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How does an online video on demand tv generate revenue or ROI

I've always wondered how online TV channels, either hosted on YouTube or on a website, generates revenue and 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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What does “all-new episode” mean?

Quite often, (maybe more often a few years ago than now) on an ad for a TV programme, the announcer will say something like, "Tonight: An all-new episode of The Simpsons!" My question is, what does ...
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How is this movie so close to current epidemic due to COVID-19? [closed]

I recently watched a movie Contagion (2011) starring some very high rated actors like Kate Winslet, Gwyneth Paltrow, Matt Damon, Lawrence Fishburne, Jude Law etc. It seems to have precisely predicted ...
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Why do the walls of the room disappear in this second shot?

In biographical drama movie The Two Popes (2019), there is a scene where Jorge Bergoglio argues with Father Yorio and Jalics in a closed room: In the second shot, Jurio leave the room with ...
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Why did the Philippines fall out of favor in the early 1970's for low budget film production aimed at the US?

The Philippines were a haven for budget film production by filmmakers such as Roger Corman in the late 1950s through to the early 1970's - what was the cause of the demise of a pretty steady pipeline ...
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Why does Songland have an audience behind the judges only part of the time?

I love the TV show Songland, but I am confused about the audience behind the judges. Sometimes during the show, there are no people behind the judges. (You can't see anybody, and when the judges clap ...
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How long are TV shows typically awaiting airing after completion, Star Trek: Picard in particular?

I'm watching Star Trek: Picard as it comes to air and have just seen a promo for it. The show is obviously presenting a story arc presumably spanning a whole season; judging by the pace of the two ...
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What is this star shape artifact in old cartoons?

I was recently watching some old Tom and Jerry episodes (40s-50s) and noticed the end of the episodes have a star shape symbol in the top right for only a few frames. I couldn't find a term for what ...
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Bullfighting is banned in Barcelona?

In the movie credits to Sean Penn's The Gunman (2015), it reads "Barcelona is an anti-bullfighting city and no bullfighting has taken place in the city since 2011". In the movie the climactic scene ...
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Why are stand-up comedians using corded microphones? [closed]

I've watched a smattering of Netflix productions of stand-up comedians from the last five years and I'm confused: Why are they using corded microphones on stage? I'm almost certain it's not for ...
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How do they avoid the cast and crew leaving tracks around the set of “The Revenant”?

In the 2015 movie The Revenant, Hugh Glass is seen in several shots alone in the snow. Now, we know that there are several other people out there with him working for the cast and crew. In some of ...
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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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Was Jenna Fischer actually drunk for the Chili's scenes or was she just acting drunk?

In The Office - S2:E1, "The Dundies": Was Jenna Fischer actually drunk for the Chili's scenes? Or was she just acting drunk?
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Why was Sense8 made as a series and not a feature film?

I recently discovered that one of my favorite sci-fi feature films, Limitless got a continuation as a series. Then I discovered a new sci-fi topic in Sense8, which is a series. It was created by ...
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How does making TV in the UK traditionally work, as opposed to the American-originated showrunner model? [closed]

I've seen a lot of references to the idea that the showrunner model is a very new concept to the UK, starting to be tried in the early 2000s and reaching popularity from its reasonably successful use ...
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Was the homosexuality angle added in It Chapter Two after the “gay Pennywise” drama?

After Netflix accidentally categorised It Chapter One under "gay films", there was a big meme about Pennywise being gay and dating the Babadook, and he ended up part of gay pride. Was that the reason ...
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Meaning of “See the man”

The classic show Adam-12, like Jack Webb's other show Dragnet, was exactingly precise in its portrayal of the police, and of police procedure. Shaaron Claridge, who played the dispatcher, was an ...
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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 were the gravity scenes filmed in the movie “Deep Impact”?

In the film Deep Impact the scenes where all the astronauts are inside the messiah spaceship seemed fairly realistic with gravity e.g. they moved slowly and floating etc. How did they film the ...
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How was the traffic scene filmed in the movie “Deep Impact”?

