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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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Why do almost all Woody Allen movies contain the same font style?

Why do almost all Woody Allen movies contain the same font style of opening and closing credits? I've watched Blue Jasmine, Match Point and Vicky Cristina Barcelona. All 3 movies contain the same ...
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How do they shoot helicopter/aeroplane blast/crash scenes?

Many action movies have a scene where they show a plane or helicopter blast/crash. Seeing as how planes are very costly and it includes various dangers, they wouldn't try to crash real ones. In ...
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What is the term for this kind of final scene?

For reference, my question comes after having viewed the latest episode of the HBO series Silicon Valley (Season 3, Episode 9 - "Daily Active Users"). The final camera shot was a single, stationary ...
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How are talking scenes in movies/shows filmed? [duplicate]

So, I've been curious about this (since taking a class dealing with filming and editing I've been taking more notice of good/bad shots and just overall more curious about film techniques) when two or ...
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How does the editing of lip-sync take place for non-native artists (especially in songs)?

I was going through this answer here, where @JasonCraig ends the answer with: Later a huge portion of issues are sorted in the editing table. So, I wanted to know what are the editing methods used ...
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How was this scene in Jurassic World shot?

In Jurassic World, how did they shoot the scene in which Claire's assistant: Even for well trained stunt-men, being pushed in and out of a pool three four times looks very hard and dangerous.
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Why do most space movies contain sound?

I do not understand why most space movies contain sound. For Example: The Martian (2015), Moon (2009) Armageddon (1998) etc. These movies contain sound in space which does not make sense. Well, ...
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What all techniques are used to display blood in films/television shows? [duplicate]

In recent times, in movies and television shows when someone is stabbed or shot or injured in any other way the blood coming out of their body seems very real in terms of its the color, viscosity, and ...
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What techniques are used to film the twins in Quantico?

In Quantico, there are a pair of recruited agents. Raina and Nimah Amin, both played majestically by actress Yasmine Al Massri. The two characters are shown side by side in almost every episode. They ...
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How was the time-freezed scene in the Matrix with the woman in the red dress shot?

At around minute 57 to 59, Morpheus explains to Neo that every citizen in the Matrix can become an agent like agent Smith, while everything else around them is frozen. How are these kind of scenes ...
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How did they shoot the snow scenes in The Hunt?

How did they shoot the snow scenes in The Hunt? Did they use real snow, or is that a specific trick to fake it during the shooting?
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How did they film the camera following flying golf ball in Happy Gilmore?

At around 00:50 we can see the golf ball flying through the street and camera following it through air and through bushes until it hits window. How did they film it so realistically considering the ...
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Why are movie scenes shot with green background?

I remember reading that green colour makes the best contrast with colour of human skin so in post editing it is easier to remove it. Is that the only reason why they use green backgrounds when ...
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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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Did Sean Gullette actually trepan himself in Pi (1998)?

In the final scene of Pi, we see the character depicted by Sean Gullette put a drill directly to a tumorous bulge on his head. There's a noticeable blood splatter and the character doesn't flinch. In ...
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How did they film the motorcycle jump in Point Break (2015)?

The 2015 Point Break remake features a large number of spectacular stunts. Most of these stunts are claimed to be genuine and performed by highly skilled stuntmen. In one of the opening scenes a jump ...
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Quality difference between HD video and 35mm film

I have noticed lately some of the older movies like Titanic being sold on Blu-rays in high definition (HD). As I understand, high definition implies high level of detail, yet I do not understand what ...
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Did Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman do the singing in Moulin Rouge?

In Moulin Rouge!, Was it the actors recording those songs, or vocal doubles?
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What was the first movie entirely shot from a first person POV?

The movie Hardcore Henry claims to be the "the world’s first fully first-person action movie", that is, it is entirely shot from the protagonists first person point of view (POV). But I don't think ...
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Why are easter eggs put in a movie?

Many movies have hidden meaning and a lot of easter eggs in them. Why are they put in the movie?
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Why can we hear Lisa's bracelets?

20 minutes into the movie, Lisa comes over to Jeff's place for (and with) dinner. She is wearing bracelets to her left wrist. The sound of these bracelets is loud in this scene. We can clearly hear ...
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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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Did they use the real Farnsworth House for filming?

When watching Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice I first noticed that Bruce Wayne's house, to which he moved after Wayne Manor apparently burned down, was modelled closely after Farnsworth House. But ...
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What's with the Wessen head shake?

