The act of creating a work (esp. movies: filming).

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Why were Series 6 and 7 split into two parts?

Nearly every series of new (post-2005) Doctor Who, excluding specials, has comprised a sequence of weekly episodes: Series 1: weekly from 26 March 2005 to 18 June 2005 Series 2: weekly from 15 April ...
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Is Hulu's version of Trigun edited?

Recently, I've been watching Trigun on Hulu. It seems to have the occasional awkward cut, and the narrative seems to noticeably jump sometimes. I don't know if this is due to editing for content or ...
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How are light sabers digitally rendered? [duplicate]

A while ago, I thought one could use trigonometry. Simply have the actors hold the base of the light saber, and the stick part would be generated by the computer.
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How functional is Deckard's apartment in “Blade Runner”?

After about a thousand viewings of "Blade Runner," combined with material like this, this, and this, I'm still struggling to make sense of some of the things I think I see in Deckard's apartment. ...
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Whose voice was dubbed in for Flash Gordon?

In the 1980 film Flash Gordon, the lead actor, Sam J. Jones playing Flash Gordon himself, departed from the project before post-production, leading to many of his lines being dubbed over by another ...
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Star Trek: Enterprise - Episode Carbon Creek, song ID

In the episode Carbon Creek of Star Trek: Enterprise, T'pol's great-grandmother T'Mir crash lands with several other Vulcans outside a town named Carbon Creek, Pennsylvania—hence the name of the ...
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Is Moffat leaving Doctor Who?

I've heard it as a rumour from a few friends, but can this really be happening? Is there a trustworthy source that validates this claim? Also, why is he leaving, and who is to replace him? I'm rather ...
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Working titles of Star Wars films?

I learned from this question that Blue Harvest was the working title of Star Wars Episode VI (Return of the Jedi), and it made me wonder: did any of the other Star Wars films have similarly surprising ...
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Why did it take 11(ish) years to make Deadpool?

According to several stories regarding the just released Deadpool movie, it is stated Ryan Reynolds (who had played a previous version of Deadpool) had to wait 11 years to play the main character in ...
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Why was Eric Stoltz substituted by Michael J Fox?

I read in many places that Eric Stoltz was substituted by Michael J Fox in the film Back to the future. And the main reason is that Eric wasn't bringing the screwball energy the film needed. Is this ...
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Why did the main antagonist truck in “Maximum Overdrive” (1986) have a Green Goblin mask on its front grille?

Stephen King’s 1986 film Maximum Overdrive—which was an adaptation of his 1978 short story, Trucks—featured a killer truck that had a Green Goblin mask on its front grille; see screenshot below. ...
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What happens after “V” season 2?

The 2009 reimagined series V (for Visitor) was cancelled after only two seasons. Many shows, especially if they're sci-fi or fantasy shows, manage to wrap up the story in some other way after being ...
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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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Out of universe, why did they decide to have the Third Doctor be stranded on Earth for so long?

Since the Doctor traveling through time and space was a significant chunk of the show's premise, the decision to restrict the Third Doctor to "modern"-day Earth for much of his tenure seems like it ...
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How does Phil Tippett—the stop-motion artist for the original “Star Wars” trilogy—feel about the 1997 CGI reworking to the films?

Phil Tippett is a fairly well known—and well regarded—stop motion artist and visual effects supervisor—whose big break happened when he was hired by George Lucas in 1975 to create the special effects ...
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Was there any SciFi/Horror movie that had better income/budget ratio than Blair Witch Project?

The "Blair Witch Project" from 1999 had budget of barely $22,500 and managed to earn almost $250 million. Was there any other Science Fiction / Fantasy movie that had a better (or similar) income/...
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Was ST:VOY watered down?

The premise of ST:VOY seems like it would introduce a whole new ethos and a whole new way of doing things for Star Trek. During the same time, you had DS9 being set mostly on a station hanging out at ...
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Was Star Wars changed because of a car crash?

I recently heard a story that Mark Hamill was in a serious car accident between the filming of Episode IV: A New Hope and Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, and the resulting surgery, causing visible ...
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Is this story about how Michael Dorn became Worf true?

I once was told a story about how Michael Dorn auditioned for the role of Commander Worf on Star Trek. Instead of saying what the script he was given said, he tried to "act" like a Klingon would. ...
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What's the relationship between Blunt Talk and Star Trek?

The new Starz network show Blunt Talk marks Patrick Stewarts return to television. I was pleasantly surprised to see that the pilot episode and upon looking at Wikipedia to link this question ...
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Was Genesis intentionally designed this way? [adult question]

I think it's pretty clear in the images below what Genesis resembles (if not, perhaps you need some 'adult education' lessons and should leave this question now)... and from the schematics in the ...
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Was The Mountain dubbed in season 4 of Game of Thrones?

