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Why are some actors uncredited in certain films?

Eli Wallach appears in Mystic River. Olivia Williams plays a role in X-Men: The Last Stand. However, neither of them (according to IMDb) is credited in the movie. These two instances are simply ...
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Why are two such similar movies being made at the same time?

Everybody perhaps knows of Jon Favreau's movie The Jungle Book which is going to be released in 2016. But quite recently I learned (and to my utter surprise) that another Jungle book movie is coming ...
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How are dual-role films shot?

How are dual/double role films shot in which the actor is shown on the screen at the same time in the same or different z-index planes and are in a fight scene in which one actor is punching the other,...
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What is this “colour template/effect”?

I don't know if "colour template" is the word for that. What I mean is the colour of the movies, especially Globet of Fire and the ones after it, seemed to be very dark but also with so much depth to ...
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Why does the Amazing Spider-Man not have the natural power to shoot web?

I have been watching Spider-Man movies from the start. The recent movie I watched was The Amazing-Spider Man. But the difference I found in this movie and the last one was that, in this movie the ...
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What is the reason for choosing Mary Jane over the Gwen Stacy in the 2002 Spider-Man movie?

As per the original storyline of Spider-Man Gwen Stacy is the first serious love of Peter Parker (Betty Brant is the first relationship of him which never worked). Then why did Marvel/Columbia ...
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How do they shoot Dual-Roles where camera is moving or both characters interact?

I was wondering how they shoot dual-roles in movies and after searching found an answer; I knew some of this before, but I have seen movies where: The Camera is moving. The actor is shaking hands or ...
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Two magician films released nearly the same time.. any connection? [duplicate]

Both The Illusionist and The Prestige are about turn of the century performing magicians, and were released not even two months apart from each other; the former was released September 1st, 2006, and ...
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Do they really have sex in movies?

Many times in movies (especially Hollywood), actors and actresses are shown having intercourse (not talking about pornographic films). Do they really do this? Or fake it? That's really up to the ...
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Why did Warner Bros spend $25 million to CGI out Henry Cavill's mustache?

After scrolling on Twitter loads of people have tweeted about how Warner Bros. spent $25 million worth of CGI used to remove Henry Cavill's mustache in Justice League. For example: Anyway back to ...
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Why are 3D films so dark?

Why are 3D films so dark? I watched Brave yesterday and the film was so dark (light wise) in places that it was hard to make out what was happening. Why are 3D films darker than 2D films and does it ...
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What does a movie producer do?

I'm curious about what role the producer plays in the production of a movie. I understand that it's the person in charge, but that's all I know. What are the responsibilities of a movie producer?
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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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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 do they make horses fall down in war movies?

I have seen horses falling down many times in war movies while running. How do they make horses fall down in war movies? Are they highly trained to know fall down at some place or some barriers are ...
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How do filmmakers avoid offending actors when casting?

Almost all characters in films necessitate actors who have certain features before makeup and costumes fill in the gaps. The role of James Bond, for instance, necessarily calls for a tall, handsome ...
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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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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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Does the producer demand to have the trick explained before hand, privately?

I watched an episode of Penn & Teller: Fool Us where a magician fools Penn and Teller and the only explanation that seems possible to anyone is that the randomly chosen audience member involved is ...
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How do they make a huge crowd in a movie?

We usually see a huge crowd in a movie: In scenes in war movies having a huge crowd, where you'll have an army force with costumes In musical shows set in a movie, games like football, cricket, or ...
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Is clapping the clapper just tradition at this point?

As I understand, modern film and audio are synced using SMPTE timecode which is embedded in the metadata of the respective source files. Modern clappers also display the timecode, but they still have ...
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Is the story of the Prince of Persia movie purely based on the titular video game?

I heard that Prince of Persia: The sands of time movie was based on the Prince of Persia: The sands of time video game. However in the wiki article it is said: Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time ...
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How does ADR work?

How does ADR (Automated Dialogue Replacement) work? There's an entry in Wikipedia that says what it is (essentially actors dubbing their lines in post production, sometimes requiring several takes) ...
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What is the reason behind the multiple Spider-Man reboots? [duplicate]

Spider-Man is the one franchise that is on course to a third reboot in a span of 15 years. My question is what was the reason for these numerous reboots of Spider-Man which pretty much follow the ...
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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 are laugh tracks only used in TV series but not in movies?

Note the word "only" which makes my question different question from this one. If you see the Mr Bean TV series you will hear background laughs (a laugh track), but in Bean (the movie) there is no ...
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Why did filmmakers need permission to film in black and white?

