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Jan 9, 2022 08:44:30   #
jerryc41 Loc: Catskill Mts of NY
 
I like to look for minor errors in movies. I saw three last night. During a chase scene, a Volvo became a Dodge Caravan, the lights on a spacesuit helmet changed position, and a Cadillac moved twenty feet on its own. With shooting one scene spanning several days, I'm surprised that they get it right most of the time. Continuity can be a challenge.

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Jan 9, 2022 08:58:46   #
Longshadow Loc: Audubon, PA, United States
 
I like the one where the shot shows the car doing 100 MPH,
while in PARK......
(Old column PRNDL)

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Jan 9, 2022 09:01:08   #
compilot Loc: ARIZONA
 
I have 3 favorites over the years. Shot of car speedometer, going 80 MPH. Back to the driver through the windshield, car shift lever in Park. Four people in car being chased by police, first scene from inside car, rear view mirror in place. Shot from outside looking in windshield, mirror gone. Old Space monster movie, like Buck Rogers time, furry monster is in a spaceship in an empty hallway looking for astronauts to eat. He looks left, then right, then he turns around with his back to the camera and his monster suit zipper is exposed.

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Jan 9, 2022 13:00:14   #
jerryc41 Loc: Catskill Mts of NY
 
compilot wrote:
I have 3 favorites over the years. Shot of car speedometer, going 80 MPH. Back to the driver through the windshield, car shift lever in Park. Four people in car being chased by police, first scene from inside car, rear view mirror in place. Shot from outside looking in windshield, mirror gone. Old Space monster movie, like Buck Rogers time, furry monster is in a spaceship in an empty hallway looking for astronauts to eat. He looks left, then right, then he turns around with his back to the camera and his monster suit zipper is exposed.
I have 3 favorites over the years. Shot of car sp... (show quote)


Funny!

I posted about a movie I watched that had the film reversed. Reilly weird. American driver driving American car on the right side of the car. Writing was backwards. Everyone was left-handed.

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Jan 9, 2022 15:26:21   #
therwol Loc: USA
 
Longshadow wrote:
I like the one where the shot shows the car doing 100 MPH,
while in PARK......
(Old column PRNDL)


I was watching some Rockford reruns during the pandemic, until I couldn't stand it anymore. Every episode has one or more car chase scenes. They would always begin with Rockford jerking the shifter between the seats down into L (first gear) and tearing away. Back in the day, you couldn't really see much detail on a 21 inch CRT television. You just lived with what you saw. Now they've transferred a lot of reruns from the original film to HD video, and when you're watching on a 65 inch TV, you can see all sorts of things that you didn't notice before. The stunt doubles may be 6 inches taller or 50 pounds lighter or heavier than the actors they double for, and sometimes you can clearly see their faces and the fact that they're different people. It's also perfectly obvious that many "outdoor" scenes were shot indoors in front of paintings.

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Jan 9, 2022 19:40:25   #
RiJoRi Loc: Sandy Ridge, NC
 
Not really into movies myself, but...

I had a friend who worked at a movie theater. He said that in the first (1980's?) Superman movie when Supey's zooming to save the dam, his briefs turn green for an instant.

Another friend was a movie fanatic, and said in one of the Godzilla movies, when Gz is battling King Kong, Gz picks up a railroad car (engine?). And there, on the side, it says "Lionel"! 😳 Guess it didn't matter in Japan! (Or maybe "Lionel" is Japanese for "Tokyo Railways"?)

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Jan 10, 2022 06:27:41   #
Stephan G
 
jerryc41 wrote:
I like to look for minor errors in movies. I saw three last night. During a chase scene, a Volvo became a Dodge Caravan, the lights on a spacesuit helmet changed position, and a Cadillac moved twenty feet on its own. With shooting one scene spanning several days, I'm surprised that they get it right most of the time. Continuity can be a challenge.


In movie making, there is usually a "Continuity" person who is responsible to prevent such problems. In keeping the costs down, it would not surprise me that this position is unfilled.

The one that has been "cropping" up in many made for TV movies where the heads seem to be broken, as in the head starts out straight up and chin down the next second. Then back up in the next shot!