Was the actor who played Ser Gregor Clegane dubbed by another actor during his most important dialogue in season 4 of Game of Thrones? During his most important lines, he seemed almost too good to be ...
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Why did the producers decide to name the Enterprise the Enterprise-D?

Star Trek: The Next Generation first aired in 1987 and is set in 2364. Now, the Enterprise-A was first unveiled in 1986 at the end of The Voyage Home 2286. My question is this: why did the producers ...
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Why does Star Trek use Celsius (SI system), not Fahrenheit (the imperial system)?

Why does the Star Trek franchise (produced in the USA) use Celsius for temperature and other units from SI, rather than Fahrenheit and units from the imperial system (still widely used in USA)? ...
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What graphics system was used to create GV & Elma in Galaxy Rangers (1986)?

GV & Elma were the two 3D-rendered starship AI embodiments displayed on the screens of Ranger-1 and Goose's Ranger-2, respectively. I'm wondering whether they were done using SGI systems Iris GL, ...
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Is there an in-universe explanation for Star Trek-era designs paralleling 20th century fashions?

I am generally the type of guy who thinks "because it's a TV show" is a reasonable and complete explanation for unexplainable elements in fictional works. However, given the tendency for Star Trek ...
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Where is the Emperor in New Hope?

During the entire runtime of Episode IV: A New Hope, even though he is mentioned a few times, the Emperor is never actually shown on screen. And even when he is mentioned it's more of a passing ...
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Exactly how secret was the reveal in The Empire Strikes Back?

Arguably the most famous scene in Star Wars is when Darth Vader reveals to Luke Skywalker that This surprise was kept secret to most of the crew and even the cast during production, with Dave ...
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How/Where does “Ewoks: The Battle for Endor” fit into the Star Wars timeline?

The question Are the ewok movies canonical? shows that The Battle for Endor is at least canonical to a certain extent. That being so, where does it fit into the Star Wars main storyline, i.e., the ...
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During the production and screenwriting of Empire Strikes Back, was it Leia who was planned to be “The Other”?

In Empire Strikes Back, Yoda says to the spirit of Obi-Wan: Obi-Wan: "that boy is our last hope" Yoda: "There is another" And in Return of the Jedi, they reveal that he was talking about Leia. ...
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Match-up between Ten Forward windows (interior) and Enterprise D exterior

Is this a production goof or am I just not seeing the connection? Am I wrong or do the windows of Ten Forward not fit anywhere on the complete saucer section exterior of the Enterprise D? Shots ...
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Warp entry visual effect

This is a real-world question about the inspiration behind a visual effect. In the Star Trek: TNG series, several episodes depict a view out the windows of Enterprise D's Ten Forward as the ship ...
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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, ...
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What are the machines in the Matrix doing?

In The Matrix, the machines won the war against humans. They have incredibly efficient production and lots of energy. What are they doing in the meantime? What purpose do these machines have? I could ...
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Was this a case of executive meddling?

Was Donna meant to die in the Stolen Earth/The Journey End? There were several cases of foreshadowing her death, and Dalek Cann explicitly said "One will die". She could easily have died from brain ...
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Who played the Airperson who was verbally shoved aside by McKay in “The Intruder”?

Who portrays the delightful Airperson to whom McKay barks "Airperson, don't be there!" around midway through Stargate: Atlantis's excellent second-season episode [S02E02], "The Intruder"? As she is ...
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Did Patrick Stewart nearly leave Star Trek at the end of Season 3?

I recently heard that Patrick Stewart wanted to leave TNG in the middle of his contract...something about his wanting more creative control of his character. I believe that this negotiation took ...
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Why the name changes for Janeway?

According to Wikipedia, Geneviève Bujold wanted Voyager's Janeway's first name to be changed from Elizabeth to Nicole. Later, Kate Mulgrew requested the name to be changed again to Kathryn. Why did ...
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Did George Lucas popularise the yell that is used in every star wars movie and is generally in other movies?

In every star wars movie, there is this distinct yell. It is generally used once. What is the origin of this scream? Was it popularised by George Lucas?
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Does Stan Lee get paid for his appearances in Marvel movies?

Stan Lee appears in a lot of Marvel movies, such titles include: The Amazing Spider-Man The Avengers Thor The Incredible Hulk Spider-Man 3 X-Men: The Last Stand Fantastic Four Spider-Man 2 Hulk ...
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What is the origin of all Star Wars movies?

Please dispel (or confirm, but I doubt) this thing I keep hearing about Star Wars. I heard that all 6 Star Wars movies had been written many years before their filming, even before the first movie ...