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Do fictional tv shows ever have multiple characters with the same names?

After googling characters from several shows. I never had to specify which character. It seems like shows make sure to name every character uniquely. This of course makes sense, especially if you ...
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On a multicam show, who has access to the full script?

On a scripted multicam show that is shot live, such as a sitcom, which members of the production typically have access to the full script? Obviously the writers do, since they created the script. And ...
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How do the Whale Web Cams on Revenge TV Series work?

On the TV Series Revenge Nolan has has those awesome little cameras in the shape of a whale. I know the series is fictional, but they way he uses them in terms of spying - you can't do that unless ...
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Why was there an intermission?

Why was the intermission put in Once Upon A Time In America, the 3h49m version? Was it an artistic choice, to make a break in the movie, or was it placed there to make a break in the cinemas for the ...
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What happens if a director of a movie under production suddenly dies?

If a director dies while their movie is under production - for example, the director had a sudden heart attack, what will happen to the movie? Will it still be produced and be in cinemas, or become ...
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Where did Lucas get the money to finish Star Wars?

An interesting facet of the production of Star Wars (1977) is that it was very heavily edited; in fact, it even won an Academy award for editing. A lot of the original raw film was terrible, and the ...
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How many KITTs were destroyed during production of the '80s Knight Rider series?

I'm re-watching the original '80s Knight Rider series. I've noticed that numerous times, after taking a big jump, KITT comes down at a pretty severe angle--but the shot always cuts away before you see ...
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What is the job title of the person who is responsible for finding songs and securing their rights?

What is the name of a person who is responsible for finding songs and getting the rights to play them in TV shows and/or movies? Some songs are just perfect for the show.
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Was the choice of music part of the creation of silent films?

As I understand it, the music that accompanied silent films in the 1920s was done by having an organist or possibly an orchestra pit in the theaters, playing live music while the audience watched the ...
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What happens financially when prepaid actor can't fulfill film role?

In a particular novel, a very popular actress has accepted a leading role in a blockbuster sequel, and receives a very hefty salary (over $10 million) paid in advance. Just before filming starts, she ...
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Why does “No-one ever get it in the first take”?

After the myriad comments under my answer to the recent question Did Hugh Jackman really tattoo his own finger with a pen in The Fountain? I thought this may work as a separate question. So, what is ...
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Would the full unedited film of a movie made in 1930 still exist somewhere?

Suppose that a movie was made in 1930. Would the unedited film of that movie still exist somewhere and can be retrieved?
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How do movie studios protect themselves from being sued by people who tried to replicate dangerous stunts?

Many incidents occur when kids see things on TV or in movies and try to replicate them in real life. This article gives many examples. As a result many ads now have the disclaimer "Do not try ...
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Why do we almost never see footage of actors later fired from a production?

Last week I got the three-disc “Complete Dossier” version of Apocalypse Now. I watched the movie and the bonus features. At one point in the bonus features someone was explaining that Harvey Keitel ...
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Do the series “Devs” and “Tales from the Loop” have any connection in terms of who worked on it?

I recently watched "Devs", and now just started watching "Tales from the Loop". What struck me immediately is how both have the same feel. Tranquil scenes, dominated by nature. ...
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Why the new Netflix hit series “Lupin” stops abruptly at episode 5 (/7)?

The new Netflix series "Lupin" seems pretty successful, and its season 1 is supposed to count 7 episodes (released 3 days ago) according to IMDb. But for some reasons, the last episode ...
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Are the driving scenes in the Office filmed while the actors are driving?

There is this question that has answers - How do they film scenes with the actors driving in a car?. But it is really more about stunts and more aggressive driving. My kids are watching The Office ...
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Why was the show The Mentalist moved from Sacramento to Austin?

Most of the show The Mentalist happens in California (in particular Sacramento). In Season 6, the characters move from CBI to FBI, moving from Sacramento to Austin, Texas. In "the real world"...
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How do comedy and news shows get access to so many clips from other networks' shows?

Watching a show like Last Week Tonight or any of the evening cable shows, I have often wondered how they get access to all the video clips they show (or montage). Are there video broadcast capture ...
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What's the term and production process for a teaser consisting of clips from the show?

In television production, a teaser or cold open is a short sequence that runs before the opening credits. Teasers are designed to grab the audience's attention, usually (for narrative shows such as ...
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Why were The Matrix 2 and The Matrix 3 released in the same year?

The Matrix 2 and The Matrix 3 are huge R-rated movies. Why did the Wachowskis choose to release these two movies in the same year? I think the Matrix series is the only series which released two ...
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Why is an Apple product used by the villain in London Has Fallen?

In an interview with Vanity Fair, (video on YouTube), the director of Knives Out, Rian Johnson, said that: Apple... they let you use iPhones in movies but — and this is very pivotal if you’re ever ...
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Where does the ZNN footage come from on NCIS?

I’m rewatching the DC-based version of NCIS, and I noticed that (at least during the older episodes) that there are TV screens behind several agents’ desks, and that they seem to constantly show the ...
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Was there a TV show that returned for another season after declared as finished? [closed]

TV shows usually run for several seasons (might also be one), then finished, with the production company officially declaring there won't be more seasons. Fair enough. However, I wonder if there were ...
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How do actors signal that they are not playing? [duplicate]

An actor is playing a character who is in danger. He is screaming at the top of his lungs: "Help me! Help me! I'm in danger!" Then, for whatever reason, the actor gets in actual danger, like ...
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Why is the TV show “Tehran” filmed in Athens?

