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Cop scene explanation from John Wick (2014)

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 ...
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Cop scene explanation from John Wick (2014)

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 ...
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Is there a word or phrase for when the movie tricks you for a moment like this?

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 ...
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Is there a word or phrase for when the movie tricks you for a moment like this?

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 ...
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Does 1957's 12 Angry Men consist of only one cut?

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... ...
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Purpose of subliminal skull in Return of the Jedi?

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 ...
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What is this cinematic story telling technique called?

Cross-cutting sounds like what you are talking about: Cross-cutting is an editing technique most often used in films to establish action occurring at the same time, and often in the same place. https:...
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Why was the cocoon scene edited out of Alien?

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 ...
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Can a Live Telecast Be Edited?

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 ...
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What is the term for a cut from one close-up object to another absurdly similar close-up object?

TV Tropes (obligatory warning - it's a massive time sink) calls this a Match Cut: A cut or dissolve that matches an object in the first shot with an object in the second shot. The objects must be ...
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In Cabin in the Woods, why does he start the car with his left hand?

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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Did the UK version of Terminator 2 censor out the lock picking scenes?

Yes they did, from whatculture Remember that scene in Terminator 2 where Sarah Connor picks the lock in the mental asylum with paper clips? It was actually for real. Turns out Linda Hamilton ...
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How to make a film in black and white and add color to some objects?

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 ...
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What is this editing technique called?

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 ...
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Why haven't clapperboards become obsolete?

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 ...
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Why are there two fades to black at the end of Dunkirk?

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 ...
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Is there something similar to a "Radio edit" of a song in television

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 ...
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Cop scene explanation from John Wick (2014)

John Wick's directors Chad Stahelski and Dave Leitch answered this question during an interview with Screen Junkies. Screen Junkies: I've always been curious about [the cop scene]. Is he an assassin ...
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What is the difference between Sound Mixing and Sound Editing?

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 ...
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Why and to which extent was The Night Manager recut for international release?

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 ...
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On The Biggest Loser, do they interview contestants before AND after the weekly weigh-in?

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 ...
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Regarding Miranda Tate's reappearance in Wayne Tower

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 ...
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Regarding Miranda Tate's reappearance in Wayne Tower

Poor editing or a continuity mistake... Seems like opinions differ. I guess depending on what happens in the off-screen moments... both are possible. That being said, there's several continuity ...
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What is the difference between Sound Mixing and Sound Editing?

I've edited and mixed music recordings. Editing is first, mixing is last. With music, editing is done when creating master tracks. Say I have five takes or versions of a singer singing a song. I'll ...
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How do characters act so fast in movies?

Movies don't always show events happening in real time. To avoid a 5 seconds scene of the zombie walking around the house to the point where our characters stood, directors sometimes cut it out and ...
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Cop scene explanation from John Wick (2014)

In addition to the excellent answers already posted, I have to say that this is also a great example of comic relief (as comic relief goes, this is very dry, and very dark, but that just makes it all ...
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Regarding Miranda Tate's reappearance in Wayne Tower

According to IMDB (on their "Goofs" page for Dark Knight Rises), comicbook.com, and chaoshour.com, this was an actual mistake, and not just a clumsily attempted time jump/flashback. And I haven't ...
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How to make a film in black and white and add color to some objects?

They Film it in Color. Then they filter the Color out, only grayscales are left. This is pretty easy because every Digital film is saved in some colorinformation ( red green blue or red green yellow)...
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Jean-Luc Godard's editing in sync with a machine gun

In his book, Godard on Godard: Critical Writings by Jean-Luc Godard*, Godard discusses his influences. He mentions (p 132, viewable in Google Books) the aesthetically jarring effect of "machine guns ...
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