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Is there a term for the "ominous building with goofy front-desk person" trope?

Imagine pin-drop silence in the lobby of a brutalist-style building with a single receptionist. The ceiling is exceedingly high and all the colors are dull. It is a long walk to the desk and the floor ...
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Is Leslie Nielsen's distinction between a comedian and a comic actually insightful, or is he just telling a joke here?

I am having difficulty resolving humor from seriousness in this case and need some help. After about 05:00 in Leslie Nielsen Monologue: Serious Actor - Saturday Night Live (Season 14, aired 02/18/89): ...
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Looking for the name of an animation technique (1930's–50's) which uses a rotating wheel to create a parallax effect

I saw a documentary back in the 90's about animation in the 1930's, particularly Disney, Warner, and Fleischer Studio. The bit I'm trying to identify is a background technique. The documentary showed ...
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Is there a term for the trope where a character says something they should not know?

Is there a name for the trope where a character betrays himself/herself when they say or do something they shouldn't know? For example, somewhere in the series Homeland, Carrie offers Nicholas some ...
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What is a porcupine driver (credits)?

I just watched Rambo: Last Blood, and in the credits there was a listing for a Porcupine Driver: Jorge Julio Gomez It was a couple of names before the honeywagon driver, which I know sucks the crap ...
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What is it called when an actor plays themselves in a movie?

In Oceans 13 - Julian Roberts plays a character doing an impression of Julia Roberts. There is a Nicolas Cage movie that seems to employ a similar narrative choice. I'm trying to work out the word or ...
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What is the term for video quality that is intentionally made to look old or degraded?

What is the term for video quality that is intentionally edited to make it look older or degraded, even when the original was captured on high quality video? For example, video quality can purposely ...
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What's it called when a character replies to something said in the previous scene?

Example: in Attack on Titan S4E28 (16 minutes and 45 seconds in) Eren tells Floch his plan and then we see a cut to Historia telling Eren that he shouldn't do it (in an entirely different place, ...
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Is there a name for a film in the style of a picaresque novel?

According to Wikipedia, a picaresque novel depicts the adventures of a roguish, but "appealing hero", of low social class, who lives by his wits in a corrupt society: A picaresque narrative is ...
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Is there a specific name for the technique where several conversations of character A with characters B, C, and D are combined into one sequence?

In the story, character A has separate conversations at different times with characters B, C, and D. The film presents this as one sequence, cutting to A for their remarks and then to B, C, or D for ...
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Words or text rolling over the action in beginning of films

Is there a name for the rolling text, sometimes a prologue, in mid 20th c. movies? Often in westerns one would see on the screen a wagon train or stagecoach from above, with an intro or explanation in ...
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In 'The Hateful Eight', Why is Minnie's Haberdashery's called that?

Not being American nor British, I had never heard the word 'Haberdashery' used before watching The Hateful Eight. Now, Haberdashery is a Haberdasher's store, and a Haberdasher is according to ...
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Industry name for Incongruities in a show

I've never worked in TV on movie production and have never been on a set. Is there an insider term for the incongruities: f-ups, timeline discrepancies, wrong character behavior, Starbucks coffee cup, ...
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What is the correct phrasing and definition of "Shoes on" in Iron Chef?

In the English-dubbed versions of Iron Chef, the majority of the judge and contestant discussions begin or end with a phrase which sounds like the English words "shoes on", which my ...
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What does Psychotronic (Series, Movies or TV Shows) mean?

I ofter read the term "Psychotronic". What exactly does this mean and where does this term come from? It seems to be related to the Sci-Fi and Horror genres.
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What makes an actor an A-lister?

In this thread, someone mentioned that Vin Diesel is not an A-list actor because he is: .... a niche actor, he's not got the breadth of roles I would expect an A lister to have. With the exception of ...
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Name for the effect with an 'intensifying thriller sound' as someone is shown eavesdropping?

Generally in thriller-type movies, there is a scene where A & B are talking. But the scene ends with C listening secretly with an intensifying thriller sound. Is there any single name for this ...
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Is there a term for actors rehearsing lines in a different accent?

I've seen a few examples of actors rehearsing a scene, but in different accents to their own. In Shaun of the Dead, Simon Pegg and Peter Serafinowicz pretend to be John Lennon and Paul McCartney. ...
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What is the section at the beginning of many TV series episodes called where clips from the last episode are replayed?

Sometimes, the next episode begins with a retrospection of the last episode to remind viewers where the story stands. What is this called? Is there an industry term? I am asking because I later want ...
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What's the term for some sequel where we see the characters in the original but much older?

What's the term for a sequel of a film, film series, or TV series where some of the same characters from the original are in the sequel, but they're older by 5+ years? Usually you get the same cast ...
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Is there an industry-specific term for the animated logo that precedes a movie studio’s films?

Most studio films begin with an animated sequence that shows off the studio’s logo. For example, the 20th Century Fox “searchlights” or the Universal Studios Earth orbit. Is there an industry-specific ...
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Is there any common name for this type of shot?

When a character makes a decision to do something, we see actors looking down and then blinking and looking forward at the same time. I think I often see this in English dramas. Is there a name given ...
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Is Justice League 2021 a cut or a remake?

Zack Snyder's Justice League (2021) is widely referred to as "the Snyder cut." Zack Snyder directed the 2017 Justice League, which has a similar plot and the same lead actors. But I can't ...
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What's the proper term for individual TV episodes that feature multiple episodic storylines?

