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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 ...
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Was the final shot of Halt and Catch Fire S3/Ep8 done with a green screen?

Specifically, that incredible dolly zoom where a broken Joe MacMillan stands at the base of the Golden Gate Bridge. The reason I ask is the background with the bridge looks too perfect, but on the ...
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How are the natural sunlight effects achieved while shooting?

While watching Seinfeld, many times I have noticed the natural (seems like natural?) sunlight coming through windows of Jerry's apartment. Same light effect can be seen at the cafe. How are such ...
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How are the airplane scenes shot in movies?

I was watching the movie "Air Force One" and I was wondering how they shoot such kinds of scenes when moving the president from one plane to another. In many of the Air force movies there are jets ...
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How do they shoot a scene in which a character falls downstair?

How do they shoot the scenes in which a character falls downstair, like in this Revolver clip, for example:
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How was this bridge burning and collapsing scene filmed in Buster Keaton's The General?

Well, this scene from Buster Keaton's The General is considered to be one of the most expensive scenes in the history of silent movies. In this scene, a bridge is collapsed when a train cross it. ...
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Will the medium be able to last 100 years?

So, there is a film to be released in 100 years, and it is supposed to be a sort of sci-fi time capsule. The film was placed in a safe that was specially made not to be opened for exactly 100 years. ...
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What technology or method is used for the making of “Chicken Run”?

I have seen this animated movie called Chicken Run It seems like some form of clay puppets are used in this movie. So my question is: What technology is used in this movie? Is it pure animation or ...
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Sequence of black & white pictures in NCIS

At the beginning of each episode of NCIS and several time during it, there is a sequence of black and white pictures of previous and coming scenes with a sound imitating photo shooting on a crime ...
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How did Xerxes appear so much larger than Leonidas?

There is a scene in the movie, 300 where Xerxes stands behind Leonidas and places his hands on the shoulders of Leonidas. Not only does Xerxes appear much taller than Leonidas, he appears physically ...
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Why haven't clapperboards become obsolete? [duplicate]

Clapperboard (or slate) is used in movie primarily for two purposes: To assist in synchronizing picture and sound (with the help of a clap). It makes the editor's life easy. Cataloging of the ...
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How was this scene shot without hurting Charlie Chaplin?

In a scene from City Lights (1931), a man tries to commit suicide before Charlie Chaplin comes and saves him. But the man accidentally ties a rope to Chaplin's neck and throws the rock into the water ...
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Camera technique where crowd moves fast around a stationary character?

This is very common scene in movies and TV shows where a character is shown standing stationary but all other characters' movement is shown in kinda fast forward mode. And these characters are moving ...
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What is the name of this shot used in King Arthur?

Link is here: http://imgur.com/a/Z4g6k What is the name of this shot used in King Arthur (2004)?
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Woody Allen's weird framing in Everyone Says I Love You

The directing style of Woody in this one baffles me, he constantly cuts faces, shows only certain body parts and more than often there is no emphasis on the person who is speaking in the frame. My ...
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Why does Unbreakable have closing title cards?

Just before the final credits, a message appears that says that David contacted the authorities and Elijah is now in a mental institution. Only movies based on real incidents/stories have closing ...
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How was the explosives scene shot?

In this picture, it can be seen that Faisal (role in this movie) is running towards the sheep. Here, he got killed by explosives. It was a continuous shot with no cuts; I wonder how this scene is ...
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How do actors make eye contact with CGI characters?

In movies like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016), how do actors make eye contact with CGI characters?
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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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How was this scene from “The Lady Vanishes” shot?

This scene from "The Lady Vanishes" (1938), which has a character hanging out of a train window while another train approaches from the other direction, was so realistic. This movie was made in the ...
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Did two Great Danes really fight a tiger?

We were just watching the 1960 Swiss Family Robinson movie and shortly after they land on their island there is a scene where two Great Danes appear to actually attack a Bengal Tiger. There is a bad ...
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How do they shoot flaming human scenes?

