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How was the helicopter scene from Captain America: Civil War filmed?

In Captain America: Civil War (2016) there is one scene where Captain America prevents a helicopter from flying away with his bare hands. Here is that scene if you haven't watched the movie, or ...
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How is this image of an actor made to appear in the audience?

During the TV broadcast of the 3rd Asianet Comedy Awards, a famous Malayalam actor (Jagathi Sreekumar) was seen in the audience. This baffled me, since he has been paralysed for the last several years ...
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Why does Tarkovsky use monochrome and color in the same film?

I have recently watched Stalker by Andrey Tarkovsky. The movie starts with a sepia monochrome high contrast look, then when the characters reach a place called "the zone" the film becomes color. Why ...
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How did they film the Titanic splitting in half with all the actors on it?

In the Titanic (1997), we know the ship crashed into an iceberg. All havoc broke loose and all sorts of things started to happen. What I don't understand is how did they manage to film the Titanic ...
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How did they film the walks between the Twin Towers in The Walk?

The movie The Walk based on the story of 24-year-old French high-wire artist Philippe Petit's walk between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center on August 7, 1974. Here Joseph Gordon-Levitt act ...
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Why do punches sound like a “slap” in older movies?

Almost all of the of the older movies (from 25-40 years ago) that feature fighting scenes seem to have a very common depiction of a punch that sounds like a slap. I could never understand why did they ...
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How was the Burj Khalifa scene shot in Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol?

How was the "Ethan Hunt dangling over the side of Burj Khalifa" scene shot in Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol? Especially the final part of that scene, wherein Hunt jumps towards an open window in ...
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Technologies used in MI: Ghost Protocol

What kind of technology does Ethan Hunt use in The Kremlin where he projects the image of a statue on transparent film? Is this possible to trace anyone's eyes according what they're seeing in front ...
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How was the underwater scene shot in Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation?

How was the underwater scene as well as the scene wherein Ethan Hunt jumps into the water tank shot? Was the tank built as an entire functioning set or was part of it CGI?
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How did Tom Cruise do that plane stunt in Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation?

I wonder how the plane stunt from Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation is even possible, because planes travel at the speed of more than 750 miles per hour. He is just hanging with his hand in the holes....
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Sound of a next scene starts one moment earlier than video

I saw this several times in different movies, but I don't understand what is this supposed to mean. The main idea is when the scene is about to change, for one second or so we still see the picture ...
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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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What is the point of this style of location titles? [closed]

I wish I knew the name of this style of title the best I can do is just show a picture from Mindhunter: What is the purpose of using this bold style of location titles?
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How did they make the sand storm chase in Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol

It kinda looks real, but how did they really made the sand storm scene in Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol?
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What is the significance of shooting through the glass?

In T2 Trainspotting (2017) there's a scene where Franco is talking to his lawyer that was shot through the glass. Another scene, where Mark and Veronika visit Mark's old girlfriend Diane to get Simon ...
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Why would sunken footage be destroyed if it hadn't been shot on film?

I was reading this article - it says footage for Dunkirk that sank during filming would have been destroyed if hadn't been shot on film. But it doesn't provide any reasons for this. Why would sunken ...
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How did they film the fight scenes in 'Legend'?

In Legend starring Tom Hardy, he plays both Kray twins, so how exactly did they film the section in the bar where they fight each other? I know some of the framing only has one of their faces in it ...
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Why do all flashbacks show the person who's remembering it as if they're being filmed? [closed]

What I mean is this: a person will have a flashback, and unless the majority of the flashback takes place in front of a mirror, the person remembering should not be able to see themselves in the shot. ...
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How do they cost effectively film the scenes where James Franco plays 2 roles?

In The Deuce James Franco plays both Vincent and Frank Martino. Sometimes this requires both brothers to be in the same scene. Usually in these cases only one of the brothers is actually in the shot, ...
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How do they film “flying human” scenes?

I am watching Chronicle (2012) and this question just popped into my mind. What techniques are used for filming flying human scenes? Do they always use chroma keying or are there other techniques?
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How was the deserted London scene in the movie '28 Days Later' filmed?

I saw this question about real-world filming locations and it reminded me of an excellent zombie movie I saw few years ago called '28 Days Later'. In this movie, on waking up the protagonist finds ...
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How do film producers and crews film movies based on entire or just a proportion of towns and cities (real cities and towns)?

This has baffled me as to what film producers do to film a movie or an episode based on an entire city. Examples of this is as seen in the movie Day after tommorrow where a tsunami hits the city ...
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Why did they use shallow focus on Ed Warren's role while talking to the demon?

In The Conjuring 2 (2016), Janet is given water and told not to swallow it. The demon has complained that he will answer to the question if they don't see them in face. So Ed Warren turns his back ...
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How do they film a volcano erupting in such a way as what the volcano did in Dante's Peak?

In Dante's Peak (1997), Harry is a volcanologist and also the protagonist of the movie. The movie is all about the volcano that Harry is investigating blowing up, sending ashes, rocks and lava ...
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How are tsunamis crashing through cities and wiping out actors filmed?

In the movie The Day After Tomorrow (2004), there is a city (much like a modern day city) and during a natural disaster; there is a Tsunami that crashed through the city, destroyed buildings, killed ...
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How is arterial blood spray filmed? [duplicate]

In Dead 7, Carrie and other movies, there have been some scenes where an artery has been severed and an open wound is visible causing an artierial spray coming from inside the wound. I am sure this ...
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How do they film continuous blood pooling?

