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Questions tagged [film-industry]

General questions about the film industry and its workings.

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What is the theoretical upper limit on first-weekend domestic box office numbers? [closed]

With big movies like Endgame shattering box office records and selling out theaters, I was wondering if anyone has done or could do the math on what the most a movie could make in its opening weekend. ...
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Actor-director partnership

Which is the longest actor-director partnership? I'm talking about movies where a given director works with the same actor/actress in a leading role. Johnny Depp & Tim Burton is one of the first ...
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What is the name for a film that sets up another film?

TL;DR - is there any specific, one-word, film-specific name for films that are feature-length but don't have a specific ending? Traditionally, films are said to have three parts- a beginning, a ...
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Copyrighted Filming Techniques

The first Matrix film had the bullet time sequence, and people will most likely associate that technique with the movie. Research into bullet time shows that it was used long before The Matrix (...
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Why isn't it standard practice to hire pros to look at a script in the industry?

In the movie and TV industry, pretty much everyone agrees that science and technology are not depicted accurately most of the time. The problem is so big that it is a huge selling point nowadays when ...
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Why is Atlanta Georgia becoming the new Hollywood?

I have been noticing more and more that a lot of movies have been filmed in Atlanta Georgia and that many still continue to be filmed there. Is the city just becoming even more popular than usual or ...
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Have the producers/directors of Sanju addressed the glaring conflict of interest?

Sanju (title character played by Ranbir Kapoor) is a biopic of Sanjay Dutt, a controversially popular Indian Bollywood actor. He was involved in aiding the terrorists to conduct the most horrific bomb ...
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What is the process for screening a movie today? [duplicate]

Perhaps a bit of an odd question, but I've always been intrigued by all aspects of the entertainment industry. After the post-production process, what is the process for a typical screening of a ...
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Signifincance of trailer of the trailer?

There's a trend nowadays to make a trailer of the trailer. At least for media like youtube. Why are the studios doing this? What's the point of adding a 5 seconds intro to the trailer I'm about to ...
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Who decides titles for dubbed versions? [duplicate]

As we know, many Hollywood movies are dubbed into non English versions. For example, titles of Star Wars: The Last Jedi are given in different languages. In majority cases, the original title in ...
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How do streaming services earn money?

Netflix and Prime are (I think) the two leading competitors in streaming services. Both services are releasing original movies and shows which are exclusively available in their platform. But what's ...
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Why do some trailers contain scenes that aren't in the movie? [duplicate]

I'm an avid watcher of trailers. I watch trailers over and over again. I even watch trailers of movies that I don't plan on watching. But sometimes, I notice that some trailers contain some ...
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Series vs. serial

As I learned from Wikipedia and some other sites/forums, there is a difference between series and serials: A series contains the same characters throughout, but each episode is a different story. So, ...
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How were Opening Titles and End Credits created before Computers?

I've always wondered how Opening Titles and End Credits in the movies were created before Computers existed?
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Why do so many cinema industries have “wood” in their name? [duplicate]

A lot of cinema industry names end with "wood". For example, Kollywood, Bollywood, Tollywood, Hollywood, etc. Is there any reason for this?
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What role does the Screen Actors Guild play in controlling credits?

In this article about Airplane!, the author states: The Zucker brothers and Jim Abrahams had a tough time with the Screen Actors Guild in trying to get their proper three director billing when the ...
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What does the new PGA guidelines on sexual harassment state?

I just saw this tweet from Rebbeca Keegan... What is this new policy and what does it state? I mean sexual harassment was never allowed in Hollywood in the first place (... because its illegal) ...
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Determine original language of the movie

Sometimes I want to watch some movie in its original language i.e. without translation. For some movies, it's pretty easy. For example, Antonioni's Blowup was originally filmed in English His L'...
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Do actors get paid more to do their own stunts?

There are several actors who are known for doing their own stunts. Generally speaking, is it an industry convention to pay actors "bonuses" for performing their own stunts?
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Why have there been no reviews of The Greatest Showman?

The Greatest Showman will be in theaters in two days, but I cannot find any reviews of it online. Reviews usually come out days or weeks before a movie's release. They are often used by marketers to ...
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History of show times prior to release date

My recollection is that movies are not shown to the general public until their release date. I remember going to midnight screenings of highly anticipated movies when I was younger. My wife just got ...
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Has there been a breakthrough in film technology for television?

I've been binge watching Season 2 of The Crown and Godless, both on Netflix, via an fourth gen Apple TV and a very average Vizio 50" 1080p LCD television. I'm a visual artist by trade, and I can't ...
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Just how is a movie/film piece certified?

How does certifying a movie work? Deciding if it will be realised as: U (for all) or P.G. Etc. Do we know anything (other than what you see on the back of a standard DVD case) about the different ...
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What franchise had the most concurrently airing American television shows?

What franchise1 had the most concurrently2 airing American3 television shows? After brief research, I found that the Law & Order franchise and the Chicago franchise had at one point 4 concurrent ...
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Were American films ever shown in the US in foreign languages?