This scene was found in Billy Madison (1995). How do they shoot dangerous stunt scenes?
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Do they show real social networking accounts in the movie?

In Chef (2014), Carl Casper is browsing tweets made about him, and it looks like there are so many twitter accounts: Are these real twitter accounts, or were they just created for the movie?
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How was the Ferris wheel scene shot in Jackass 3.5?

In Jackass 3.5 (2011), there is a scene where a ball exactly hit someone in the groin (ouch!) even though it was thrown from a Ferris wheel. How was this scene shot? How did the Jackass team achieve ...
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Why do the toys blink alternately?

This happens quite often in the first Toy Story film, not so much in the second (and haven't seen the third yet) where the toys blink one eye after the other instead of at the same time. Is there ...
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Why are dolls, teddy bears, etc. used as horror objects in horror films?

In many horror films, toys such as dolls, teddy bears, and puzzle boxes are used as objects which the spirits/ghosts use to scare people. Some examples would be Annabelle, the crooked man musical box ...
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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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In the script of a team sports movie, how much detail is there about what a specific play looks like? [closed]

Team sports films (e.g. ones about American football, association football, ice hockey, rugby) have a variety of scenes where the players are on the field and performing a number of plays. How much ...
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How do they shoot binocular scenes?

How do they shoot binocular scenes? Do they put two cameras in binoculars? See this binocular vision from Ronin (1998):
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Why does Steven Spielberg use this type of effect in his films?

The following screenshot is taken from Bridge of Spies: Here, light is seen passing in front of a man's head. The same type of effect is also used in War of the Worlds, Artificial Intelligence, and ...
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How did they shoot the Las Vegas scene in “Now You See Me”?

How did they shoot the Las Vegas MGM Grand scene in "Now You See Me" (2013)? At the beginning of the Las Vegas scene there is a very large auditorium with a rotunda stage and the camera's viewpoint ...
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What is a “hero plate” and what is its purpose in filmmaking?

While watching a behind the scenes video on some of the visual effects in Black Swan, they show how some of the mirror effects are done and point out that a "hero plate" was used along with green ...
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Repeating same line at the start of the movie and at the end

I've noticed that many, especially newer, films employ the technique of repeating the same catchphrase or aphorism at the beginning and at the end. The goal for this is clear, but I find it incredibly ...
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How did they make Cats & Dogs talking realistic?

There was a movie called Cats & Dogs released in 2001. In the movie cats and dogs are fighting each other to win. So my question is, the makers of this movie used so many cats and dogs, I like to ...
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How was the pressure cooker blast filmed?

In Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961), there is a scene where a pressure cooker suddenly blasts in front of two lead actors. How was this pressure cooker blast filmed? Was there any risk of harm to the ...
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Movies with last second twists

The twist ending is such a trope that it has become almost laughable - and impossible to pull off with credibility; but there is another subtler kind of twist ending that I'm interested in: It ...
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How was this Three Stooges scene filmed?

In the Stooges short "Three Hams on Rye," the Three Stooges become part of a play. At the end of the play, they are to each consume cake. Instead of a cake, however, the Stooges accidentally cooked a ...
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How to shoot dangerous animals in movie?

How do they shoot movies with live tigers? Do they use real live dangerous animals to shoot movies? If they are not real then how they do it?
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Who are these guys that are following the cameraman?

In this video about the filming of The Battle of Winterfell, starting at 4:04 you can see 2 people follow around the cameraman as he is filming. What are they doing? They seem superfluous and ...
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How is a scene with head spinning 360 degrees shot in the movies?

In many horror movies, a possessed person is shown spinning his/her head through 360 degrees. How are those scenes shot in the movie?
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How do films achieve the realistic depiction of the moon?

Many films set at night feature the shape of the moon rather prominently. Yet I can't really imagine that this is always the exact moon captured in the scene, be it because the timing and angle doesn'...

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