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->"''Television may have an excuse for putting on all those unrealistic Medical Shows and unrealistic Police Shows and unrealistic Lawyer Shows and unrealistic Western shows. After all, Television writers don't have any first-hand experience at being Doctors or Cops or Lawyers or Cowboys. But what's the alibi when Television puts on an unrealistic Comedy about ''Television''?''" -->-- '''Magazine/{{Mad}}''', "[[Series/TheMaryTylerMooreShow The Mary Tailor-Made Show]]", December 1972 A situation that would normally be chalked up to artistic license, but can't really be put in that category because movie shooting is being inaccurately portrayed... by people who are ''in the process of shooting a movie'' or making some other form of visual entertainment! Scenes are shot in a single take, often in sequence, with the camera kept at a great distance where it couldn't possibly be getting the right angles or close-ups to make the scene convincing, and they never do a retake. This is especially annoying in action scenes, although it can often follow the RuleOfCool. [[TropesAreNotBad Not necessarily a bad thing]]: the entire process of filmmaking is rarely the point, so a bit of ArtisticLicense, so that the viewers have an easier time understanding it, or to prevent a subplot from dominating the movie can be a wise choice. AcceptableBreaksFromReality can include: * Showing scenes being filmed in order, or at least in an order that makes dramatic sense, because otherwise, the ShowWithinAShow could be very hard for the audience to understand. In RealLife, scenes are usually filmed out of order. * Showing multiple takes can easily bore the viewer. Can be got around somewhat with editing it down to the mistakes that ruin the take, or other such tricks, but it'd be hard to have a realistic number of takes for every scene. * Special effects will tend to be of the sort that's fun and interesting for the audience to see. Animatronics will be preferred to CGI or stop-motion monsters (unless these can be played for comedy), and you'll almost never see an [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matte_%28filmmaking%29#In-camera_matte_shot in-camera matte shot]]. * "But the camera couldn't have got that shot!": Maybe there's a few angles in the final shot which the cameras we see couldn't have got. But it'd be annoying to the viewer to show the alternate angles being filmed in separate takes. * Lots of simplifications: For example, in real life, an action scene may be stitched together from dozens of takes, each a few seconds long, in order to allow special effects and other things to be worked in. When the actors aren't in closeup, they'll probably be replaced by stuntmen. Reaction shots and what's being reacted to might be filmed weeks apart. And that's not even getting into matte shots, where the actors and the background are filmed separately. All this is confusing for the viewers, and would take a long time to establish, so why not pretend the action scene is all one take, and that the special effects are really happening at the same time? Other times, they just think ViewersAreMorons and won't notice the glaring mistakes. There can often be some overlap with MagicalSecurityCam and YouJustRuinedTheShot. ---- !!Examples: [[AC:{{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]] * When Renge decides to make a movie out of the titular ''OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' (with a Hollywood camera crew handy), the intended ThrowItIn scene with Tamaki fighting young {{Yakuza}} thugs couldn't have been filmed from the position the camera was in (not to mention it wasn't there when the fight started). * Subverted in ''PerfectBlue''. The scenes from the show-within-a-show filmed out of order, but it could be argued that it adds to the movie's dreamlike atmosphere. In fact, near the end of the movie when they call a wrap, the scene they're filming doesn't even seem finished. * In ''PokemonSpecial'', the X Transceiver commercial shown could not have been filmed in one shot and would have required a fair bit of editing. Furthermore, there is apparently only one film director in all of Unova, as he is working on several projects across mediums in a relatively short amount of time. ** There is an episode in the early Kanto series where the heroes participate in a movie. The director then proceeds to shoot the last scene of the movie, saying "I always shoot the last scene first, so I know how the movie ends". From the way he says it, this is implied to be a silly, comical quirk of his. ** Averted in Best Wishes with Luke and his movies, as their production is presented in a fairly accurate method; with the Pokéwood episode showing the necessity to shoot scenes out of order, then edit them into the correct order in post-production. * ''Anime/StreetFighterIIV'', with the [[BruceLeeClone Fei Long]] episode, where Ken is hired to play the bad guy, and the two of them start Ad-libbing the fight (so to speak). The director