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Terms, definitions of terms, and clarification of terms used in the film industry.

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How did the word “Bollywood” originate?

As we know, American film industry is referred as Hollywood. The American film industry is called so because the film industry emerged at the place called Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA(Correct me if I am ...
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Is there a word or phrase for when the movie tricks you for a moment like this?

I know I've noticed this effect many times but I can only think of the most recent example: At the end of a scene, someone (bad) is locked out via mechanical door, and is pressuring the people inside ...
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What is a seamless cross-cutting transition called?

Although I don't have a clear example, I'm looking for a transition which is somehow a mix of: Cross-cutting: where two scenes in different locations happen at the same time Graphic match : where "...
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Is there a given name for “fake documentaries” posing as educational programming?

In recent years, networks such as The Discovery Channel have been airing so-called documentaries that have people believing that what they are seeing is not only educational, but that the events ...
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Director's Cut, Editor's Cut, Theatrical Cut. What do these mean?

What do the following terms mean in movie business? Director's Cut Editor's Cut Theatrical Cut What are the differences between them? Are there any other cut s?
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What makes an actor an A-lister

First. Please do not flag as opinion based. I'm looking for facts. In that thread someone mentioned, that Vin Diesel is not an A-list actor because he is: .... But he is a niche actor, he's not ...
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Is there a term meaning “a character whom you know can't be a minor character because of the actor playing them?”

In some movies I watch, there is a character who, at the beginning of the movie, seems like they're supposed to be a minor or background character, but the person playing them is a name-brand actor ...
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Is there any term for the following subgenres of horror movies?

Horror movies can be basically divided into two broad categories: Where the 'villain' is a supernatural being. As in Exorcist, Conjuring etc.. Where the 'villain' is a human, usually a serial killer. ...
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Is there any term for this when a movie doesn't end as its plot suggests?

I recently watched Saw 7 that had the ending totally different from what I thought as expected from its story line which I really didn't like. Is there a term for such an ending where it doesn't ...
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Series vs. serial

As I learned from Wikipedia and some other sites/forums, there is a difference between series and serials: A series contains the same characters throughout, but each episode is a different story. So, ...
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Did DC officials ever acknowledge the term “Arrowverse” for their canon universe?

Did officials ever confirm or acknowledge the term Arrowverse for their DC shows (consisting of Arrow, The Flash, Vixen and Legends of Tomorrow)? "Arrowverse" and "Flarrow/Flarrowverse" were famous ...
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Is a twist ending that occurs at the end of a series of films still called a twist ending?

I recently learned about a twist ending, a twist in a plot that happens near the end of a film. If a twist ending happens near the end of a series of films, is it still called a twist ending? The ...
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What does C.A.S mean?

In movie's crew names, there is a C.A.S after a name. When I searched for it, I get Chemical Abstracts Service. I think it's not the meaning of this. What does C.A.S mean?