128 Answered Questions for the topic film

10/09/19

How did the genie change the most in the movie Aladdin?

10/06/19

true or false question

By 1931, nearly 85 percent of America's twenty thousand theaters accommodated silent films (sound pictures).

07/14/19

What characteristics tie anime styles together?

Anime seems to be a broad subject, but it also tends to be fairly easy to identify something as anime, even if it is dubbed very well. The only exception that I can personally think of where it's... more

07/13/19

How much of a film's revenue comes from its cinema release?

Very often when a film's success is being judged, its opening few weeks takings are considered. However many films and franchises also generate revenue from DVD/BluRay sales and merchandise.What... more

07/12/19

Why is the first episode of a TV show called 'Pilot'?

What is the meaning of the word 'Pilot', as used for the first episode of a TV-show, implied here? Does it have anything to do with a smooth take-off?

07/11/19

How are the best director award winners chosen?

I do not understand how the best director awards are determined each year. It seems impossible to assess the method of a movie director unless you are part of the crew.So, how do the... more

07/11/19

What is it called when a movie breaks the illusion of fantasy?

What is it called when a movie breaks the illusion of fantasy? For example, a character talks to the camera or otherwise breaks character so the movie violates the illusion of the fiction.

07/11/19

Is there a term to describe this plot characteristic?

I've watched shows like The Simpsons, Family Guy, Spongebob, etc. wherein each episode feels somewhat disconnected. In shows like Arrow, The Flash, and others, each episode builds up to a series... more

07/11/19

Do movie actors/actresses dub their scenes after shooting or do they use the audio that is in the scene?

Do they record the audio separately? Or is it all taken in one shot?I think I remember watching some cheap indie films whose audio and video, particularly the speaking of the actors, are not very... more

07/10/19

What exactly is 70mm print and why does anyone care?

There has been a bit of controversy lately over the release of Tarantino's *Hateful Eight* movie. As I understand it, the movie was scheduled to play in a particular theater in Los Angeles that... more

07/10/19

Do actors performing stunts have to take substance test?

We all know that some actors are known to abuse alcohol or drugs in their free time. Considering some of them choose to perform certain stunts without a sub, I would imagine they could impose a... more

07/10/19

How do streaming services earn money?

Netflix and Prime are (I think) the two leading competitors in streaming services. Both services are releasing original movies and shows which are exclusively available in their platform. But... more

07/09/19

Customs and decisions on putting bloopers in end credits?

Who decides whether to put bloopers in end credits?I sort of feel like *any* comedy should pepper the end credits with bloopers, gags, or outtakes. I love them. Is there an industry view on the... more

07/09/19

Are there any global standards to identify a movie?

I know there exist approaches like **EIDR** (Entertainment Identifier Registry) and **ISAN** (International Standard Audiovisual Number). But I do not know how many movies are contained within... more

07/09/19

What factors go into determining what trailers are played before movies?

As we all know, the most exciting part of seeing a movie is the trailers of upcoming movies before the actual film (note, this is coming from an American point of view, I am uncertain if this... more

07/07/19

What is it called when sound from next scene begins before the current scene is over?

Sometimes, in films the sound for the next scene will begin while the current scene is still playing.For example, in Episode 3 of Season 5 of Game of Thrones, Arya is washing a corpse for the first... more

07/07/19

Is there a term for a character only there to die?

In some movies, you can tell when a character is there only to make a dramatic moment when he/she dies.Is there a term for a character written specifically to die for dramatic purpose?

07/06/19

Is there a term for the prologue story present in the opening of a film?

I observed that few films have a short story in start of the film during opening credits, specially in Zack Snyder's films. In *Watchmen* it's about Minutemen, and in *Batman v Superman: Dawn of... more

07/06/19

Does David Lynch's eerie atmosphere (closer to german "Unheimlich"), have a definition and clear origin?

One aspect that all of lynch's films have is that eerie feeling that something is not quite right, but I find that atmosphere to be different from pure surrealism. Did Lynch start this? Or does it... more

07/05/19

Why do actors often play their last scene on a movie on their first day of filming?

I am not even sure this is the case, but it did happen to Lena Headey in 300 and in [this interview (9:30)](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5dzHRHaDgwc) Ethan Hawke and Keira Knightley agree that... more

07/04/19

What techniques were used to film zero-g scenes in The Expanse?

Most of the zero-g scenes in the SyFy series _The Expanse_ appear to be done with good old cables, some CGI, and actors moving slowly.But there is one scene at the very beginning of the first... more

07/04/19

Term for faking something in a movie related to set or lighting?

So, I was under the incorrect assumption that the term "gaffe" referred to creating something that just looks close enough to pass on screen. I'm certain I heard this term used for barnum and... more

07/02/19

How often does China influence Hollywood market by allowing or rejecting a film?

Can china convince Hollywood to change blockbuster movie scripts by allowing or not allowing movies into the Chinese market?If they can, how regularly/consciously do they use this power?

07/02/19

How is the dialogue for wide shots recorded?

In scenes where the boom mic would have to be placed much too far from the actor in order to film the scene, how is the dialogue recorded? Is there some hidden microphone on the actor's clothing or... more
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