J Presper Eckert
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Is there a measure for movie realism?
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Regrettably, movies must be entertaining enough to bring people in to theaters. Sometimes characters must be nicer than they really were; be combined to a more interesting, larger force than real life ...

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Why is it that most movies seem to be created in cooperation with some unknown studio?
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Fox Searchlight, Disney Touchstone, other brands, exist to differentiate a film they might release from the standard, bigger brother studio release product. Searchlight releases small, character ...

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Why are people playing police officers not arrested?
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A 'real' movie, with a normal crew is a large enterprise -- hard to miss. Thus, actors in police uniform in front of a lens, with make up and hair all over them, 50 crew guys & women, equipment ...

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Was film actually “better” than digital media?
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In film, the dLogE curve, the characteristic curve of film emulsion is non-linear. With exposure time on the x-axis and negative density on the y, at very low levels, increasing light/exposure time, ...

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Why are movies so different from the original books?
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Studios, most sources of financing, use a Clearance company to read the script and anticipate legal issues: use of a protected name, possible defamation, possible offense from sexual or religious ...

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How do they film scenes with the actors driving in a car?
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Process, projector showing a image on a screen behind the actors & car, was the method of yore. Audiences today recognize it. So the replacement is 1. chroma key (image not projected onto a screen ...

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What role do screenwriters play, after handing in the script?
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Their role is to get their next gig, stay off the set. There are exceptions, of course. No one would ask Aaron Sorkin to leave the stage. But if you just wrote your first 800K horror movie, it's ...

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How do they shoot scenes where the camera passes through a window?
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One clever way, when going from inside to outside, is to hang the window/door on the lens. (On the matte box, actually.) Start close on the body on the ground, with grips holding the weight of the ...

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How does a movie director handle an inherently dangerous scene such as the following?
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Whenever I've worked with exotic animals, big cats, there's always been a special animal handler/trainer who brought the animals & crew to manage them. He was always at the camera with two chair ...

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Legality of using fake license plates in movies
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Where there's a movie company shooting on the street with a vehicle, there are police working with the company. Yes, the plates are fake, just like the '555' phone numbers. We have to to obey ...

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Why are there so many different writers to TV series?
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A writers' room is a collaborative environment. Many people with many ideas pitching in, working off each other, to break the story into specific scenes and acts. Then, someone goes off to write a ...

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Name of this device
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In Apocalypse now, the 'actor' was the First Assistant Director, Jerry Zeismer. He was (no retired) very well-regarded, and, like most 1st A.D.s, a no-nonsense type. It was probably an inside joke ...

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What is the relationship between theaters and film distribution?
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It used to be end to end before the Consent Decree in 1948 against Paramount Pictures, and by implication, all the studios. Before that, Paramount made the picture, and told which of the theaters it ...

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Why does "Hollywood Accounting" still work?
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Aljean Harmetz wrote a book called "Rolling Gross". This chicanery has been part of the picture business for some time. Profit participants are typically very well paid at the start. Actors and others ...

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How is dialog between two people filmed?
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Master shot with both actors showing their relationship to surroundings, each other. Close up of him. Close up of her. Over him to her & over her to him if scene longer than 2 pages, for example. ...

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What is the term for that style device when a soundtrack turns out to be heard within the reality of the film?
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Any music heard as part of the 'reality' of the film's universe is called Source Music. I've never heard anyone say diegetic music on a production.

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When are film soundtracks made?
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At what point are the soundtracks/scores usually made? Soundtracks are more than just the score. It's music, dialog and efx. Dialog is actors speaking lines, either shot at the camera, or looped ...

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What is meant when a show or film is called "dark"?
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Darker: conflict ends with Main Character in more trouble, or at a lower place emotionally, socially, professionally. Bad things happen to average people who make bad choices. In the 40's, with Film ...

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How to find who is the showrunner?
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The showrunner is the person the studio looks to to make sure there's a script for every episode. There wasn't one, for the 13th episode of Robbery Homicide Division becomes the showrunner, Frank ...

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What exactly is 70mm print and why does anyone care?
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65mm negative. When the audio track is added to release print, that piece of film is 70mm wide. Better resolution, film grain less obvious in relation to picture elements. Mike Todd (Todd-A-O) intro'...

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How do they shoot fight scenes without causing harm to performers?
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stunt men for the bigger action bits. Then, after they're on the ground and wounded, having just jumped down a few stories, put in the 'realies' (the actual actors, the faces people paid to see), put ...

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Legal implications of shooting a movie along a public sidewalk with dozens of people
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We used to put up a sign: "If you walk past this sign, you grant all rights to your image appearing in the xxx film "yyy". No one ever called and tried to get money for their image in a movie when ...

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How much does a staff writer make on a TV show?
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10 years ago, a 1 hour dramatic script for a tv show paid $30K for the first draft. How many sets of changes, minor revisions, etc. were negotiable. I've lost track but it's more now, for sure. That's ...

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How are Streets of Fire's end credits structured so unusually (or are they)?
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Walter Hill like the composer, the music folks, Ry Cooder (I can't remember who did what that far back). Walter likes books and music. So he got the music up front at the end credits. I'm sure Joel ...

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