Feb
28
2013
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What are some movies or TV programs where I can see a Murphy bed?

Murphy bedA Murphy bed or wall bed is a bed that folds up into the wall to create extra space when it’s not in use.  It was invented by William L. Murphy  in the early 1900’s. Murphy beds have been featured in many old black and white films, modern movies, television series and even in cartoons. Here [more...]

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May
31
2010
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How do you design a wedding dress for a period movie?

18th century wedding dresses with panniersPlanning a wedding dress for a period drama is not just a question of research plus design flair. It’s true the dress must look authentic for that particular era as well as suiting the actress, her character, and the overall mood and setting. Yet at the same time, the designer has to think about the [more...]

Nov
27
2009
2

How much of “The Blind Side” movie is true?

Football DropsThe Blind Side, the 2009 film featuring Sandra Bullock in a dramatic role, is promoted as a true story — and, indeed, it stays closer to history than many “true” films. It tells the story of Michael Oher, a societal nobody who seemed destined to be a another grim statistic of the slums before he [more...]

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Jun
02
2009
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Did Rosslyn Chapel benefit from the Da Vinci Code?

Rosslyn green man - one of the church's medieval stone carvings (Photo by TF Duesing - CC-BY)Rosslyn Chapel already had 30,000 visitors a year before Dan Brown used it in his mystical adventure novel the Da Vinci Code in 2003. Numbers rose, and then escalated massively after the 2006 movie version showed Tom Hanks and Audrey Tautou searching for secrets there. The church near Edinburgh, Scotland was overflowing with tourists in [more...]

Apr
26
2009
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What were cinema shorts?

Photo by atimicjeep - CC-BYToday’s movie cinema format comprises a large chunk of previews and advertisements, followed by the main feature. But it wasn’t always like that. In the past there were three common formats: “shorts plus main feature”, “double feature” and “continuous screening”. “Continuous screening” was used for “blockbusters” where the cinema was expecting to operate near full [more...]

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Mar
09
2009
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What is a Foley Artist?

Break a leg with celery (photo by apium CC-BY)A Foley artist makes sound effects for films and radio. The sounds required can be wide ranging: the sound of someone’s footsteps, or the more gruesome sound of someone’s head being chopped off in a guillotine, or perhaps a fire, or a fight scene. A Foley artist can be called upon to recreate any noise [more...]

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Feb
09
2009
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What is meant by “Life Imitates Art”?

Life Imitates Art (photo by chascow - CC-BY)The curious notion of life imitating art was expressed by Oscar Wilde as “Life imitates art, more than art imitates life“. It’s a turnaround from the usual situation in which the artist creates art inspired by the life and world around them. When life imitates art, reality reflects what had previously been expressed in art [more...]

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Jan
26
2009
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How do 3D movies work?

Photo of Mars viewable with 3-D glassesThe key to being able to project an image in three dimensions is the human capability for binocular depth perception. What this means is that when we look at something with both of our eyes, the image that the left eye sees is slightly different than the image that the right eye sees. The closer [more...]

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