Questions tagged [film-techniques]

Questions about styles used through films and shows.

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How did they film the nuke explosion in Broken Arrow?

In the film Broken Arrow, a nuclear weapon is set off underground in an abandoned mine. Here is the scene: I'm interested in two points in this clip: First at 0:33, ...
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Use of anachronisms in film intros to surprise the user with the revelation of the actual time period

Sam Peckinpah did this at least twice: The Wild Bunch: The film opens with an Old West-style bank robbery in progress, but as we see more detail, we notice that several of the bandits are armed with ...
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How was the pressure cooker blast filmed?

In Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961), there is a scene where a pressure cooker suddenly blasts in front of two lead actors. How was this pressure cooker blast filmed? Was there any risk of harm to the ...
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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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Wachowski trademarks?

We all know the Wachowskis perfected the now famous Bullet Time in the movie The Matrix. We also know they are on the cusp with the technology they utilize. Are there any production/filming techniques ...
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How did they get the baby actor in Tootsie to repeatedly turn its head away from food?

In Tootsie, they have a scene where the baby keeps turning it's head away as a spoon is brought close to it's mouth. Usually the only role for a baby in a movie is crying but this seems more complex ...
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Film technique at movie's end: summary of future events

Is there a name for text - mostly at a film's conclusion - that gives a summary of events that follow? For example, at the end of Savage Messiah (2002) there appears writing on the screen that ...
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How does the editing of lip-sync take place for non-native artists (especially in songs)?

I was going through this answer here, where @JasonCraig ends the answer with: Later a huge portion of issues are sorted in the editing table. So, I wanted to know what are the editing methods used ...
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Textual vs material representation in Blade Runner cinematography

Do the cinematography techniques in Blade Runner use textual representation (image as text) or material representation (image as presence) in order to convey the themes or motifs of the film? I ...
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Why use foreign accents in English language movies when unnecessary?

I've recently watched the movie Child 44, which is set in the 1950's Soviet Union during the Stalin regime. Apart from the fact that the movie itself is not memorable in my opinion, the thing that has ...
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Technical realisation of fade-to-black and freeze frame (analog)

I wanted to know how a fade-to-black was done in the old days (before digital editing and non-linear editing) but could not find any information. In older movies and TV-productions (analog, before ...
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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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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 was the explosives scene shot?

In this picture, it can be seen that Faisal (role in this movie) is running towards the sheep. Here, he got killed by explosives. It was a continuous shot with no cuts; I wonder how this scene is ...
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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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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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Was there any notable pushback against “dark” (lack of lighting) cinematography?

One of the most common "normal people" gripes I usually hear about TV shows and films is that directors love to shoot "dark" scenes (literally dark - there is not enough lighting to be able to see ...
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How was this Three Stooges scene filmed?

In the Stooges short "Three Hams on Rye," the Three Stooges become part of a play. At the end of the play, they are to each consume cake. Instead of a cake, however, the Stooges accidentally cooked a ...
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How did they shoot the snow scenes in The Hunt?

How did they shoot the snow scenes in The Hunt? Did they use real snow, or is that a specific trick to fake it during the shooting?
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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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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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In the movie adaptation of George Orwell's 1984, how was the pulling out of Winston's tooth filmed?

In 1984, Winston Smith's tooth is pulled out by O'Brien while he is being tortured. Did they actually pull out the actor's tooth for the scene or was it a visual effect?
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Are movies shot in parallel when there are scenes with a disjoined set of actors?

Assuming there are two scenes which have completely different actors, will they be shot in parallel or does it always work in sequence? I assume that the director has to be present at all shots, but ...