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

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How did they achieve the crack in the ice scene?

In 'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind' there is an ice scene around the beginning of the film where the two main characters lay down on the ice. Screen left there is a unique and very beautiful '...
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Would special effects for early movie patrons seem real?

When I watched The Walking Dead on my 1080i HDTV, the special effects looked seamless. In other words, I knew what I was watching was fake, but it was hard to tell. When I upgraded to a 1080p HDTV,...
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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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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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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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Which material are fake eyeballs made off?

I recently watched the Kill Bill movies. In both movies Beatrix plucks out an eye from an opponent (Elle Driver and one of the crazy 88). I'm curious about which material fake eyes in Kill Bill (or in ...
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“Fast forward effect” in Mad Max

In Mad Max and Mad Max 2 (The Road Warrior), there are several scenes (often fast scenes, like car chases), where the film seems to be running on "fast forward". The characters move very quick and it ...
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What happened to Frou-Frou in the 1967 Soviet film Anna Karenina?

In the 1967 Soviet film Анна Каренина directed by Aleksandr Zarkhi, there is a race sequence during which Count Vronsky's horse, Frou-Frou, is seriously injured. What happened to the horse which ...
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Camera technique where crowd moves fast around a stationary character?

This is very common scene in movies and TV shows where a character is shown standing stationary but all other characters' movement is shown in kinda fast forward mode. And these characters are moving ...
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Total Recall (1990) nail color change effect

In the first Total Recall, there's an unimportant shot where the receptioninst at Recall is changing the color of her nails. She taps one with a stylus, and it "wipes" to a different color. (I can't ...
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Was CGI used to make Will Smith look different in the movie Concussion?

I was watching this trailer about the movie "Concussion" and to me Will Smith looks very different from the last movie I saw him in just a couple of years ago. Something about his jawline and the ...
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How are water scenes (with flooding) achieved without injuring actors?

Sometimes you see scenes in movies where characters are in a boat below deck, or in some other circumstance where water comes rushing in and knocks them over and they go sliding off camera. How do ...
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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 was the pressure cooker blast filmed?

In Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961), there is a scene where a pressure cooker suddenly blasts in front of two lead actors. How was this pressure cooker blast filmed? Was there any risk of harm to the ...
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How are Michonnes Zombies made?

During some episodes of The Walking Dead Michone has 2 zombies (Mike and Terry) without arms and jaw, which she uses as mules and for protection. I saw images of the actors of the zombies, they have ...
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Why does fake blood in older movies look so fake?

I've noticed that when showing blood in a number of older movies, the fake blood is always bright red. Why was this? I know special effects have obviously improved over the years but it doesn't seem ...
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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 ...
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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 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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Zombies At The Fence - filming head injuries to walkers

When zombies (or walkers or however you refer to them) are in an easily kill-able location, such as the fence at the prison, there are many times where spears or swords or other lengthy objects are ...
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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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How much of Jungle Book (2016) is CGI?

In Jungle Book, I could tell the boy was real and the animals were CGI, but the landscape and accessories I could not tell. For example, Mowgli handles various vines and baskets. Are those real? What ...
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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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What is the term for colour screen theme in movies?

The Matrix movie has a dark green tint in the whole series. Just like Matrix, every movie has a screen colour theme, like the Underworld movie was all a dark gothic blue theme. My question is, what is ...
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How is the “solid black eyes” effect done?

In several shows, there are characters who gain solid black eyes, usually to indicate that they have turned on sort of superhuman or supernatural ability. For instance, Alexander Lyta in Babylon 5 ...
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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 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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Hobbit scenes with psychedelic mind combat

In both The Desolation of Smaug and Battle of the Five Armies, there are scenes where good characters face Sauron and there is an almost-psychedelic effect: This and similar effects continue, without ...
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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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Is this scene from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. essentially a realistic depiction of filming a fight scene?

In Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 3 episode 15, Spacetime, there's a scene in which a bunch of agents are essentially rehearsing a big fight. It features Agent May very obviously pulling her punches ...
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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 shoot the animal scenes in Life of Pi?

Is the tiger, hyena, zebra etc animated? They look quite real. Are they trained animals?
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What is the most time-consuming makeup to apply to a single actor in film or television?

There have been some famously elaborate make-up in film and television which take enormous amounts of times to apply to the actors, for example Michael Scofield's full-torso tattoo in Prison Break ...
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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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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 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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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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Was the sword forging scene at the beginning of season 4 CGI or real?

My friend thinks the sword forging scene at the beginning of the 4th season of Game of Thrones was CGI (it certainly was picturesque with the flames dancing along the flow of molten steel). But I ...
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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 are Walker guts made of?

What are people in The Walking Dead really using to make it seem like they are rubbing Walker guts on themselves to stay hidden from Walkers? Are they using like BBQ sauce or something?
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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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What is the name of this technique when the scene is morphed into something visually similar?

Like in the movie The World's End, there were some people sitting in the shape of a circle then the movie's name is shown gradually, the O letter is similar to the circle made by the people. I see ...
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Are there any existing animation templates for movie graphics?

I was recently watching the newest Hunger Games movie. There was a scene when Katniss walked out of a bunker for hunting and she saw a deer that was not afraid of her. What got me thinking, was that ...
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What is the difference between USD 38M and USD 120M CGI?

Watching Vin Diesel's Riddick (2013) was a jarring experience in many ways not least because of the quality of the CGI used. It could be best described as having a mid-2000s videogame-y feel to it. ...
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Slowing down the frame rate vs. using a slow-motion camera

Why do even some of the big budget films slow down the frame rate to give slow motion effect rather than use a slow-motion camera? The point is that the first technique almost always give a hint of "...
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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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Is there a visually optimal area to view a 3-D movie at the theatre?

3-D films are becoming more and more common. While I find the experience interesting, I have yet to find "the best seat in the house". Opticaly, there ought to be a optimal viewing area where the ...
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How was the effect of Alderaan blowing up accomplished?

A special effect sequence in the original Star Wars (1977) shows the planet Alderaan being blown up by the Death Star (frame shown below). Considering that this was the pre-digital era, I thought the ...
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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 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 (...