On a scale from 1 to "Meryl Streep in Sophie's Choice", what are the most standout examples (for better or worse) of fake accents in movies and on TV shows? [more inside]
I have a vague memory of watching a movie on local TV Saturday afternoon (this would have been in the late 90s). Family hires a new babysitter, she turns out to be a witch & does witchy stuff. I remember she was blonde and there were lots of yellow & orange tones in the shots. I'm also pretty sure there was a shot of her levitating. I already have determined it is NOT the 1990 Friedkin film "The Guardian", though the witch did look similar. Any ideas?
I picked up a reel of film at an estate sale the other day. It is only labeled "Hoot Gibson Show #36." [more inside]
Can anybody give me some examples of characters in film, television, or literature who incidentally have an illness or disability (i.e., their illness or disability does not somehow become a central plot device)? [more inside]
I'm halfway through my sophomore year of college and I feel as though I've binge-watched every good TV show in existence. Surely this can't be true, though. This is why I need your help! [more inside]
How much more footage does a director tend to shoot for a 60 minute show than for a 45-minute show (i.e., 60 minutes with commercials?)
What are the best resources to learn the basics of cinematography? [more inside]
For an upcoming project I'm putting together what's meant to be a comprehensive timeline of important (even "necessary") works of American science fiction since the late 19th century. [more inside]
I'm looking for recommendations for twee art. You can define this as broadly as you like, and if you want to include how you are defining the word, feel free. But I am looking for art that you actually like that is nonetheless decidedly twee. [more inside]
Any suggestions for film and television, fiction or documentary about 1963, either made at the time or subsequently? [more inside]
CompleteWasteofQuestionFilter: Who's the fortyish, extremely lanky, English or English-accent-assuming male actor who has a prominent nose and long teeth, and wears his dark hair in a ponytail? I think he has worn a lab coat and/or black trenchcoat in an American television show in the past decade, but I cannot remember which Nerdy Scientist Guy he might have portrayed.
Last week's Game of Thrones was fantastic and reminded me that one of my favorite kinds of scenes in film and television is a scene I like to call the You Have Chosen the Absolute Wrong Person to Fuck With scene. The basic setup is that a character feels entirely positive they have another character under their thumb only to have a moment of panic and terror as they realize precisely the opposite to be true. Can you name terrific examples of this? [more inside]
Asking for a friend who needs help (FAST!) finding a home for 200 to 300 scenic backdrops from film and television. [more inside]
A researcher at my workplace has asked for help finding examples of his topic, early examples of "GIS (Geographic Information Systems) or GPS (Global Positioning Systems) technologies in film and TV", "examples of early precursors to map related technologies". I found someone else's Ask from earlier this year that hits on some likely ones, but he's on the lookout for older and more diverse instances if you can think of any. More details and examples below the fold! [more inside]
Where can I find intelligent writing or discussion about movies and t.v. shows? [more inside]
Looking for examples and/or literary history of a trope that I'd refer to as the Villains' Satan. [more inside]
I am a sucker for mysteries that involve clues hidden in photographs/film clips and am looking for other examples(SPOILERS for Blow Up, Veronica Mars and Stieg Larsson inside...) [more inside]
What are some representations of gay, uniformed (police, military, etc) men in television and film?
I have some screenshots from a television show, and I would like to post them somewhere so that someone could identify the specific filming location for me (they weren't shot on a set, but on location; the Angeles National Forest area in So. California specifically). I've tried doing this in some Flickr groups but it's been fruitless. Any suggestions of some sites or online communities that could help me out? Thanks in advance!
I'm trying to identify a scary TV programme/film I saw as a child with goblins/aliens. Possibly Australian. [more inside]
I'm interested in cases in which male leading characters in TV or film drama over the past 20 years or so appear with black eyes or other visible facial trauma. [more inside]
was NBC's sitcom "Friends" shot on film @30fps? was/is that common practice? [more inside]
Inspired by this thread, I am looking for examples of verbal consent prior to sex in visual media such as film or television (country of origin is unimportant). [more inside]
Going through what some mefis describe as the quarter-life crisis, I'd like to read about or watch others going through it as well. Any suggestions ? [more inside]
I'm interested to get involved in tv production, ideally in a researcher or production management position, but I know I'll need to start a little bit further down the food chain. Trouble is I don't have any experience. Is this the most stupid idea in the world? [more inside]
Examples of leadership on film (or tv). [more inside]
Looking for "the same, but different" movies or TV shows. [more inside]
Please suggest movies, TV shows and books that feature unrepentant, amoral characters [more inside]
How often are the stories of a comic, novel, play, TV series, movie, or song conceived by the writer's friend, relative, acquaintance, neighbor, mailman, dog, etc? [more inside]
Identify this (probably really awful) movie! [more inside]
Help me make a list of must see costume dramas/period films/tv. I love costume dramas and period films/tv and I'd like to see more of them. Recommendations please? [more inside]
Can you think of movies, television or radio shows which feature British actors playing American characters putting on fake British accents?
