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

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What is the green background? (“green screen”)

What do you call the green backgrounds which are used to create CGI backgrounds, weather reports etc. Why is green color always used?
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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 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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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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Was the location of the big showdown real or CG?

Was the location shown here in the finale of Sherlock Holmes, especially at 0:10 - 0:25, actually a real location? Or was it created with CG in post production? I don't know if it's just because of ...
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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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Was the first depiction of “face melting” in Raiders of the Lost Ark?

That was the first time I recall seeing a cinematic depiction of a face melting, but I'm wondering if some "master of horror" did it before 1981.
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What was the virtual reality research that was used to produce the movie A.I.?

Years ago, I watched a documentary / behind the scenes on the movie A.I. (2001). It explained that the scenes in town were generated by putting markers on the ceiling. Each camera had an attached ...
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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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How were the CGI scenes created for National Geographic series WW II Greatest Raids

I've been watching a few of the World War II series on the National Geographic channel lately and they have a series called WW II Greatest raids. In this series they provide CGI reenactments of the ...
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Movie bullet magic [duplicate]

For several decades I've observed in westerns that during gun fight scenes, it appears that someone out of frame is firing frangible projectiles (chalk?) very close to the actors. Seems to illustrate ...
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Were old TV shows routinely sped up for some reason?

I have recently made a habit of waking up early, and as a by-product spend my mornings catching re-runs of The Donna Reed Show. I've noticed in a number of episodes, though not necessarily all of them,...
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Name of special effect [duplicate]

In movies, there are certain types of scenes where an actor/actress is standing facing the camera, in a hallway for example, and the hallway (or environment) is extruded or seems to get longer. I ...
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Why does Steven Spielberg use this type of effect in his films?

The following screenshot is taken from Bridge of Spies: Here, light is seen passing in front of a man's head. The same type of effect is also used in War of the Worlds, Artificial Intelligence, and ...
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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 do movies make explosions?

In just about every war film, there is always an explosion of some sort. What do film makers use to make an explosion that looks real and is completely harmless?
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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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Is there are list/table what camera filters cause what perception of a movie by the audience?

I remember the movie Traffic which uses a lot of different filters. How do these filters typically change perception of a scene or whole movie (I've seen whole movies overlayed with yellow filter). It ...
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Why blue background are used for special effects and What is difference between the blue and the green backgrounds? [duplicate]

In many movies and TV series blue background is being used for giving special effects or for some kind of animations. So what makes blue color so special? Which is better, blue or green backgrounds?
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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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What is the name of this technique?

I saw this in two japanese movies (as I remember), and they were not from the same directors. First was Kagemusha, and the other one was Kwaidan. And they both used the same background style. It's ...
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Is the visible mannequin in the opening car bomb scene in Casino (1995) intentional, and if so why?

In the opening scene of Casino (1995), Sam Rothstein gets into his car and is blown up. In the moment of the detonation, you can clearly see that DeNiro has been replaced with a dummy. (When the scene ...
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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 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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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 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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Psycho (1960) Sandwich Scene [closed]

When most people think of Psycho they think of the shower scene. Admittedly it is one of the all scariest scenes in the history of movies. Today I recently re-watched Psycho and I'm convinced there is ...
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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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Were Tina Fey and John Cena “digitally enhanced” in Sisters (2015)?

In Sisters (2015) there are some scenes where both Cena and Fey appear to be ... bigger than usual; Particularly in this image: Tina appears to have a bigger chest than on the rest of the movie or ...
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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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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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How did they get the entrapped testicles shot in Something About Mary?

In the 1998 comedy "There's Something About Mary" there is a scene in which the prom date gets his testicles entrapped in his zipper and this mess is briefly shown as an inserted still frame. How did ...

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