I have seen in American Sniper, Dead-7 and Carrie that when someone is killed, they are laying on the ground with blood leaking out of their back or somewhere else on the body. The puddle ...
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Why is the bride's name beeped in Kill Bill Vol 1?

In the movie Kill Bill Vol.1, whenever someone mentions the bride by her name Beatrix Kiddo Her name is censored with a beep. Is this explained somewhere in the movie? Or is it just a signature ...
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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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How can you film a woman giving birth when the camera angle has not shifted?

In Big Momma's House(2000) we see a woman giving birth to a baby. The camera angle does not shift at all during the scene, or very little at least and a baby is filmed coming out of the woman. In ...
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What is the film technique for someone breaking into pieces?

In certain movies I have seen the antagonist's arms falling off, then their legs, then their bodies split in two and then their heads fall off when the camera angle has not shifted. Or the scene can ...
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Why are real animals used in film production subject to the exposure of violence, 'slaughter' and abuse?

We know that quite a few movies don't use real animals, but the ones that do, why do we see them being treated badly or killed such as: Heaven's Gate(1980) The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) ...
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Do they really drink or eat when shooting movies?

Many times in movies and TV shows characters are showed as eating or drinking activities (water, beverages, alcohol). If a shoot takes many retakes, then the actors will not want to eat after going ...
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How do cast producers manage false bomb or artillery explosions?

As seen in The Water Diviner, the Turkish troops have made their final assault on the ANZAC troops who have actually slipped away from Gallipoli. In movies like this, how do cast producers actually ...
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What are the film techniques for broken and protruding bones?

I have seen in a James Bond movie where there is a volcano disaster and the guy being James Bond (or the same person maybe just different movie) that when he and his host family during the eruption ...
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How is the “skid to a stop” cartoon stock sound effect done?

You know the one I'm talking about. A cartoon character is running, and then suddenly they have to stop, so they dig their heels in, lean back, and skid to a stop, accompanied by a rapid-fire series ...
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How do actors create the same emotion during sound dubbing sessions?

When you record your voice in the studio to sync it with the video, how do you make sure to create the same emotion that you had while shooting? Somehow dubbing seems like a very cut-off process ...
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What is the film technique for cutting a body part off?

There are a few movies that show people with their arms, legs and hands cut off, the camera angle hasn't even changed angle, and a large spurt of blood comes pouring out of the amputated limb and ...
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How exactly do you film someone jumping off a very tall building and hitting the concrete below and actually survive?

In some movies, I have seen in Men in Black that a monster had fallen from top of a building backwards and actually lived. In some other movies, there has been cases where people have fallen (the ...
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How does the first assistant camera focus if the director is pointing the camera?

On a film crew there is often a "first assistant camera" whose job it is to focus the camera, which is complex because the subject could be moving or changing, so the focus must be adjusted constantly....
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What is “distorting wide angle for a medium shot”?

In this review of M. Night Shyamalan's Signs, it says: And once again he uses camera tricks—like distorting wide angles for medium shots—to create a weird, slightly off-kilter world. What does ...
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What techniques did animators follow to show the age of Lightning Mcqueen?

In Cars 3, Lightning Mcqueen is depicted as a veteran race car who tries to prove he is still the best racer in the world. He is old when compared to many characters. Some cars even say that they ...
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Is there a name for this storytelling technique?

In the Studio Ghibli film The Cat Returns, I saw a very noticeable example of a storytelling technique that I've seen in other Studio Ghibli productions. When in the Cat palace, the King of Cats has ...
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How do they film someone submerged in water for prolonged periods of time and the character does not drown (as in the actor themselves)?

In some movies, you see that there is a character who is sinking towards the bottom of the ocean or pool or whatever, they are there for prolonged periods of time with their mouths open and they are ...
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How were the scenes with Gazelle shot?

In Kingsman: The Secret Service Gazelle is disabled. I was surprised to discover that the actress playing the role (Sofia Boutella) is not. How were the scenes with her shot? Did she actually wear ...
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How was helicopter scene filmed in Escape to Witch Mountain (1975)?

Followup from Aviation.SE In Escape to Witch Mountain (1975), around 1h 19m, there is scene with helicopter (Hughes MD500) in inverted flight which lands upside down and keep spinning. While flight ...
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Super 35mm film and sound

I understand that when a film is being shot using Super 35, the entire frame is used by the recording including what used to contain the magnetic strips for sound. With that being said, where and how ...
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Why are coastal scenes mostly shot from the north? [closed]

In most of the movies, actually all that I can recall, scenes are pictured from the north. That is, if the land is on east we see it on the left side, and vice versa. This is very confusing to me, as ...
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Why do professional green screens look so much better?

Why does the average green screen, such as one on the local news station, or some video on YouTube, leave an outline and is obviously fake, but in some movies these effects look totally real. I was ...
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Did Spider-Man filming halt so Tobey Maguire could bulk up?

Spider-Man 1 with Tobey Maguire tells the story of how Peter Parker acquired his abilities. Most of the time he is fully clothed. However, we are privy to at least one scene (the day he gets bit) ...

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