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How do they film scenes with the actors driving in a car?
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Another common technique is to use a "process trailer", aka an insert trailer or low loader. It is used as a moving camera platform and is towed by a special truck-like vehicle that may contain ...

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Why do many movie titles differ between the U.S. and the UK?
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A well-known example is the first Harry Potter book and movie. British author J.K. Rowling titled her first book Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. Scholastic later published the book in the U....

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How do they film "flying human" scenes?
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The primary technique used for flying stunts are wire harnesses and then wire removal. The actors wear a harness which is connected to wires that suspend the actor in mid-air. If the scene is filmed ...

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How do they film minors smoking?
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One of the more famous scenes of a young actress smoking is Tatum O'Neal in Paper Moon: This article quotes her as saying: "Peter [Bogdanovich, the director] wanted me to smoke in the movie, but ...

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Why was Roger Ebert considered one of the greatest film critics?
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Roger Ebert was the all-time best-known, most successful movie critic in cinema history. He reached more movie fans via television and print than any other critic. He became the first movie critic to ...

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Show recorded in front of public: how does it work?
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There are three types of TV shows taped before a live audience, sitcoms, game shows, and talk shows. I'm just going to cover sitcoms; the other two use just one set and don't have the same issues the ...

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In Swordfish, did they really fly a bus underneath a helicopter in downtown LA?
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I did some more digging, and unbelievably, it appears everything was actually real, except where they let the bus down on the rooftop (and the crash into the building was faked of course too, as per ...

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How do TV shows with live audience manage special effect scenes?
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I was in the live studio audience for the taping of a sitcom maybe 15 years ago when I was living in southern California. There was a scene that couldn't be done live (no special effects; I believe ...

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What techniques are used by directors to make an actor cry?
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In an interview with Jimmy Kimmel, director Wes Craven (known for Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream) said he would tell a young actor "Your mother's dead" and then quickly walk off the set. Said it ...

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How was the tracking shot in Frenzy done?
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My first reaction was it was done with Steadicam, except Frenzy came out in 1972 and Steadicam was first used in 1976. I found a good description of how the shot was done here: "Deconstructing the ...

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Why was there no narration in The Hunger Games?
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Because film is a visual medium, and one of fundamentals of screenwriting is "show, don't tell". Show, don't tell enables the viewer to experience a story through action rather than having it hand-...

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Walking around someone who is moving in Slow Motion?
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I have not seen this episode, but have read that the effect is similar to the "bullet time" special effects in the Matrix. The latter was achieved using 120 still cameras in a circle surrounding the ...

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How do movie makers get people to watch a movie many times?
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I think a good example is where there is an unexpected twist (or twists) at the end, particularly if they depended on several elements earlier in the movie which were in plain sight so to speak but ...

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Were old TV shows routinely sped up for some reason?
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Many cable channels are using video compression technology to speed up reruns so they can fit in more ads. Here's a story in the WSJ about this practice, citing as examples a showing of the movie The ...

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