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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 was “A Hard Day's Night” filmed in black and white?

The 1964 film A Hard Day's Night was filmed in black and white at a time where films in color were being received more favorably, especially by younger audiences. Since this film stars all four ...
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Why do TV Shows take mid-season breaks? [duplicate]

Serials like The Flash, Arrow, and Agents of SHIELD are now in a mid season break. What does it mean? Why do they take break in series like this?
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Why always 555?

It's always bothered me that US TV shows invariably use 555 in telephone numbers, which makes them obviously fake, whereas in the UK phone numbers always look real, down to correct area code and a ...
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Is Scrubs truly a one-camera show?

In some Scrubs interviews; they talk about the decision to use the single-camera format. After reading about single-camera vs multiple-camera setups; I understand the basic difference. However, there ...
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What does a guest director do?

I was re-watching Sin City (2005) and noticed in the opening credits that Quentin Tarantino was listed as "Special Guest Director". This intrigued me, so I have a two part question (somewhat related). ...
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Making nature documentaries: scripting then filming or the other way?

In nature documentaries, do the crews agree on a general script then set out to film the scenes that illustrate the script? Or do they film what they can (animals / weather don't always cooperate, etc)...
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What does the new PGA guidelines on sexual harassment state?

I just saw this tweet from Rebbeca Keegan... What is this new policy and what does it state? I mean sexual harassment was never allowed in Hollywood in the first place (... because its illegal) ...
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What is the spot on the BBC Weather background?

Its just a personal curiosity. I have noticed (I don't know if anyone else has) a spot in the background of BBC weather forecast. This spot can be seen only when the circle appears at the beginning ...
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Why was there a robot in Rocky IV?

In Rocky IV (1985), Balboa gifts Paulie a talking and moving robot which could do following things: Talk and act like humans. Patch up to phone lines in house. Voice modulation according to needs. ...
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Is “Runner” A Movie Industry Term?

I was reading this Telegraph article about what is real and isn't real in The Revenant, and the author mentions that "several runners had to be eaten" in the process of making the film. What does she ...
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Why is the episode “Metalhead” of Black Mirror in black & white?

Metalhead is the fifth episode of the fourth series of anthology series Black Mirror. Why is it in black and white?
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Why was Doctor Who not filmed in HD when Torchwood was?

According to Wikipedia between 2005 and 2008 Doctor Who, one of the BBC's flagship programs, was shot in 576i (standard definition). However, Torchwood, a spin off of the popular franchise which ran ...
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What is the purpose of a film leader on a digital production?

I have a few internal production (draft) copies of some episodes of a TV show and have noticed that each has a film leader before the episode. The show is recorded and distributed purely on digital, ...
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How/why was the slow motion coin shot achieved in Scrooged?

In the movie Scrooged, one of the main themes of the show is the airing of a live broadcast of the movie/play "A Christmas Carol". During the later parts of the live broadcast, Scrooge tossed a coin ...
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Did “A Charlie Brown Christmas” cause controversy for CBS due to its religious content?

In A Charlie Brown Christmas, there's a scene depicting Linus reciting a passage from the Bible. Linus says he does and, after walking to center stage, recites the annunciation to the shepherds ...
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Is this character in The Last Jedi a puppet, CGI, or a mixture of both?

In The Last Jedi: I'm guessing that this character was a puppet, however the eyes in particular looked strange which makes me wonder whether it was CGI after all, or possibly a mixture of the two. ...
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Did they build a helipad just for the movie?

There is a nice featurette of the new movie The Last Jedi from the Star Wars franchise. One shot (1:32) shows a helipad in the background. Did they build a helipad just for the movie and where is the ...
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Why director of 2017 “It” decided to oversexualise Beverly?

Disclaimer: This is not a rant about sex in the movies or the "general fall of moral standards in the modern youth", but genuine question In the book, all kids from the "Loosers Club" are 11. Beverly ...
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How did Pirates of the Carribbean: On Stranger Tides become the most expensive movie ever made?

According to the Wikipedia article for Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, the film is the most expensive ever made to date, despite initially trying to cut costs. After the joint ...
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Millennium Falcon interiors, exteriors, and models

These days you can find all sorts of artwork on the Millennium Falcon, including deck plans. But, I wonder how much was done for the very first movie back in the 1970s. Specifically, I am curious ...
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Was Thor: Ragnarok supposed to have darker tone in start of production and changed later?

In Avengers: Age of Ultron, we see Thor's vision about the coming Ragnarok, which looked dark and gritty. But what we got in Thor: Ragnarok was nothing like that. It was light-hearted comedy rather ...
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Why is the Big Brother called Bigg Boss in India?

The Dutch show Big Brother is called Bigg Boss in India. It is legally owned by the same company. I think it is because the Indian audience might not understand what Big Brother really means in ...
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Why were Stargate's subtitles redone?

In Australia, when Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) put in subtitles when English is not used (ie. VS Arashi and If You Are the One) the front is generally yellow and generally at the end of the ...
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How were VHS tapes typically mastered?

Back in the 1980s a typical method of publishing movies for home use was the Video Home System (VHS) tape. How were these tapes transferred and mastered? In other words, when they have a movie on film ...
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Why did they pick Lacrosse and not football?

The Teen Wolf TV show is loosely based on the film of same name where basketball was the essential part of the plot but in the TV show they changed it to lacrosse. But why? Games like basketball and ...
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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 Steppenwolf instead of Darkseid?

In the recent movie Justice League, the villain of this part was Steppenwolf. I had previously heard rumors about Darkseid being the villain. (Maybe he'll come in the second installment) So, Why was ...
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Was this really the original lineup for the Justice League animated show?

There is this rumored picture on various social networks claiming this was the original lineup for the Justice League (2001-2004) animated show, which was then changed prior to release to the one we ...
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Did they deliberately release the new Justice Leage film on the same day the Justice League animated show was broadcast?

While reading this Quora post about a Justice League review, I realized that the movie release date shares similarities to the famous Justice League animated show: And images like these (most ...
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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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