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Why isn't high frame rate taking off?

Some have tried (Hobbit, Avatar), but high frame rate movies just aren't being produced, in spite of the digital workflow making it much easier than in celluloid times. Meanwhile, I have been watching ...
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In Spawn, how'd they make John Leguizamo look so much shorter than he actually was?

When I first heard that John Leguizamo would be playing 'the clown' in the 1997 movie Spawn (based on the comic book), my first thought was, "He (Leguizamo) can't play the clown, he's at least ...
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What animation techniques and styles in Arcane contribute to this enhanced realism?

In Netflix's Arcane, the action scenes appear notably more realistic and engaging compared to other animated series, such as 'Marvel's What If...?'. What animation techniques and styles in Arcane ...
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Was Furious 7 filmed unusually early?

Every time I revisit the Fast and Furious movies and think about Paul Walker's death, it confuses me how they had finished most (not all, but most) of the filming in the same fall that Fast 6 came out,...
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How common are films with a variable frame rate?

Avatar: The Way of Water uses 48 FPS for "fast moving" scenes and drops to 24 FPS (with duplicated frames) for others (source). Wikipedia's list of HFR films doesn't mention any others. I'm ...
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Is there a specific name for the technique where several conversations of character A with characters B, C, and D are combined into one sequence?

In the story, character A has separate conversations at different times with characters B, C, and D. The film presents this as one sequence, cutting to A for their remarks and then to B, C, or D for ...
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Why was the ball singer obscured in ‘Borg McEnroe’?

Towards the end of Borg McEnroe, there is a clip from the Wimbledon Champions’ Ball. The setting is quite a large room with a stage to one side, where a band with a female singer is playing jazz music....
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How is the "eye POV" shot made?

The technique is extremely ubiquitous in movies and TV shows where an "eye POV" shot is used when a character closes their eyes when sleeping or when awake and we see the back of their ...
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What would be the last decade in the US that wide release movies would be shot, edited and released on film?

It is my understanding that movies started out being shot, edited and released on film - then advances in technology slowly allowed for digital editing, digital releases and then movies shot on ...
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Errol Morris on Aspect Ratios

In a recorded interview on his film Standard Operating Procedure, Errol Morris declares that [the film] is about photographs, how they reveal and conceal at the same time. (This could be a ...
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What exactly is a “European style of single-source lighting, which involved the use of incense burners?”

Was reading the Wikipedia article on the movie Fame (1980) and came across this line in the “Filming” section; bold emphasis is mine: “During filming, the crew and several cast members objected to ...
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Which aspect ratios are used in Everything Everywhere?

Everything Everywhere All At Once is a movie well worth watching multiple times for both its huge variety of crazy action, wild visuals and to better appreciate the emotional and character arcs it ...
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What's it called when a character mentions something, and the scene immediately cuts to that thing?

What's it called when a character mentions something, and the scene immediately cuts to that thing? For example, in Game of Thrones Season 4 Episode 4, when Another example is the Attack on Titan ...
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Protection for actors when filming sex scenes in mainstream movies

In an interview someone mentioned a protection used when filming scenes featuring simulated sex for mainstream movies. Is there an image of such a contraption? I'm curious how this works.
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What is it called when a static image is used to texture a moving object?

While watching Chowder on Hulu I noticed that some items like clothing seem to have a static background while characters move, giving an illusion that the design or pattern on their clothing is ...
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Is there a name for, or way to describe, the music used during the 'learning to fly' scene in Avatar?

I believe the non-diegetic music I'm referring to is the song Jake's First Flight, composed by James Horner. The scene during which it is played reflects Jake Sully's first unaided ikran flight (in ...
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Making documentary about illegal events

I've just watched "American Factory" - a 2019 American documentary film directed by Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert, about Chinese company Fuyao's factory in Moraine. It contains lots of ...
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What do you call films that show the same timeline and can be watched in parallel

I don't know the "technical word" or category or kind of films where there is only one timeline but the story is told in two or more films. The films have exactly the same timing such that ...
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What's the deal with freeze-framing during opening credits?

I keep meaning to ask this question, every time I see a movie from the period (roughly 1960s through 1980s) where the opening credits are shown superimposed over an opening scene — but, every time ...
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What's the name for this zoom effect where you suddenly zoom into a particular subject in a wider shot?

This effect was used in Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002): This zoom-in effect is also seen in Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015): What's the name for this zoom ...
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What is the dog in "Hector and the Search for Happiness" used for?

In "Hector and the search for Happiness", there is a dog that Hector keeps referring to, throughout the movie. The dog has no name, and doesn't appear to be real (either Hector's imagination ...
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How did Conan film this episode?

As far as I know Conan films all his shows in a studio in front of an audience However there are few episodes, like this one There was another one where there were two ...
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Why is The Mandalorian shot in such a wide aspect ratio?

I've been watching The Mandalorian lately, and I noticed something strange: it noticeably suffers from some pretty severe letterboxing, even on my wide-screen display. I understand that some ...
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How did Charlie Chaplin accomplish the gear stunts in Modern Times?

How was the famous scene in which Chaplin goes into the machine accomplished? Did they actually build gears for Chaplin to rotate around?
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How was this scene from The Office done?

In the show The Office, especially this scene, how did it work out the way it is? What I mean is the entire set of dialogues that Michael & Dwight say after the watermelon falls on the car is ...
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First Movie or TV Show to use "The Volume"?

