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How do they shoot the shotgun scene?

In the first episode of Mindhunter, the hostage negotiation unceremoniously ends when the hostage taker shoots himself in the face with a shotgun. This is a pretty realistic looking visual effect and ...
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How is a movie production organized?

There are an astounding number of names in movie credits. Last weekend I saw a "blockbuster" movie and there must have been several hundred names. Beyond those in the credits, I assume many staff go ...
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Was the Chai Sutta Chronicles season 2 retcon pre-planned or is it based on response to the prequel?

I recently watched TVF's Chai Sutta Chronicles S02E01, and they just retcon everything established in Chai Sutta Chronicles 2.0 Prequel - The Pursuit of Sadness. Now the prequel episode just made ...
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Do they really finish plateful of food?

In The Big Bang Theory, characters often talk over dinner. Most of the time, it is 4-7 main characters, each with a plateful of food and more on the table. Other times, there are extras having food in ...
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Is it plagiarism if 2 heroes from 2 different movies have same power

I wonder if it is considered as plagiarism, if 2 heroes from 2 different movies have the same power or such. For example, Storm from Marvel X-Men is well-known by her powers to control weather and so ...
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Just how is a movie/film piece certified?

How does certifying a movie work? Deciding if it will be realised as: U (for all) or P.G. Etc. Do we know anything (other than what you see on the back of a standard DVD case) about the different ...
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How do productions like Stranger Things or other similarly “not modern but still within recent memory” productions acquire period props?

For productions like Game of Thrones or The Hobbit, I assume prop and dress production is relatively easy -- While we have drawings and paintings, no one is alive who remembers what people wore in the ...
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What was 1969's La caduta degli dei (AKA The Damned) original language?

I'm trying to find out the original language version of Luchino Visconti's film La caduta degli dei (Götterdämmerung). Both Wikipedia and IMDB list it as "English, German", but I have seen the german ...
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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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Are the “shock” double firings in The Apprentice pre-ordained?

Every now and again, in The Apprentice, Alan Sugar will shock us all with a double firing making for exciting TV, but my question is about whether this is a little contrived. TV schedules are ...
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Why did Game of Thrones only have 7 episodes in season 7?

Why did Game of Thrones only have 7 episodes in season 7? Usually they have 10 episodes per season.
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Why weren't the police cars in their official colors?

Recently I watched the movie The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017) and was intrigued by the location setting in Europe and especially Amsterdam. What I noticed as a local was that the pattern used on the ...
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Why do movie teams shoot alternate endings?

From this question, Which was the first movie with alternate ending? These alternate endings are a special type of deleted scene. In other cases, ideas that were presented but discarded early on ...
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Physiological changes in Klingons between Star Trek TNG and Star Trek Discovery

My question is extremely similar to this one. I grew up watching Star Trek: The Next Generation, thus I always took it for granted that Klingons look like this: Now I'm watching the brand-new Star ...
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How often do Bad Robot television series reuse sets/filming locations for completely different in-universe locations? [closed]

As per recent television standards, and by recent I mean in the last 25 years or so, how often will an earlier Bad Robot TV series (everything but LOST, because they re-used the Island/beach locations ...
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How do they cost effectively film the scenes where James Franco plays 2 roles?

In The Deuce James Franco plays both Vincent and Frank Martino. Sometimes this requires both brothers to be in the same scene. Usually in these cases only one of the brothers is actually in the shot, ...
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How do film producers and crews film movies based on entire or just a proportion of towns and cities (real cities and towns)?

This has baffled me as to what film producers do to film a movie or an episode based on an entire city. Examples of this is as seen in the movie Day after tommorrow where a tsunami hits the city ...
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How does movie music staff know all the less known songs?

Let's take for example Lucifer. In episode 10, season 1 there's a scene and some music plays in the background. After googling the lyrics I found this song. It has less than 30 thousand views and I ...
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Are (literal) cliff hangers still used as cliffhangers?

The first recorded cliffhanger (sudden dramatic plot changes at the end of an episode, with the intention of encouraging the audience to view the next episode) was Thomas Hardy's A Pair of Blue Eyes, ...
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Why are portraits of David Crockett and Sam Houston on the wall in Naked Gun?

On the wall of Inspector Drebbin's home in The Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult are portraits of David Crockett and (probably) Sam Houston, both adopted Texans. Why? The writers and directors are ...
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Why are plot holes the most common mistakes made in movies? [closed]

There are many movies these days with plot holes in them, such as: The Maze Runner: the Gladers making their escape into the maze to get out, most run into the maze after the Thomas-Gally encounter, ...
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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 ...
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How are answers judged on Dutch TV quiz show “De Slimste Mens”?

The Belgian and Dutch TV quiz show De Slimste Mens (The Smartest Human) sees celebrity contestants competing against each other. Some rounds call for one exact answer to a single question, but a lot ...
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What is the significance of making Eddie a hopeless virgin?

1990's It (TV Mini-Series) is based on the Stephen King novel of the same name. While going through our sister site's questions and the novel's Wikipedia page, I realized that Eddie had a wife in the ...
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Why do some TV scenes include many sex scenes when it obviously leads to worse ratings? [closed]

It is obvious that fewer people will watch a TV show if it includes many sex scenes. Children will be disallowed to watch it, families with children that enjoy TV together will search for alternatives,...
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How are films dubbed into different languages?