In the film Deep Impact there is a scene where they show people evacuating major cities with long highways full of traffic. How was this scene created?
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What happened to the BBC Atlantis TV Show?

This series was really interesting, but the Season Two finale left me expecting a new season. Later, I found that the TV show was stopped. So is there any possibility of season 3 release?
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Why is the Titans tower not T-shaped in the Titans TV show on DC Universe?

In the cartoons, the Titans Tower is T-shaped. In the DC Universe TV show Titans, it's just a normal building owned by Bruce Wayne. I understand that it's not always possible to translate everything ...
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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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Why the highlighted outline in animated cartoons?

I've often seen in animated cartoons like Doraemon or any other anime that an object in the background that is about to move or do some movement is highlighted explicitly. Which makes it easy to ...
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When was the first adult film ever made?

I was curious if anyone happens to maybe know when the first adult porno video was made on record? I was wondering how that might come about and what was the idea backing it versus how it is now?
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Were the upside-down airplane passengers played by extras or by stunt people?

Typically in movies, most of the passengers on an airplane are played by extras. A few will be cast or costumed to be a "type", and some may have lines and get paid more, but most are just poorly-paid ...
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How much of a gamble was The Lord of the Rings trilogy? [closed]

It still feels astounding to me that a studio would green-light a 3 film fantasy series to be shot back to back, especially with a then relatively unproven producer-director in Peter Jackson. Of ...
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Why did Friends stop being produced

Although it ended more than 15 years ago, Friends is still my favorite show. I think many agree it is a very successful show that has brought laughter and joy to the audience, and money and fame for ...
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Did Alita make enough for a sequel? [closed]

Its budget according to google said it was 200 million. Worldwide in the box office it made over 400 million but I keep finding articles that say it may break even or even be a loss? How is that ...
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How do they shoot accident scenes in movies in public areas?

Recently I watched M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story, there is a scene where Priyanka Jha is killed in a car accident: Looks like this scene was shot in public areas. In reality, people panic and may call ...
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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 - that show ...
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How do different directors work together on a single episode?

I know why there are several reasons for hiring different directors for different episodes. (Eg: some directors are better at action scenes and other at drama) But I wanna know how do they do it? ...
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Which people get paid in Million Dollar Listing?

The reality TV series Million Dollar Listing shows a lot of people: the main real estate agents agents that they negotiate with agents who come to their open houses real estate developers clients and ...
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Do they still use tiger roars in the 2019 “Lion King” movie?

In the original Lion King movie, the lion's roars (or at least Mufasa's) was not actually a lion's roar; it was a combination of other sounds. From the wikia: The roar that Mufasa roars offscreen ...
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On what story arc is the Swamp Thing based on?

On which story arc the Swamp Thing (2019) series on DC streaming based? It shows the story of Alec Holland but in the comics the story is different. So, what are the changes made for the series?
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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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Why did “Star Trek” shift, as a franchise, from being a NBC thing (1960s) to being first-run syndicated (and eventually UPN) in its revival?

I always wondered why a show associated with CBS these days, was originally on NBC, in its original 1960s Broadcast. And why TNG, Deep Space Nine, and Voyager ended up on syndicated (for the first two)...
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Shooting films silently and adding the sound afterwards

I read that some films were shot completely silent. The talking and sound was added afterwards. This allowed actors to speak in their own language (different for different actors) and the director to ...
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Did “Raiders of the Lost Ark” have a deleted scene with a Nazi soldier killing an hostage?

I have a faint recollection of reading that a scene was filmed for Raiders of the Lost Ark where a sympathetically portrayed German soldier was ordered to kill a hostage by his Nazi superior. This ...
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Why were movies shot on film shot at 24 frames per second?

Title says it all! Nowadays, everything is digital, frame rates vary and are displayed properly by media playback devices depending on need, requirement or desire. But back before quality digital ...

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