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Was Saturday Night Live tape delayed on Nov 7th, 2020? [closed]

On Saturday, November 7th, 2020, NBC had a new episode of Saturday Night Live starting at 11:30 ET, after a college football game they were showing. The football game was between the #1 ranked Clemson ...
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On a multicam show, who has access to the full script?

On a scripted multicam show that is shot live, such as a sitcom, which members of the production typically have access to the full script? Obviously the writers do, since they created the script. And ...
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Why are some scenes of a movie shot in public places?

Tetsujin pointed out in his/her answer (towards the end) about a Batman spoiler that had been leaked by public. It is one of the underlying points that fuel the question. What is the need/requirement ...
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How is secrecy maintained in movie production?

In movies such as those of MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) or those that have thrilling, suspenseful elements, how is secrecy ensured in the internal team. I have assumed till now that internal team ...
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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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Why are production values on 70's US shows so low? [closed]

Television shows aired in the United States during the broadcast network pre-cable area often had huge audiences, by today's standards. Throughout the 1970's, one ratings point in prime time often ...
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Why is the HBO “stinger” sound a semitone lower in English than in German?

I have been watching a number of HBO shows (Game of Thrones, Westworld, Watchmen, and The Plot Against America) on Sky Ticket in the last few years, and I noticed something curious about the "...
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How is a desired result in a horse race produced in a movie?

The plot of the movie calls for the horse of the hero/heroine to come in first, the villain's to come in second, and a third party's horse to come in third. How would they make this come about in the ...
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How was The Sopranos title sequence changed after September 11th, 2001?

The Sopranos original title sequence featured a prominent view of Lower Manhattan and the World Trade Center reflected in the passenger mirror of Tony Soprano's Chevrolet Suburban. The accompanying ...
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To what extent did Crazy Rich Asians get subsidized by the Singaporian Government?

From what I can tell from interviews and such, Crazy Rich Asians was somewhat subsidized by the Singaporian Government. No Film School says that films can be subsidized up to 50 percent, but I can’t ...
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Why were the later films of The Chronicles Of Narnia never filmed?

The Chronicles of Narnia written by C.S.Lewis consist of a seven book series, among which only the first three were adapted for filming. Why were the next parts not made? I pretty much liked that ...
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Is there any movie with a laugh track?

I understand laugh track (canned laughter) is mostly added to sitcoms citing reasons that it induces laughter (or laughter at the right moment) in the viewer as he/she is not with a crowd. But just ...
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How much of the “Box Office” amount does the studio get?

Quite often when rating a film's success, the numbers often quoted are the budget of the film vs the amount earned at the Box Office. However, the money made at the Box Office is the total ticket ...
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Why Are Some Movies and Television Shows Still Being Cropped (Pan and Scan) To Fill a Television Screen?

Sometimes the aspect ratio of a movie or television show doesn't match the aspect ratio of the television or viewing device. The solution to this is either letterboxing or cropping (pan and scan). One ...
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Why plan a movie in space instead of using CGI technology (visual effects)?

Recently I heard that NASA confirmed their plan to work with Tom Cruise and Elon Musk's SpaceX on a film that would be shot in outer space. I was amazed with Hollywood CGI effects shown in recent ...
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Why doesn't the Blu-Ray specification allow for custom resolutions? [closed]

Why does the Blu-ray specification only allow for a fixed set of resolutions instead of defining an upper bound on resolution? If arbitrary resolutions were allowed it would solve two problems: ...
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Did Murder She Wrote plan for a handsome young man in each episode?

I started re-watching Murder, She Wrote. When I started the second season, I realized that I was seeing a handsome young man in almost every episode. Sometimes it’s a bit character like a deputy, ...
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Are the driving scenes in the Office filmed while the actors are driving?

There is this question that has answers - How do they film scenes with the actors driving in a car?. But it is really more about stunts and more aggressive driving. My kids are watching The Office ...
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Where are scenes set in newspaper printing press rooms filmed?

For newspaper films, it seems de rigeur to have a scene shot in the printing press room. "The Post" (2017) is a recent example, with extensive printing scenes including close-ups of ...
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Why do these shots from a 2005 Doctor Who episode look blurry?

I am catching up on some earlier episodes of the modern Doctor Who series and I am a little shocked how badly they aged. Putting soundtrack, monsters, special effects and such aside, I want to focus ...
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What Else Do News Anchors Do?

We all know news network anchors' primary job is to sit in front of the camera and conduct the news program. But surely that's not ALL they do. What else do anchors at news networks typically do on an ...
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Why was Live PD cancelled?

Instead of removing a show from the air because of racial inequality, why couldn't they just have a more diverse line-up? This is a popular show like COPS. Why did they cancel Live PD?
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Who decides precisely when a film will be released?

Who decides when a film is released? We know that the director and producer work in tandem, but who specifically, job role would be preferable here, decides precisely when a film will be released into ...
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Why do 90s movies often look noisy? [closed]

It is my impression that movies from around the 90s look more noisy than from other eras (in terms of picture quality, sorry I probably lack the proper terminology here). In particular, unlike what ...
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How does an online video on demand tv generate ROI [closed]

I've always wondered how online TV channels, either hosted on YouTube or on a website, guarantee return on investment, especially if the production budget is $20,000 and above
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How do production crews film people running down corridors in Star Trek?