This might seem like a simple question, but I believe the answer isn't so simple. One might think that lines of dialogue are only directly translated, as though the script is run through Google ...
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What is a B-Roll?

I stumbled upon a B-Roll of Lucy while looking around on IMDB.com. It was quite interesting in giving a "behind the scenes look" at the production of the movie. I've heard the term, but until now I've ...
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How exactly are subtitles and closed captions written for movies?

How are subtitles written for movies? Does a person simply write it down line by line, perfectly syncing with the assigned time-frame, or is there an easier way to do so? Basically, subtitles consist ...
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How do film makers record the President of the United States?

Some action films feature a scene, often at the beginning of the movie, where the acting President of the United States is seen talking about an issue related to the plot of the film. A good example ...
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Why are they avoiding showing Arys Oakheart's face?

Game of Thrones edited out a lot of characters/stories from books like Lady Stoneheart (which is discussed here) and even shortened the stories of a few characters like Cold Hands (which is further ...
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What is “distorting wide angle for a medium shot”?

In this review of M. Night Shyamalan's Signs, it says: And once again he uses camera tricks—like distorting wide angles for medium shots—to create a weird, slightly off-kilter world. What does ...
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How does the first assistant camera focus if the director is pointing the camera?

On a film crew there is often a "first assistant camera" whose job it is to focus the camera, which is complex because the subject could be moving or changing, so the focus must be adjusted constantly....
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Is there any CGI used in Dunkirk?

Given what I know about Christopher Nolan as a filmmaker, I would expect a heavier emphasis on practical effects. However, even with movies like Fury Road, where practical effects were used heavily, ...
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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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What were the production reasons behind S05E19 of “Stargate: Atlantis”?

Seeing as how this is a production/behind-the-scenes question, I'll ask it here instead of the Sci-Fi SE. Episode S05E19 of Stargate: Atlantis, titled "Vegas", is drastically different from the show'...
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In movie production, what exactly happens on the other side of phone calls?

There is a small scene that bothers me in the movie Batman Begins. It's a trivial thing, but it prompted a more general question. Rachel Dawes is visiting Bruce Wayne to give him a birthday present....
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Why were there Sylvester Stallone movie references?

In Beverly Hills Cop II, there are several references made about Sylvester Stallone's movies: This image shows a movie poster of Rambo (a Sylvester Stallone film) in the background: This image shows ...
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How do movie crews film/control babies and toddlers at the same time?

This is about any movie really, you see in multiple movies where babies and toddlers are behaving their absolute best and not suddenly crying or doing whatever and I have wondered about it a lot. How ...
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Has there ever been a movie that was cancelled after the trailer was released?

Productions usually get cancelled before or during preproduction, but I'm wondering whether there has ever been a film which had a cancelled release, after the trailer debuted. Criteria: Movie has ...
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Who decides which VFX studio will work on a movie?

I am a visual effects student and I am curious to know who must be deciding the choice of VFX studio in a movie. Because each studio (when talking about big movies) has its own specialty. For example ...
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Why is there an iPhone in “All Eyez On Me”?

In the new 2pac movie, All Eyez On Me, there is a scene where Faith is taking a picture with 2pac and there is an iPhone. This is chronologically impossible since the iPhone was released in 2007 and ...
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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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How are scenes shot in burning buildings?

Actors, Crew and equipment are all valuable -- shooting scenes in a burning building seems particularly impossible to do safely, but at the same time when watching these scenes, it's doesn't appear to ...
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How are scenes with cannabis plants shot? [duplicate]

Presumably, using real cannabis plants would be illegal, but creating huge numbers of fake plastic plants seems expensive, and while I'd imagine they get resold after a shoot, I've never heard of such ...
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Is the Bachelorette scripted?

I'm sure this applies to any and all reality tv shows but this came up for Season 13 of The Bachelorette. This started out as a discussion with co-workers to which I think logically I'm correct and ...
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Why did they pick World War I over World War II in Wonder Woman?

Wonder Woman in comics is associated with World War II not World War I, but in 2017's film Wonder Woman, it's set during World War I. What was the reason for this drastic change? Is it to avoid ...
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Why does DCAU avoid the Speed Force?

Speed Force is an essential part of Flash mythos. Yet in DC Animated Universe (DCAU) they avoided it to major extent. Flash doesn't even have lightning effect when he runs and Speed Force wasn't named ...
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Were the soldiers unaware of the “Biggus Dickus” scene prior to filming?

A Facebook group about general trivia stated that the soldiers in the famous "Biggus Dickus" in Life of Brian were unaware of the jokes in the scene, and therefore their attempts to refrain from ...
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On Cupcake Wars, how do they get the winning cupcakes to the event?

At the end of each episode of Cupcake Wars, two teams have created elaborate decorative stands that support 1000 cupcakes each. The winning team has their decorative stand(s) and cupcakes brought to ...
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How are movies shot on film cut and edited nowadays?

Many movies are still shot on films. At the same time, computers can greatly facilitate editing. So I just wonder how the whole process is done. Is film digitized and edited on computers or is it ...