calls it off and vows to destroy the footage simply because Ken eventually managed to tag Fei Long in the face with an attack. JackieChan has to be spinning in his grave, and he's not even dead yet! [[AC:{{Film}} - Animated]] * The film ''Disney/{{Bolt}}'' uses this, with the dog convinced that the show is real. This is {{hand wave}}d by saying that they wanted the dog to [[EnforcedMethodActing think the girl was actually in mortal danger, so they'd get a better performance]]. Still, method acting didn't come close to justifying the absurd expenses and [[NoOSHACompliance dangers]] incurred by the type of shooting they were apparently attempting. A network TV series in particular simply wouldn't have that kind of budget. ** Legality and budget aside, the director ''is'' shown as being a bit [[MadArtist insane]]. The network executive certainly thinks so. [[AC:{{Film}} - Live-Action]] * ''Film/{{Bowfinger}}'' is ''all'' about this. It even has a shoestring guerrilla film crew shooting around an actor who doesn't know he's their star. With a crew made of illegal Mexican immigrants. And a [[ChurchOfHappyology cult]] in the mix. * ''Film/DragonTheBruceLeeStory'' has an action sequence where Bruce fights a mercenary for several minutes, in one take as the camera follows them. Not only that, but the fight is ''real!'' * Subverted in ''Film/EdWood'', as he does do all those "simple mistakes". Except that he is shown shooting scenes out of order. He must have been awake that day in film school. * Johnny Cage's introduction scene in ''Film/MortalKombat''. They shoot an entire fight scene (until a last-move screw-up) in one take. * Ironically the ending of the snuff film hoax ''Snuff'', which was actually supposed to look like a real film shoot, looked nothing like a real film shoot. * ''Film/CharliesAngels'' has Matt [=LeBlanc=]'s character acting in a movie - the inaccurate portrayal, in this example, was a device to show that [[TwistEnding it wasn't reality]]. This is similar to the ''Film/MortalKombat'' example above. * The first scene of ''AustinPowers in Goldmember'', which has an action scene filmed in one shot for a [[ShowWithinAShow Movie Within A Movie]] of Creator/StevenSpielberg's Austin Powers. RuleOfFunny. * It's not entirely clear if the opening of ''Film/TropicThunder'' is intended to be this, or if it's intended to be a [[ShowWithinAShow Movie Within A Movie]] that then cut to the actors. The camera is never seen, so it might not be intended as a single take. * ''Film/TheTrumanShow'' is pretty good when it comes to the visual footage -- the show does have the wonky camera angles, lack of/awkward use of camera movement, inappropriately close or far-away shots, etc, that you'd expect from a live show captured with hidden cameras. What is more problematic is the sound. All the dialogue is very clean and clear, as though caught on a high-end unidirectional mic from a couple of feet away, including a scene on a beach (beaches being notoriously awful places to record sound even under ideal conditions, usually requiring some degree of ADR for dialogue to even be comprehensible). At one point it's suggested that certain passers-by are concealing little shotgun mics on their person, but it's a HandWave at best. * ''An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn'' desperately tries to justify using this trope, by portraying all the actors in the fictional movie as being total assholes who will only ever do one take of a given scene, which later becomes a sticking point when the director steals and destroys the film's master print. Like everything else in ''Burn Hollywood Burn'', though, it fails dismally -- not least because the fictional film is shown being edited on a computer at one point, meaning that a completed version of the film would probably survive in some form, even if the audio-visual quality was degraded. * The Burt Reynolds film ''Hooper'' is nothing but stuntman scenes and stuntman activities, but runs mainly on RuleOfCool instead of accuracy. * Francois Truffaut's ''Film/DayForNight'' is basically a response to this trope. While it does show things like multiple takes (from different angles to keep it interesting) and the difficulties of making films, it goes a bit dramatic with worst case scenarios, including [[spoiler:actor death]]. * During ''Film/{{Gordy}}'', a camera has its ordinary lens secretly replaced with a wide-angle lens, which will cause the commercial being filmed to be distorted. The cameraman apparently notices while he's looking through the camera, but all he does is rub his eyes. No one apparently noticed when the footage was being edited together. [[IdiotPlot Sabotage of this kind would require striking the whole film crew with blindness.]] * The opening scene of ''Film/MrsDoubtfire'' features Daniel recording for a cartoon. For the most part in the West voice recording for animation is done before the actual animating (Japan however animates then records). ChrisColumbus DID acknowledge this in his commentary and figured it could be taken