Category "film-techniques"

How was helicopter scene filmed in Escape to Witch Mountain (1975)?

Followup from Aviation.SE In Escape to Witch Mountain (1975), around 1h 19m, there is scene with helicopter (Hughes MD500) in inverted flight which lands upsid

Super 35mm film and sound

I understand that when a film is being shot using Super 35, the entire frame is used by the recording including what used to contain the magnetic strips for sou

How do they film someone submerged in water for prolonged periods of time and the character does not drown (as in the actor themselves)?

In some movies, you see that there is a character who is sinking towards the bottom of the ocean or pool or whatever, they are there for prolonged periods of ti

How does the first assistant camera focus if the director is pointing the camera?

On a film crew there is often a "first assistant camera" whose job it is to focus the camera, which is complex because the subject could be moving or changing,

What is "distorting wide angle for a medium shot"?

In this review of M. Night Shyamalan's Signs, it says: And once again he uses camera tricks—like distorting wide angles for medium shots—to crea

How exactly do you film someone jumping off a very tall building and hitting the concrete below and actually survive?

In some movies, I have seen in Men in Black that a monster had fallen from top of a building backwards and actually lived. In some other movies, there has been

What is the film technique for cutting a body part off?

There are a few movies that show people with their arms, legs and hands cut off, the camera angle hasn't even changed angle, and a large spurt of blood comes po

What are the film techniques for broken and protruding bones?

I have seen in a James Bond movie where there is a volcano disaster and the guy being James Bond (or the same person maybe just different movie) that when he an

Why does Tarkovsky use monochrome and color in the same film?

I have recently watched Stalker by Andrey Tarkovsky. The movie starts with a sepia monochrome high contrast look, then when the characters reach a place called

Why do some movies originally shot on film have notably vivid reds and skin tones?

Many older movies seem to have vivid reds and particularly realistic or noticeable skin tones (they certainly seem to stand out from typical skin tones on TV or

How do cast producers manage false bomb or artillery explosions?

As seen in The Water Diviner, the Turkish troops have made their final assault on the ANZAC troops who have actually slipped away from Gallipoli. In movies lik

How did they make cars fall apart in old movies?

A staple of old Buster Keaton/Laurel and Hardy films is the car that falls completely apart, either when closing one of the doors or even when driving, like so:

Why are real animals used in film production subject to the exposure of violence, 'slaughter' and abuse?

We know that quite a few movies don't use real animals, but the ones that do, why do we see them being treated badly or killed such as: Heaven's Gate(1980) The

What is the film technique for someone breaking into pieces?

In certain movies I have seen the antagonist's arms falling off, then their legs, then their bodies split in two and then their heads fall off when the camera a

How did they film the Titanic splitting in half with all the actors on it?

In the Titanic (1997), we know the ship crashed into an iceberg. All havoc broke loose and all sorts of things started to happen. What I don't understand is ho

How can you film a woman giving birth when the camera angle has not shifted?

In Big Momma's House(2000) we see a woman giving birth to a baby. The camera angle does not shift at all during the scene, or very little at least and a baby i

In the movie adaptation of George Orwell's 1984, how was the pulling out of Winston's tooth filmed?

In 1984, Winston Smith's tooth is pulled out by O'Brien while he is being tortured. Did they actually pull out the actor's tooth for the scene or was it a visua

How do they film continuous blood pooling?

I have seen in American Sniper, Dead-7 and Carrie that when someone is killed, they are laying on the ground with blood leaking out of their back or somewhere e

How is arterial blood spray filmed? [duplicate]

In Dead 7, Carrie and other movies, there have been some scenes where an artery has been severed and an open wound is visible causing an artie

What conditions and requirements are needed to film sex scenes safely?

I have seen numerous movies with sex scenes: Friends with Benefits is one, No Strings attached (insertion is not filmed here) and several others where the inte