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Jan 10, 2022 07:13:22   #
Manglesphoto Loc: 70 miles south of St.Louis
 
jerryc41 wrote:
I like to look for minor errors in movies. I saw three last night. During a chase scene, a Volvo became a Dodge Caravan, the lights on a spacesuit helmet changed position, and a Cadillac moved twenty feet on its own. With shooting one scene spanning several days, I'm surprised that they get it right most of the time. Continuity can be a challenge.


LOL, I don't look for the errors, they jump out and slap me

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Jan 10, 2022 08:13:46   #
sb Loc: Florida's East Coast
 
Of course, there were dozens of old westerns with airplane contrails in the sky. Editing is better now with digital. "Game of Thrones" famously had the Starbucks cup on the table in one scene. In the current Netflix movie "Don't Look Up" astute viewers discovered a very brief scene which included three or four members of the film crew. This apparently was just milliseconds - it was not obvious to my wife or me. The producer has claimed that they left it in on purpose to pay homage to the crew. OK....

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Jan 10, 2022 08:30:01   #
Julian Loc: Sarasota, FL
 
jerryc41 wrote:
I like to look for minor errors in movies. I saw three last night. During a chase scene, a Volvo became a Dodge Caravan, the lights on a spacesuit helmet changed position, and a Cadillac moved twenty feet on its own. With shooting one scene spanning several days, I'm surprised that they get it right most of the time. Continuity can be a challenge.


Those are actually gross errors… You are being too kind.

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Jan 10, 2022 09:02:34   #
dcma2005 Loc: Waterbury, Connecticut
 
jerryc41 wrote:
I like to look for minor errors in movies. I saw three last night. During a chase scene, a Volvo became a Dodge Caravan, the lights on a spacesuit helmet changed position, and a Cadillac moved twenty feet on its own. With shooting one scene spanning several days, I'm surprised that they get it right most of the time. Continuity can be a challenge.



In the movie “Bullitt”, there is of course the most famous car chase in movie history. If you watch the chase scene, the Dodge Charger and McQueen’s Mustang pass a Volkswagen Beetle a minimum of three times. Additionally, the Dodge Charger loses far more than the normal four hubcaps on the car. I’ve lost count how many hubcaps fell off that car in the case.

To top it all, the movie won the Oscar for cinematography that year. Despite all the errors, it’s still the greatest car chase in movies in my humble opinion. 😎😎😎

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Jan 10, 2022 09:06:50   #
LDB415 Loc: Houston south suburb
 
I'd eat a nice steak dinner with a dollar for every time someone is holding a 1911 with the hammer down, among MANY other frequent firearms bloopers.

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Jan 10, 2022 09:08:31   #
Bayou
 
dcma2005 wrote:
In the movie “Bullitt”, there is of course the most famous car chase in movie history. If you watch the chase scene, the Dodge Charger and McQueen’s Mustang pass a Volkswagen Beetle a minimum of three times....

Maybe that was Herbie. Herbie really got around.

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Jan 10, 2022 09:10:21   #
fourlocks Loc: Londonderry, NH
 
I alway love the scenes where the hero and his girlfriend are fleeing the bad guys on a motorcycle at 60 or 70 mph and in a close shot, her long hair is gently swirling back in the "slight breeze" as they hold a quiet conversation.

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Jan 10, 2022 09:22:30   #
Bridges Loc: Memphis, Charleston SC, now Nazareth PA
 
jerryc41 wrote:
I like to look for minor errors in movies. I saw three last night. During a chase scene, a Volvo became a Dodge Caravan, the lights on a spacesuit helmet changed position, and a Cadillac moved twenty feet on its own. With shooting one scene spanning several days, I'm surprised that they get it right most of the time. Continuity can be a challenge.


In one of the Die Hard Movies Bruce Willis ducks into a phone booth in Grand Central Station in NYC and the phone has a label showing "Pacific Bell" on the phone. Working in retail back in the day when MaBell was broken up, Pacific Bell did market some home phones but I doubt seriously they made phones for phone booths that would have been installed in NYC.

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