Referring to things that happen "behind the camera", the real-life reasons for how/why a TV/film/book/comic turned out the way it did

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Origin of Name “Zefram Cochrane” (Out-of-Universe)

While reading, I came upon the real-world Jacqueline Cochran, an American pilot known for, among other things, numerous speed records and flight pioneering. I thought this a funny coincidence with ...
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Why didn't Alan Menken compose the music for Frozen?

Winner of eight Academy Awards, film composer Alan Menken has composed the songs and score for nearly all of Disney's musicals. He didn't do the Lion King only because he was busy with Pocahontas. He ...
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When did “Darth” become a title?

In their confrontation aboard the Death Star, Obi-Wan addresses Lord Vader thusly: Only a master of evil, Darth. Treating it more as a name, than a title. DVK's answer to the question The use ...
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Did The Force Awakens use any screen wipes to transition from scene to scene?

When Episode VII was announced, I remember hearing fans wonder whether Abrams would use to the screen wipes to transition from scene to scene the way other Star Wars films did. ...
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What was Mace Windu's connection to the Whills supposed to be in early drafts of the script for Star Wars?

George Lucas' first draft of the synopsis of the script for Star Wars - written in 1973 and titled "Journal of the Whills" - is said to begin as follows: This is the story of Mace Windu, a ...
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Is Dean's name in Supernatural a reference to Gilmore Girls?

Jared Padalecki portrayed Dean in Gilmore Girls and then, in Supernatural, his chararacter Sam had a brother named Dean. Jared Padalecki's roles in Gilmore Girls and Supernatural are among his ...
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Why did David Bowie's proposal for a musical version of Orwell's “1984” fall through?

In honor of the late, great David Bowie, who died on January 10, 2016 As many people are aware, David Bowie's album Diamond Dogs contains several references to George Orwell's classic dystopian ...
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Is Chewbacca's dialogue said on set, or dubbed in later?

In the Star Wars films, the character Chewbacca doesn't speak Basic/English like the bulk of the cast. Instead he speaks Shyriiwook, a language of growls/barks/etc. Is someone (the actor, or a voice ...
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How much was accomplished with the practical BB-8 prop?

For Star Wars: The Force Awakens, they built a (multiple?) practical BB-8 prop. They brought it to D23 last year, where they showed it rolling around, doing the basic movement you see BB-8 doing in ...
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Which “certain other thespian” does Joss Whedon hate?

Wikipedia's article on the original Buffy film talks about a comic in the Buffy-verse: In 1999, Dark Horse Comics released a graphic novel adaptation of Whedon's original script under the title ...
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When do we see Gungans in The Force Awakens?

In this screenshot from The Force Awakens Comic-Con behind the scenes video, the red arrows point to what look like models/drawings of gungans, implying that there would be gungans appearing in the ...
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Why don't any characters sing in the 2nd and 3rd Hobbit films?

Tolkien's books have a lot of songs in them, which sometimes become actual songs sung by the characters in the films. The films seems to favor having the characters sing on screen more and more, as ...
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Kenny Baker's attitude toward Star Wars

inspired by Alec Guinness's attitude toward Star Wars... I've heard claims here and there about Kenny Baker's attitude toward the Star Wars franchise, with some claiming that he hates it or used ...
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Did they use models or CGI for the spaceships in The Force Awakens?

Before The Force Awakens was released, Lucasfilm talked a lot about their efforts to use practical effects and such, using CGI relatively sparingly. This video covers practical costumes, props, ...
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What has been Alec Guinness's attitude toward Star Wars?

inspired by Harrison Ford's attitude toward Star Wars I've heard claims here and there about Alec Guinness's attitude toward the Star Wars franchise, with some claiming that he hates it or used ...
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What has been Harrison Ford's attitude toward Star Wars?

I've heard claims here and there about Harrison Ford's attitude toward the Star Wars franchise, with most claiming that he hates it or used to hate it, etc. Did he like Star Wars and then grew to ...
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Why was Luke Skywalker missing in The Force Awakens?

