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How did they animate Merida's curly hair in Brave?

After watching Brave, one thing that I was curious about was the curly hair of the main character, Merida. It’s so long! It bounces and everything! How is it possible to animate that hair for every ...
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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 this scene in Jurassic World shot?

In Jurassic World, how did they shoot the scene in which Claire's assistant: Even for well trained stunt-men, being pushed in and out of a pool three four times looks very hard and dangerous.
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What's usually the effective visual resolution of typical Hollywood Movies?

I'm really surprised by the quality of the visuals in some new movies this year (2018). I'm curious to know in what resolution these cameras typically record to experience this quality on a cinema ...
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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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Origins and name of the head-turn / 4th wall breaking shot on TV and film

There's a cliche shot used more often on TV than on film (IMHO) where we see the character first in profile. They then turn to look directly at the camera. Does anyone know if there a name for this ...
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What was the purpose behind showing nearly identical camera shots of the two houses in Annihilation?

In Annihilation (2018), the main character, Lena, lives in a house outside of the area known as "the shimmer" which the groups are sent to investigate. However, there is a scene inside the shimmer ...
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What is the term for this kind of final scene?

For reference, my question comes after having viewed the latest episode of the HBO series Silicon Valley (Season 3, Episode 9 - "Daily Active Users"). The final camera shot was a single, stationary ...
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What if an actor doesn’t smoke? [duplicate]

What if a scene calls for an actor to pull out a cigarette and light up? But the actor isn’t a smoker? Are there fake cigarette props? Vapor cigs that don’t have any nicotine or harm to the lungs? ...
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How did Mongo “punch” the horse?

One of the most iconic and memorable scenes from Blazing Saddles is the scene in which Mongo punches a horse after the horse's owner informs him that he cannot park his animal in a particular area. ...
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What is the name for this filming technique? [duplicate]

Serving as as a transitional technique, sound effects / visual effect from the upcoming movie scene will play before its scene is presented. For example, in this video clip below, around 0:08, sink ...
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Do movies and TV shows use extra-bright flashlights?

Movie sets are very brightly lit, even for scenes that appear dark onscreen. This is because the more light there is, the better the final picture quality is. Common flashlights are not particularly ...
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What is the term for wide angle shots shown in Kriti?

In the short Indian YouTube short film Kriti: They show way wide angles a lot of times so that the focus comes on surrounding objects more. What is the term for such ...
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Weird Leg Bend In Movie Deaths [closed]

In a lot of films, whenever someone dies, it almost-always shows them lying with one leg bent at almost a 90-degree angle. Why are the bodies depicted like that? Is this some old rule or an unsaid ...
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Why different footage was used for “Garcon, coffee” callback

In Pulp Fiction, there's a call-back late in the film to an earlier shot of Tim Roth's character yelling "Garcon, coffee". Two completely different shots are used. The shots are so different that it ...
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Was the temple in the movie 'Ran' actually set on fire?

In the movie Ran, there is a scene where a castle is getting invaded and part of it is set on fire. Knowing that the movie is from 1985 I doubt it was a special effect. Different camera angles tell me ...
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How is this shot in Batman made?

In the 1989 movie Batman, the Joker is seen falling and the images make it seem like it was animated. How was this done? I am talking about the images of the Joker himself, which are not photographs ...
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How did David Fincher splice Brad Pitt into multiple frames?

In Fight Club (1999), you can actually see Tyler Durden (aka, Brad Pitt) in a few frames before we ever meet him. I understand this is a nod to how Tyler did something similar during his job as a ...
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Unsane - father issues

Spoilers ahead... It is apparent that Sawyer has some kind of issue with her father - when her mother mentions him she shuts the conversation down. Later, when speaking to Nate I think she says her ...
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Are modern black & white movies shot in colour?

A few movies are still released in black & white, largely for artistic reasons. Are such movies shot in colour, and then converted to black & white for release? Or are they usually filmed in ...
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How did they film the scene that showed Leonel Salamanca's amputated legs in S03E08?

In Breaking Bad S03E08 I see you, Leonel Salamanca, portrayed by Daniel Moncada, is shown sitting up, with amputated legs, on a hospital bed. The image is clear and seemingly full of honesty, leaving ...
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How was this shot in Contact (1997) really made? [duplicate]

There was this tricky mirror scene in Contact The effect is: the camera is moving backwards, always facing a character running towards something and keeping the same distance from that character (...
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How to film this particular aspect in the film Freddy vs Jason of setting someone on fire?

I rewatched Freddy vs Jason and I am a bit on the curious side of things once again. In the following viedo about Jason's attack on the party out bush, the obese man just sets Jason on fire, which in ...
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Air effect in scenes and dances

I am new to filming effects. I was wondering how they create air effect, for example: many actors have their hair flying in scenes and in dances. Do they use fans in front of them or are there any ...
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Why not use 1 note only?

