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The 'cab' is hinged round the bottom of the box structure, probably released by Keaton at the appropriate moment, and very likely sprung to assist the demolition. The rest is just balanced on top and will fall at the slightest provocation. You only see it move about 6 feet, so it doesn't have to last long. As I can see no evidence of a rope to pull it [and ...


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You hyperventilate right before the take, the same technique as for swimming underwater [not highly recommended underwater, but in air, of course, you can change your mind and breathe again at any time]. Also, bear in mind, you're "dead" so not doing much in the way of running around getting out of breath. Zombies would be a whole different question and ...


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As has been mentioned, the binocular "look" is just a mask. It's also worth noting that if you're looking through binoculars properly you will only see one circle.


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They don't know. They don't care. It doesn't matter what were the original colors. As the movie was filmed in black and white, the set, the costumes, even the makeup was designed to look good in black and white and not to have correct color. A famous example is the sets of the Addams Family which were built in pink, but the filming rendered them in grim ...


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Well, I have a theory about how this scene might have been filmed, but I have no sources to confirm this as it is a very old movie. This rock can be a fake one, because using a real one will definitely hurt an actor. Now, when the rock is thrown, actor takes a jump. To make this look realistic, the timing and jump must be perfect. If you take a close look,...


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The reality is that these images are nearly universally added in post production. Creating a computer environment for a film that the actors can actually interact with is much more time intensive and expensive than just creating an animation of the screen. Even if they did so, it would be time consuming to have to reset the computer screen to clear out ...


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According to this site: In the early days of film cameras were hand cranked, which caused inconsistencies from movie to movie. Even further still, projection houses would speed up frame rates of movies to get that one extra projection at the end of the day. It wouldn’t be until 1929, with the introduction of the optical sound track, that the standard of ...


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If you talk to actors that do a lot of CGI, the answer is "not very easily". (Ian McKellan famously almost quit filming The Hobbit because most of his work was acting solo, since they had to CGI in the hobbits later to make them short.) However, there's a couple of techniques that pop up frequently in CGI-heavy movies: The "tennis ball". Often an actual ...


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The Ames Room, forced perspective, and moving towards the camera. The left side of the room is much larger and farther away than the right side of the room. Take a look at the same illusion here: She is pulled towards the camera in the beginning, and then moves to the right area, which is much smaller than the left area. ...


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Principal photography, where the actors are in front of the camera, usually takes less than 3 months. But principal photography is just one part of producing a movie. The whole process can take a year or more. Movie production is generally broken into 3 stages: Pre-production: The script is finalized, crew and cast are hired, there are rehearsals, teams ...


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From the script: From an interview with Uma Thurman: Why do they bleep your name? That one eludes me. You'll find out her name. You will definitely find out her name, I can tell you right now, but that'd ruin it. From an interview with Vivica A. Fox: What name do you and Uma say when they bleep it out? Beatrix. Her name is Beatrix. It is weird right? ...


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Normally, movie producers would obtain permits to shut down roads around city filming locations. However, this is not usually permitted in London (even huge productions like Bond get very limited privileges in London), unlike a lot of America cities. Although, it seems that the producers were able to get some road closures, but under very limited conditions. ...


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Because of powdered milk's resemblance to cocaine and other drugs, powdered milk is sometimes used in film-making as a non-toxic prop that may be inhaled. Other methods listed on nypost.com are - “It’s usually cornstarch, but you have to put a bit of baby powder into it, because starch is too sticky and heavy,” says Gillian Albinski, the property master on ...


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It's mostly a CGI effect with blue screening / masking, motion tracking etc. There's a YouTube explanation by the movie's Cinematographer Don Burgess Also another by Contact's visual effects supervisors Ken Ralston and Stephen Rosenbaum


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They're actually just glorified 'lick & stick' - thin 'not quite plastic' decals adhered to paper backings, which are wetted with a mixture of water and alcohol and applied to the skin. I imagine they're very similar to the ones you can find on the cosmetics counter in some chemist's (though I've never used those, so that's a guess). They will start to ...