In The Force Awakens, we learn in the opening crawl that Luke Skywalker has disappeared. He is in fact Why was this? I am looking both in and out-of-universe explanations. 1. In-universe: Why ...
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How much of the plot of The Search for Spock was determined when The Wrath of Khan was written?

Near the end of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, There are rather obvious hints that this may not be the end, for example and and and and So how much of Star Trek III:The Search for ...
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Was Yoda's departure an intentional reference to E.T.?

In Revenge of the Sith Yoda bids farewell to Tarfful and Chewie on Kashyyyk. Interestingly, there are some major similarities between that scene and the goodbye-scene from E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. ...
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Was there an alternate ending/episode for General Krell?

In Star Wars: The Clone Wars I could have sworn the first time I watched the series that the story arc ended with General Krell appreciating the clones' ingenuity and handing them back over to ...
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Why do the Prequels recycle old sounds for R2-D2 and Chewie?

The sounds in the Star Wars universe are usually very unique and diverse. In the original trilogy the sounds made by Chewbacca and R2-D2 seem to be brand new sounds in each film, meaning that R2 and ...
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Is there any mention of mathematicians in Westeros?

I'm thinking people in Westeros and Essos know or ought to know math such as basic geometry and probability and maybe some basics of finance, economics, physics, engineering, technology, medicine or ...
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Was Krycek kissing Mulder planned?

In the episode "The Red and the Black", Krycek kisses Mulder on the cheek. This scene always had an improvised feel to me. Was the kiss scripted or was it ...
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Have the producers of The Walking Dead acknowledged that the logo is supposed to be decaying?

This picture has been floating around the interwebs, along with claims that the idea was to create a sense of increasing decay in the show's logo: Season 6 However, the logo seems to have become ...
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Why did Rick burp less frequently in season 2?

In the brilliant sci-fi cartoon Rick and Morty, one of Rick's most obvious idiosyncrasies is his constant, mid-sentence burping. However, this quirk was far more pronounced in the first season than ...
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Why were the makers of BTTF going to use a fridge as a time machine?

So, as every good Back to the Future fan knows, the DeLorean wasn't in the original plan for Back to the Future. The time machine was going to be a fridge (Great Scott - I'm glad they changed their ...
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Is the resemblance between Glen and David Bowie (c. Ziggy Stardust) intentional?

In the movie Seed of Chucky, Chucky's offspring Glen/Glenda bears a striking resemblance to David Bowie during the Ziggy Stardust/Aladdin Sane era of his career. Beyond the physical similarities, ...
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Was the “Giant Mecha” genre driven by its affordability?

In their article about Limited Animation, TVtropes makes a bold claim: This was also put forward as one of the driving reasons behind early Humongous Mecha genre and spaceship shows such as Mobile ...
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Do the cast members of The Walking Dead read the comic books?

I've been reading some articles about The Walking Dead, and I stumbled across a Q&A with Sarah Wayne Callies, who played Lori. Someone asked her if she reads the comics, to which she replied: ...
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What's the standard procedure for actors playing Vulcans on TNG?

When actors were hired to guest star as Vulcans on TNG and TNG-era shows, were they required to review any of Spock's performances from TOS and the episode "Amok Time" in particular (for Vulcan ...
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Besides Chandler Riggs, did anyone comment on why Jeffrey DeMunn left The Walking Dead?

As a diehard fan of The Walking Dead, I followed the news stories surrounding the sudden departure of the show's original executive producer/showrunner, Frank Darabont, as they were leaking out around ...
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What are the origin and explanation for Dax's hands-behind-the-back mannerism?

Lt. Dax routinely walks and stands with her hands clasped behind her back. Here's the clearest capture I could get, from "Blood Oath": The out-of-universe story is what really interests me. ...
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Has anyone revealed why the word “zombie” is used in the comics, but not on the show(s)?

In The Walking Dead comics, the word "zombie" wasn't used at first, but fairly early in the series, it was introduced. Rick initially thought it was too silly to mention, but eventually accepted that ...
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Is there any evidence that Frank Dillane is signed for the next season of Fear the Walking Dead?

