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Questions tagged [film-industry]

General questions about the film industry and its workings.

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Does Disney no longer produce hand-drawn cartoon films?

Over the past few years Disney has remade a lot of their hand-drawn films with either live-action or [modern] computer animation. Examples that immediately come to mind include: The Jungle Book, ...
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What format do movie theaters now use?

I know that in earlier times, feature films were distributed on large format tape, and these were what were distributed to theaters for showing. A given feature film would have several reels. The ...
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Why are trailers called “trailers”?

Why are trailers called "trailers"? Considering the verb "to trail" means "to follow behind", why would something that is shown before the main movie be called a trailer?
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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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Was film actually “better” than digital media?

I happen, time and again, to read and hear people – among which people working in cinema – regretting the fact that film (in the sense of actual reels of plastic strip) is nowadays very rarely used ...
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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 ...
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Is there any evidence of “Big Twist” movies having poor post-cinema sales?

I have watched many movies such as Sixth Sense, where there is a major twist that if known prior to watching the movie can potentially spoil the enjoyment of viewing. I tend not to watch this type of ...
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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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What's with the trend of releasing movies outside the US first?

A recent trend that I've noticed (or I'm just crazy and need to delete this question) is to release a major film outside of the U.S. first, even if it's a Hollywood film. Usually a week or so later ...
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Who will say “start camera action” when the director casts himself in the main role?

If the director is in front of the camera, who will say those words to start a movie shot? Who will say "start camera action" when the director casts himself in the main role?
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Why are movies so different from the original books?

Recently reading both the books and watching the movies for "A Murder on the Orient Express" and "Ender's Game", I am curious as to why some of the details change when going from the book to producing ...
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Why does “Hollywood Accounting” still work?

Hollywood accounting is the practice of big studios of making successful movies into what looks like a financial failures on purpose and through questionable accounting tricks. The goal is to show no ...
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Why do film studios buy domains of fictitious companies?

A few moments ago I saw an episode of 'The Blacklist' and recognized a sign with the address of an fictitious estate agent. My curiosity was to check the domain in the web browser. It seems that the ...
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Why is child acting legal?

In most industries, in most of the countries that produce most films, child labor is illegal. Not just highly regulated, or has special laws governing payment of the children, but illegal. Thus, in ...
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When and why did the decline of Musicals in American Cinema happen?

It seems to me that musicals are much less common in the American Film Industry these days in comparison to the 30's, 40's, and 50's. Of course, I'm not saying that they never make musicals (e.g. ...
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What factors go into determining what trailers are played before movies?

As we all know, the most exciting part of seeing a movie is the trailers of upcoming movies before the actual film (note, this is coming from an American point of view, I am uncertain if this occurs ...
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Why fake (relatively) easy scenes?

I saw a movie about a year ago where there was a relatively simple shot of an SUV taking an off-ramp on a freeway. It only lasted a few seconds (5 - 10). When they went to commercial, they had one of ...
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What is a chemistry test?

In the context of casting for a movie, what is a chemistry test and how is it performed?
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Lead actor/actress VS Supporting actor/actress

On what basis, Chris Hemsworth is considered as a Lead actor in the movie Rush? In the movie, both characters have equal importance and both narrated the story in equal measure and occupied same ...
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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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Is Lt. Hicox correct in his comparison of Joseph Goebbels with David O. Selznick?

In Inglourious Basterds when Lt. Archie Hicox is briefed by Gen. Fenech and Winston Churchill, his qualities as movie expert are put to a little test when he is asked by Churchill about Joseph ...
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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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Do the film makers make the little kids cry?

I was watching Breaking Bad : End Times S4EP12 and there's this scene where Walter's family moves to Hank's house for security and the little kid Holly (probably few months old) cries while the family ...
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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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How much of a film's revenue comes from its cinema release?

Very often when a film's success is being judged, its opening few weeks takings are considered. However many films and franchises also generate revenue from DVD/BluRay sales and merchandise. What ...
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What are the reasons for different Worldwide release dates of a movie?

