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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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How they make ground dust formation in shooting scenes? [duplicate]

I watching a war movie, soldiers firing on people, Bullets are hitting on the ground & dust is coming from the ground. I know they don't use any real bullets & then what is hitting the ...
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What is the name of the effect for showing past days in movies?

In Rogue One, Jyn Erso remembers her childhood days. Her childhood/past days were shown with some effects like characters talking with a low voice with echo, with high background music, slow motion (...
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Why is this effect used in the locker room?

In Any Given Sunday, the scene between Christina and Dr. Harvey includes footage in the locker room. But suddenly this camera recording effect is used on this scene: Actually there is no CC Camera ...
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What is the name of this effect used in Flags of Our Fathers?

In this scene from Flags of Our Fathers, the top and bottom parts of the image are a little darker when compared to the middle portion of the scene. (I marked it with yellow lines) What is the name ...
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How did they shoot this tongue pulling scene?

This pulling the tongue comedy scene belongs to Robin Hood: Men In Tights: How this scene was shot?
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Do sound effects, specially in horror movies, use emotion initiating frequencies?

The background score of horror movies, tends to use digital sound effects these days, rather than original sound from instruments like a cello, drum or keyboards. Emotions Music impacts the ...
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Is “silence” used as a background score to avoid misinterpretations? [closed]

This question is not about any specific movie but the technicality involved in its making. We know all over the world, various directors have chosen silence over any background score at all. My ...
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What was the point of A Scanner Darkly being animated?

A Scanner Darkly, even though being animated, was given more like a live action look and was actually created by rotoscoping real actors. Why is that? Is there any financial or symbolic reason behind ...
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In World War Z what is the name of this camera technique that switches between the protagonist and what they see?

The camera in this shot sweeps towards the protagonist as it centres on him (Pitt), and away from the zombies as it switches back to them, giving the impression of speed and approach as the camera ...
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Traductions: are lips movements changed for every language? [duplicate]

If I watch The Simpsons in French for example then the lips movements match with the oral traduction. Question: In general, are lips movements in animated films/shows modified to match traductions in ...
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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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Why does everyone park so far away?

Seems to be a lot of films & TV shows were people park their car/truck/horse/TARDIS hundreds of metres from their destination for no apparent reason. This is opposed to those times where there's ...
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What techniques were used to film zero-g scenes in The Expanse?

Most of the zero-g scenes in the SyFy series The Expanse appear to be done with good old cables, some CGI, and actors moving slowly. But there is one scene at the very beginning of the first episode, ...
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How did they shoot the clone scenes in “Moon”?

In Moon by Duncan Jones, there are several scenes where Sam Rockwell And in particular, there's a ping-pong scene: How were these scenes shot? Was it a body double,...
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Was there any notable pushback against “dark” (lack of lighting) cinematography?

One of the most common "normal people" gripes I usually hear about TV shows and films is that directors love to shoot "dark" scenes (literally dark - there is not enough lighting to be able to see ...
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Are there any other films which are constructed in a “Photomontage with narration” style similarly to La Jetée?

La Jetée is a short, French sci-fi film of about 30 minutes. The whole film is just one long sequence of beautiful black and white photographs, except for a single short sequence where the photographs ...
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What technique was used to create this effect?

I was discussing some old Doctor Who episodes when I recalled a notable example of the sort of 'bad' special effects used when CGI was in its infancy (and when the budget was low). Does anybody know ...
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What is meant when a show or film is called “dark”?

Sometimes the people involved in a TV Show or film refer to it being "dark". Example: "This next season is going to be much darker than the first" - often said by a showrunner or actor. Another ...
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Is any of the footage in Patriots Day real?

The film Patriots Day (2016) is filmed in a very realistic, and according to some of those that actually experienced the events, accurate and respectful manner. There are a number of shots from ...
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Was the owl that woke up Cousin Vinny real or a prop?

In My Cousin Vinny, there is a scene depicting Vinny stepping outside of the door of the hunting lodge and randomly firing a sidearm to scare away some sort of animal that was making a noise and ...
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Description of A Series of Unfortunate Event's visual style

The new Netflix series A Series of Unfortunate Events has a very distinctive visual style to it. I am, however, at a loss on how to describe it to anyone else. What are the elements that make up the ...
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How was the red coat in Schindler's List created?

I know in 1993, Adobe software was not available. How was this effect accomplished?
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Was the horse shot at the beginning of The Revenant real?

Was the shot horse a real horse in The Revenant? In the beginning scenes, when the men are running heading for the boat, a quick clip shows a barely clothed man come out of a tent or some type of ...
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How are difficult/disturbing scenes involving children dealt with during film making? [duplicate]

I always wondered about scenes in movies or tv shows that show a child dealing with some sort of a disturbing, gruesome or difficult situation. I'm talking about how the child actors are dealt with ...
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What was the filming technique used to film “Jim's Ride”?

