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Inside the First 10 Minutes of Pixar’s UpPixar's 2009 movie Up is about an old man who ties balloons to his house and sails off for adventure. That was the basic premise, but the team behind the film knew they had to justify it with a backstory. Why would a grumpy old man decide to just take off? Where did he think he was going? And why use balloons? The answers to all those questions are in Ellie, who wasn't there but gave us all the reasons Carl did what he did. So they devised his life story, jammed into the first ten minutes of the movie. First there was the beginning, when he and Ellie met as children.
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The Stunt That Almost Killed Jackie ChanJackie Chan is famous for doing his own stunts, in real time, without much in the way of safety devices that would need to be digitally excised from the film. He has been injured countless times, which has affected his health over the decades. Was it worth the risk? Only Chan can answer that, but that's because he's still alive. One tiny misstep in any of those movie stunts could have spelled his end, but whether it's skill or luck doesn't change the fact that these stunts are incredibly dangerous, and we are thankful that most movie stars don't take such chances. Half of this video is an overview of Chan's rise to stardom, which is worth the price of admission in itself. Then we get a close look at the closest Chan ever came to dying in making a film. There is also a minute-long ad in the middle. -via Digg#JackieChan #filmmaking #stunt #moviestunt
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How Helicopters Are Used to Film Action MoviesOne thing that is absolutely crucial in making an action movie is movement. Filming with a helicopter give you amazing angles and points of view, plus movement that doesn't interfere with the actual stuff going on in the plot. Getting these shots is anything but simple. Camera pilot and aerial coordinator Fred North has flown around to film war, explosions, car chases, and more. Sometimes his camera-copter is a character in the movie at the same time he shoots it! Otherwise, he has to film while staying out of frame for the ground cameras. So he's just as much a stunt pilot as he is a cameraman. North explains what goes into filmmaking with a helicopter, which is as exciting to see as any movie as far as I'm concerned. I was watching this and waiting for the helicopter to collide with something at any moment, but skill wins out. -via Digg​#filmmaking #helicopter #cinematography #actionmovie
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Scenes in the Trailer that Weren't in the MovieYou see a movie trailer, and it gets you excited for the full film. Then a month or maybe six months later, you get to see the movie. If you're impressed, you may even see it more than once. But even people who watch a movie multiple times hardly ever go back to see the trailer again. And by "hardly ever," I mean normal people. Super dedicated fans and entertainment journalists will, and sometimes they uncover the phenomena of scenes that grabbed us in the trailer but were never seen in the finished film. How does that happen?
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Creating the Thermians from Galaxy QuestThe 1999 science fiction comedy Galaxy Quest is a classic in both genres. Aliens from a faraway galaxy come to earth and approach the cast of a science fiction television series, believing them to be the earth's real heroes. These aliens are Thermians, whose true form is like that of an octopus. They were really funny, but their very existence brings up questions of how intelligent life on other planets may present themselves. The Thermians made themselves look and sound like Earthlings, but as they come from a different culture, they don't quite get it right. All their research on our planet was done through television signals. The result was a group of alien space travelers who spanned the uncanny valley.
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Everyone Involved Thought Titanic Would Be a FlopTwenty-five years ago, James Cameron made the most expensive movie ever at the time. The very size of the project made investors extremely nervous. Cameron was making a movie about the sinking of the Titanic. It had been done many times before, but that was just the beginning of the reasons that Titanic was expected to be a box office flop. Let me count the reasons.1. Based on a true event, everyone already knew what happened: the boat sank.2. Cameron's last film, The Abyss, wasn't a hit. 3. The budget started out at $110 million, but doubled during production. Even if the movie made $300 million, it would be a financial loss.4. The main characters were played by actors who weren't all that bankable at the time.5. The six-month shooting schedule dragged on for eight months.6. Most of the cast and crew hated working for Cameron because of his temper. 7. The release was delayed from July to December, hinting that there were problems with the finished product.8. The production was beset with calamities, including someone putting PCP in the chowder, which sent 50 people to a hospital. But we know that Titanic became a huge hit, remaining the #1 movie for 17 weeks in a row. Mental Floss explains the many reasons that the cast, crew, and investors expected Titanic to sink ...again.#Titanic #filmmaking #movieproduction #flop
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120 Years of Cinema in 120 SecondsOn December 28, 1895, exactly 126 years ago, the first professional cinema show was presented to the public. Auguste and Louis Lumière showed ten of their short films at Paris’s Grand Café. Moon Film made a compilation of the history of cinema in a a very short form. This two-minute video begins with a still picture, the very first photograph, taken in 1826. It quickly moves to early movies, and then gives us a glimpse of 75 films you already know that chronicle the history of filmmaking.
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How the "Dutch Angle" Changes a Movie's MoodFilmmakers have plenty of tricks to manipulate a viewer's emotions or mood. Action and dialogue are fine, but they are enhanced by lighting, color, music, sound effects, ands even camera angles. The "Dutch Angle, or a tilted camera, is one of those tricks. People are pretty good at compensating for the angle of our heads, and therefore our line of sight. Most folks have no trouble laying on their side on the couch and watching TV. Our brains know where our heads are. But in a movie, we aren't able to compensate so well, because if our heads are straight up and the vision on the screen is tilted, well, it makes everything appear somewhat wrong. We have lost control of our point of view. And that's naturally unsettling.
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The Little Boy Who Was Almost Anakin SkywalkerIn the late 1990s, the whole world was excited about the return of the Star Wars franchise. Three thousand young actors tried out for a part in the upcoming Star Wars prequel trilogy. Devon Michael was one of three finalists for the coveted role of little Anakin Skywalker in The Phantom Menace. Michael tells us about what led him to that adventure, and about the process of auditioning for the part.
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5 Ways The Rise of Skywalker Screwed Up Exciting And Emotional ScenesThere is one particular movie that we've all seen in which the ending should be tension-filled, exciting, triumphant, and cathartic... but it turned out not to be any of those things in the places it was designed to be. The formula was there, lifted from several other movies, but the payoff didn't make enough sense to the audience. And since the audience was for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, these multiple failures were a true disappointment. Cracked breaks down the failures scene by scene, and compares them to other films in which the same device was handled better.