Questions tagged [film-techniques]

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Is the dynamic range (audio) of some movies way too high?

As the title implies, I tend to think the dynamic range of movies is too high. I often find myself scrambling to change the volume after listening at a previously acceptable level. Why would I want ...
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How did they film two satellites colliding in supposed 'zero gravity' out in space?

The movie Gravity (2013) shows a woman that has been stranded out in space, she was rescued by a male friend that in fact died from lack of oxygen. In the following clip: ...
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Are there any other movies which feature trick-filmed scenes like the dinner scenes from “The Nutty Professor”? [closed]

I've probably watched those dinner scenes from "The Nutty Professor" a million times by now. I find them endlessly hilarious and fascinating. Especially after realizing that it's the same single actor ...
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Did the creators manipulate the animation frame rate for specific visual effects?

Spider Man: Into the Spider-Verse is a particularly richly animated film with an amazing variety of animation styles used to reflect the different universes its multiple spider characters come from. ...
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Are there any other films which are constructed in a “Photomontage with narration” style similarly to La Jetée?

La Jetée is a short, French sci-fi film of about 30 minutes. The whole film is just one long sequence of beautiful black and white photographs, except for a single short sequence where the photographs ...
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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 did they film the gun spinning scene?

In "End Times" (Season 4 Episode 12) of Breaking Bad, there is a scene of Walt sitting near the pool. He places his gun on a table and spins it. The gun ends up pointing at him. He spins it again, and ...
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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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Origin of movie opening crawl

What was the first movie to have an opening crawl? What was the first movie serial to summarize events in previous episodes with an opening crawl, the practice which is continued in the movies? My ...
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How are conversations on in-scene display screens filmed?

Three instances spring to mind: Star Trek conversations via the viewscreen Red Dwarf crew interacting with Holly A scene in the Doctor Who episode 'Blink' where the Doctor speaks from the television ...
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What do actors actually inhale when their characters snort cocaine or smoke crack?

While film scenes where an actor injects something into his/her arm can perhaps be faked with edits and maybe prosthetics, how do actors manage to snort cocaine or smoke crack? Are there approved safe ...
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Was Broken Blossoms (1919) originally shown with tinted film?

Every copy I've found of Broken Blossoms, the silent film from 1919, has been tinted -- they appear to have been shot in black and white, but then various scenes have different color filters so the "...
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Is it really as easy to knock someone out in real life as in the movies?

As a child I watched (with my father) a boxing match which lasted 12 rounds. At the end neither fighter resembled his previous pretty self, but nobody got knocked out either. I just watched Terra ...
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Were the childhood scenes from IT Chapter Two filmed at the same time as the first film?

There are a number of flashback scenes in IT Chapter Two (2019) which show additional details about the events 27 years ago. As I watched the film I noticed just how much the kids looked just like ...
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Why do the toys blink alternately?

This happens quite often in the first Toy Story film, not so much in the second (and haven't seen the third yet) where the toys blink one eye after the other instead of at the same time. Is there ...
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Blood on the lens

I've noticed a trend recently where, in a particularly violent scene, blood will end up on the lens of the camera. It's not restricted to blood; it could be water, if it's a particularly stormy scene, ...
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Why were movies shot on film shot at 24 frames per second?

Title says it all! Nowadays, everything is digital, frame rates vary and are displayed properly by media playback devices depending on need, requirement or desire. But back before quality digital ...
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How did they film dogs biting Berrada's henchmen without hurting anybody?

In John Wick: Parabellum, John and Sofia engage in a shootout on their way out of Casablanca Continental. During this entire scene, there are several times when Berrada's henchmen get bitten by Sofia'...
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How are the Iron Man suit scenes filmed?

In all three movies, you see Downey Jr (as Tony Stark, and occasionally Cheadle as Rhodes/War Machine) in the namesake suit, either completely covered, or with the head open or having the suit put on/...
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Why do cars in movies set in earlier eras always look brand new?

Whenever I watch a movie or TV show set in an earlier era, all the cars look brand new. In fact, better than brand new; the paint is rich and deep, highly polished. They all look as though they ...
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Was the 2019 Lion King film made through motion capture?

In the movie The Jungle Book, Favreau utilized motion capture with certain actors, expressing a desire to avoid overusing the technology in order to prevent evoking an uncanny valley effect. This is a ...
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Were Morgan Freeman's scenes filmed separately and spliced in later?

In "Now You See Me 2", most (all?) of the scenes with Morgan Freeman look like they were filmed separately with standings playing the other actors. This is especially obvious in the scenes involving ...
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How was the “Fly” episode directed?

With the advent of CGI, this may come off as foolish, but I really want to know how the episode "Fly" (S03E10) in Breaking Bad was directed, particularly regarding how the fly itself was so ...
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Why is audio so often out of sync when the actors are filmed from behind?

I've noticed that in almost every TV show or movie I've ever seen, the audio does not sync up with the actor's jaw/mouth movements when the actor is being filmed from behind. It looks as if the actor ...
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Why are characters double in a sequence?

In the first episode of Disenchantment (2018), during the wedding scene, right before Elfo interrupts the ceremony, there’s a look of the inside of the temple in which we can see all the guests and ...
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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? My first assumption would have been green screen, but it's clearly not - she's taking on all the light and shadow from the scene ...
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How did they create The Shadow's disguise?

In his 1994 movie The Shadow uses his psychic abilities to somehow alter his face to look like another person as part of his disguise. I've often wondered how this was actually done in the movie. It ...
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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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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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What are the artistic reasons to shoot “Curb Your Enthusiasm” in a higher frame rate?

What are the artistic reasons to shoot "Curb Your Enthusiasm" in a higher frame rate? It gives me the impress I am watching an old show.
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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 do TV shows with live audience manage special effect scenes?

Many sitcoms are recorded in front of a live audience who provide the laughter track. Now this is simple enough in most scenes. But some scenes require added special effects. For example the dinner ...
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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 do they film the mirror scenes in movies?

It always makes me wonder how do they place the cameras and crew members while filming a scene which is opposite to a reflecting object, such as mirror. Because, when filming the reflected objects we ...
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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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Why all the fancy technology in most movies?

In most of the movies and TV-series I have watched, whenever there is some kind of "technology" involved (say, like a tracking device or hacking something important), there is a lot of unnecessary, ...
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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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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 do they prevent animal cruelty in movies?

According to a number of sources, cruelty to animals is an offence and it is punishable in most countries. But in historical film it's inevitable, because if a film is looking to be historically ...
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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 was the scene of the mirror in “Mr. Nobody” recorded? [duplicate]

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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What is the name of the effect for showing past days in movies?

In Rogue One, Jyn Erso remembers her childhood days. Her childhood/past days were shown with some effects like characters talking with a low voice with echo, with high background music, slow motion (...
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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?