as Daniel dubbing a foreign cartoon. ** Which doesn't make sense either as the lip-synch in the cartoon (produced by ChuckJones) is clearly English. Daniel is more than likely just doing post-production looping, either to just do touch ups on certain lines, or maybe [[TheOtherMarty Daniel replaced another actor,]] and is recording over the previous actor's work. Which makes sense from his conversation with the producer who complains that this session is already costing the studio and they're on a deadline. ** Also, you don't typically have a censor board overseeing the actual dubbing/recording of a cartoon... that would waste far too much of their time. (Maybe they were just there to hotbox inside the booth?) * The ''{{Film/Tekken}}'' movie features a scene where Jin fights Marshall Law inside a cage. The fight is televised and we see plenty of shots on the TV from inside the cage...except there's no camera in the cage and no sign of any filming equipment around as the fight is going on. [[AC:{{Literature}}]] * Averted in one story by Creator/EphraimKishon where he demonstrates how different real filmmaking is from this trope: Production runs up costs even if nothing happens on set, continuity is SeriousBusiness, and a simple scene may need twenty shots until it's right. Add a PrimadonnaDirector... let's just say, it's not fun for the poor guy who ended up as an extra (even worse: unwillingly), having to play the role of the random guy who cries "Oy!" when the star steps on his foot. [[AC:LiveActionTV]] * The deservedly forgotten ITV sitcom ''Finest Half Hour'' was set in a TV station but bore no resemblance to a real one. Wasn't funny either. * ''The Fall Guy'' * ''{{Extras}}'' has this trope in-universe, as the director of "When the Whistle Blows" is deliberately shown to be totally incompetent. * Viciously subverted in ''{{Frontline}}'', where the current affairs show within a show's tricks are exposed time and again. A notable early example is the filming of an interviewer's reactions AFTER the interview is finished. * ''Series/PowerRangersTimeForce'' at least acknowledged the need for multiple takes, although [[spoiler:the movie was quickly revealed to be a trap, so we didn't get to see much more of the normal shooting.]] ** ''Lost Galaxy'' plays with the trope when Kendrix must fill in for an [[IdenticalStranger injured actress]]. The film is a romance and the scenes we see being shot appear to be in chronological order. The last scene filmed is the ending and they're apparently using just the one shot since the only re-takes they have to do are down to Kendrix forgetting her lines. Of course it's not too glaring since it is established that 90% of the movie has already been shot. * ''ICarly'' tends to take creative liberties with live podcasting. For example, using a studio quality camera for shooting[[note]] which they ''might'' [[HandWave have got cheap on eBay or something]], maybe[[/note]] and relatively stable shots despite no tripod. * ''Comic Book Men'' featured shooting a commercial one episode, it all seemed genuine until the very end when the cast members gathered outside the store and delivered a line to conclude the commercial. This required several takes and the last one where they got everything perfect an old lady on the street walked into the shot. This of course ruined the shot, even though they could have easily used the audio over one of the other takes during editing. * Not a movie example, but related; ''{{Glee}}'''s "The First Time" features Rachel and Blaine, the stars in the school play, rehearsing about a week before their debut. They're not blocking any scenes, or even off book! This despite the fact that both Darren Criss and Lea Michele (not to mention many other cast members) came to the show from theater/musical backgrounds. * [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] on ''Series/ThirtyRock''. Much like ''SaturdayNightLive'' in the real world, the in-universe show is taped live in front of a studio audience. [[AC:NewspaperComics]] * In ''ComicStrip/{{Spider-Man}}'', MJ was to star in an action flick. One scene involved a brawl in an elevator. Only the two actors were anywhere near the elevator. Apparently there were no microphones, no lines, no choreography, and two unmanned or remote-controlled cameras. Small wonder that it [[GoneHorriblyWrong went horribly wrong]]. [[AC:ThemeParks]] * The Franchise/IndianaJones Stunt Show at Disney Hollywood Studios suffers from this, but since it's more about watching cool stunts than getting an accurate portrayal of a film set, it's somewhat forgivable. [[AC:VideoGames]] * ''TheMovies''. This game is about running a studio and making movies. However, you have to shoot all the scenes in order--which can mean that your cast and crew will shoot a scene on one set, then run to another set for the next scene, then back to the first one if that's where the next scene takes place. And if another movie is shooting on the set, they have to wait instead of shooting another part of the movie. And