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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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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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How is open head of Commander Data done?

Data has his head open several times, for example here: Given the time of creation of Star Trek - Next Generation series, I don't assume this would be done with CGI, also his head doesn't seem to be ...
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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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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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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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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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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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In Cabin in the Woods, why does he start the car with his left hand?

The Cabin in the Woods takes place (mostly) in America. The 20-something cast is in a big RV that has the driver's seat on the left. The ignition should be to the right of the steering wheel. However, ...
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How are the face cuts done when Dexter takes his blood samples of his victims?

Whenever Dexter has his victim on the slab ready to be killed, he cuts them with a surgical knife and takes a blood sample. Obviously the knife is fake and the blood is fake but quite often you will ...
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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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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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How was the scene of the mirror in “Mr. Nobody” recorded? [duplicate]

How was the scene of Jared Leto looking at his reflection and the camera moving through the mirror recorded? This is the scene: I still can't figure how they did it.
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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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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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How did they film two satellites colliding in supposed 'zero gravity' out in space?

The movie Gravity (2013) shows a woman that has been stranded out in space, she was rescued by a male friend that in fact died from lack of oxygen. In the following clip: ...
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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 the SAW movies achieve dismemberment on screen?

I’m wanting to create a similar effect, as a girl saws through her arm, and i’m curious how the SAW movies achieved this. I also wonder if there is a more budget friendly way to achieve the same ...
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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 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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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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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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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 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 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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