What are the major factors that lead to different release dates worldwide for a movie? E.g. the release dates of Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained: 25th Dec, 2012 in the US, 18th Jan, 2013 in ...
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How are the best director award winners chosen?

I do not understand how the best director awards are determined each year. It seems impossible to assess the method of a movie director unless you are part of the crew. So, how do the nominators/...
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How do movie makers and movie theaters make money based off of a movie?

I'm curious to know how revenue stream works for: The creator of the movie (movie production studios) The presenter of the movie (movie theaters) Is there a 50-50 split, or a lease agreement? This ...
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Are more movie stars acting in TV shows nowadays (and if so, why)?

I recently saw the TV show Fargo, and the presence of Martin Freeman and Billy Bob Thornton (both legitimately successful movie actors) made me wonder: Is doing the switch from movies to TV more ...
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Why doesn't Hollywood make movies related to epic stories like Mahabharata or Ramayana?

It is my deep desire to see Mahabharata or Ramayana made as movies with effects and direction like Lord of the Rings. I have read both these great epics; they are very profound. Many movies, ...
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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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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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Why does the director's name always show up in the end of the credits? [duplicate]

I have noticed that during the opening credits of a movie/TV show, the name of the director(s) always shows up last, at the end of the credits. I'm not really sure if that happens in the ending ...
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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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Movies without Film score/background music

Few years ago I saw L'enfant (2005) and I was very surprised that there's no film score throughout the movie. I think (not 100% sure) Keane (2004) also doesn't have background score. Is there any ...
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What does "vrit' mean with reference to documentaries?

Over on EL&U, we are mystified by a usage of an unknown word: vrit ...as in The Interventionists is a half-hour vrit documentary that follows the days and nights of a unique mental-health ...
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Why are box office numbers made public?

Why are all 'box office sales' made public? Is it a customary thing? A marketing ploy? Do they have a similar thing for TV (beyond ratings)? I only see profits for video games listed for publicly ...
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What role do screenwriters play, after handing in the script?

Assuming they're a pure screenwriter, and not also a producer or director, do screenwriters get to do anything after handing in the script? Can they be present on the set? Do they have any say in ...
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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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Why is the German version of Prometheus released 2 months after the world premiere?

Usually Big Blockbusters are timed to be released in major countries at roughly the same time. This even includes movies that are dubbed for localised version. The London premiere was on 31 May 2012 ...
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When are dialect coaches brought in?

When are dialect coaches hired for actors, and who typically makes the decision? I've seen serious movies where stars attempt to emulate an accent with grating incompetence. And now I've seen the ...
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What is the relationship between theaters and film distribution?

I've always been a little confused at "big screen" film distribution so I thought I would ask here. How do movie theaters relate to one another in terms of what films they can show and their ...
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How can I tell whether or not a film has been broadcast on TV?

Is there any way to determine whether or not a film has been broadcast on a TV station (particularly in the UK)?
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Why are actors addressed by real names off screen but on set?

My understanding is that Method actors should always want to address their co-actors by their character names, even when not on stage, and to be addressed by their character's name anytime they're on ...
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How do studios decide which movie (classic) to release on Blu-ray?

Consider the examples of The Odessa File (1974) and The Day of the Jackal (1973). They are both classics based on novels by Frederick Forsyth and released at around the same time. The Day of the ...
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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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Is there a way to find out about Movie/TV Budgets?

Is there a way to find out what the official budget of a Movie or TV show is? I'm aware that Box Office Mojo is a fairly reliable resource to find the estimated gross of a movie, but I haven't come ...
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Who was the youngest Executive Producer?

I was reading an article from Deadline stating that the teenage Stranger Things actor, Gaten Matarazzo will executive produce a new 'hidden-camera prank' TV series for Netflix. Gaten Matarazzo is 16 ...
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Is there a name for Robin Williams' style of physical comedy?

I'm sure all film fans were deeply saddened by the recent death of Robin Williams. In obvious tribute, News outlets and internet sites are broadcasting clips of his finest works, and videos of his ...
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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 ...