In Star Trek, especially the newer series, the camera follows Captain Kirk, Spock, Michael Burnham, etc. running down corridors, turning left or right, and flying by people. It would be convenient if ...
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Why was the freeway set destroyed?

While The Matrix Reloaded was in pre production, the people involved in the movie couldn't find a suitable location for the car chase. So it was then decided to build their own freeway. This was great ...
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Why do they remove the rear view mirror in driving scenes?

In many driving scenes, in different shots of the same car some will show the mirror in place on the windshield, while in others it has obviously been removed. Mirrors are usually high enough they ...
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Difference in appearance of contrast by gender

Watching Casablanca, and I've realized something. Close-ups of Bogart appear to have high contrast, sharp features. And close-ups of Bergman are softer, lower contrast, almost fuzzy. This is ...
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Why are episodes still a thing?

I understand that shows intended for broadcast TV need to fit into a fixed-length slot in a schedule for a fixed number of weeks. However, with the rise of streaming services developing their own ...
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Why was there an intermission?

Why was the intermission put in Once Upon A Time In America, the 3h49m version? Was it an artistic choice, to make a break in the movie, or was it placed there to make a break in the cinemas for the ...
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What’s the significance of this extra scope

In “It Comes At Night” (2017), Travis faces hallucinations throughout the movie. Whenever this happens, this second scope kicks in. This second scope also appears in the pre-climax scene, where Paul’...
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How does WWE earn money with an empty audience?

Due to COVID 19, WWE is hosting their shows with no audience. How does WWE earn money with an empty audience?
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Was Avenue 5 abruptly cancelled?

While I'm usually quite adverse to toilet humor, my love for satire and anything Sci-Fi got me to watch the first couple of episodes of Avenue 5. After a bit of a rocky start (IMHO), I started to ...
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How do Movies render text in different languages

Normally, when a movie is in English, every Text, every newspaper, etc is in English too. When it comes to dubbing, there is normally subtitles which translate the text, or it's read out loud by ...
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What does “all-new episode” mean?

Quite often, (maybe more often a few years ago than now) on an ad for a TV programme, the announcer will say something like, "Tonight: An all-new episode of The Simpsons!" My question is, what does ...
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How is this movie so close to current epidemic due to COVID-19? [closed]

I recently watched a movie Contagion (2011) starring some very high rated actors like Kate Winslet, Gwyneth Paltrow, Matt Damon, Lawrence Fishburne, Jude Law etc. It seems to have precisely predicted ...
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Why do the walls of the room disappear in this second shot?

In biographical drama movie The Two Popes (2019), there is a scene where Jorge Bergoglio argues with Father Yorio and Jalics in a closed room: In the second shot, Jurio leave the room with ...
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Why did the Philippines fall out of favor in the early 1970's for low budget film production aimed at the US?

The Philippines were a haven for budget film production by filmmakers such as Roger Corman in the late 1950s through to the early 1970's - what was the cause of the demise of a pretty steady pipeline ...
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Why does Songland have an audience behind the judges only part of the time?

I love the TV show Songland, but I am confused about the audience behind the judges. Sometimes during the show, there are no people behind the judges. (You can't see anybody, and when the judges clap ...
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How long are TV shows typically awaiting airing after completion, Star Trek: Picard in particular?

I'm watching Star Trek: Picard as it comes to air and have just seen a promo for it. The show is obviously presenting a story arc presumably spanning a whole season; judging by the pace of the two ...
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What is this star shape artifact in old cartoons?

I was recently watching some old Tom and Jerry episodes (40s-50s) and noticed the end of the episodes have a star shape symbol in the top right for only a few frames. I couldn't find a term for what ...
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Bullfighting is banned in Barcelona?

In the movie credits to Sean Penn's The Gunman (2015), it reads "Barcelona is an anti-bullfighting city and no bullfighting has taken place in the city since 2011". In the movie the climactic scene ...
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Why are stand-up comedians using corded microphones? [closed]

I've watched a smattering of Netflix productions of stand-up comedians from the last five years and I'm confused: Why are they using corded microphones on stage? I'm almost certain it's not for ...
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How do they avoid the cast and crew leaving tracks around the set of “The Revenant”?

In the 2015 movie The Revenant, Hugh Glass is seen in several shots alone in the snow. Now, we know that there are several other people out there with him working for the cast and crew. In some of ...
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What, exactly, changed with the Cats update?

I've seen a ton of articles about Cats receiving an update shortly after release, and based on recent videos the release actually took place, but I can't find any actual changes more specific than the ...
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Was Jenna Fischer actually drunk for the Chili's scenes or was she just acting drunk?

In The Office - S2:E1, "The Dundies": Was Jenna Fischer actually drunk for the Chili's scenes? Or was she just acting drunk?
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Why was Sense8 made as a series and not a feature film?

I recently discovered that one of my favorite sci-fi feature films, Limitless got a continuation as a series. Then I discovered a new sci-fi topic in Sense8, which is a series. It was created by ...
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How does making TV in the UK traditionally work, as opposed to the American-originated showrunner model? [closed]

I've seen a lot of references to the idea that the showrunner model is a very new concept to the UK, starting to be tried in the early 2000s and reaching popularity from its reasonably successful use ...
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Was the homosexuality angle added in It Chapter Two after the “gay Pennywise” drama?

After Netflix accidentally categorised It Chapter One under "gay films", there was a big meme about Pennywise being gay and dating the Babadook, and he ended up part of gay pride. Was that the reason ...

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