scenes are shot in a single take. ** This can get particularly irritating if one cast member is out of action, usually due to alcoholism and stress. The entire shooting schedule has to be put on hold while said thespian is cured of his or her ailments, rather than e.g. letting the camera team film shots where the actors are not needed. ** How do they shoot the killing of movie-monsters? By literally putting a blade in the actor's neck. * The ''VideoGame/SaintsRowTheThird'' expansion ''[[RecycledInSpace Gangstas In Space]]'' has the Boss playing the lead role AsHimself in [[ShowWithinAShow the titular sci-fi movie]]. Apparently, depicting an AlienInvasion of Stilwater involves building working alien fighters and using them to attack the lead actors, and the shootouts between the Boss and the aliens are shot with live ammunition and working laser pistols. But hey, this is the same game that features a ZombieApocalypse, [[MaskedLuchador lucha libre]] gangsters, a boss fight in virtual reality, and a [[DeadlyGame lethal game show/arena deathmatch]], so it's all fair. * In ''{{Stuntman}}'' and ''Stuntman: Ignition'', long car-chase scenes are shot are shot in sequence, with very little props - even when the scene involves a helicopter chasing a sports car through San Francisco, [[StuffBlowingUp shooting just about every single thing with missiles]]. But hey, otherwise, it wouldn't be [[RuleOfCool cool]]. ** ''Ignition'' makes it a bit worse with the new effects and ragdoll physics on the actors. The director no longer seems to care if you just smacked your sports car into an extra on the sidewalk and sent him cartwheeling into traction. They also seem to have everything possible rigged up to explode; in the first scene of ''Overdrive'' you can optionally smash through a gas station and send it up in flames, while in the first scene of ''Whoopin' n' Hollerin' II'' the monster truck can crush every car, whether or not they're marked. * Subverted in ''VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2''. The films made at Pokéstar Studios go through multiple facets of production, as the script has to be read in order to choose the best response and action. Following the stage directions properly can make your film a hit, while going against them can make it a BoxOfficeBomb. The films also make heavy use of ChromaKey special effects that require editing in post-production. [[AC:WesternAnimation]] * An episode of ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerryKids'' did this. * An episode of ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' did this, although the movie was actually part of a scam to rob the bank. * An episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'' not only did this, but had a director filming Fred and Barney, with no apparent script, who didn't even know they were in a movie, while they were being chased around and hit by boulders. * Used justifiably in ''WesternAnimation/HomeMovies'' because the filmmakers are kids who don't know how the process actually works, and only have a home video camera to work with. In one episode, when it suggested that he should be shooting a different scene, Brendan replies, "Yeah, well we don't really have any editing equipment, so we kinda have to shoot in sequence." ----
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->"''Television may have an excuse for putting on all those unrealistic Medical Shows and unrealistic Police Shows and unrealistic Lawyer Shows and unrealistic Western shows. After all, Television writers don't have any first-hand experience at being Doctors or Cops or Lawyers or Cowboys. But what's the alibi when Television puts on an unrealistic Comedy about ''Television''?''" -->-- '''Magazine/{{Mad}}''', "[[Series/TheMaryTylerMooreShow The Mary Tailor-Made Show]]", December 1972 A situation that would normally be chalked up to artistic license, but can't really be put in that category because movie shooting is being inaccurately portrayed... by people who are ''in the process of shooting a movie'' or making some other form of visual entertainment! Scenes are shot in a single take, often in sequence, with the camera kept at a great distance where it couldn't possibly be getting the right angles or close-ups to make the scene convincing, and they never do a retake. This is especially annoying in action scenes, although it can often follow the RuleOfCool. [[TropesAreNotBad Not necessarily a bad thing]]: the entire process of filmmaking is rarely the point, so a bit of ArtisticLicense, so that the viewers have an easier time understanding it, or to prevent a subplot from dominating the movie can be a wise choice. AcceptableBreaksFromReality can include: * Showing scenes being filmed in order, or at least in an order that makes dramatic sense, because otherwise, the ShowWithinAShow could be very hard for the audience to understand. In RealLife, scenes are usually filmed out of order. * Showing multiple takes can easily bore the viewer. Can be got around somewhat with editing it down to the