So far, my favorite character on Fear the Walking Dead is Nick Clark, played by the actor Frank Dillane. I know The Walking Dead well enough to realize that this is precisely what the producers ...
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Who informed the world that Brian Blessed was making laser noises during the filming of Flash Gordon?

A few years ago, I read an article in which it was revealed that while the movie Flash Gordon (1980) was being filmed, the legendary ham, Brian Blessed, kept making laser noises (i.e., saying "Pew ...
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Out-of-universe, how are Star Trek combadges attached?

How are combadges attached? (Is there any reference in-universe to how they stay on? This question primarily focuses on in-universe explanation -- there is a mention of out-of-universe in an ...
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Why is Fear the Walking Dead skipping a week?

The first episode of Fear the Walking Dead aired last Sunday (the 23rd). The second episode aired last night (the 30th). Next Sunday (the 6th), AMC will replay the first two episodes. The third ...
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Why was the main character in Quantum Leap named “Sam Beckett”?

It seems very strange to me that the main character in Quantum Leap is named Sam Beckett, given that there was already a very famous playwright with that name. They even acknowledge it in one episode ...
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How are the throat slitting scenes created in Game of Thrones? [closed]

I am currently watching Game of Thrones S3, where a character’s throat is slit. In scenes such as this, how is the fake wound and blood spray created? Also, how do actors provide perfect expressions ...
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How did they accomplish Ant-Man's opening helmet?

Often in the film Ant-Man, Scott will open and close the front of the helmet. When open, it uncovers his face so he can speak to people face to face, and when closed he's able to shrink. I'm curious ...
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Is there recognition of Frakes' acting?

I predict downvote, but please bear with me -- this is an objective question. Preamble: People often criticize the acting on Star Trek, including TNG. Rewatching TNG from the beginning, there are ...
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How much of Rick and Morty is improvised?

In the Rick and Morty episode "Rixty Minutes", Rick points out that a lot of the commercials and TV shows from alternate realities have an improvisational feel to them. He isn't wrong, but the same is ...
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Did the Borg originally have another name (and if so, what was it)?

According to information found, among other places, in this question, the name Borg is an abbreviated version of Cyborg, referring to the nature of the Borg. As can also be found in various sources, ...
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Is there any behind the scenes information about the set up of the last The Quest episode?

In the ABC reality tv series The Quest by far the largest amount of film like scenes are shown in the very last episode. We notice this in scenes like Verlox dying (CGI) Two soldiers being thrown ...
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Was the original Death Star prop actually blown up for the movie?

I've read in the past that the original Death Star prop was blown up for the movie scene. Today I came across this and was wondering if there was any truth to that rumor.
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Did Captain Kirk underact when he found his brother dead?

In the episode Operation: Annihilate! Kirk finds his brother dead. He didn't seem very upset (definitely no tears, was able to continue with work immediately). Was there any reason in particular for ...
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Was the War Doctor originally intended to be Christopher Eccleston?

In SFX, Moffat commented on Eccleston not appearing in Day of the Doctor: I had an initial contact with Chris and, in a very amiable and gentlemanly way, he didn’t feel that he could come back to ...
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Were Peter Davison, Colin Baker, and Sylvestor McCoy in Day of the Doctor?

In The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot ('Day of the Fish Doctor'), Peter Davison, Colin Baker, and Sylvestor McCoy as the 11th (or 12th, depending on how you count) Doctor walks past. Were these three ...
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In light of Chinese censorship, is there still significant Doctor Who fandom behind the Great Firewall?

This line in "The Chinese stream" The Economist - Nov 9 2013 seems to imply that China has a rule barring depictions of time travel. Rules about content range from the predictable (no shows ...
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On what kind of media are the lost (and now recovered!) Doctor Who episodes stored?

According to this article and several others like it on the web, the missing Doctor Who episodes (mostly Hartnell & Troughton) were located in Ethopia and will be released "soon." I'm curious, ...