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Why is classic IMAX not digital?

These days everything is digital. I came to know that, real 70MM IMAX i.e (not LieIMAX) are shown using film stock instead of digital once. What's keeping them from producing the format in digital ...
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Are there multiple HD masters of movies?

The Criterion Collection released The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou on Blu-ray back in May, the first appearance of the film on that format. The source for this disc was a "new, restored 4K film ...
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What is including a sound from another movie as a tribute called?

Is there a term for when a movie intentionally includes a bit of a sound track from another movie solely as a tribute to the original movie?
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Copyrighted Filming Techniques

The first Matrix film had the bullet time sequence, and people will most likely associate that technique with the movie. Research into bullet time shows that it was used long before The Matrix (...
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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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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 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 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 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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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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Do actors really play musical instruments in movies?

There are a lot of movies, where characters play musical instruments professionally. I'd like to know about Whiplash and La La Land. Did actors there really learn to play musical instruments, or are ...
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Why not use 1 note only?

Why do film directors take the risk to create a continuity mistake when after showing a handwritten note (like for a ransom or love letter), they decide to use another one with different handwriting ...
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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 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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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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Is there a term for when “a book refers to a movie taken based on the book” called?

The Princess Diaries is both a series of books and movies. In the book Princess Diaries 6 (2005) princess Mia from the book comments on "The Princess Diaries 1 (2001) & 2 (2004)" movies : ...
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Air effect in scenes and dances

I am new to filming effects. I was wondering how they create air effect, for example: many actors have their hair flying in scenes and in dances. Do they use fans in front of them or are there any ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 do they film the apparent beheading of a person?

How do they film the beheading of a person, like the beheading of Ned Stark in Game of Thrones? It was pretty clean beheading. There are more examples in Spartacus; there were a lot of beheading with ...
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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 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 was the strangulation scene filmed?

Following an argument with his brother Stevie briefly strangles himself by wrapping a game-pad cord around his neck and pulling it tight. Stevie is played by Sunny Suljic who was probably 12 at the ...
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Filming techniques for Doctor Who during 4th Doctor run

Does anyone have information on filming techniques during the Doctor Who TV series, or know where such information can be found? I'm particularly interested in the 4th Doctor era, 1974 - 1981. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Why can't we see the camera? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do they film the mirror scenes in movies? In a lot of movies, we see, a character is standing in front of a mirror and watching him/her self. From our view, it looks like ...
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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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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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Why are superhero animated movies not made with the same level of graphics as pre-rendered videogame cutscenes?

I've played some superhero games like the Batman: Arkham series and I've noticed that the pre-rendered cutscenes (to be distinguished from real-time cutscenes) are really good. So much good that I've ...
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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 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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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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Type of Direction

What do you call a type of direction(?) where the perspective changes from one character to another? I couldn't make the story shorter. Please, bare with it. Ex: Characters: - Deliveryman - ...
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How do actors cry in movies? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What techniqes are used by directors to make an actor cry? Do actors always have to get in the mood to cry? Are their teardrops always real? What techniques are used to help ...
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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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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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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 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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How was the photography Samurai Fiction/Kill Bill shadow scene made?

Kill Bill: Fiction Samurai: Help please!
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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.