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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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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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How do they film phone conversations?

How is the scene of two people talking on a phone shot in a film or TV series? For instance, if person A has to call person B, the scene can be taken in either of two ways. Ask person A to act ...
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Why are most scenes in a car recorded with chroma?

I'm aware of "How do they film scenes with the actors driving in a car?" in this site, but I'm more interested in the "why", not the "how". Is it illegal to just drive a car recording/action without ...
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How do they shoot fight scenes without causing harm to performers?

What are the techniques to create a realistic fight/combat scene without injuring the actors?
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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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First Hollywood movie with “flashbacks within flashbacks within flashbacks”?

In Super (2010), I noticed the weird concept of flashbacks within flashbacks within flashbacks. Which was the first Hollywood movie with the same concept?
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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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How was pre-title opening in Spectre shot?

The opening scene in 2015's Spectre has a long continuous sequence which, as an amateur filmmaker, is difficult to figure out how it might have been done. The movie begins as an apparent crane shot ...
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Did the creators manipulate the animation frame rate for specific visual effects?

Spider Man: Into the Spider-Verse is a particularly richly animated film with an amazing variety of animation styles used to reflect the different universes its multiple spider characters come from. ...
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Why are there different audio levels for different languages?

I was watching the Star Trek Into Darkness trailers on Apple's trailer site. I watched the Announcement in English (US) and then the UK and AU versions and I noticed that the background audio was at ...
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How does a movie get animals to “like” a character?

Suppose there is a movie in which the heroine is liked a lot by animals (as a means of foreshadowing how lovable she is to people). Would they use an actress or actor that is naturally well-liked by ...
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Why are zoom shots rarely used?

In all of the movies I have seen in my life, I have rarely seen zoom-in shots used. Most of the time, when the camera moves closer, it "pans" in. (The difference is that in a zoom-in shot, the camera ...
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In films how do they make spider web?

In films like in Indiana Jones and National Treasure old temples, caves etc. have spider webs all over the place. Assuming that these aren't real spider webs, how do they make these fake ones? (I'm ...
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How did they manage to make Birdman look like one single shot?

In Birdman there are some techniques for making it all look like a single shot that I've picked up on which are quite obvious, such as the camera turning upwards towards the sky and then having it ...
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Camera shot with close-up next to farther away standing person

While watching Final Destination 3 I noticed a very characteristic camera shot. At a scene where the main character, Wendy, sits in her room at the computer (watching the supposedly foretelling fotos),...
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How were Carrie Fisher's scenes filmed in The Rise of Skywalker?

Carrie Fisher, the actress who portrayed Leia Skywalker in the Star Wars films, had quite a few talking scenes in Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker even though she passed away in 2016. So how were ...
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How did they make the shimmering colours when Mork calls Orson?

At the end of every episode of Mork & Mindy, the alien visitor Mork calls his boss Orson to give a report. The show depicts the call by having Mork chant, "Mork calling Orson. Come in, Orson!" ...
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Why are not all IMAX theaters domed?

I have been to the IMAX theater at the Tech Museum in San Jose, California and at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. As I understood it, IMAX meant that a movie was filmed with ...
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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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What is the term for that style device when a soundtrack turns out to be heard within the reality of the film?

I believe the initial scene of Eyes Wide Shut is an example for this. I am sure I've heard a fancy term for the use of a piece of soundtrack that turns out to be heard within the film itself. How is ...
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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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Would special effects for early movie patrons seem real?

When I watched The Walking Dead on my 1080i HDTV, the special effects looked seamless. In other words, I knew what I was watching was fake, but it was hard to tell. When I upgraded to a 1080p HDTV,...
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Film where colour fades throughout to represent dying protagonist [closed]

Ok, I can usually find things using Google but no luck this time! This is a film from around mid-90s I think, but could be +/- 10 years. Male lead, who I think gets a kind of lethal injection which ...
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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 the distinct color grading in David Fincher's movies?

In most movies, there is a post shoot processing, which gives the movies a distinct look. Often this color grading is based on certain pre-defined presets or let's say themes. Now, every time I see a ...
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How to make a film in black and white and add color to some objects?