In Grimm, what is the real-world reason for the Wessen head shake during woge? Is it to mask the morphing software? This occurs in all episodes: Wessen characters snap their heads from side to side ...
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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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Horse jumping off the cliff scene from 'The Revenant'

In the movie The Revenant, when Di Caprio jumps off the cliff while on his horse, the scene looks very realistic. While in the "fight with the bear" scene I could definitely tell that it was done with ...
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Why do they develop this DIY Lucy device and not use something available?

Since season 8, Richard owns a new gadget: Lucy. A small pyramid on the desk at the kitchen, glowing blue and talking with the voice of Aubrey Plaza. Why do they develop things like this, when they ...
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How do they film new born babies? [duplicate]

Movies frequently show babies being born in outside environment and judging by the look the babies do seem extremely close to new borns. Unless we are tricked by CGI, how do they film such scenes? I ...
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Can alcohol be used during filming to strengthen an actor's performance?

Many times I have noticed overly realistic drunk/anger/agony performances, which made me wonder if alcohol was actually used to relax the actor a bit and let them "spit it out" in a more natural way?
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How do they make tattoos in movies?

I've recently watched Point Break, and I was astonished by the number of tattoos worn by the principal characters, as well their thickness... How do they manage to do this? But in general, what ...
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Why does Harry Potter 6 look like it does? [duplicate]

In a recent Collider podcast the hosts were discussing O Brother Where Art Thou?, and mentioned the cinematographer using (I think), a "digital intermediary" which made the sepia tones. It was then ...
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What was the significance of whole movie being black and white and one scene being colored in Schindler's list?

I was really confused while watching Schindler's list that what was the reason behind the movie being black and white? In one particular scene in the movie it becomes colored. Was there any ...
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Why does the spotlight slowly appear when they started talking?

I'm talking about the following scene in The Age of Innocence: Scene 1: In Scene 2: When those two started talking, a spotlight slowly appears on them, and we only hear their voices, and nobody ...
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How was the special high-contrast cinema release of Se7en created?

David Fincher's magnificent noir movie Seven (or Se7en) has very dark cinematography enhancing the moral darkness of the story. I remember that, after its initial success, the studio released a ...
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Does 1957's 12 Angry Men consist of only one cut?

Does 12 Angry Men consist of only one cut? Apart from maybe an opening scene and closing scene, when they are in the room, I don't see any cuts. If that is so, does it mean when some actor makes a ...
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Shooting of the gravity free scene in Inception

How was the gravity free scene in the hotel in Inception shot? Was zero gravity created?
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Are some films filmed with a larger frame than all cropped versions?

There is a question about the Hitchikers Guide to the Galaxy and the aspect ratios it was released in: Why the very different release formats for Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy? The crux of the ...
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How was the bear attack scene shot in the movie 'The Revenant'?

The picture below shows a scene in which a bear is attacking Leonardo DiCaprio, who is playing Hugh Glass in the movie ' The Revenant'. How was the scene shot? Was the bear real?
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How is dubbing done for fight sequences?

How about dubbing for fight sequences? Do the actors dub for the fight sequences as well or is any other method used like using the original set audio along with the background music?
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Question about a specific filming technique - the long zoom

This scene, which I can't find anywhere but on a Facebook page, contains one long zoom taking up approximately 50 - 70 feet. Can anyone suggest how it might have been done (considering the time ...
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Is High Frame Rate (HFR) being used for films apart from The Hobbit?

Are there any films coming out in High Frame Rate (HFR)? I can't seem to find anything about the use of HFR except commentary on The Hobbit. Is this technology considered for broader use in the film ...
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Why was the art of old animated films sketchy?

The art of the moving characters (not static backgrounds) of old animated movies such as The Sword in the Stone (1963), The Jungle Book (1967), and The Aristocats (1970) were sketchy. The line work of ...
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What exactly is 70mm print and why does anyone care?

There has been a bit of controversy lately over the release of Tarantino's Hateful Eight movie. As I understand it, the movie was scheduled to play in a particular theater in Los Angeles that plays ...
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How do they shoot scenes where the camera passes through a window?

I have never understood how they shoot a scene where the camera moves, closes up on a window (or sometimes a wall) and then it passes through it, like it wasn't there at all. What is the technique ...
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Why does the boom operator have to hold the boom mic by hand?

This woman is a boom operator. She holds a long stick with a big microphone on one end, to record sound on movie and television shoots. If you've ever tried to hold something over your head for a ...
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Filming timespan of Jeopardy!

Most Game Shows are filmed with live audiences. A popular and long running example is Jeopardy!, others being Family Feud, Who wants to be A millionaire, and a recent one is The Chase. Some of these ...

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