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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What is this thinking type effect called? [duplicate]

In Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult (1994), Scene where Frank tries to take the gun out of his pouch, but it was not there. Then he thinks past what really happened to his gun. While thinking this ...
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What is this shining look like effect called?

In Running Scared (2005), The Scene where Detective Rydell show his badge to Anzor, then this effect is used on his badge: What is this shining look like effect called?
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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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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 was this glass shattering scene shot without getting any injury to the head?

This is one of the scenes from Scrubs. JD (or whoever he was) bumps his head into the glass and breaks it. The scene looks pretty realistic. How was it done without ...
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How do movies/TV shows replicate the West Wing (White House)?

How do movies and TV shows replicate the White House? House of Cards is a great example. It looks so real, I thought it was actually in the White House.
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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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How did they shoot this scene where actors are eating dirt?

In The Way Back (2010), there is one scene where Mr Smith is shown eating dirt from under his boot. It is continuous shot, no cuts.
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How did they film the final shootout scene from Felina?

The final shootout scene in the last episode of Breaking Bad is quite impressive. Since watching it, I've wondered how it was filmed. When stepped through frame-by-frame, the rounds appear to be ...
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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 ...
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The mark on top right

Sometimes when I watch movies I notice a mark ( circle ) that shows for less than a second on the top right corner of the many movies. I wonder what is that and why they have it?
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Film technique for someone shoot electricity from their fingers and electrocute someone thus turning them to either ashes or a crisp?

You see in some supernatural movies that some person or the bad guy shoots lightning or an electric charge out of their fingers or hands without the camera angle shifting at all. This causes the ...
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How was the photography Samurai Fiction/Kill Bill shadow scene made?

Kill Bill: Fiction Samurai: Help please!
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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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Why was Gigi Hadid uncredited for 10 episodes of Silent Witness when she appeared?

Looking at Gigi Hadid's IMDb page, I noticed she'd been in 10 episodes of Silent Witness (a BBC drama). Is it normal for a celebrity to make appearances like this uncredited? I know normally that ...
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How are large crowds filmed? [duplicate]

I've often been curious how really large crowds in movies / TV programs are filmed. e.g. in a stadium at a big football match or something, I'm guessing they don't simply hire tens of thousands of ...
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Clay has a scar in the present to differentiate from the past. Is there a name for such a technique?

In the series, '13 reasons why', they make sure that clay gets a bandage on the forehead and stays there so that we can differentiate easily whether it's the flashback or present. Is there a name ...
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How did they film Mark Wahlberg getting beaten up by a teddy bear?

In Ted, John and Ted get into a pretty heated fight when John insults Ted. However, I always wondered how they filmed the scene. It involves Mark Wahlberg getting thrown about a hotel room by a teddy ...
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How do they film an actor talking to themselves? [duplicate]

In some TV shows and movies, an actor plays more than one character in one scene. How do they film the actor as one character talking to another character than they play? I can understand scenes ...
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How do they shoot breaking things so close to the camera without damaging it?

In Knight of Cups (2015), Barry breaks things in rage. Pieces fly all over the camera. But this scene is shot so closely to the camera. How do they shoot breaking things without causing any damage ...
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How was this scene with a zombie getting its head cut off by helicopter rotors filmed?

I saw this scene from the movie Dawn of the Dead (1978) How was this scene shot with the helicopter rotors? How did they ensure the actor's safety?
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What creates the “soap opera” look? Is it the same thing as HFR movies? [duplicate]

Soap operas have a distinctive look to them in terms of motion and feel. It's a bit difficult to describe. What exactly creates this look? I have heard it compared to High Frame Rate (HFR) films ...
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How do they film someone being stabbed with a weapon that goes all the way through?

How can you film someone being directly stabbed through any part of the body (especially the head, as seen in Game of Thrones) when the camera has not shifted angle at all?
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What is the name of this camera work used in the opening shot of After Hours?

What is the name of the camera technique used for the dynamic opening shot of Martin Scorsese's After Hours?
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Why is this closing credits scene more colorful than the movie?

In Lion (2016), the closing credits scene looks like this: And the movie scene look this: Why is the closing credits scene more colorful than the movie?
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How is blood coming from the mouth filmed?

This is not like the other questions such as "how are gunshot and head gashes filmed". How are these scenes filmed where someone is talking and some action is going on such as in zombieland and the ...
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How was semi-colorization done in Kill Bill? [duplicate]

In Kill Bill some of the scenes are in partial color with black and white backgrounds and colorized foregrounds. For example, near the end of volume 2, Beatrix is driving to Bill's location and the ...
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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 ...