According to IMDb, Producer Mel Brooks needed to obtain permission to film The Elephant Man in black and white. This film was executive produced by Mel Brooks, who was responsible for hiring ...
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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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Why do TV comedy programs have laugh tracks?

In the early days of TV people used to go to theaters and enjoy vaudeville where there was a live audience. TV programs in the early days were mostly recorded in front of a live audience so the ...
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How are the Iron Man suit scenes filmed?

In all three movies, you see Downey Jr (as Tony Stark, and occasionally Cheadle as Rhodes/War Machine) in the namesake suit, either completely covered, or with the head open or having the suit put on/...
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Was the ending to “How I Met Your Mother” planned from the start?

In How I Met Your Mother, Ted tells his kids the lengthy story of his life during his twenties and thirties. His "official" intention is to tell them, as per the title, how he met their mother. In ...
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Was Bane's dialogue spoken during filming or dubbed in during post?

In the film The Dark Knight Rises, Bane wears a mask that covers the bottom half of his face. This obscures his mouth and jaw such that it's pretty hard to tell when the actor is actually speaking. ...
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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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Do they really drink or eat when shooting movies?

Many times in movies and TV shows characters are showed as eating or drinking activities (water, beverages, alcohol). If a shoot takes many retakes, then the actors will not want to eat after going ...
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How does this studio(?) hierarchy work

In the beginning of every Hollywood movie, I can see like 3-5 studios(?) being listed with their logos (animated of course). How does this work? Why are there so many?
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Was Sharknado planned as a trash movie?

I just watched the movie Sharknado and I wondered myself, if this movie was planned as a Trash-Movie or if this 'just happened'. There are so many really strange scenes, cuts, dialogs etc. so that I ...
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Are there union rules requiring stunt performers, and what does this mean for action stars who “do their own stunts”?

In an answer to this question, it is mentioned offhand: There are almost no "live shots" of this as it is technically a stunt and according to union rules ( at least in Hollywood) that requires a ...
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How do they make bloodshot eyes in movies?

I have seen tons of make-up tutorials on cuts, bruises, bullet wounds etc., but could not find much information on how bloodshot eyes are made in movies.
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Is Amazon Videos a profitable business and how? [closed]

A great number of shows and series are available "freely" to subscribers of services like Amazon Prime, etc. Among these shows, many seem to have been produced exclusively for this platform, and even ...
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Why does snow appear to go up in movies?

I have noticed in many movies, including Gladiator and Kingdom of Heaven, that when snow is shown it often appears to behave differently to snow in real life going sideways or upwards. This can be ...
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Did The Revenant movie team kill animals for the movie?

I found this article claiming that Leonardo DiCaprio really ate raw bison liver and slept inside of dead animals for the filming of The Revenant (2015). Yet I never heard a single complaint, e.g. from ...
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Is Lady Stoneheart's absence from the show explained?

Lady Stoneheart does not appear in the show, despite being in the recent novels of A Song of Ice and Fire. Have the writers or the producers of the show explained this choice?
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Why was Hodor renamed in the TV show?

In the Song of Ice and Fire books, we learn early on that Hodor's real name is Walder. However, in Season 6 episode 02 of Game of Thrones, we learn in a flashback that his name is Wylis. There are ...
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Was Cobra Kai influenced by How I Met Your Mother?

In How I Met Your Mother a recurring joke was that Barney "doesn't get movies", so in the Karate Kid he roots for Johnny Lawrence whom he claims to be the actual karate kid. Later, Robin organizes a ...
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How does an average (non-star) actor's pay work?

An average actor, (according to the SAG?) makes scale. What is scale? Is it hourly pay? paid per picture? Are there any residuals? Benefits? Retirement?
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Why not shoot movies with stereoscopic 3d cameras instead?

Isn't it easier (and way cheaper seeing 3d conversion runs in the millions for a full movie) to just shoot a movie using stereoscopic cameras instead of creating a shallow 3d effect via post ...
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What was the first film or television show that used computer generated credits?

I imagine, but do not know for sure, that in the early days of film and television, credits were filmed on a second reel and added to the production after the fact. Historically, what was the first ...
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Why do most characters have perfect, white teeth even if the film's setting makes them unlikely? [closed]

I understand the premium that's placed on perfectly straight pearly white teeth in American society (or at least I think I do) but one thing that really irks me is the dental perfection on display in ...
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Why is the break-even point for movies usually twice the budget?

The break-even point is supposed to be where the cost and revenue are roughly equal so as to avoid loss, hence a movie would break even when it has made as about the same money as its production (and ...
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Why are “audience decides what happens”-movies not a thing? [closed]

When I was a kid, I used to read those books where, at certain points in the book, you'd be given a choice, essentially control over what the characters should do, or what should happen to them, and ...