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Why didn't Hans Gruber know what Mr. Takagi looked like?
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One brief point in addition to the answers above: Die Hard takes place in 1987 or 1988, before social media, the web, 24 hour cable news, or even the desktop publishing revolution. For someone raised ...

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Why do soap operas have the soap opera effect?
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18 votes

You've got it backwards. No effect is being applied to soap operas. It's the tvs that are applying an effect. Let me explain. To fool the human brain into believing that a series of flashes are a ...

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How are 3D still shots or "time stop" effects created?
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Beyond the simple freeze frame, there are essentially three methods of "stopping time," which may be mixed and matched as needed. Multiple Camera Arrays: AKA "Bullet Time Rigs" are used to move the ...

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Is the witch in "The Witch" (2015) real?
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Yes, in the context of the film's world, the Puritans' idea of witches--and by extension, black magic and the devil--are "real." This is the central twist of The Witch, and why I found it so clever. ...

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Why is, "This is not a news broadcast" stated before each episode?
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Years ago, I participated in the filming of an episode of Unsolved's sister show, Rescue 911. (I'm one of the skinny 6th graders hula-hooping in the gym while a kid gets his tongue stuck in a canteen.)...

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Why were/are TV series shot in 24fps?
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There are two related reasons. The first is that feature film production, from the 1920s onward when film cameras became standardized, was entirely designed around working at 24fps. Cinematographers ...

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What happens if an actor dies or gets injured on set during filming?
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This is an older question, but I feel we're missing one critical option. Imagine that Tom Hanks were killed midway through filming a drama, too late to recast him and too soon to film around his loss. ...

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What is a "hero plate" and what is its purpose in filmmaking?
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I believe the other two answers are slightly off. In this case, the effects team is using a term more commonly applied to props and costumes: The "hero" (or "hero prop"/"hero sword"/"hero vehicle"/"...

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