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steelersquirrel's answer is spot on already, and this is partly retreading it but: A police officer sees a man armed with a pistol, spattered with blood, and sees a corpse in the hallway. Yet the cop and John simply exchange pleasantries, call each other by their first names, and... nothing happens. How does that not inform the viewer about the movie's ...


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This scene just proves even further the amount of respect (and a little fear) that the members of the community have for John Wick. Remember the scene where he drives his mustang around the airplane hangar? The guard at the gate just allows him to drive around in there whenever he pleases. It is basically an unspoken rule that the police know who he is ...


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Not sure if there is a term of art in Cinematography to refer to the suspense aspect, but the editing technique is a film transition called an L-Cut. An L Cut is an editing technique that results in a cut occurring at a different time for audio than for video. For example, we may hear characters' voices a few seconds before we see them on film. In order ...


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The screenwriting term for what you describe is a "prelap". Prelap — Wikipedia Prelap is a screenwriting term that means the dialogue from the next scene precedes the cut, and the beginning of the dialogue is heard in the outgoing scene Prelaps can be of sound or dialogue, or anything non-visual, since a visual would indicate a direct cut to ...


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Richard has done a great job of explaining that it is more than one cut but I'd like to add why. The fact is that, even today, it's pretty much impossible to make a feature-length film in one cut... even with digital recording. In the 50s, it was even more limited. All films were shot on actual film and filmmakers had to work around the limited length of ...


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I'll admit I'd never seen it in cinema, so I was unaware of some of these bits. The only reason I could see to cut those bits would possibly to alter the censor ratings, it's a well known fact that sometimes films (and tv series) when rated get given one thing for cinema/broadcast but when they are put onto a media format sometimes the show/films wants to ...


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2D to 3D Video Conversion is the process of transforming the original 2D video to a 3D form, which in almost all cases is stereo, so it is the process of creating imagery for each eye from one 2D image. That is why the transformation is also called 2D to stereo 3D conversion, or stereo conversion. Two approaches to stereo conversion can be loosely ...


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From How Film Composers Work: The film music composer: Meets with the director and movie producers, when the film has been shot and is being edited, to discuss music needs for the film. Takes part in a spotting session, in which the film composer, director and others watch the movie and decide where each segment of music should start and stop in ...


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As for the U.S., producers can choose to make their films in compliance with the American Humane Association Film and TV Unit. They are the only group officially sanctioned to do this and it is they who provide the "No animals were harmed . . ." message during credit sequences. Note that bringing in the AHA to monitor the production of a film is voluntary. ...


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Don’t forget that marketing may start on a film long before a final print is finished for theatrical distribution. Often times, editors will have access to ALL of the footage when cutting a trailer, sometimes just specific sequences. It’s a collaborative effort where they approve whatever is used, but this is why alternate takes or even jokes are used in ...


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Cross fades and pans are more common in (low budget) television for some reason, and even more common in home video—I have my theories about the causes, but that does not affect this question. View any quality movie and you'll see that almost every cut (99+%) is a classic straight cut. For extra effect, maybe there is a fade to black or fade from ...


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As a filmmaker, I can provide some insight into this, however there are always going to be exceptions to the rule. In general, a film is scored after editing—a notable exception to this would be the specific use of a particular piece of established music, in which case the editor may well be asked to edit to the beats of that music. For a scored film,...


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As Oliver has pointed out, the shot is not subliminal at all, as most people, (including myself when I first saw the film in 1985 as a 7 year old) clearly notice the extremely brief but overtly visible 'skull', through Vaders mask and helmet. Again, as has been pointed out in the comments section, the Emperors use of force lightning fries Vader to the ...


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As explained on the Xenopedia wikia: Eggmorphing was originally to be witnessed during the climax of Alien, when Ripley discovers Dallas and Brett cocooned in the Nostromo's hold, with Brett being transformed into an Egg. The entire sequence was cut as director Ridley Scott felt it slowed down the final act of the film. However, the scene did ...


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As per the Wikipedia article for Live Television: The unedited nature of live television can pose problems for television networks because of the potential for mishaps. To enforce the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulations, television networks often broadcast live programs on a slight broadcast delay to give them the ability to censor ...


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I think some older RVs had the ignition key on the left side. Probably to reduce clutter to the right of the driver, and give space to other controls. This is from a 1963 RV:


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I know you may not want to hear this, but is it possible you're mis-remembering things? It would be against the law for the film to be released under a different cut on home video without it being re-assessed by the BBFC. As you can see on their website, however, no changes were made. (The running-time difference due to the change in frame rate from film ...


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3D movies are normally filmed using two slightly offset cameras. Both images are projected onto the viewing screen, with those plastic glasses feeding one image into your left eye and the other into your right. When a film was not shot using two offset cameras, the conversion involves manual identification of different depths in the shot, as summarized in ...


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According to Movie Outline's Glossary Of Screenwriting Terms & Filmmaking Definitions: FLASH CUT: An extremely brief shot, sometimes as short as one frame, which is nearly subliminal in effect. Also a series of short staccato shots that create a rhythmic effect. For example: Splice Trailer #2: More Flash Cuts, More Creature Glimpses ...


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Today's consumer video editing tools and software like Adobe Premier Pro have features which allow you to gray out all other colors except the ones that you want included by specifying a range of color values. A good example is here: Hence, I am sure they have shot the entire film in color and then did post processing to ...


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Why hasn't anything better replaced the slate? By better I mean a tool or a technique (an automated one perhaps) which works by itself without an assistance of a human? Something which can fullfil the same purpose of the slate (Cataloging and synchronization while editing). Because it's almost perfect. Movies aren't filmed in order so a human has to do ...


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There definitely are alternate edits for some TV shows, especially ones that tend to include cursing and other "naughty bits." Family Guy is a great example. Most of the edits are done by the production studio, but often the network that broadcasts the show will remove objectionable material or bleep words or phrases that the production house didn't think ...


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This was a BBC-AMC production. The episodes ranged from 57-62 minutes in length, which would have run with no ads in the UK and which ran with approximately 30 minutes of ads in the US (a 2:1 ratio of program to ads being common in the US). A 45-minute cut provides a more reasonable program to advertising ratio (3:1) for sale in other markets. Some re-...


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This is only peripherally my area of expertise in a previous occupation; that said, let's use film as an example: Film editing is taking already-shot footage and cutting some out, cutting some together, etc. This is clearly an oversimplification but just as an analogy. With sound editing it's a similar process in that the sound has been recorded and the ...


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First fade to black: The fade to black for Farrier signifies that his story has ended. He gets captured and probably killed later, but that part isn't important for the story. What matters is what we saw in the film: that he became a hero at Dunkirk. Second cut to black: While initially jarring, the final scene with Tommy and Alex is a sort of epilogue ...


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In this AMA session, a former contestant revealed that the whole weigh-in session takes a very long time, with multiple parts being redone. He couldn't reveal too much detail as he was legally obligated not to. An interesting part that he did reveal was that they were trained to always speak in the present tense during interviews. So my educated guess given ...


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You were right to feel that something is off: The scenes were in a different (and maybe more logical) order in the original script. However, I'll try to prove that the chain of events that's depicted in the film is, at the very least, plausible, and that some of the problem stems from a few misconceptions you had. What was the scene order in the script? 1....


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This is basically misleading parallel editing (also known as cross-cutting, though some people make a distinction between these two terms). Parallel editing is a technique whereby cutting occurs between two or more related actions occurring at the same time in two separate locations or different points in time. This is often used to evoke suspense or, in ...


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