In The Man from Snowy River, the movie's most famous scene portrays Jim Craig chasing down the mob of brumbies to retrieve the prize colt for his boss. At about 1:55 ...
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How do characters act so fast in movies?

I was watching The Hills Have Eyes (2006) and in one scene a zombie is searching to kill someone. In this scene a human and his dog are hiding from the zombie, but the dog unfortunately made some ...
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How were Sophie's interactions with the BFG filmed?

According to the BFG himself, he's a whoppin' 24 feet tall. For the most part, the actress that plays Sophie does a good job of keeping her eyes "on" him, wherever his head is. She also avoids ...
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How was this opening title sequence from Atkinson's Maigret made?

I've recently become fixed on how superbly the opening titles for Maigret (starring Rowan Atkinson) has been made and edited: Would Rowan have had to have acted this ...
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What is the name of this method/effect where a character repeats the exact same sentence of another character?

Is there a name for this effect where a character says a sentence at the beginning of a movie and another one repeats the same sentence later. Here is an example in Batman the Dark Knight with the ...
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What's the term for a scene in a film that references previous material to make a perfect moment?

Disclaimer: Contains spoilers for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. If you haven't yet seen the movie and intend to, you may want to skip over this question. In the decades since Episodes 4, 5 and 6 of ...
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How do they move puppets inside the car?

In Team America: World Police, there is a scene that took place inside a car. I know puppets' movements are managed by strings through the whole movie: Then how is this scene inside the car was shot?...
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Frozen Jack: Actor or Prop?

At the end of the film The Shining, when Jack Torrance has frozen to death, was this shot accomplished by putting make-up on Jack Nicholson or by using a prop body with a face cast in his likeness? I ...
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What if a head shaving scene gets messed up?

In movies there is sometimes a head shaving seen, often signifying a drastic change in a person. For example when Lex Luthor gets his head shaven in Superman Vs. Batman or this scene in 50/50. I was ...
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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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How to go about a dialogue scene when it comes to the actors speaking?

Let's say you've got a basic over the shoulder dialogue scene going on between two characters. When they're filming that scene, are both actors saying their lines? Or is it only one person at a time ...
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Why do mouse cursors never align with actors' hand movements (or always move perfectly straight)?

Most of the time when you see a computer screen in a film the cursor always moves in a perfectly straight line. Sometimes you can even see actors moving the mouse, but it would in no way align with ...
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How do they create that hovering Text that stays still according to scene when camera is moving

In the start of this video you will see "Salmon Raju" .. That is text that looks is staying still according to the location in the scene but the camera is still moving around. ...
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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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Why is the audience sliding around in this scene from Le Temps retrouvé?

In Raúl Ruiz's Le Temps retrouvé, a crowd in chairs listens to a chamber music performance. At times, while the camera pans around the audience, rows of people ...
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How did the Planet Earth II crew film animals without disturbing them?

Planet earth II has some incredible footage. One of the major differences I've noticed in the second series is that the footage appears to get much closer and follow the animals a lot more. That got ...
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Why do deleted scenes have poor quality?

Often DVDs and BDs have deleted scenes on them - but looking at them usually the quality is poor compared to the rest of the film. I understand that scenes are often cut before they hit post-...
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How does Stan Laurel do this thing, in the movie Blotto?

In the movie Blotto (1930), how does Stan Laurel do this thing with his ears? Here is the clip (the ear movement is around 13:45):
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Why are the respondents never shown?

In the docufilm Oasis: Supersonic I noticed that the respondents are never shown in frame while they talk, some videos are shown instead. Is there any reason? Is this a common technique?
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How are bullet impacts in concrete walls created?

Recently I watched Full Metal Jacket again, and during its city attack scene I noticed something that I've been wondering about for quite some time now: how are the effects of bullet impacts in ...
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How did they shoot the hostess scene?

I think this is one of the most iconic scenes of the movie 2001: a space odyssey: How did Kubrick shoot it?
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How difficult is it to source News Channel Logos?

Nowadays, most movies and tv series tend to use actual brand logos (such as those of CNN, FOX etc eg. most recently in the movie London Has Fallen), I assume, to lend authenticity to their narrative. ...
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Use of anachronisms in film intros to surprise the user with the revelation of the actual time period

Sam Peckinpah did this at least twice: The Wild Bunch: The film opens with an Old West-style bank robbery in progress, but as we see more detail, we notice that several of the bandits are armed with ...
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How are helicopter scenes shot in TV/Film?

How are scenes wherein the characters have a dialogue inside a helicopter as well as interact with the environment outside it, shot? Do they use drones for this, or is the dialogue shot separately on ...
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How are car drag scenes filmed without hurting anyone?

Many movies have scenes where a man is tied to a rope which is tied from a vehicle and he is dragged for a while. The road usually has a rough surface and may contain obstructions like stones. If a ...