mistakes that ruin the take, or other such tricks, but it'd be hard to have a realistic number of takes for every scene. * Special effects will tend to be of the sort that's fun and interesting for the audience to see. Animatronics will be preferred to CGI or stop-motion monsters (unless these can be played for comedy), and you'll almost never see an [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matte_%28filmmaking%29#In-camera_matte_shot in-camera matte shot]]. * "But the camera couldn't have got that shot!": Maybe there's a few angles in the final shot which the cameras we see couldn't have got. But it'd be annoying to the viewer to show the alternate angles being filmed in separate takes. * Lots of simplifications: For example, in real life, an action scene may be stitched together from dozens of takes, each a few seconds long, in order to allow special effects and other things to be worked in. When the actors aren't in closeup, they'll probably be replaced by stuntmen. Reaction shots and what's being reacted to might be filmed weeks apart. And that's not even getting into matte shots, where the actors and the background are filmed separately. All this is confusing for the viewers, and would take a long time to establish, so why not pretend the action scene is all one take, and that the special effects are really happening at the same time? Other times, they just think ViewersAreMorons and won't notice the glaring mistakes. There can often be some overlap with MagicalSecurityCam and YouJustRuinedTheShot. ---- !!Examples: [[AC:{{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]] * When Renge decides to make a movie out of the titular ''OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' (with a Hollywood camera crew handy), the intended ThrowItIn scene with Tamaki fighting young {{Yakuza}} thugs couldn't have been filmed from the position the camera was in (not to mention it wasn't there when the fight started). * Subverted in ''PerfectBlue''. The scenes from the show-within-a-show filmed out of order, but it could be argued that it adds to the movie's dreamlike atmosphere. In fact, near the end of the movie when they call a wrap, the scene they're filming doesn't even seem finished. * In ''PokemonSpecial'', the X Transceiver commercial shown could not have been filmed in one shot and would have required a fair bit of editing. Furthermore, there is apparently only one film director in all of Unova, as he is working on several projects across mediums in a relatively short amount of time. ** There is an episode in the early Kanto series where the heroes participate in a movie. The director then proceeds to shoot the last scene of the movie, saying "I always shoot the last scene first, so I know how the movie ends". From the way he says it, this is implied to be a silly, comical quirk of his. ** Averted in Best Wishes with Luke and his movies, as their production is presented in a fairly accurate method; with the Pokéwood episode showing the necessity to shoot scenes out of order, then edit them into the correct order in post-production. * ''Anime/StreetFighterIIV'', with the [[BruceLeeClone Fei Long]] episode, where Ken is hired to play the bad guy, and the two of them start Ad-libbing the fight (so to speak). The director calls it off and vows to destroy the footage simply because Ken eventually managed to tag Fei Long in the face with an attack. JackieChan has to be spinning in his grave, and he's not even dead yet! [[AC:{{Film}} - Animated]] * The film ''Disney/{{Bolt}}'' uses this, with the dog convinced that the show is real. This is {{hand wave}}d by saying that they wanted the dog to [[EnforcedMethodActing think the girl was actually in mortal danger, so they'd get a better performance]]. Still, method acting didn't come close to justifying the absurd expenses and [[NoOSHACompliance dangers]] incurred by the type of shooting they were apparently attempting. A network TV series in particular simply wouldn't have that kind of budget. ** Legality and budget aside, the director ''is'' shown as being a bit [[MadArtist insane]]. The network executive certainly thinks so. [[AC:{{Film}} - Live-Action]] * ''Film/{{Bowfinger}}'' is ''all'' about this. It even has a shoestring guerrilla film crew shooting around an actor who doesn't know he's their star. With a crew made of illegal Mexican immigrants. And a [[ChurchOfHappyology cult]] in the mix. * ''Film/DragonTheBruceLeeStory'' has an action sequence where Bruce fights a mercenary for several minutes, in one take as the camera follows them. Not only that, but the fight is ''real!'' * Subverted in ''Film/EdWood'', as he does do all those "simple mistakes". Except that he is shown shooting scenes out of order. He must have been awake that day in film school. * Johnny Cage's introduction scene in ''Film/MortalKombat''. They shoot an entire fight scene (until a last-move screw-up) in one take. * Ironically the ending of the snuff film hoax ''Snuff'', which was actually supposed to look like a real film shoot, looked