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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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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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How is a hanging scene filmed?

Needless to say that there are a lot of movies that contain a scene where a person is hanged, or commits suicide by hanging. How are such scenes produced? How to both ensure the safety of the actor ...
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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 used in Attack of the Clones (2002) film: This zoom in effect also seen in Star Wars Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015):
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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 do they show a tooth-less mouth?

So today I was watching Grown-up again and saw the tooth of Lenny's daughter fell and we can see she had no teeth. Similarly, I remembered a scene with a missing tooth in the Hangover part 1. So I ...
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How do they fake broken teeth [duplicate]

In a lot of movies, at some point a character gets his/her teeth broken. As an example, I could cite "Dumb and Dumber", "The Hangover Part III", etc... Do they use a specific ...
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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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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?
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How are car drag scenes filmed without hurting anyone?

Many movies have scenes where a man is tied to a rope which is tied from a vehicle and he is dragged for a while. The road usually has a rough surface and may contain obstructions like stones. If a ...
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How are stunts where vehicles are seriously damaged (such as explosions or crashes) filmed?

In many movies vehicles are apparently seriously damaged. How are these stunts filmed? Are these made animated? Does it costs more to shoot these types of shots? Do these shots have retakes? Examples ...
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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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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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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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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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Who are these guys that are following the cameraman?

In this video about the filming of The Battle of Winterfell, starting at 4:04 you can see 2 people follow around the cameraman as he is filming. What are they doing? They seem superfluous and ...
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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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How do they shoot scenes where the camera passes through a window?

I have never understood how they shoot a scene where the camera moves, closes up on a window (or sometimes a wall) and then it passes through it, like it wasn't there at all. What is the technique ...
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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 did they make cars fall apart in old movies?

A staple of old Buster Keaton/Laurel and Hardy films is the car that falls completely apart, either when closing one of the doors or even when driving, like so: How exactly did they pull these ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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What conditions and requirements are needed to film sex scenes safely?

I have seen numerous movies with sex scenes: Friends with Benefits is one, No Strings attached (insertion is not filmed here) and several others where the intercourse is actually on camera (the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Are some films filmed with a larger frame than all cropped versions?

There is a question about the Hitchikers Guide to the Galaxy and the aspect ratios it was released in: Why the very different release formats for Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy? The crux of the ...
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Why the very different release formats for Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy?

Alright. The first time I saw the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005), it was... believe it or not... 4:3. I even obtained a copy of this. Later, I discovered that it was supposedly released in ...
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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 does the boom operator have to hold the boom mic by hand?

This woman is a boom operator. She holds a long stick with a big microphone on one end, to record sound on movie and television shoots. If you've ever tried to hold something over your head for a ...
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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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Removal of background noise in movie scenes

I’ve seen a few “behind the scenes” clips in which you can hear a lot of background noise not pertinent with the shooting. Recently on many sites there’s a clip of a sex scene; you can hear the ...
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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 the audience sliding around in this scene from Le Temps retrouvé?

In Raúl Ruiz's Le Temps retrouvé, a crowd in chairs listens to a chamber music performance. At times, while the camera pans around the audience, rows of people ...
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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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