The US has always had substantial pockets of foreign language speakers, particularly in immigrant communities. Were there ever theaters catering to these populations with foreign language versions of ...
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How to find out if (especially foreign) movies are uncut

The reason I ask is that it was especially notable for foreign films that scenes are cut mercilessly so that they fit in the "common" 90 min format. For example: "Tom-Yum-Goong". Even in cinema it ...
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The mark on top right

Sometimes when I watch movies I notice a mark ( circle ) that shows for less than a second on the top right corner of the many movies. I wonder what is that and why they have it?
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What's the deal with Dutch (one of Johnny's Friends) from the Original KARATE KID?

I just wonder what's the matter with the Character "Dutch" from the Original Karate Kid. He enjoyed picking on Daniel and it seemed like he had Mental Disorder. Why did he become very angry and try to ...
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How do they count box-office grosses so fast?

The reporting of movie grosses is very fast, even all over the world. How do they do this?
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Children actors in R-Rated films [duplicate]

When a children appear in a movie that has a scene or two depicting sexuality (R rated material), is it the norm to let these children know what kind of movie they are participating in? Or are they ...
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What is the first major film that used drones?

I assume with the switch to digital film-making and light weight 4K or higher resolution cameras, shots that previously would have required a helicopter are now being done with drones at much lower ...
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What is the bit-depth of a movie played in the movie theater?

I was trying to search this up, as I had no idea if they played a RAW video, with no color compression, or something like 10-bit color-depth?
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Why do actors often play their last scene on a movie on their first day of filming?

I am not even sure this is the case, but it did happen to Lena Headey in 300 and in this interview (9:30) Ethan Hawke and Keira Knightley agree that it is something that happens all the time, namely ...
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Is there a resource listing TV shows that have not come to a 'natural' conclusion? [closed]

[Let me know if this question is inappropriate for this community, as I know it's not specifically listed as being on-topic or off-topic. Likewise, if there is another community I should post this to, ...
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How often does China influence Hollywood market by allowing or rejecting a film? [closed]

Can china convince Hollywood to change blockbuster movie scripts by allowing or not allowing movies into the Chinese market? If they can, how regularly/consciously do they use this power?
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Interpretation of two big jumps in movie history

I am analysing data about movies from IMDB. I counted the number of movies produced per year and need some help with the interpretation of two big jumps in the history (first is in the end of 20's and ...
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How difficult is it to source News Channel Logos?

Nowadays, most movies and tv series tend to use actual brand logos (such as those of CNN, FOX etc eg. most recently in the movie London Has Fallen), I assume, to lend authenticity to their narrative. ...
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Are there any global standards to identify a movie?

I know there exist approaches like EIDR (Entertainment Identifier Registry) and ISAN (International Standard Audiovisual Number). But I do not know how many movies are contained within those lists. Is ...
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Customs and decisions on putting bloopers in end credits

Who decides whether to put bloopers in end credits? I sort of feel like any comedy should pepper the end credits with bloopers, gags, or outtakes. I love them. Is there an industry view on the ...
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How are awards given in the editing category?

How are awards are given in the editing category? In 2013, Argo (2012) won an Oscar for editing. I saw the movie, but I didn't notice any noticeable editing effects like rapid cut sticking out, like ...
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Does AMC have some kind of linkage/negotiation with the British entertainment industry?

Recently I've noticed that the original programming output from AMC seems to feature what I consider to be a disproportionate amount of British talent - a distinction that is amplified by the fact ...
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How do they decide Blu-ray/DVD release date?

I think my question is different from this. Some movies' productions release Blu-ray/DVD so early after theatrical release, others will take time. How do they decide for the Blu-ray/DVD release date?
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How do (famous) actors apply for a movie character?

I was wondering how (famous) actors apply for a movie character role. I recently saw that the main character from Arrow wanted to play The Riddler in the new Batman movie. Source He said himself: ...
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How are digital movies sent to a movie theater?

For many years, movies were stored on rolls of film that were physically mailed to theaters. Now, most theaters project their movies digitally. But how are these digital movies sent to the theater? ...
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Why do film about the Holocaust tend to focus on the mystery of goodness rather than the horror of mass murder? [closed]

Why do film about the Holocaust tend to focus on the mystery of goodness rather than the horror of mass murder? For example: Schindler's List, The Pianist, Europa Europa, etc...
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Do stars of original series get royalties for reboots or remakes?

While this may be a bit subjective, the recent remake of Roots, produced by the original star, Levar Burton, got me to think. Is it common, or even heard of, for an actor or star to get royalties for ...
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What is the Film Partnership in Britain?

Could anyone explain and help me understand what the "Film Partnership" is in Britain, preferably using colloquial language? Anything that relates to the Eclipse 35 Film Partners Scheme would also be ...
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Do actors performing stunts have to take substance test?

We all know that some actors are known to abuse alcohol or drugs in their free time. Considering some of them choose to perform certain stunts without a sub, I would imagine they could impose a great ...
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Is there a specific flag that should be raised when filming a boat scene with a pirate flag flying?

Since flying a pirate flag in open waters would likely attract a "shoot first and ask questions later" response, I was wondering if there is a maritime flag that should be flown when you are using a ...
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What exactly is 70mm print and why does anyone care?

There has been a bit of controversy lately over the release of Tarantino's Hateful Eight movie. As I understand it, the movie was scheduled to play in a particular theater in Los Angeles that plays ...