I was watching an episode of Bob's Burgers where the characters recite stories that are largely unrelated to the actual plot of the episode, while the stories themselves are the actual content of the ...
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Is there a name for this storytelling technique?

In the Studio Ghibli film The Cat Returns, I saw a very noticeable example of a storytelling technique that I've seen in other Studio Ghibli productions. When in the Cat palace, the King of Cats has ...
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Shots where the characters are small in relation to a still background: do these have a name?

I'm wondering if these shots have a name: shots where the character(s) is sitting or otherwise still and takes up only a small part of the screen, which is also still, i.e. the rest is pretty much a ...
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Why is the first episode of a TV show called 'Pilot'?

What is the meaning of the word 'Pilot', as used for the first episode of a TV-show, implied here? Does it have anything to do with a smooth take-off?
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What do we call a person who designs the architecture or armors of a medieval fantasy film?

I heard character designer, mechanical designer so I am wondering if the term used for someone who designs architecture would be called an environment designer and a person who design armors a costume ...
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What is the second part of a movie title called?

For a movie like "Captain America: The First Avenger", what is the term for the phrase after the colon, i.e. "The First Avenger"? Is that called a "subtitle" or something else?
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How do you refer to key objects like the Death Star from Star Wars?

Is the Death Star from Star Wars a "prop" or a "character" or something entirely different? I would tend to think that something as iconic as the Death Star or the Millennium ...
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What is the term for a cut from one close-up object to another absurdly similar close-up object? [duplicate]

What is the term for a cut from one close-up object to another absurdly similar close-up object? For example, in the movie "A Christmas Story", I think there is a cut from a close-up of a ...
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What would you call this specific war scene effect?

Sorry I am not native so it's difficult to find information about it and I can't put a name on that special effect. In movies sometimes you have an explosion and the soldier is lost in his own ...
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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 do shows say "Netflix Original" when they are reruns from other channels?

Why do shows say "Netflix Original" when they are reruns from other channels? It almost seems childish that a company like Netflix would put something like that before a show they didn't ...
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Is there a name for a scene that bridges two episodes?

At times in series a particular scene with which one episode ends is continued directly at the beginning of the following episode. Is there a name or technical term for this? An example is the scene ...
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Term for when the sound of a movie starts before the image [duplicate]

Is there a technical term for when the first sound of a movie is heard while the screen is still black? A hypothetical example: we hear the sound of howling wind for a second or two before we see an ...
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What's the Billboard 200's counterpart for TV shows that publishes viewing statistics periodically?

The Billboard 200 is a record chart ranking the 200 most popular music albums and EPs in the United States. What's the Billboard 200's counterpart for TV shows, that publishes viewing statistics ...
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Difference between movie producer and creator

From Wikipedia Marta Fran Kauffman (born September 21, 1956) is an American writer and TV producer. She is best known as the co-creator of the NBC sitcom Friends with her longtime friend, David Crane....
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What does "twist" mean in film criticism?

A critic says about LEFT BEHIND It believes people might buy a ticket to Left Behind and not know the twist, like someone sitting down to watch Godzilla and being shocked by the entrance of a giant ...
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What do you call this type of action shot of car racing?

I am looking for the name of a specific kind of shot, if it has one. It's something you see a lot in car races movies or video game, the idea is that a car (or anything moving fast) comes towards the ...
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Name of the character who introduces the viewer to the larger story?

In many films, TV shows, and books, there exists a character who begins the story as a "normal" person, and then gets caught up in some larger, ongoing conflict. This person becomes the "new guy" on a ...
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Does this device used to create suspense have a name?

Sometimes films will create suspense by having the audience along with character not know whether or not another character knows a secret. And if the character does actually know the secret, it would ...
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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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Is there a name for characters who are not exactly part of the movie but affect the incidents in the movie?

In some of the movies I have watched, there are some characters whose screen presence is less and has a minor role in the movie. But their role play an important role in causing a twist in the movie. ...
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Are there any other films which are constructed in a "Photomontage with narration" style similarly to La Jetée?

La Jetée is a short, French sci-fi film of about 30 minutes. The whole film is just one long sequence of beautiful black and white photographs, except for a single short sequence where the photographs ...
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Is there a term for shows where each episode has a different setting

There are some shows where each episode feature a new setting with some unique attribute. Examples include Doctor Who or Star Trek (which have a recurring cast), and Twilight Zone or Black Mirror (...
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Is there an industry specific term for hard backed movie posters?

I'm trying to find the value of a movie poster (for Gladiator, not that it matters...) and it's unlike any other poster I've ever seen. Most posters I've ever had were printed on paper and rolled into ...
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Are there any rules around when something can be described as "based on a true story"?

Are there any rules or regulations as to when the term "based on a true story" or "real events" and so on can be used? Does anything in the movie has to be somehow based on the real world, or is this ...
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Is there an over-arcing term for this style of movie?

I am wondering if there is a label or term for the particular style of movie that provides just enough plot upon which to hang some specialty focused features. The three top examples would be: ...
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Have there ever been other TV shows or Films that told a similar story to the new 90210 show?

In the new 90210 series, the actors are now playing themselves and their former characters were just TV show characters. This comes in the beginning of the episode, and when I watched it I thought it ...