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

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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 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 ...
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How was the Burj Khalifa scene shot in Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol?

How was the "Ethan Hunt dangling over the side of Burj Khalifa" scene shot in Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol? Especially the final part of that scene, wherein Hunt jumps towards an open window in ...
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How was the underwater scene shot in Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation?

How was the underwater scene as well as the scene wherein Ethan Hunt jumps into the water tank shot? Was the tank built as an entire functioning set or was part of it CGI?
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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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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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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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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 they film “flying human” scenes?

I am watching Chronicle (2012) and this question just popped into my mind. What techniques are used for filming flying human scenes? Do they always use chroma keying or are there other techniques?
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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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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 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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Why do professional green screens look so much better?

Why does the average green screen, such as one on the local news station, or some video on YouTube, leave an outline and is obviously fake, but in some movies these effects look totally real. I was ...
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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 was this opening title sequence from Atkinson's Maigret made?

I've recently become fixed on how superbly the opening titles for Maigret (starring Rowan Atkinson) has been made and edited: Would Rowan have had to have acted this ...
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Why do soap operas have the soap opera effect?

The soap opera effect occurs when frame interpolation is used. For example, if a movie is shot at 24 frames per second and then shown on a TV screen which is capable of displaying 60 frames per second ...
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Why the different effects when Sirius Black appears in a fireplace?

In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005), Sirius Black appears in a fireplace to talk to Harry. It looks as if his head was made of embers: In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007), ...
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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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How do they shoot long underwater scenes (especially the even longer stylistic ones)?

How do they shoot the music videos where people are singing inside water? What confuses me if that is plain special effects is their clothes, they behave exactly how clothes behave in water. The ...
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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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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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How was Michael Douglas' apparent facelift achieved in “Behind the Candelabra”?

Michael Douglas, playing Liberace, has a facelift partway through the HBO movie. His skin is noticeably tighter and smoother afterwards. How was the effect achieved?
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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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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 ...
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What software was used to make the LEGO Movie?

So I've just seen The LEGO Movie and I was amazed at the intricate details of all the minifigures and sets. I was wondering if anyone knows what software was used to create the film. Animal Logic, ...
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How are the face-in-suit segments of Iron Man filmed?

This question deals with the actors in a full-body shot of the suits, however I am wondering how the face-inside-the-suit segments are filmed, for example: Iron Man HUD as seen in The Avengers (2012) ...
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Stroboscopic effects in “Love Actually”

Recently I was rewatching Love Actually in TV and before it started a warning appeared: This movie contains stroboscopic effects. Since you don't often see this kind of warning before a movie it ...
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What was used to create the metal effect makeup in the Terminator robots?

In Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles season 1 & 2 we can see Terminator robots walking with damages in their body parts. How do the make-up artists in the TV series make these metal effects ...
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What technique was used to create this effect?

I was discussing some old Doctor Who episodes when I recalled a notable example of the sort of 'bad' special effects used when CGI was in its infancy (and when the budget was low). Does anybody know ...