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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 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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Did Murder She Wrote plan for a handsome young man in each episode?

I started re-watching Murder, She Wrote. When I started the second season, I realized that I was seeing a handsome young man in almost every episode. Sometimes it’s a bit character like a deputy, ...
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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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Where are scenes set in newspaper printing press rooms filmed?

For newspaper films, it seems de rigeur to have a scene shot in the printing press room. "The Post" (2017) is a recent example, with extensive printing scenes including close-ups of ...
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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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What Else Do News Anchors Do?

We all know news network anchors' primary job is to sit in front of the camera and conduct the news program. But surely that's not ALL they do. What else do anchors at news networks typically do on an ...
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Why was Live PD cancelled?

Instead of removing a show from the air because of racial inequality, why couldn't they just have a more diverse line-up? This is a popular show like COPS. Why did they cancel Live PD?
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Who decides precisely when a film will be released?

Who decides when a film is released? We know that the director and producer work in tandem, but who specifically, job role would be preferable here, decides precisely when a film will be released into ...
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Why do 90s movies often look noisy? [closed]

It is my impression that movies from around the 90s look more noisy than from other eras (in terms of picture quality, sorry I probably lack the proper terminology here). In particular, unlike what ...
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How does an online video on demand tv generate ROI [closed]

I've always wondered how online TV channels, either hosted on YouTube or on a website, guarantee return on investment, especially if the production budget is $20,000 and above
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How do production crews film people running down corridors in Star Trek?

In Star Trek, especially the newer series, the camera follows Captain Kirk, Spock, Michael Burnham, etc. running down corridors, turning left or right, and flying by people. It would be convenient if ...
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Why was the freeway set destroyed?

While The Matrix Reloaded was in pre production, the people involved in the movie couldn't find a suitable location for the car chase. So it was then decided to build their own freeway. This was great ...
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Why do they remove the rear view mirror in driving scenes?

In many driving scenes, in different shots of the same car some will show the mirror in place on the windshield, while in others it has obviously been removed. Mirrors are usually high enough they ...
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Difference in appearance of contrast by gender

Watching Casablanca, and I've realized something. Close-ups of Bogart appear to have high contrast, sharp features. And close-ups of Bergman are softer, lower contrast, almost fuzzy. This is ...
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Why are episodes still a thing?

I understand that shows intended for broadcast TV need to fit into a fixed-length slot in a schedule for a fixed number of weeks. However, with the rise of streaming services developing their own ...
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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’s the significance of this extra scope

In “It Comes At Night” (2017), Travis faces hallucinations throughout the movie. Whenever this happens, this second scope kicks in. This second scope also appears in the pre-climax scene, where Paul’...
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How does WWE earn money with an empty audience?

Due to COVID 19, WWE is hosting their shows with no audience. How does WWE earn money with an empty audience?
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Was Avenue 5 abruptly cancelled?

While I'm usually quite adverse to toilet humor, my love for satire and anything Sci-Fi got me to watch the first couple of episodes of Avenue 5. After a bit of a rocky start (IMHO), I started to ...
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How do Movies render text in different languages

Normally, when a movie is in English, every Text, every newspaper, etc is in English too. When it comes to dubbing, there is normally subtitles which translate the text, or it's read out loud by ...

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