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

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Is there a name for a trope where protagonist's family members are kidnapped in the climax of the movie?

We often see in films that the villain kidnaps the protagonist's family members (or girlfriend) and threatens to come to him. Otherwise, they will be killed. This usually happens in the climax of the ...
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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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What's the terminology for such presentation in movie?

As in the movie, Malena, Renado's thought is presented by a film in the movie. (He was watching a film in/inside the movie, and the film revealed his thought.) And this kind of presentation is used ...
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Is there a term for a character only there to die? [duplicate]

In some movies, you can tell when a character is there only to make a dramatic moment when he/she dies. Is there a term for a character written specifically to die for dramatic purpose?
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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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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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What characteristics tie anime styles together?

Anime seems to be a broad subject, but it also tends to be fairly easy to identify something as anime, even if it is dubbed very well. The only exception that I can personally think of where it's ...
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Film technique at movie's end: summary of future events

Is there a name for text - mostly at a film's conclusion - that gives a summary of events that follow? For example, at the end of Savage Messiah (2002) there appears writing on the screen that ...
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How is a role considered leading vs supporting? [duplicate]

Are there any rules or other metrics that help determine if a role is considered a leading one or a supporting role? Or is it more like a gut feeling? Clearly, the choice is obvious in many movies ...
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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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What do you call the required parts of a TV episode?

Each episode of Star Trek includes the captain's log. Each episode of Bones ends with a sweet moment between Booth and Brennan. Most episodes of Criminal Minds are bookended with quotes that are ...
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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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When is an actor's appearence considered a cameo?

What are the "guide lines" to define an actor appearence as a cameo? Are there some specs to define it? For example, max time on screen, max scene, max lines...
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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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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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What is the name of this method/effect where a character repeats the exact same sentence of another character?

Is there a name for this effect where a character says a sentence at the beginning of a movie and another one repeats the same sentence later. Here is an example in Batman the Dark Knight with the ...
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What's the term for a scene in a film that references previous material to make a perfect moment?

Disclaimer: Contains spoilers for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. If you haven't yet seen the movie and intend to, you may want to skip over this question. In the decades since Episodes 4, 5 and 6 of ...
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What does It Mean for a Film to be “Stylish” [closed]

I've come across the phrase stylish a few times while reading movie reviews online. A few examples of what I'm talking about: the critics consensus of "X-Men: First Class" is as follows: "With a ...
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What are the meanings of the terms “Passed” and “Approved” with regards to a movie title?

On IMDb there are various movies which bear the words "Passed" or "Approved" next to their title, as e.g. seen on this page. or this one. In addition, at least one movie's page features neither of ...
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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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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?
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What is this editing technique called?

The following editing technique is used in the opening scene of Friends with Benefits for example: [Scene 1: two guys A & C are talking] A: What is your name? [Scene suddenly cuts to scene 2: two ...
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Differences between reboot, remake, reimagining - is my understanding correct?

I know that reboot is a term often used by the media to mean a comeback of a franchise from scratch, but is my understanding correct of the terms: Reboot: To start again from scratch, all previous ...
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Is there a term for the prologue story present in the opening of a film?

I observed that few films have a short story in start of the film during opening credits, specially in Zack Snyder's films. In Watchmen it's about Minutemen, and in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice ...
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What is the term for colour screen theme in movies?

The Matrix movie has a dark green tint in the whole series. Just like Matrix, every movie has a screen colour theme, like the Underworld movie was all a dark gothic blue theme. My question is, what is ...
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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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How long is an epic?

My dictionary had the following definitions for the word "epic": epic: telling a story about a hero or about exciting events or adventures and epic: a long book, movie, etc., that usually tells ...
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What is this kind of stunt called and what is the highest record for it [closed]

As seen in this clip from Lethal Weapon: Stunt men (or women) can fall from great heights and land on an air filled....mattress of some kind. Is there a name for ...
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Is there a term referring to the transgression that often begins a horror film?

This question refers to the horror genre, however the desired term might well be applicable to other films or narratives. I'm looking for a term that refers to the transgression that often begins a ...
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Term for movies taking place during the main events of its predecessor?

If a movie follows up after the events of its previous movie, it is called sequel. If it follows up before the events of its predecessor, it is called prequel. However, what do you call a movie ...
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What's the term for a scene in a film designed to be shared on social media?

I read an article a few years ago talking about the influence of social media on filmmaking. They mentioned the phenomenon of how many films now include bite-sized scenes designed to be shareable as ...
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What's the meaning of abbreviations in credits? (ASC, PGA, …)

In several credits, some names (usually among the first ones) have an abbreviation after their name like: A.C.E. A.S.C. ... Where does it come from? Do they mean something specific about their job?
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Is there a specific term or name for Tim Burton's Gothic dark comedic style?

Tim Burton has a unique style to his work, his characters (majorly protagonist) look gothic and always have dark humor to them even in serious scenarios. Is there any specific term (even fan made) for ...
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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 household has ...
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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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Is there a trope for people that are quite harmless on their own but when paired with 'this guy' they could make a chaos towards their surroundings?

For example Jesse and Walter from Breaking Bad, on their own they are not so 'catastrophic', but every time they are working together, they always seem to bring the worst possible situations, be that ...
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Why are porn films called blue films?

Adult films — i.e. porn films — are also called blue films. But why are they called that?
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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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Is Banksy's movie “Exit Through the Gift Shop” a new (sub)genre?

When looking at the film Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010) and possibly disregarding if the main character is fictitious or not, then it's not entirely clear what genre or subgenre this film would be ...
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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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What is the difference between 'sponsored by' and 'presented by'?

I saw this both of these things on a TV program logo: one is written on at the top, the other at the bottom. I'm aware that "sponsored by" and "presented by" are a commercial thing, but what do they ...
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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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What is the adequate naming treatment when a film's director comes out as transgender?

Recently, both the Wachowski directors declared themselves transgender. So we went from the Wachowski Brothers to the Wachowski Siblings, and now the Wachowski Sisters. The Matrix movies were made ...
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What is it called when a movie breaks the illusion of fantasy?

What is it called when a movie breaks the illusion of fantasy? For example, a character talks to the camera or otherwise breaks character so the movie violates the illusion of the fiction.
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Why are “blockbusters” called blockbusters?

I have just been reading Wiki on the term "Blockbuster" popularly used to describe a highly popular action movie. Here is an excerpt: "...a fast-paced exciting entertainment, almost a genre. ...
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What exactly is the Box Office collection?

What does the word Box Office mean? What does it signify? Is it worldwide or region based? The amount shown is millions. How much do the people involved in the making of the movie get?
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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's the stuff before the title sequence in a TV show called?

A lot of TV shows are structured like: Some common generic opening footage. A few minutes of intro to the episode. Title sequence and credits. The rest of the show. #1 is a little rarer, sci fi ...
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Name of this device

I am looking for the name of a device used to tell a story. I'm sure it probably exists in literature, but I am only aware of it in film and T.V. The device is a person. This person is not a ...
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Term for faking something in a movie related to set or lighting

So, I was under the incorrect assumption that the term "gaffe" referred to creating something that just looks close enough to pass on screen. I'm certain I heard this term used for barnum and bailey's ...