How is a movie made to show selective colors. For instance, in Pleasantville a sister and brother are transported to the universe of an old black and white TV show, and the movie switches to being B&...
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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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Is the dynamic range (audio) of some movies way too high?

As the title implies, I tend to think the dynamic range of movies is too high. I often find myself scrambling to change the volume after listening at a previously acceptable level. Why would I want ...
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Style of shooting where common activities are filmed as if they were epic

I am trying to identify a cinematic style where a common activity is filmed as if it was way more epic than it really is (usually with a comedic intent). As an example: a guy could be just drinking ...
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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 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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Why do movie coroners eat while they do an autopsy?

I have seen this in movies and in TV. They are either already eating, un wrapping their lunch or offering food to the cop that wants info on the body. I would have though food within range of a dead ...
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How is the dialogue for wide shots recorded?

In scenes where the boom mic would have to be placed much too far from the actor in order to film the scene, how is the dialogue recorded? Is there some hidden microphone on the actor's clothing or ...
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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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Rooftop contraption used to simulate realistic driving scenes

I recall seeing a behind-the-scenes feature wherein it is explained that realistic action sequences involving moving cars are now possible with the use of a device which allows the car to be ...
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Breaking a whiskey glass with your bare hands: how would this have been done?

In Broken City, there's a scene where the character, Jack Valliant, breaks his whiskey glass by squeezing it with his bare hands. I'd first like to know if this is actually physically possible. Second,...
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How are stunts where vehicles are seriously damaged (such as explosions or crashes) filmed?

In many movies vehicles are apparently seriously damaged. How are these stunts filmed? Are these made animated? Does it costs more to shoot these types of shots? Do these shots have retakes? Examples ...
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What kind of makeup is used to make Harvey Dent's horrifying face?

Every time I see The Dark Knight, I am surprised when looking at the makeup of Harvey Dent (Two Face). What kind of technology is used in such make ups and how are they done? The makeup was really ...
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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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What is the Resolution of 35mm film?

There is a lot of talk about 6k resolution from the Epic Dragon by RED, and of course there are 4k TVs now, but I'm wondering what actual film, 35mm particularly has a resolution equivalency of, if it ...
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How were the zooming sequences performed?

In Limitless, one of the initial scenes features a unique zooming effect that is a rare find. How was this achieved and do these scenes serve any purpose story-wise or meant as a simple mind trip to ...
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Does Alex really hold on his breath while he is beaten up by Dim and Georgie

There is a scene in A Clockwork Orange I'm curious about how they done it. Alex is saved by two policemen who turn out to be Dim and Georgie (his old droogs). They drag Alex to the countryside, where ...
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What was the first movie to use a cross-cutting technique like The Hours?

The Hours is a very good cross-cutting film because throughout the film it jumps back and forth between three different stories in three different time periods. According to wikipedia, Cross-...
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How do they mix real characters with animated characters?

Some animated movies show real characters (men/women) in them like in the movie Avatar. How do they mix real characters with animated characters? Does it cost more than a purely animated movie? What ...
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Actors acting the real actors inside a movie?

In the TV show Supernatural, Season 6, Episode 15, Sam and Dean find themselves pushed into an "alternate reality" where they are two actors acting in a TV show called Supernatural. And their names (...
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What is this vehicle during the filming of the bus flip in Terminator Genisys

In this "behind the scenes" footage, which shows how the bus flip was done, at 0:52 there is a strange vehicle that comes up alongside the bus: What is this? It appears to be a normal car enclosed ...
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Why do some movies originally shot on film have notably vivid reds and skin tones?

Many older movies seem to have vivid reds and particularly realistic or noticeable skin tones (they certainly seem to stand out from typical skin tones on TV or the majority of movies). This applies ...
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How is the “skid to a stop” cartoon stock sound effect done?

You know the one I'm talking about. A cartoon character is running, and then suddenly they have to stop, so they dig their heels in, lean back, and skid to a stop, accompanied by a rapid-fire series ...
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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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