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Questions tagged [behind-the-scenes]

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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Why didn’t Claudia Christian sing HER versions of “Fairy Godmother Song” and “Holding Out for a Hero” in the Shrek 2 game?

Claudia Christian voiced the Fairy Godmother (Dama Fortuna) in the video games and I for one would have LOVED to hear her versions of those songs. Why didn't she? Did the game makers not allow her to?
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What are the out-of-universe reasons for the references to Toby Maguire-era Spider-Man in Into the Spider-Verse?

We see numerous iconic scenes directly lifted from the Tobey Maguire-era Spider-Man films in Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse, such as: etc. What are in out-of-universe reasons (rights, story-...
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2001: A Space Odyssey's use of the song “Daisy Bell” (Bicycle Built for Two); life imitates art or vice-versa?

In Kubrick's movie, 2001: A Space Odyssey (IMDb), the computer HAL is heard to sing the song "Daisy Bell" (aka "A Bicycle Built for Two") as David Bowman is disconnecting HALs higher memory functions. ...
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How are child actors allowed to work in series like The Walking Dead when they’re younger than the legal age-rating?

Focusing on child actors in The Walking Dead and other similar series / horror movies, where they take part in or see brutal activities (for example zombies). I was wondering how child actors, such ...
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Why are energy weapons seen as more acceptable in children's shows than guns that fire bullets?

This is a question about the real-world factors that have influenced the development of science fiction and television for children. In children's television (as well as movies), especially animation,...
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Who designed/created latex outfits in Star Trek Into Darkness

I was wondering who created the latex outfits in the Star Trek into Darkness. Does anyone know?
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Were the spear-fishing and green milk in TLJ added due to fear over fan nitpicking?

I don't really see the point of the montage involving Luke spearfishing and milking the space manatee. I don't see much of a story-telling reason to see how Luke has survived or become very rugged. ...
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Did Joe Sowerbutts re-dub a couple of scenes for Daniel Radcliffe in Philosopher’s Stone after his voice began to break?

Some sources say that during the end of filming of Philosopher’s Stone, Daniel Radcliffe’s voice began to break, so the filmmakers, at the last minute, brought in 13 year old schoolboy Joe Sowerbutts, ...
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How Were the LCARS Panel Set Props Made in Star Trek?

Were the LCARS panels set props typically pre-designed transparency panels with dark glass and florescent lighting behind them? Or were the "buttons and layouts" added later with computers? I'm ...
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Earliest historical example of “[super]heroes NEVER kill” and when did the prohibition become pervasive and accepted?

Today, it's often taken for granted or as a truism that heroes don't kill (despite plenty of evidence historically and in fiction to the contrary). In fact, it is often taken to the extreme that the ...
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How were “Star Trek: The Next Generation” computer beeps/bloops sound effects created?

The ship's computer in Star Trek: The Next Generation produces complex beeps/bloops, particularly when a user is interacting with it. How were these sound effects created?
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At what point was the Master written out of “The Talons of Weng-Chiang”?

The final six-episode story of Doctor Who season fourteen was "The Talons of Weng-Chiang." Although the villains initially appear to be members of a Chinese tong group operating in nineteenth-century ...
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How were the Doctor's regenerations revealed to the public in the past?

I started watching Doctor Who (the 2005 series) sometime during the 12th Doctor's run (and was caught up before it ended), so the regeneration from the 12th to the 13th Doctor was the first one I got ...
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Were Kanjiklub always intended to be a human group?

In The Force Awakens, Han refers to the members of Kanjiclub as "little freaks." This insult doesn't really make sense, given how they ultimately appear in the film. Were they at one point in the ...
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Why was Nazi imagery used for the Rebellion in A New Hope? [closed]

It's no secret that Nazi imagery was the major inspiration for Galactic Empire, from costume and weapon designs to how the villains are shot and framed. However, in at least one instance, it's the ...
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Has anyone from DAW or Mercedes Lackey discussed the incorrect summary on her book The Hills Have Spies (2018)?

