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

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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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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 TMNT movie and might have more info. ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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4 scenes from Total Recall: original vs. remake

I would like to know if the 2012 Total Recall remake captures some of the most significant and memorable scenes and effects from the 1990 original. The particular ones I'm interested in are: The ...
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What is this dog really biting in The Thing?

In John Carpenter's The Thing (1982), when the infected dog is transforming and scaring the crap out of the other dogs, one of them jumps up and bites the chain link fence. It happens a couple of ...
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What is the term for the colour scheme/effect in e.g. Supernatural [duplicate]

In the TV series Supernatural, almost all episodes have a darkish colour scheme. The only exception is for episodes partly set in another universe, e.g. S05E08 "Changing Channels" where they brothers ...
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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 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 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 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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How do they film scenes with the actors driving in a car?

I know long ago they would have the car stationary and use a projector screen to with moving scenery to make it look like the car was moving. It was obviously staged, but good enough. I've seen "...
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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 ...