I recently saw a documentary about The Mandalorian where they talked about a new filming tech called "The Volume". It didn't sound like they invented it. What was the first Movie or TV Show ...
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How was "My Octopus Teacher" filmed? How much of it is a real documentary?

The film My Octopus Teacher is advertised as a "documentary" film. But after watching it, a few questions come to mind: According to the story, Craig did his one year's adventure with the ...
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Difference between non-linear and multilinear narrative

As stated in Non-linear narrative, Wiki, non-linear means displaying content not necessarily in chronological order, for example parallel timelines, dreams, plot inside plot. Now, Hyperlink-cinema, ...
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In "Emily in Paris", what special photography techniques did they use?

In the new show Emily in Paris, lots of scenes (Paris mainly, Chicago as well) have a special rendering that make them stunning. I don't recall another movie or show with that level of photography ...
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Do films "buy" special effects parts to avoid all the budget to film those? [closed]

I was watching the making-of of a movie and one of the actors mentioned that they had a very low budget. Then the movie contained a situation where a car was falling down a cliff, exploded and all ...
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In The Wire, how did they film the scene where the Franklin Terrace towers are collapsing?

I'm referring to the intro of Season 3. Did they actually collapse an old building for the sake of the series? Or did they film the collapse of a different building that was going to be destroyed ...
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How were the video screens in Chaplin's Modern Times filmed?

The factory scenes in Modern Times feature huge futuristic screens used to make video calls. They obviously didn't use real television screens, as technology was not advanced enough to do it. The ...
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Why do these shots from a 2005 Doctor Who episode look blurry?

I am catching up on some earlier episodes of the modern Doctor Who series and I am a little shocked how badly they aged. Putting soundtrack, monsters, special effects and such aside, I want to focus ...
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How do they remove the wires from flying/stunt scenes?

If you look at behind-the-scenes imagery from superhero movies, you'll often see them showing stunts involving wire work. And you might sort of expect that the "wires" are something like ...
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What is the color palette/technique that has become so popular in TV shows?

I noticed that many recent TV shows have a color grading technique with bright candy-colors that pop out. For example, all of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, some of Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams (e.g. &...
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Are the voices of the younger versions of the triplets dubbed by the older actors in This is Us?

This is Us jumps backwards and forwards through the lives of three siblings, their parents and family. The teen versions of the triplets in particular sound a lot like the adult versions. Is there any ...
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How do production crews film people running down corridors in Star Trek?

In Star Trek, especially the newer series, the camera follows Captain Kirk, Spock, Michael Burnham, etc. running down corridors, turning left or right, and flying by people. It would be convenient if ...
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How did they manage to make Birdman look like one single shot?

In Birdman there are some techniques for making it all look like a single shot that I've picked up on which are quite obvious, such as the camera turning upwards towards the sky and then having it ...
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What do you call this type of action shot of car racing?

I am looking for the name of a specific kind of shot, if it has one. It's something you see a lot in car races movies or video game, the idea is that a car (or anything moving fast) comes towards the ...
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How is clear dialogue recorded in noisy scenes?

While watching a scene in Westworld where two characters are talking in a windy field it struck me that their quiet voices were perfectly audible with no wind noise, no rustling from the nearby trees ...
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Origin of the side-view surprise car crash shot?

The most common form of the surprise car crash shot has the camera inside a moving car, with the frame showing the driver or a passenger in profile and (past them) a side window framing the world ...
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What’s the significance of this extra scope

In “It Comes At Night” (2017), Travis faces hallucinations throughout the movie. Whenever this happens, this second scope kicks in. This second scope also appears in the pre-climax scene, where Paul’...
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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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Why are many movies still filmed using the "scope" aspect ratio (2.39:1) despite film no longer being widely-used?

Question: Today, in the cinema industry, pretty much all theaters use digital projectors for exhibition. D-Cinema standard calls for the 2K chips (most widely-used) to have 2048x1080 resolution; ...
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Is there a terminology for this scene transitioning technique?

In movies such as One Last Dance, We see: Time stamp: 0:01, a pair of hands being washed off blood, this pair of hands opening up is transitioned from a bullet ...
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Why are there no 3D animated films for adults? [closed]

Many modern films make heavy use of digital processing and special effects. Some even include entire characters created using digital animation, such as Rocket Raccoon in Guardians of the Galaxy and ...
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Why is oversampling so "abused" in scenes with vehicles, that seem to moving backwards?

I always wonder, looking at certain movies (but especially TV commercials), why oversampling is not reduced someway. I think that you can recall any scene, both in movies or in TV commercials, in ...
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Why are superhero animated movies not made with the same level of graphics as pre-rendered videogame cutscenes?

I've played some superhero games like the Batman: Arkham series and I've noticed that the pre-rendered cutscenes (to be distinguished from real-time cutscenes) are really good. So much good that I've ...
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Does 35 to 70 mm blow up lose a part of the image?

The Wikipedia article on 70 mm film has a section about the process of converting 35 mm film to 70 mm, or "blow-up". Since 35 mm and 70 mm have different aspect ratios, does that mean that a part of ...
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How were Carrie Fisher's scenes filmed in The Rise of Skywalker?

Carrie Fisher, the actress who portrayed Leia Skywalker in the Star Wars films, had quite a few talking scenes in Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker even though she passed away in 2016. So how were ...
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