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Questions tagged [film-techniques]

Questions about styles used through films and shows.

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Has there ever been a drama film, with an unreliable death scene confession?

This film is prompted by watching The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. In Venice, the crewman gasps "it was Grey, not Skinner", and dies. Various aspects of screenplay and score suggested this was ...
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Is there a term for when “a book refers to a movie taken based on the book” called?

The Princess Diaries is both a series of books and movies. In the book Princess Diaries 6 (2005) princess Mia from the book comments on "The Princess Diaries 1 (2001) & 2 (2004)" movies : ...
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How did they achieve the Gunslinger's shining eye effect in Westworld?

Westworld was released in 1973. Back in time, the movie-making resources were so limited. How did they achieve the Gunslinger's eye shining effect? Is it a kind of contact lens? Is there more ...
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How is narrative affected by cinema turnover schedules?

My question comes from part of an answer on Writers which says, in part... Forcing the story to fit a rigid, arbitrary amount of pages – like a screenplay that must introduce pre-requisite ...
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Identifying Audio Film Technique - The Truman Show

Truman, trying to escape Seahaven, crashes his sailing boat into the studio's wall. In anger and confusion he punches and elbows the wall repeatedly. However, we are unable to hear the diegetic ...
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Why do so many films in the 2010s leave the title to the end?

I've noticed the trend of leaving the title to the end especially in almost every single recent Marvel film, several Disney films, and some other action blockbusters. Personally I enjoy the effect of ...
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How was the strangulation scene filmed?

Following an argument with his brother Stevie briefly strangles himself by wrapping a game-pad cord around his neck and pulling it tight. Stevie is played by Sunny Suljic who was probably 12 at the ...
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What would the formal narrative structure be for a movie that starts and ends in present time but the rest is sort of internal monologue?

My daughter is making a short (6min) dance movie for her final school project, and she's having trouble figuring out what the formal narrative structure would be, and isn't getting much help from her ...
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How were the slow-motion scenes in the movie Cashback made?

Cashback (2006) has some famous slow-motion scenes in a supermarket, where the camera moves slowly through a frozen moment, but with a single person acting in normal motion. Does anyone know how ...
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How do they film animal death scenes? [duplicate]

When an animal dies in a movie, how do they film it? It's not like they actually kill the animals? Do they just train the animals to lie there?
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Is there a name for this film technique seen in season one of Russian Doll?

I have recently just started watching the Netflix TV series, Russian Doll, which generally is about a character dealing with a broken timeline or series of resets, to be able to come to terms with ...
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How do actors wear winter clothing in LA during outdoor simulated snow scenes?

When a scene is set in a northern climate winter, how do actors wear winter clothing in LA during simulated snow scenes? An example is "The Office" in the parking lot. They don't appear like they're ...
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How were Old Yeller's animal fight scenes shot?

In Disney's Old Yeller, many scenes feature Yeller fighting other animals (hogs, wolves, cows). How were these shot? Were real animals fighting each other?
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Do actors really play musical instruments in movies?

There are a lot of movies, where characters play musical instruments professionally. I'd like to know about Whiplash and La La Land. Did actors there really learn to play musical instruments, or are ...
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What is the significance of the black spot?

Mid-way through M. Night Shyamalan’s movie, Glass (2019) , there is a blurry black spot on screen for a long time. It doesn’t stay in one fixed place nor is it present throughout the whole film, so it ...
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How do they film movies that take place in a single season?

Usually it takes more than a year to film a good movie. Some movies take place in only one season. For example, Home Alone takes place in winter. How do they manage to film a two-hour movie in three ...
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How did they shoot Ludovico sessions?

It is the horrifying scene from A Clockwork Orange, where they start Ludovico technique scene on Alex, forcefully clamping his eyes. How did they shoot that scene? Did they really make Malcolm ...
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Meaning of a movie shot type with too little of a leadroom

Sometimes in movies a character is shown in an interesting way. It's usually shot from a side and he or she is facing the frame with little to none of a space between their nose and the edge of the ...
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Alice growing effect in 1972 “Alice's Adventures in Wonderland” - how was it done? It's not green screen

How was this scaling effect done? I've linked to the timecode of the moment. It's at 00:27:02 My first assumption would have been green screen, but it's clearly not -...
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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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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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Filming techniques for Doctor Who during 4th Doctor run

Does anyone have information on filming techniques during the Doctor Who TV series, or know where such information can be found? I'm particularly interested in the 4th Doctor era, 1974 - 1981. ...
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Does David Lynch's eerie atmosphere (closer to german “Unheimlich”), have a definition and clear origin?

One aspect that all of lynch's films have is that eerie feeling that something is not quite right, but I find that atmosphere to be different from pure surrealism. Did Lynch start this? Or does it ...
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How do actors stop breathing when playing “dead”?

