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

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Why was the colour of Luke's lightsaber changed from blue to green between the trailer and the release of Return of the Jedi?

This answer showed me something I didn't know; that Luke's lightsaber was blue in the first trailer for Return of the Jedi. As we know, Luke used a green lightsaber ...
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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 a ...
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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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Was there any SciFi/Horror movie that had better income/budget ratio than “The Blair Witch Project”?

The Blair Witch Project from 1999 had a budget of barely $22,500 and managed to earn almost $250 million. Has there ever been any other Science Fiction/Fantasy movie that had a better (or similar) ...
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Why do these communicators from Star Trek differ?

In the picture below, the communicator's buttons and pattern in the center differ from each other. Was there any direct intent to make them look different from although still similar to each other? I ...
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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 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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Is/was General Leia Organa expected to be in the next episodes (VIII and IX) of Star Wars?

With the death of Carrie Fisher, does it have any impact on the next Star Wars films, episodes VIII and IX? Was she slated to be on 8-9? Has principal photography started with her on camera?
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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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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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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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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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Why the retro atmosphere to the town Will visits in Lost in Space “Return from Outer Space” (1965)?

In the first season episode of Lost in Space (1965) "Return from Outer Space", Will is teleported to Earth, ending up in a town in Vermont. It has a feel very like Bedford Falls in "It's a Wonderful ...
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Lost in Space (1965) first season sets

I've been watching the "original" Lost in Space (1965), "rediscovering" it having only vague memories of watching it in its original run. At the start of the first broadcast episode (not referring to ...
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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 Prowse, ...
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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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Had William Sadler ever been considered for a role in The Walking Dead?

The Wikipedia article on Frank Darabont, original executive producer of The Walking Dead (TWD) explains that he works regularly with some actors. For example, Jeffrey DeMunn participated in many of ...
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Does Infinity War have the most credited people ever (so far)?

Having just seen Avengers: Infinity War, and, of course, waiting around until after the credits for the inevitable post-credits scene, it's quite noticeable that an immense number of people worked on ...
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How is the Game of Thrones series being made when there are no new books by Martin to base it on?

How is the Game of Thrones TV series made, when there are no books written by Martin yet to base it on? I've read all of the books and watched all of the episodes, but I don't get it. Season 7 is ...
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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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In Star Trek, which planet was 'forcibly relocated' twice by the scriptwriters?

In one of the Star Trek nitpickers guides, Phil Farrand notes that there was a planet which was on the Federation side of a border with a hostile alien species. After a cease fire and neutral zone was ...
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Did Michelle Yeoh do her own stunts in this scene?

In episode 13, What's Past Is Prologue, Emperor Georgiou and Michael engage in hand-to-hand combat with Mirror Universe Lorca. Full video of the scene linked here. (warning, even the YouTube title of ...
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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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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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How were the lightsaber effects done in Star Wars?

According to Wookieepedia, the the props are made of wood. Also, due to the brittleness of the stunt blades used during this fight, which were little more than wooden dowels, Diamond was forced to ...
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How are lightsabers 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 many times has the in-production Robotech live action movie changed director already?

A Robotech live action movie was first announced in 2007. Since then, they changed company, and a different director was announced more than once. Yesterday, I saw the new of an Argentine "Andrés ...
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Why did Imperial Star Destroyers change?

Obviously the in universe reason that the Imperial-I star destroyer in ANH was replaced by the Imperial-II star destroyer in ESB/RotJ is because it's better in some way (cheaper, more effective, ...
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What was the cost to produce one episode of Galaxy Rangers?

I remember reading somewhere that the production was, at the time, USD $1,000,000 per episode. The only source I could find now is a comment on amazon, stating the entire production cost $65 ...
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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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Was Return of the Jedi released in Japan as Revenge of the Jedi?

As is commonly known, the working title of Return of the Jedi was, for some time, Revenge of the Jedi. This was even used on early promotional material and on a teaser trailer. In this video by ...
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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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Is Face the Raven's village set reused for The Husbands of River Song?

The episode "Face the Raven" partly takes place in a hidden village within London. The Christmas special "The Husbands of River Song" also features a village having a very similar aesthetic. Are ...
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Which episodes led to their writers becoming regular staff?

Most TV episodes, and it seems so for TNG too, are written by existing writing staff, or come from freelance screenplays whose writers rarely, if ever contribute to the show again. Occasionally an ...
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Why does Riker pronounce “charade” two different ways?

I learned this interesting fact from a comment on a YouTube video yesterday. In this scene from Future Imperfect, notice how Jonathan Frakes pronounces "charade" (at 1:55): ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...