Why do film directors take the risk to create a continuity mistake when after showing a handwritten note (like for a ransom or love letter), they decide to use another one with different handwriting ...
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How are sliding shots of stills during an action sequence filmed? [duplicate]

I've seen several shots where an action sequence is halted and then the camera seemingly moves around while the action is frozen in place. An example of what I'm talking about can be seen in this ...
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How do they shoot Dual-Roles where camera is moving or both characters interact?

I was wondering how they shoot dual-roles in movies and after searching found an answer; I knew some of this before, but I have seen movies where: The Camera is moving. The actor is shaking hands or ...
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Did Sean Gullette actually trepan himself in Pi (1998)?

In the final scene of Pi, we see the character depicted by Sean Gullette put a drill directly to a tumorous bulge on his head. There's a noticeable blood splatter and the character doesn't flinch. In ...
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When was “teal and orange” first used for night scenes?

Now we’ve all seen the trend for high contrast blue orange grading of movies. But when was the lightning scheme first brought in for shooting general night time scenes rather than using blue filters ...
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How did Game Night make shots that made the scene look like a model set?

In the movie Game Night they had several transitionary shots of the town the movie was set in that seemed to be an explicit made to make the town look like a detailed model toy set. This goes with the ...
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How do they make tattoos in movies?

I've recently watched Point Break, and I was astonished by the number of tattoos worn by the principal characters, as well their thickness... How do they manage to do this? But in general, what ...
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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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Type of Direction

What do you call a type of direction(?) where the perspective changes from one character to another? I couldn't make the story shorter. Please, bare with it. Ex: Characters: - Deliveryman - ...
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What is the name of this film editing technique?

What is it called when a seemingly short or contiguous conversation/dialogue is spread over a few scenes that take place in different places that are apparently far from each other? Here is an ...
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What is this type of scene transition called?

Does anyone know the name of the film technique where multiple objects fall into the view of the camera which is pointing up and cover up the whole shot? Specific example is in this clip A Joy Story -...
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How were Opening Titles and End Credits created before Computers?

I've always wondered how Opening Titles and End Credits in the movies were created before Computers existed?
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Why are present days in black & white whereas past days are in color?

In The Phantom of The Opera (2004), present days are in black & white: Whereas past days are in color: Why is that?
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When an actor is supposedly but not actually looking at someone or something

Sometimes in a scene where a character is supposedly looking directly at another, the actor is in fact looking slightly to the side. When I notice this, it generally appears to be done intentionally ...
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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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What is this “colour template/effect”?

I don't know if "colour template" is the word for that. What I mean is the colour of the movies, especially Globet of Fire and the ones after it, seemed to be very dark but also with so much depth to ...
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What is the term for the colour scheme/effect in e.g. Supernatural [duplicate]

In the TV series Supernatural, almost all episodes have a darkish colour scheme. The only exception is for episodes partly set in another universe, e.g. S05E08 "Changing Channels" where they brothers ...
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Banging Their Heads

In the Friends episode The One with the Giant Poking Device, Monica accidentally hits Ben's head which leads Monica and Rachel to bang there heads against the wall. Ross also runs into a beam and ...
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How do movie makers combine real life scale shots of actors with scaled shots of miniature models?

For Blade Runner 2049 movie I saw on YouTube that they made a miniature scale city, but in some shots you can see the life sized actors and the city in the same shot. I am wondering how are they able ...
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Do the new Star Wars movies use any paintings for set backgrounds?

The original Star Wars movies used a lot of large paintings for set pieces. For example, this image shows a painter creating stormtroopers for a scene inside the Death Star: Do the new movies (...
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What mitigation is taken while filming 'raining' scenes

I understand that most rain scenes are artificially produced. But both filming in a studio and outdoors, there is an incredible amount of valuable electronics. How is filming equipment kept 'dry', ...
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Is this character in The Last Jedi a puppet, CGI, or a mixture of both?

In The Last Jedi: I'm guessing that this character was a puppet, however the eyes in particular looked strange which makes me wonder whether it was CGI after all, or possibly a mixture of the two. ...
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How/why was the slow motion coin shot achieved in Scrooged?

In the movie Scrooged, one of the main themes of the show is the airing of a live broadcast of the movie/play "A Christmas Carol". During the later parts of the live broadcast, Scrooge tossed a coin ...
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Has there been a breakthrough in film technology for television?

I've been binge watching Season 2 of The Crown and Godless, both on Netflix, via an fourth gen Apple TV and a very average Vizio 50" 1080p LCD television. I'm a visual artist by trade, and I can't ...
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How was the motorcycle scene in The Matrix Reloaded made?

How did they made this scene? We can see that Trinity is driving the bike in opposite direction with high speed and closely passing other vehicles. Is it fully CGI made?
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How was the aerial prison scene shot?

I have been wondering, knowing that back when this movie was shot technology wasn't comparatively so advanced, how could they have shot the opening scene of The Shawshank Redemption? If it was shot ...

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