Can you think of movies, television or radio shows which feature British actors playing American characters putting on fake British accents? Extra bonus points if you can name other examples of actor from country X playing a character from country Y faking the accent of country X. [more inside]
What is this French show or film that I only watched fifteen or twenty minutes of, last night in a hotel room? [more inside]
The Han and Cinema I am working on a paper on the Korean concept of Han and how Han is communicated directly or through the use of trope in film and television. Of particular interest are films and television from East Asia, those which feature East Asian actors, and those which are set in East Asia. The definition I am seeking to support or reject is the idea of Han as: The pain of victims that has festered in their hearts for a long time. My ideas thus far: The West Wing (2003) Episode 504 - entitled Han. The Good Earth (1937) In addition to the plot of the film of interest is the fact Anna May Wong was passed over for the role of O-Lan and the pain and woundedness and the sense of "Han" she experienced. M*A*S*H (1972-1983) set in Korea but not focused on Korea. The Korean people are merely a silent witness in the series, they have no voice. If you have any suggestions I would greatly appreciate it.
I'm looking for movies and television shows that featured memorable, star-crossed heterosexual couples. The man and woman must either: a) never get together, or b) get together only to have everything go horribly. No long-term relationships or on-and-off again romances, please. Bonus points for obscurity, but well-known examples are also appreciated. Examples: - Red (K. Kieslowski) - Titanic Thanks for your help! :-)
I've recently asked a question of the BBC about why they're not showing films in the correct aspect ration -- even though the uk's Channel Four does -- and I'm a bit confused by the reply. [more inside]
Any Australian mefites out there with tax accounting knowledge for film/tv workers? I am so confused about this "income averaging" thing everyone's talking about. I get the theory of why and how income averaging works, but I'm a bit confused about who is eligible, as I've been hearing conflicting stories... [more inside]
I'm on a writing binge! What are the best upcoming teleplay and screenplay contests?
I'm looking for films where the climax of the story takes place during a live, on-camera television interview. The only one I can think of which comes close is "The Insider." Please help! [more inside]
I want to find work as a film editor in the UK. Would it be better to find a permanent job, or freelance? Would I need an agent? If so, do you have any recommendations? [more inside]
Which cinematographs or televisual serials most faithfully depict the operations of police or detectives?
I own with my partner a transcription service for film and TV production companies in Ontario. Recently, a company asked us to do something I consider slightly shady, and I'd like some opinions about what to do. [more inside]
Mission Statements in Film: I'm working on a presentation about the importance of having clear objectives, and am interested in relevant video clips. [more inside]
How big a deal is it to shoot a documentary in LA and New York without permits? (overseas tv crew) [more inside]
How have different tv shows or movie franchises dealt with the death of actors between episodes/seasons/films? [more inside]
TVFilter: I caught the tail end of a reality show on the Discovery Channel and noticed a continuity person in the credits. Continuity? On a reality show? [more inside]
How does one break into the entertainment industry from a dorm room in the northeast? [more inside]
Someone jumps or falls from a great height, presumably to their death, and shouts, "I regret nothing!" I've seen this used as a joke in a number of places, but where does it originate? It appeared on The Simpsons in 1992 - a guy yells it when he falls through an opening drawbridge while waiting in line for the Itchy and Scratchy movie - but it seems like it has to be a reference to something else.
I'm searching for a dedicated listing of movies/television episodes with direct links and/or crafty allusions to classic literature, a la "Clueless" to "Emma," or "The Lion King" to "Hamlet." (Or various episodes of The Simpsons to a whole bunch of different things.) [more inside]