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Questions tagged [production]

For questions related to the process of producing a film or a TV show.

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What is the percentage in profit that Tom Hanks got paid for Forrest Gump? [on hold]

I can't find the exact number, my guess is something around 10%?
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What would be more profitable in the long run… a Movie, or a TV series? [on hold]

We all know that blockbuster movies are profitable. But what about a long running series? You have the initial airing, and reruns, all of those commercials, DVDs, and so-on. We never hear how ...
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How are children prepared when they have to swear [duplicate]

In Stranger Things Season 2, the young actors fought to use curse words, and in Kick-Ass Chloe Moretz admitted her parents gave her permission to swear as well. When the script is written and given ...
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Why did they pick the title 'Tangled'?

I heard that Disney wanted to have a gender neutral movie name for Rapunzel story to target boys too but why did they end up with Tangled? Did they ever address how they ended up choosing this name?
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Why do old gun fight scenes sound so weird and cartoonish?

In older movies (pre-90's), many gun fight scenes have cartoon sounds. I can almost imagine the scene drawn and the words KAPOING, POW, ZOINK being shown. Here's an example from 007. ...
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Why do low production studios intentionally release similar films shortly after a big banner?

Two movies with almost same name and plot are released together. Overlord (2018) was released on 9 November 2018 in USA and produced by J.J.Abrams who is a well known director and producer in ...
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How do filmmakers avoid getting blood splattered on the camera lens in battle scenes?

While I was recently watching some of the battle scenes in Outlaw King (2018) I found myself wondering how they avoided getting blood all over the camera. The battles are particularly bloody in that ...
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Simulated (dry) quicksand

I've been watching the original Lost in Space series (1965). In at least a couple of episodes, a character would fall or get pulled into "quicksand". In each case, the material is obviously dry - upon ...
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Why was “Superman Returns” filmed in Sydney, Australia? [closed]

Is there a specific reason why Superman Returns was shot in Sydney, Australia? You can tell because some locations are obviously Sydney, Australia.
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What did Monty Python's live studio audience see?

The television series Monty Python's Flying Circus was shot in front of a live studio audience. It includes live sketches on a stage or set, and the audience can be heard laughing. However, much of ...
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What Was With that Med School? [closed]

I just got done watching Flatliners. What was with that medical school? It looked like it was falling apart. Then the main building they were performing the experiment in was under major ...
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Was the age of the students a factor in the filming of the Harry Potter films?

Watching the Harry Potter films you gradually see Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint get older as if matching to the year they are in Hogwarts. For filming, were the ages of the students ...
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Why does MCU and Netflix MCU differ so much in showing graphic content?

Disney has strict rules on showing graphic content in its movies. We see a lot less blood even if a character falls from a great height. But Marvel shows, especially on Netflix, have a lot of graphic ...
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Why did this character leave the Lethal Weapon tv series?

Why was the character killed off the Lethal Weapon tv series after only 2 seasons? It seemed sudden and rushed and given the importance of the character to the movie franchise it doesn't really make ...
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Release of Divergent: Ascendant [closed]

Is there any definitive knowledge on whether the 4th Divergent movie (Divergent: Ascendant) is going to be released? I have heard that it was shelved, and I have also heard that it is going to be ...
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How actors control themselves during steamy scenes with actresses?

I've seen in many Hollywood movies, actors kiss and grab actresses' breasts in sexual way but from many answers here I'm convinced that they don't do sex really. But then I thought that just groping ...
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When recording on film, how does the crew see the footage?

When recording on film, the crew cannot review the footage straight away, as film needs developing. In addition, the director cannot actually see what the camera is recording, as it is recording onto ...
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Where do movie producers find actors with specific looks or personality?

Are there any national/global online databases or is this more of a regional business since actors can be flown in, but most people are extras who have to be "sourced" locally?
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Is there connection between “Getaway” (1994) and “Real McCoy”?

I notice that both movies have McCoy lead character: Getaway (1994): Carter "Doc" McCoy and his wife Carol Real McCoy (1993): Karen McCoy The names are somewhat similar (Carol/Karen) and also, ...
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Why did Bigg Boss take a long gap between season 2 and season 1?

The Indian reality show Bigg Boss was a big hit when it premiered on Sony in 2006 which concluded in January 2007. But to my surprise, Bigg Boss 2 was aired on a different network channel on 17 August ...
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Why was Roberto “Bob” Orci fired from Star Trek Beyond?

Roberto Bob Orci is an execute producer and writer, whom previously co-wrote with Alexander Kurtzman for their K/O Paper Products Production Company and often collaborated with JJ Abrams/Bad Robot ...
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Why is Thugs of Hindostan misspelt?

India is also known as Bharat & Hindustan in the Indian Subcontinent. The upcoming Aamir Khan, Amitabh Bachchan movie is titled Thugs of Hindostan. It is set in 1700 India under British rule. ...
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What happens to the costumes after a production finishes?

I just saw the movie The Eagle (2011) and found it interesting in that the costumes and armor were very historically accurate. It must have taken quite an effort to do the research and make all those ...
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Are TV Producers and Youtubers allowed to use Hidden Cameras without consent?

In a video form the Phillip DeFranco Show "Shane Dawson Hidden Camera Concern, Rod Rosenstein Confusion, Telltale Games Shutdown, & More..." (24 Sep 2018) Phillip DeFranco talks about concerns ...
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How do low-budget films go about movie ratings when they want to distribute globally?

