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What is the first appearance of Will Waring's signature pineapple-in-a-shot running gag?

Will Waring is one of the directors for the Stargate series, and his signature for each episode he directs is a pineapple hidden somewhere in the episode in clear view. According to https://screenrant....
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Fassbinder and Almodóvar’s subversion of the heterosexual male gaze: scholarship and parallels? [closed]

A number of auteurs have had favorite actresses that they discovered and cast from one film to another (e.g. Godard, Rivette, Truffaut). Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Pedro Almódovar are certainly ...
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Why don’t second unit directors tend to become full-fledged directors?

The wikipedia page on second units lists very few second unit directors who have gone on to have full-fledged directorial careers: Second unit directors who have gone on to become full-fledged film ...
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What was the first film project to have double directors?

I was recently watching the latest season of Star Trek: Discovery. While watching the opening credits, I noticed that two episodes of season 4 had two directors listed for those two episodes: ...
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Why does "No-one ever get it in the first take"?

After the myriad comments under my answer to the recent question Did Hugh Jackman really tattoo his own finger with a pen in The Fountain? I thought this may work as a separate question. So, what is ...
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How did the Coen Brothers come to their arrangement for sharing credit? [closed]

This book by Robert Schnakenberg I am reading says that the inspiration came from the 1965 comedy Boeing-Boeing - in which the names of top-billed stars Jerry Lewis and Tony Curtis rotate on an axis ...
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Who chooses the Music Supervisor or Composer for a movie production

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Filmmaking In any new movie production process, who selects the music supervisor or composer of their new film? Is it the Director, the Producer(s) or a joint decision ...
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Could a modern movie such as "Gravity" have been constructed/produced/directed by a crew who never went to college? [closed]

To keep this semi-specific, I'm restricting the case study to the film "Gravity" I'm wondering if the sort of directing, cinematography and special effects you find in that film could have ...
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How much is a director responsible for? [closed]

I have heard lots of complaints about the recent Star Wars trilogy focusing on the directors. The first that it was a retread. The second that it tried too hard to subvert expectations. The third that ...
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How do different directors work together on a single episode?

I know why there are several reasons for hiring different directors for different episodes. (Eg: some directors are better at action scenes and other at drama) But I wanna know how do they do it? ...
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Why did James Cameron decide to give Alita big eyes?

In Alita: Battle Angel, why did James Cameron decide to give Alita big eyes?
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Was Michael Moore a second unit director on "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade"?

I notice that the name of one of the second unit directors on Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade is "Michael Moore". Is this the same Michael Moore who became the famous documentary director?
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Why is Yasujirō Ozu regarded as the most "Japanese" filmmaker?

I am studying Ozu and his films, and I often come across the sentence that he is the most "Japanese" filmmaker. Ozu's style is very different and unique, however my question is what are the unique ...
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Is there a quantitative reason why X looks different? [closed]

I’ve always assumed films by Terrence Malick or Kubrick (for example) look different because of “art”. The shots appear cleaner. The subjects are better framed. The lighting is more natural. ...
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Why didn't the producers offer Ridley Scott the chance to direct the 2nd Alien movie?

Alien (1979) was directed by Ridley Scott, but after that in 1986 Aliens was written and directed by James Cameron. Why didn't the studio offer Ridley Scott the chance to direct the 2nd Alien movie?
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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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What role does the Screen Actors Guild play in controlling credits?

In this article about Airplane!, the author states: The Zucker brothers and Jim Abrahams had a tough time with the Screen Actors Guild in trying to get their proper three director billing when the ...
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Why didn't J.J. Abrams direct The Last Jedi?

J.J. Abrams directed Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and is directing Episode IX. Why did he skip this one? Was it his choice (like he had a conflict)? Or did he and Disney have a temporary falling-...
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What is the significance of shooting porn film for An American Werewolf in London?

Many sources like this say that : Landis shot the porn film within the film. But why did director make a porn film for An American Werewolf in London? What is the significance of going like that? ...
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Two different cameos of Martin Scorsese in Taxi Driver

In the movie Taxi Driver, we see Martin Scorsese in two different cameos. The most prominent one being Travis's passenger. This role is credited as "Passenger Watching Silhouette" and we do have a ...
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Nudity reticence in John Wick 2 [closed]

John Wick 2 is a solidly R-rated movie that delights in plastering the screen with gritty blood-and-guts. In a dramatically key scene featuring a very intentionally nude woman, every shot is awkwardly ...
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How does the Oscar jury know whether a director has done a good job? [duplicate]

Some Academy Award categories are pretty easy to figure out, such as Best Actor/Actress and Costume Design. However, one that has always puzzled me is Best Director. While we know that a director is ...
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Is there a close-up of a boot or a wheel in Titanic?

I've read somewhere that James Cameron almost always includes a close-up of a boot or of a wheel (usually crushing something) in all his movies. But is there such a close-up in Titanic?
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How did Peter Jackson get the rights of the Lord of the Rings?

