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Questions tagged [film-techniques]

Questions about styles used through films and shows.

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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?
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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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How were the opening credits to Superman created?

The opening credits sequence for Superman is one of the most famous and recognizable in the history of cinema. How, exactly, was it produced? (I am speaking specifically about the animated, ...
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Lighting mismatch in “All the Money in the World”

Was this scene from All the Money in the World shot with green screen? Or any way of combining two different shots? I feel like the light on the subjects doesn't match the background, I can't decide ...
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How is open head of Commander Data done?

Data has his head open several times, for example here: Given the time of creation of Star Trek - Next Generation series, I don't assume this would be done with CGI, also his head doesn't seem to be ...
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Banging Their Heads

In the Friends episode The One with the Giant Poking Device, Monica accidentally hits Ben's head which leads Monica and Rachel to bang there heads against the wall. Ross also runs into a beam and ...
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Do the new Star Wars movies use any paintings for set backgrounds?

The original Star Wars movies used a lot of large paintings for set pieces. For example, this image shows a painter creating stormtroopers for a scene inside the Death Star: Do the new movies (...
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How/why was the slow motion coin shot achieved in Scrooged?

In the movie Scrooged, one of the main themes of the show is the airing of a live broadcast of the movie/play "A Christmas Carol". During the later parts of the live broadcast, Scrooge tossed a coin ...
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Is this character in The Last Jedi a puppet, CGI, or a mixture of both?

In The Last Jedi: I'm guessing that this character was a puppet, however the eyes in particular looked strange which makes me wonder whether it was CGI after all, or possibly a mixture of the two. ...
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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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In Cabin in the Woods, why does he start the car with his left hand?

The Cabin in the Woods takes place (mostly) in America. The 20-something cast is in a big RV that has the driver's seat on the left. The ignition should be to the right of the steering wheel. However, ...
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How are the face cuts done when Dexter takes his blood samples of his victims?

Whenever Dexter has his victim on the slab ready to be killed, he cuts them with a surgical knife and takes a blood sample. Obviously the knife is fake and the blood is fake but quite often you will ...
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How is this image of an actor made to appear in the audience?

During the TV broadcast of the 3rd Asianet Comedy Awards, a famous Malayalam actor (Jagathi Sreekumar) was seen in the audience. This baffled me, since he has been paralysed for the last several years ...
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How do movie makers combine real life scale shots of actors with scaled shots of miniature models?

For Blade Runner 2049 movie I saw on YouTube that they made a miniature scale city, but in some shots you can see the life sized actors and the city in the same shot. I am wondering how are they able ...
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How was the scene of the mirror in “Mr. Nobody” recorded?

How was the scene of Jared Leto looking at his reflection and the camera moving through the mirror recorded? This is the scene: I still can't figure how they did it.
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How did they film Jim Craig's descent down that steep hill?

How did they film Jim Craig's steep ride down that hill in "Man From Snowy River"? Who was the stunt rider that rode that?