I just started reading Mercedes Lackey's new Valdemar novel The Hills Have Spies. I read the first chapter or two, then was using the dust jacket as a bookmark and happened to read the summary there. ...
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Did GRRM choose Jon's real name for the show?

In "The Dragon and the Wolf" (Game of Thrones, S07E07), Jon Snow's real name is finally revealed to be: Who chose it? Was it the Show-runners? Or GRRM?
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Which Arrested Development character was in Infinity War?

While casually waiting through the entire end credits of Avengers: Infinity War at 3am to see if there was stinger scene, I noticed that the credits thanked 20th Century Fox for the use of a character ...
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Which cue did Thomas Newman orchestrate in Return of the Jedi?

In a When John Williams Can't Go article I found: And just as Alfred Newman gave John Williams some of his first big breaks, Williams, in turn, gave Thomas Newman one of his first plum assignments ...
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Why did C.S. Lewis use Turkish Delight as temptation for Edmund?

As today's xkcd so neatly puts it, The Chronicles of Narnia gives a really unrealistic impression of how good Turkish Delight tastes: Have some Turkish delight. If you betray you family, ...
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Was the Twin Pines Mall scene at 1:15am for in-universe or out-of-universe reasons?

Was the scene in which Marty travels from Twin Pines Mall in 1985 to the Peabody Farm in 1955 always meant to take place at 1.15 in the morning (1985 time), or was this a consequence of Eric Stoltz ...
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Did Michael J. Fox write his own music for BttF?

In the original Back to the Future, Marty McFly tends to get carried away while playing his guitar, causing confusion and/or disapproval from any nearby squares. The examples given of his ...
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What characters in Game of Thrones have been recast?

There has been some obvious recasting in Game of Thrones for characters like Gregor Clegane and Daario Naharis. It also seems to be quite well known that Myrcella Baratheon was recast. What ...
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What is the out-of-universe origin of the Rebel crest?

The Rebel crest was first seen in the Star Wars universe in the 1977 film Star Wars (A New Hope), at the very least it was on the rebel helmets. It has become part of Star Wars lore and has, in-...
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Were there EU prequels before canon?

The Phantom Menace, starting the Canon prequels, was released in 1999. Back then, I came across an old SF magazine that described the Extended Universe sequels to the Original Trilogy. Prequels were ...
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The Librarians: Which libraries is the layout of The Library based on

The Library is the main location in The Librarians. While the Annex entrance is located at the base of the St. Johns Bridge in Portland, there is little information available on what inspired the ...
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Was Maul's survival planned in Phantom Menace?

In Phantom Menace, we see Obi-Wan Kenobi defeating (Darth) Maul by slicing him in two halves, after that Maul is presumed dead. However, in The Clone Wars series, he appears to have survived this ...
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Was William Shatner really a jerk in the 60s, 70s, and 80s?

This answer lists several snippets from articles theorizing why Shatner did not make an appearance during the unveiling of the NASA shuttle Enterprise. Half of them are less than positive and sound ...
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Is there evidence that Venator's duel bridge system was inspired by HMS Queen Elizabeth (or vice versa)?

Both the Venator-Class star destroyer from Star Wars and the British Navy's new H.M.S. Queen Elizabeth share a common design feature, namely two separate structures for the control of the ship and of ...
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Who came first: Tom Riddle, or Voldemort?

Out-of-universe, which name for the lead villain did Rowling come up with first? Did she always intend to have two names for him? Looking for official sources only.
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How much creative independence are the Show runners accorded in Game of Thrones?

Since Season 3, we have been observing that the show was taking a different direction than the books. Many important characters never made it into the show, others who are still alive were killed off. ...
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Did J. Michael Straczynski (JMS) always plan for these scenes to happen as they did in B5?

In season one of B5 Londo has his visions, he sees a number of events happen one of which is he and G'Kar killing each other. In Season 3 we see the G'kar Death scene more fully as Delenn and ...
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Were the Londo premonition death scene reshot in season 3?