The Israeli TV series "Tehran," set in that city, is filmed in Athens, Greece. I can understand why filming in Tehran would be politically impossible. But why did they choose Athens as their ...
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Why are there so many versions of “Criminal:[country]”?

Netflix recently advertised a new criminal series called "Criminal: United Kingdom". The series is really minimalist - shot in two rooms (and a bit of corridor)*, 50 minutes long episodes - ...
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Who is the guy on Abso Lutely Productions vanity card?

Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim are comedians with lots of shows on Adult Swim. Their production company is Abso Lutely Productions. Their shows often have a vanity card at the end of an episode. In ...
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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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Why are some scenes of a movie shot in public places?

Tetsujin pointed out in his/her answer (towards the end) about a Batman spoiler that had been leaked by public. It is one of the underlying points that fuel the question. What is the need/requirement ...
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What, exactly, changed with the Cats update?

I've seen a ton of articles about Cats receiving an update shortly after release, and based on recent videos the release actually took place, but I can't find any actual changes more specific than the ...
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How is secrecy maintained in movie production?

In movies such as those of MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) or those that have thrilling, suspenseful elements, how is secrecy ensured in the internal team. I have assumed till now that internal team ...
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Animals on movie sets - the cat in The Hateful Eight

In The Hateful Eight, chapter five, when a few more people arrive at Minnie's Haberdashery we can see a cat wandering around. It is most likely that they didn't kill him, and that he is hiding for ...
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What happened to the cut 44 minutes of The Magnificent Ambersons?

Does anyone really know what happened to the missing 44 minutes of Orson Welles’ “The Magnificent Ambersons”? Were they saved somewhere in an RKO vault and forgotten*, or left on the cutting room ...
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What is the difference between USD 38M and USD 120M CGI?

Watching Vin Diesel's Riddick (2013) was a jarring experience in many ways not least because of the quality of the CGI used. It could be best described as having a mid-2000s videogame-y feel to it. ...
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Who chooses the Music Supervisor or Composer for a movie production

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Filmmaking In any new movie production process, who selects the music supervisor or composer of their new film? Is it the Director, the Producer(s) or a joint decision ...
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Why are production values on 70's US shows so low? [closed]

Television shows aired in the United States during the broadcast network pre-cable area often had huge audiences, by today's standards. Throughout the 1970's, one ratings point in prime time often ...
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Why is the HBO “stinger” sound a semitone lower in English than in German?

I have been watching a number of HBO shows (Game of Thrones, Westworld, Watchmen, and The Plot Against America) on Sky Ticket in the last few years, and I noticed something curious about the "...
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How is a desired result in a horse race produced in a movie?

The plot of the movie calls for the horse of the hero/heroine to come in first, the villain's to come in second, and a third party's horse to come in third. How would they make this come about in the ...
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How was The Sopranos title sequence changed after September 11th, 2001?

The Sopranos original title sequence featured a prominent view of Lower Manhattan and the World Trade Center reflected in the passenger mirror of Tony Soprano's Chevrolet Suburban. The accompanying ...
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Is episode S09E03 a comment on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia's success at the awards?

In the 3rd episode of the 9th season of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia "The Gang Tries Desperately to Win an Award" for the best bar. While the show is not particularly famous for referencing ...
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Why were the later films of The Chronicles Of Narnia never filmed?

The Chronicles of Narnia written by C.S.Lewis consist of a seven book series, among which only the first three were adapted for filming. Why were the next parts not made? I pretty much liked that ...
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To what extent did Crazy Rich Asians get subsidized by the Singaporian Government?

From what I can tell from interviews and such, Crazy Rich Asians was somewhat subsidized by the Singaporian Government. No Film School says that films can be subsidized up to 50 percent, but I can’t ...
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Is there any movie with a laugh track?

I understand laugh track (canned laughter) is mostly added to sitcoms citing reasons that it induces laughter (or laughter at the right moment) in the viewer as he/she is not with a crowd. But just ...
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Why didn't Rami wear colored contact lenses in Bohemian Rhapsody?

In the movie Bohemian Rhapsody actor Rami Malek is portraying Freddie Mercury, brilliantly, if I may add. Rami and the crew put a lot of effort to make him look and act like Freddie. He had singing ...
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How much of the “Box Office” amount does the studio get?

Quite often when rating a film's success, the numbers often quoted are the budget of the film vs the amount earned at the Box Office. However, the money made at the Box Office is the total ticket ...
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Why doesn't the Blu-Ray specification allow for custom resolutions? [closed]

Why does the Blu-ray specification only allow for a fixed set of resolutions instead of defining an upper bound on resolution? If arbitrary resolutions were allowed it would solve two problems: ...
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Why Are Some Movies and Television Shows Still Being Cropped (Pan and Scan) To Fill a Television Screen?

Sometimes the aspect ratio of a movie or television show doesn't match the aspect ratio of the television or viewing device. The solution to this is either letterboxing or cropping (pan and scan). One ...
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Why plan a movie in space instead of using CGI technology (visual effects)?

Recently I heard that NASA confirmed their plan to work with Tom Cruise and Elon Musk's SpaceX on a film that would be shot in outer space. I was amazed with Hollywood CGI effects shown in recent ...
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Why do these shots from a 2005 Doctor Who episode look blurry?

I am catching up on some earlier episodes of the modern Doctor Who series and I am a little shocked how badly they aged. Putting soundtrack, monsters, special effects and such aside, I want to focus ...

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