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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 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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How were the gravity scenes filmed in the movie “Deep Impact”?

In the film Deep Impact the scenes where all the astronauts are inside the messiah spaceship seemed fairly realistic with gravity e.g. they moved slowly and floating etc. How did they film the ...
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How was the traffic scene filmed in the movie “Deep Impact”?

In the film Deep Impact there is a scene where they show people evacuating major cities with long highways full of traffic. How was this scene created?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 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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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 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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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?
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Do actors really play musical instruments in movies?

There are a lot of movies, where characters play musical instruments professionally. I'd like to know about Whiplash and La La Land. Did actors there really learn to play musical instruments, or are ...
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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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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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