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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Is Data's leg length of eighty-seven point two centimetres based on an actual measurement?

From Star Trek: Insurrection: DATA: My legs are exactly eighty-seven point two centimetres in length. They were eighty-seven point two centimetres the day I was created. They will be eighty-seven ...
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Did Lucille Ball have a creative influence on Star Trek?

There are many articles on the role that Lucille Ball had in saving Star Trek from an early death and how she advocated for the show in its early days. Was her role limited to funding, politics, and ...
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Why does T-1000 have three arms?

Several times throughout the helicopter chase scene in Terminator 2, the T-1000 is shown with three to four hands. Why? There are three reasons that can think of for this. In-universe, he is capable ...
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Which props in Star Trek: Picard are reused from the original TNG show and films (if any)?

We established here: Who signed the Captain Picard Day sign? That the Picard Day sign from Star Trek: Picard is not the same as in TNG. However we've also seen Which props in Star Trek: Picard ...
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How were the scenes featuring Princess Leia in The Rise of Skywalker filmed?

As we know, our beloved princess, Carrie Fisher, died before the script for The Rise of Skywalker was even finished. According to this answer, digitally recreating her image was out of the question. ...
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How did Sir Alec Guinness' voice appear in The Rise of Skywalker?

Towards the end of The Rise of Skywalker, in the final confrontation scene between Rey hears the voices of many previous Jedi. This question tells us that Alec Guinness is credited with one of the ...
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Were these Star Wars characters voiced by their original actors?

Who were that spoke to Rey? And how many of them were voiced by their original actors? The list of them were in the credits, but scrolled by too quickly.
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When was Rey’s lineage decided?

Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker features a fairly dramatic plot twist, namely that which finally answers the persistent question of her lineage. At which point during the development of ...
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Was the controversy around Harry Potter embellished for publicity?

The first I heard of Harry Potter was from a string of news reports in the '90s, centred around complaints that the book series might encourage children to investigate the occult. This seemed odd at ...
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Why did George Lucas set Star Wars in the past instead of the future?

I always found it interesting that Star Wars is set in the distant past instead of the (more obvious) future. Has George Lucas ever commented why he chose to do that?
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Why was Poe Dameron re-written to survive in The Force Awakens?

The Episode VII crawl sets up POE DAMERON as a key character: Leia has sent her most daring pilot on a secret mission to Jakku, where an old ally has discovered a clue to Luke’s whereabouts…. But ...
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Is there an MCU czar or architect for VFX and stunts?

It is well-known that Kevin Feige serves as the mastermind of the MCU, being largely given credit for the immense success of the MCU. He has wide-ranging responsible for the cohesion of all the ...
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How was Luke's prosthetic hand in Episode V filmed?

I am referring to this scene (starting at the 0m37s mark) in Star Wars, Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. This seems like a very sophisticated prop glove, but there is significant visible depth to ...
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Why were all the basic imperial uniforms starting in The Empire Strikes Back gray?

In A New Hope, John Mollo's Oscar-winning costume designs included imperial uniforms in a number of different shades. Besides the most frequently occurring gray, there were also plenty of officers in ...
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How did they film the Invisible Man being invisible in 1933?

In The Invisible Man (1933), The Invisible Man gets encountered by a cop and seven people behind him. The cop attempts to convince him to come to the police station, but the Invisible Man gets in an ...
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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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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. John's 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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