Imagine a low-budget production that will be running on multiple festivals and cinemas around the world. After the theatrical tour they'll start home distribution through DVD/BD, VOD and SVOD (like ...
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Why wasn't VAN HALEN's music in Back to the Future?

Why did the band VAN HALEN deny the request to use their music in Back to the Future while Edward Van Halen secretly recorded music for the movie? From USA Today (emphasis mine): ...the cassette ...
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For singing parts filled in post, do actors on set lip-sync or sing it loud? [closed]

When the final release of a big-budget film will use sound-studio audio for a vocal piece in post-production, are the actors on set encouraged to lip-synch to a recording that is played during filming,...
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Which comes first in song-and-dance movies: The soundtrack or the video?

In big-budget movies like the Pitch Perfect trilogy that are full of cast singing and dancing to sound-studio tracks, including close-ups with no obvious "lip-synching" breaks: When the actors are ...
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Does Disney now own Howard the Duck, and why?

Howard the Duck is considered one of the worst films of all time. It was based on a Marvel Comics character, made into a movie by George Lucas in 1986. The movie was a failure both critically and ...
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Who designed the original Star Trek's communicator? [closed]

The communicator in the original Star Trek TV series is very similar in design to a flip phone? Was there product development done for the communicator before it was made? Who designed and created the ...
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Do broadcasting authorities care about international offensive language?

I've noticed how a recent survey by Ofcom (the UK communications regulator) exploring attitudes with language seem to only concern about British swear words (offensive and vulgar language). However, ...
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A movie comes with a title, a country and a year. What is the meaning of the country?

This is about the meta data of movies. As far as I know the given year is the year in which the movie was first screened. But what does the given country mean? The country in which it was filmed? ...
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Why is it so common for characters to be renamed to avoid same first initials?

I was reading the Wikipedia page for The Magicians, doubtless one of the most reliable sources of information on the internet, and ran into a section naming the characters informing the reader of "...
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Why is the last scene (right before and including the end credits) often worse quality in transfers of older films?

I've noticed it in both DVD and Blu-ray transfers of older movies (for example a few spaghetti westerns). Throughout the movie, the transfer quality is very good, and at the last scene (when there is ...
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Does every episode of Would I Lie to You? follow the same pattern?

I recently discovered Would I Lie to You and it's very entertaining. However, after watching about 20 different situations, I feel like there's a pattern. Lee and David are always the ones who are ...
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Why was “City of Lies” pulled from theaters a month before release?

Johnny Depp's movie City Of Lies was pulled from release recently, a month before premiere. What was the rationale for such a move?
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Does NASA make any money from space documentaries and movies?

There is this question on Space SE: Are NASA Space Programs Government funded only or at times financed by publishing books as well? It make me wonder if NASA makes or has made any money off the ...
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Why was “Superman IV: The Quest for Peace” shot in England?

I've recently noticed that in Superman 4 some of the Settings of New York City look like England. Why didn't they shoot in New York City?
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Are there any movies with binaural recording?

Basically a binaural recording is an audio fragment that is recorded as if the device had two ears, simulating human properties. Whenever you hear a sound that is, say, coming from the left, you don't ...
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What's usually the effective visual resolution of typical Hollywood Movies?

I'm really surprised by the quality of the visuals in some new movies this year (2018). I'm curious to know in what resolution these cameras typically record to experience this quality on a cinema ...
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Why was actress Savitri's biopic Mahanati titled differently in Tamil?

Actress Savitri's biopic Mahanati is a Telugu movie. The movie was also simultaneously shot in Tamil and was released as Nadigaiyar Thilagam. As far as I know, the two films have the same screenplay ...
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Why are movies different from the book? [duplicate]

Book based movies have a tendency not to be as it is in the book. What are the most common reasons that movies change the script to be different from the original book? Are book based movies today ...
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Shinkai had to stop working on Your Name (Kimi no Na wa), what was left incomplete or unbalanced?

According to the Wikipedia article on Makotot Shinkai's Your Name: Despite the praise he received, Makoto Shinkai insisted that the film is not as good as it could have been: "There are things we ...
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Was Jennifer Aniston really naked in front of the Friends audience?

A live audience attended the studio to watch the making of Friends. (https://www.quora.com/Are-sitcoms-like-Friends-and-HIMYM-really-recorded-in-front-of-an-audience-Are-the-laughs-original, http://...
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Production time between episodes of Back in Time For Dinner?

We've been following the Australian version of Back in Time for Dinner on the ABC, and got to wondering how much real time elapses over the season. Each decade/episode is obviously recorded over a ...
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Why does Firefly include a scene with a missing yoke?

In the first episode of Firefly (Serenity), there's a scene where Serenity escapes from a pursuing Reaver ship. After they get away, there's a brief shot of Wash and Zoey while the other crew members ...
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I think a book I didn't write would make a great movie - What can I do? [closed]

I'm a novel writer (unpublished, but soon to write my first real novel). I've skimmed the surface of screenwriting, just enough to know that I would far rather write novels. I recently came across a ...
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How long is a movie? [closed]

Is there a length of time in which a movie is not a movie? Is there point where the movie is to long to be a movie? I am looking for some kind of table.
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Movie sponsorship [closed]

Can an organization sponsor the entire production of a movie especially when the movie is revolving around its brand?
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Why didn't the producers offer Ridley Scott the chance to direct the 2nd Alien movie?

Alien (1979) was directed by Ridley Scott, but after that in 1986 Aliens was written and directed by James Cameron. Why didn't the studio offer Ridley Scott the chance to direct the 2nd Alien movie?