I saw many movies when the actor/actress (in the movie) dies. In some movies you can tell that the picture is paused when it is on the dead character. But in other movies the actor is laying still ...
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Origins and name of the head-turn / 4th wall breaking shot on TV and film

There's a cliche shot used more often on TV than on film (IMHO) where we see the character first in profile. They then turn to look directly at the camera. Does anyone know if there a name for this ...
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How actors control themselves during steamy scenes with actresses?

I've seen in many Hollywood movies, actors kiss and grab actresses' breasts in sexual way but from many answers here I'm convinced that they don't do sex really. But then I thought that just groping ...
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What was the purpose behind showing nearly identical camera shots of the two houses in Annihilation?

In Annihilation (2018), the main character, Lena, lives in a house outside of the area known as "the shimmer" which the groups are sent to investigate. However, there is a scene inside the shimmer ...
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What if an actor doesn’t smoke? [duplicate]

What if a scene calls for an actor to pull out a cigarette and light up? But the actor isn’t a smoker? Are there fake cigarette props? Vapor cigs that don’t have any nicotine or harm to the lungs? ...
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What is the name for this filming technique? [duplicate]

Serving as as a transitional technique, sound effects / visual effect from the upcoming movie scene will play before its scene is presented. For example, in this video clip below, around 0:08, sink ...
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What's usually the effective visual resolution of typical Hollywood Movies?

I'm really surprised by the quality of the visuals in some new movies this year (2018). I'm curious to know in what resolution these cameras typically record to experience this quality on a cinema ...
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Do movies and TV shows use extra-bright flashlights?

Movie sets are very brightly lit, even for scenes that appear dark onscreen. This is because the more light there is, the better the final picture quality is. Common flashlights are not particularly ...
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What is the term for wide angle shots shown in Kriti?

In the short Indian YouTube short film Kriti: They show way wide angles a lot of times so that the focus comes on surrounding objects more. What is the term for such ...
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Weird Leg Bend In Movie Deaths [closed]

In a lot of films, whenever someone dies, it almost-always shows them lying with one leg bent at almost a 90-degree angle. Why are the bodies depicted like that? Is this some old rule or an unsaid ...
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Why different footage was used for “Garcon, coffee” callback

In Pulp Fiction, there's a call-back late in the film to an earlier shot of Tim Roth's character yelling "Garcon, coffee". Two completely different shots are used. The shots are so different that it ...
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Was the temple in the movie 'Ran' actually set on fire?

In the movie Ran, there is a scene where a castle is getting invaded and part of it is set on fire. Knowing that the movie is from 1985 I doubt it was a special effect. Different camera angles tell me ...
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How did David Fincher splice Brad Pitt into multiple frames?

In Fight Club (1999), you can actually see Tyler Durden (aka, Brad Pitt) in a few frames before we ever meet him. I understand this is a nod to how Tyler did something similar during his job as a ...
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Are modern black & white movies shot in colour?

A few movies are still released in black & white, largely for artistic reasons. Are such movies shot in colour, and then converted to black & white for release? Or are they usually filmed in ...
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How is color determined when colorizing black and white movies?

In black and white movies that have been remastered to have color, how do they know what colors are what?
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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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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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Why not use 1 note only?

Why do film directors take the risk to create a continuity mistake when after showing a handwritten note (like for a ransom or love letter), they decide to use another one with different handwriting ...
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Unsane - father issues

Spoilers ahead... It is apparent that Sawyer has some kind of issue with her father - when her mother mentions him she shuts the conversation down. Later, when speaking to Nate I think she says her ...
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How are sliding shots of stills during an action sequence filmed? [duplicate]

I've seen several shots where an action sequence is halted and then the camera seemingly moves around while the action is frozen in place. An example of what I'm talking about can be seen in this ...
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When was “teal and orange” first used for night scenes?

Now we’ve all seen the trend for high contrast blue orange grading of movies. But when was the lightning scheme first brought in for shooting general night time scenes rather than using blue filters ...
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How did Game Night make shots that made the scene look like a model set?

In the movie Game Night they had several transitionary shots of the town the movie was set in that seemed to be an explicit made to make the town look like a detailed model toy set. This goes with the ...
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Type of Direction

What do you call a type of direction(?) where the perspective changes from one character to another? I couldn't make the story shorter. Please, bare with it. Ex: Characters: - Deliveryman - ...
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What is the name of this film editing technique?

What is it called when a seemingly short or contiguous conversation/dialogue is spread over a few scenes that take place in different places that are apparently far from each other? Here is an ...
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What is this type of scene transition called?

Does anyone know the name of the film technique where multiple objects fall into the view of the camera which is pointing up and cover up the whole shot? Specific example is in this clip A Joy Story -...
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How to they film walk on glass scenes in movie?

Like below image, walk on glass intro scene of mass hero is very common in Indian film. Like this kind of scenes, how to they use cameras?