Peter Jackson is a talented director but no offense intended his films before Lord of the Rings are not that famous. How did Peter Jackson get the rights to this series? Since his films before LOTR ...
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What's the point of actors occasionally directing a TV show episode?

As an example, Seinfeld was directed three times by Jason Alexander, Friends was directed 10 times by David Schwimmer and Breaking Bad was directed three times by Bryan Cranston. But what's the point ...
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Are sequels to famously horrible movies expected to be even worse?

Movies like Sharknado and Birdemic are so awful that they become famous and are actually profitable. Every so often, one of these gems gets the budget for a sequel by their studio. When the studio ...
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Where do the directors who didn't go to film school actually learn filmmaking?

For directors who didn't go to film school, where did they learn filmmaking? Watching movies and making short films give you a experience, of course. But it's usually not enough to be a professional ...
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Who is the highest-grossing debut director?

I know it's quite difficult to find the answer to this question, I searched all over the internet none matches my question. Who is the highest-grossing debut director?
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Do movie directors decide what poster to use for their movies?

Do directors have a voice in choosing movie posters, or is it always a producer or external choice? Even for different movie posters in different countries, do directors ever decide to use a specific ...
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Use of anachronisms in film intros to surprise the user with the revelation of the actual time period

Sam Peckinpah did this at least twice: The Wild Bunch: The film opens with an Old West-style bank robbery in progress, but as we see more detail, we notice that several of the bandits are armed with ...
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Original script details of Flesh and Blood

I watched the Paul Verhoeven film Flesh and Blood and was very struck by the character Agnes (Jennifer Jason Leigh); in my opinion, her indecisive, ambiguous behavior made the movie. I was surprised ...
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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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Why does George Lucas not direct any more Star Wars movies?

George Lucas directed the first Star Wars movie Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), after that he directed the Star Wars prequel trilogy with Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999), Episode II – Attack of ...
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Why didn't James Cameron direct further movies of 'Terminator' franchise after 'Terminator 2'?

After Terminator 2:Judgement day directed by James Cameron, came many other Terminator movies like Terminator 3, Terminator Salvation, Terminator Genisys. All these new Terminator movies' stories are ...
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Why do TV shows use multiple directors and screenwriters?

In many TV shows different directors are used to direct different episodes and different screenwriters are used to write different episodes. This is even common in one single season (e.g. GoT and True ...
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Who is the highest-grossing female director?

Wikipedia's list of highest-grossing directors shows that the top 10 highest grossing directors are all male. Who is the highest grossing female director? And how does she rank with other male ...
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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 the role of a director in a film? [closed]

If everything is laid out in a script, then what is the use of director in a movie?
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Why is Stanley Kubrick classed as one of the greatest directors?

While having an interest for movies, but more concise, good movies, you hear about different actors, producers, directors, filmmakers etc, but one person has come up a lot while researching ...
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Does James Cameron work with/for NASA? [closed]

I've heard that he helped with some space-videos with NASA.
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Why do directors make cameo appearances in their movies?

This is something very common, that we all have been seeing since as long as we can remember. This question stemmed from my recent re-watching of Django Unchained, where Quentin Tarantino makes a ...
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What exactly does a director do in an animated feature?

In a normal movie a director would setup shots the way they wanted and direct the actors in such a way that ideally it would clearly have a certain imprint of that directors vision on it. However in ...
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Whose picture is it anyway?

I've read that while the writer/screenwriter creates the story, it's the director's vision that makes the motion picture. So, whose picture is it, anyway?
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Why is Mark Romanek ashamed of the movie Static?

In 1985 Mark Romanek (director of such videos as Nine Inch Nail's "Closer" and Fiona Apple's "Criminal") made an independent film named Static. He did not direct another feature until 2002's One Hour ...
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Have any directors insisted on a "no cuts, no dubs, no censorship" policy?

I know that some directors insist on having the final cut privilege. But taking it further, have any directors (or studios for that matter, however unlikely it is) insisted on a "no cuts, no dubs, no ...
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Why does Christopher Nolan end the Dark Knight Trilogy this way?

Once Batman dives into the ocean with the bomb and "The Bat", and after Bruce Wayne's obituaries are read and Robin discovers what Mr. Wayne left back for him, what is the significance of the final ...
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Did the director and editor for House of Cards make aesthetic decisions based on H.264 encoding limitations?

Given that the production team for House of Cards knew the show would be streamed online as the only distribution method, did the directors and editors consider H.264's encoding limitations when ...
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What is the reason for the many directors used in the Game of Thrones series?

A total of 9 directors have been used to direct the Game of Thrones TV series till date. I was left wondering as to why use so many directors for a single plot story! Wouldn't their individual styles ...
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Why did Nolan want to end the Batman series?

According to numerous sources, The Dark Knight Rises will be the end of the Batman series. I think all the three Batman movies directed by Nolan was successful and did well at the box office. Since ...
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Was Alfred Hitchcock a feminist?

Many of Alfred Hitchcock's films contain a strong female lead. From Grace Kelly's Lisa in Rear Window to Ingrid Bergman's Alicia Huberman in Notorious, these actresses were characteristically ...
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