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This was shot inside a set and Jack Nicholson himself posed for the scene. Jack Nicholson posing for his final moment frozen in the snow. This side angle reveals the crude bracing system of wood and Styrofoam that was built to hold Nicholson as still as possible for the lengthy shot. Here we can see that Nicholson has his mouth closed. And in the above pic ...


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It's called an Invisible Wipe, or Invisible Cut. Using an object or person from one scene to cover the entire screen, then as they move from shot another scene is revealed. Of course, this is easy in an animation, but it's also used in film, even before modern digital editing. There's a lovely article - Invisible Cuts: a new Trend in Video Editing - which ...


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Disclaimer: Violence is stupid and dangerous. A blow to the skull is often fatal. I wouldn't say it's easy, but there are several sweet spots on the skull that, when hit with sufficient force, is almost guaranteed to cause unconsciousness. I would suggest the upper part of the jaw bone or the temple. Both places are connected to the brain stem through ...


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It takes a couple of minutes to shave a head, so assuming nothing gets messed up when the initial cut with the shaver is made, any mistakes can just be edited around. If there is a significant mistake when the initial cut is made I assume filming could be stopped, hair could be patched and start the shave again - probably from a different spot. Where some ...


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This will be achieved through a series of shots. Let's pretend you want to show a scene where two people are talking in a diner - here is the classic way to go about it. First you shoot an establishing shot of the whole room - your actors can perform the whole scene and it doesn't matter if they mess up, as you will not be using the dialogue from this shot ...


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Rain jackets for cameras are available in market. If the rain is artificially created, we just have to focus on the frame we are shooting. We don't need water all over the place, but just within the frame. And if there is a lighting setup that's placed within that boundary, we have to some how keep the HMIs, sound gears, etc dry. Well, we could use umbrellas ...


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There are many ways to film dialogue scenes. In reality, what you see on film (unless there are no cuts at all) is a compilation of potentially dozens of takes of on-set film and audio recording, possibly coupled with digital recording sessions done after the fact (the way they record audio for animated films). Shooting a scene On a single camera shoot, ...


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Usually, if we talk about credits without any movie scene in the background, it was done by using a long sheet of paper or plastic or other material they want with credits written on it. Artists used different type of fonts and texts as required. Then this sheet is rolled in front of a camera where it is recorded and added into the movie. They also used ...


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It's Vignetting Wikipedia Later, the word came to be used for a photographic portrait which is clear in the center, and fades off at the edges. A similar effect occurs when photographing projected images or movies off a projection screen, resulting in a so-called "hotspot" effect. Vignetting is often an unintended and undesired effect caused by ...


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Her name is bleeped because she cannot be named until she deserves to. Throughout the film she has 4 names. In chronological order the first event of the story is the wedding massacre. At this point she is Black Mamba. She is shot in the head by Bill. This is the death of Black Mamba. She wakes up four years later. This is the birth of The Bride. Now The ...


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A theory: Most of the characters in Toy Story blink their eyes one at a time. This is called "offset blinking" and is usually used in animation to signal an out of place or stupid character. In Toy Story, it's likely used to remind the audience the toys are still toys. Pixar has continued using the offset blink in other films.


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It was partially CGI. They used a freeway to shoot this scene and of course, a stunt double performed this. It took three months and 1.4 miles long track to shoot this scene. From Telegraph(emphasis mine), Indeed, filming the main chase took three months and a freeway was built for the film – 1.4 miles of three-lane looped highway From The Independent (...


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The Shining used the then newly-invented device called a Steadicam to shoot these (and many other) scenes: This film was among the first half-dozen to use the newly developed Steadicam (after the 1976 films Bound for Glory, Marathon Man, and Rocky), and was Kubrick's first use of it. This is a stabilizing mount for a motion picture camera, which ...


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TL;DR To film the most of action sequences, they designed a 40X60X12 foot corner of the South Tower and it was redressed for the North Tower. They created a model only for the rest of the roofs, the towers, and New York of 1974 and to film Petit’s point of view during his walk. They took some footage from 1400 feet above the ground in a helicopter to get an ...


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