks played multiple characters. One of these characters was Yogurt, a poor man's Yoda. How did they make Yogurt so short, compared to Mel ...
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Is this effect on Thor real or is it CGI?

In Avengers: Endgame we learn that, after the events of Infinity War It is difficult to get an image of this, but this spoiler image should be enough. We see Thor like this throughout the entire ...
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Is this bar slide trick shown on Cheers real or a visual effect?

In the Cheers episode "Endless Slumper" (S01E10)" there are a couple of scenes where Sam (Ted Danson) displays a bar slide trick where he is able to curve the glass around the corner of the bar. The ...
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Why did they use CGI in this scene of “Hobbs & Shaw”?

At the end of Hobbs & Shaw in the scene with the downed helicopter in the rain, it seemed very obvious to me that Jason Statham's character was extremely CGI'd when he was giving his bit of ...
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Why do movie directors/actors frequently boast about how some stunts/special effects were done without CGI or stunt doubles? [closed]

Some examples of what I'm talking about: Jackie Chan was famous for doing his own tricks without stunt doubles Lord of Rings boasted about doing many of the special effects without CGI In La La Land ...
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Real or fake arcade machine in the Foot Clan scene?

I can't find a screen cap or video clip of this scene for this VERY specific question, so bear with me. I was hoping perhaps someone had seen a "making of" the 1990 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle movie ...
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How did Hitchcock get the still eyeball shot in “Psycho”?

In the 1960 thriller Psycho, there is a shot of a dead body with the eye fixed open as the corpse lays on the bathroom floor. At first I thought it was a still, but some of the water drops move, so I ...
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Why did Gilligan's Island and The Brady Bunch intros use blue screens?

Both the intro to The Brady Bunch and Gilligan's Island use blue screens when showing the character's faces, yet in both cases there were no effects projected behind them. Is it pure coincidence, or ...
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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? My first assumption would have been green screen, but it's clearly not - she's taking on all the light and shadow from the scene ...
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How is this practical and very old scene shot?

Saw a Reddit post talking about this scene from 1937's Sh! The Octopus: It is 82 years old and a great practical effect. How was it shot, though?
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Are fight scenes in “Under control” sped up?

I just watched Jackie Chan's "Under control" (1999), and the fighting scenes are looking too quick. So, are fighting scenes really sped up? I don't remember seeing anything similar before. Actually, ...
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How did they achieve the Gunslinger's shining eye effect in Westworld?

Westworld was released in 1973. Back in time, the movie-making resources were so limited. How did they achieve the Gunslinger's eye shining effect? Is it a kind of contact lens? Is there more ...
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How did they film Patsey being whipped?

A Sequence in 12 Years A Slave shows Patsey, a plantation worker, being tied to a pole and whipped. The shot is horrifying, and shows her flesh being torn and rendered open by the whip as it makes ...
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How do TV shows with live audience manage special effect scenes?

Many sitcoms are recorded in front of a live audience who provide the laughter track. Now this is simple enough in most scenes. But some scenes require added special effects. For example the dinner ...
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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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Do the later films in the “Night of the Living Dead” series use CGI?

series release history: Night of the Living Dead (1968) Dawn of the Dead (1978) Day of the Dead (1985) Land of the Dead (2005) Diary of the Dead (2007) Survival of the Dead (2009) The 20-year gap ...
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How did the original lightsaber prop work?

The original (non-animated) lightsaber was apparently a wooden slat that could rotate covered with a reflective tape: What kind of reflective tape are we talking about here? The light is so intense ...
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What weighs toward the decision to ignore the gravity change?

Melancholia is a realistic "what-if" science fiction, set in roughly the time we live in. The whole plot is centered around the concept of a planet approaching Earth. Being what it is, why would they ...
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Were Ellen Barkin's legs highlighted or enhanced?

In 1991's Switch, a tale of a murdered man resurrected as a woman, Ellen Barkin plays the main characters female persona. In this movie, she is incapable of walking in heels, having never done it as a ...
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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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Mirror shot without camera reflection in “Velvet Buzzsaw”

In the film Velvet Buzzsaw, there is a unique piece of reflective art, 'Sphere'. There are a couple of camera shots where we see the sphere, but the camera cannot be seen in the reflection: How are ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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 make Captain America so tiny and skinny in the first half?

How did they make Chris Evans so tiny and skinny in the first half? He lost weight + green screen all along I suppose? Or is there something more interesting.
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Paul Walker body doubles in Fast & Furious 7

I had just recently watched Fast & Furious 7. I am aware that Paul Walker's two brothers stood in as a body double for his character in order to finish filming some scenes. I am also aware that ...
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How is Paul Walker's character regenerated in Furious 7?

After watching Furious 7, I was amazed that throughout the movie I didn't feel that Paul Walker didn't complete the film but yet his presence is not felt anything like virtually created. How was this ...
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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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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 this shot in Batman made?

In the 1989 movie Batman, the Joker is seen falling and the images make it seem like it was animated. How was this done? I am talking about the images of the Joker himself, which are not photographs ...
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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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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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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 ...