In season 1 we see the recurring scene of what would become Londo and G’Kar killing each other for the first time. In this scene G’Kar has just 1 eye and Londo is emperor. Later on in season 3 we see ...
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Why does it say on Netflix that “Star Trek: Discovery” is a Netflix original series?

Everyone knows about relationship between Star Trek: Discovery and CBS network (All Access service inclusive). Here's first two sentences on the series' Wikipedia page: Star Trek: Discovery is an ...
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What other works swords are in the Iron Throne?

I recently found out that the prop for the Iron Throne contains several swords from other franchises due to the team just re-using old props and moulds from previous films/shows to save money. Does ...
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Why this change in the White Walkers physical appearance?

In Season 1 of Game of Thrones we only ever see the shadowy figure of the White Walkers as they are running and when one confronts Will and Gared. When I watched the prologue back, at around 5:41 in ...
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Why are the House sigils not “correct” in the title sequence for season 1?

Whilst researching for my answer to this related question: Where are the cast and crew logos in Game of Thrones opening credits from? I came across something peculiar. In the Season 1 title sequence ...
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Did Mark Hamill know about the theatrical ending of The Last Jedi?

Given Mark Hamill's criticism of how Luke Skywalker's character was handled, was the ending of the film kept from him? There is growing speculation that his reaction after the film indicated that he ...
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Why did J.K. Rowling use such odd fractions for wizarding currency subunits? [duplicate]

“The gold ones are Galleons,” he explained. “Seventeen silver Sickles to a Galleon and twenty-nine Knuts to a Sickle, it’s easy enough.” Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone – Chapter 5 – ...
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Why did the chapter 'The Dark Mark' cause JK Rowling so much trouble?

JK Rowling has written in the past about the trouble that one particular chapter gave her during the writing of the Harry Potter books. She describes 'The Dark Mark' from Goblet of Fire as the most ...
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What was the deal with Frasier and Star Trek?

The long-running sitcom Frasier (1993-2004) made frequent references to the Star Trek franchise. These include: The character of Noel Shempsky is an avid Trekkie, much to the chagrin of everyone ...
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Was Space Gary cut from the final movie?

In a related question of mine I asked who Space Gary was and he turned out to be Carrie Fishers dog dressed up as some alien species in the Canto Bight casino. I have since re-watched the film and was ...
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Was Rian Johnson considered for Episode IX?

The original plan regarding the latest Star Wars trilogy had been widely reported as: J.J. Abrams would direct Episode VII (The Force Awakens) Rian Johnson would direct Episode VIII (The Last Jedi) ...
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Mark Hamill's attitude toward “The Last Jedi” and Luke

I've heard that Mark Hamill doesn't like the way that Luke Skywalker was shown in the movie. What is his attitude toward "The Last Jedi" and the development of his character?
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What happened to the original Jurassic Park gate prop?

I have always wondered what really happened to the Jurassic Park gate prop, and the "stone" archway. Does Universal Studios have the "stone" archway for their Jurassic Park ride?
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Was the mythology in “Moana” based on an established myth?

I just recently finished watching the film Moana. The plot includes the Realm of Monsters, complete with upside down giant crabs, a shape-shifting demigod with a magical hook, a giant lava monster, a ...
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Why did Stanley Kubrick include these scenes in 2001: A Space Odyssey?

2001: A Space Odyssey has several scenes showing a character doing mundane activities. A flight attendant walks down an aisle to retrieve a floating pen. Heywood Floyd is reading the instructions for ...
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How much of Star Wars was ad-libbed?

A well-received comment at Why don't rebels take Stormtroopers' armor? says, regarding the original Star Wars: Luke couldn't see a thing in that helmet because it didn't fit him, literally, ...
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Thor: Ragnarok worldwide release dates

As anyone in North America is noticing right now from all the online reviews, Thor: Ragnarok is getting released under a relatively unusual international release schedule that puts most of Western ...
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Did Michael Dorn ever refer to his plane as a 'starship'?

In two separate articles on Wikipedia, the following claim is made: Actor and pilot Michael Dorn owned a T-33.[6] Dorn, who played the character Worf in the TV series Star Trek: The Next Generation ...