nothing like a real film shoot. * ''Film/CharliesAngels'' has Matt [=LeBlanc=]'s character acting in a movie - the inaccurate portrayal, in this example, was a device to show that [[TwistEnding it wasn't reality]]. This is similar to the ''Film/MortalKombat'' example above. * The first scene of ''AustinPowers in Goldmember'', which has an action scene filmed in one shot for a [[ShowWithinAShow Movie Within A Movie]] of Creator/StevenSpielberg's Austin Powers. RuleOfFunny. * It's not entirely clear if the opening of ''Film/TropicThunder'' is intended to be this, or if it's intended to be a [[ShowWithinAShow Movie Within A Movie]] that then cut to the actors. The camera is never seen, so it might not be intended as a single take. * ''Film/TheTrumanShow'' is pretty good when it comes to the visual footage -- the show does have the wonky camera angles, lack of/awkward use of camera movement, inappropriately close or far-away shots, etc, that you'd expect from a live show captured with hidden cameras. What is more problematic is the sound. All the dialogue is very clean and clear, as though caught on a high-end unidirectional mic from a couple of feet away, including a scene on a beach (beaches being notoriously awful places to record sound even under ideal conditions, usually requiring some degree of ADR for dialogue to even be comprehensible). At one point it's suggested that certain passers-by are concealing little shotgun mics on their person, but it's a HandWave at best. * ''An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn'' desperately tries to justify using this trope, by portraying all the actors in the fictional movie as being total assholes who will only ever do one take of a given scene, which later becomes a sticking point when the director steals and destroys the film's master print. Like everything else in ''Burn Hollywood Burn'', though, it fails dismally -- not least because the fictional film is shown being edited on a computer at one point, meaning that a completed version of the film would probably survive in some form, even if the audio-visual quality was degraded. * The Burt Reynolds film ''Hooper'' is nothing but stuntman scenes and stuntman activities, but runs mainly on RuleOfCool instead of accuracy. * Francois Truffaut's ''Film/DayForNight'' is basically a response to this trope. While it does show things like multiple takes (from different angles to keep it interesting) and the difficulties of making films, it goes a bit dramatic with worst case scenarios, including [[spoiler:actor death]]. * During ''Film/{{Gordy}}'', a camera has its ordinary lens secretly replaced with a wide-angle lens, which will cause the commercial being filmed to be distorted. The cameraman apparently notices while he's looking through the camera, but all he does is rub his eyes. No one apparently noticed when the footage was being edited together. [[IdiotPlot Sabotage of this kind would require striking the whole film crew with blindness.]] * The opening scene of ''Film/MrsDoubtfire'' features Daniel recording for a cartoon. For the most part in the West voice recording for animation is done before the actual animating (Japan however animates then records). ChrisColumbus DID acknowledge this in his commentary and figured it could be taken as Daniel dubbing a foreign cartoon. ** Which doesn't make sense either as the lip-synch in the cartoon (produced by ChuckJones) is clearly English. Daniel is more than likely just doing post-production looping, either to just do touch ups on certain lines, or maybe [[TheOtherMarty Daniel replaced another actor,]] and is recording over the previous actor's work. Which makes sense from his conversation with the producer who complains that this session is already costing the studio and they're on a deadline. ** Also, you don't typically have a censor board overseeing the actual dubbing/recording of a cartoon... that would waste far too much of their time. (Maybe they were just there to hotbox inside the booth?) * The ''{{Film/Tekken}}'' movie features a scene where Jin fights Marshall Law inside a cage. The fight is televised and we see plenty of shots on the TV from inside the cage...except there's no camera in the cage and no sign of any filming equipment around as the fight is going on. [[AC:{{Literature}}]] * Averted in one story by Creator/EphraimKishon where he demonstrates how different real filmmaking is from this trope: Production runs up costs even if nothing happens on set, continuity is SeriousBusiness, and a simple scene may need twenty shots until it's right. Add a PrimadonnaDirector... let's just say, it's not fun for the poor guy who ended up as an extra (even worse: unwillingly), having to play the role of the random guy who cries "Oy!" when the star steps on his foot. [[AC:LiveActionTV]] * The deservedly forgotten ITV sitcom ''Finest Half Hour'' was set in a TV station but bore no resemblance to a real one. Wasn't funny either. * ''The Fall Guy'' * ''{{Extras}}'' has this trope in-universe, as the director of "When the Whistle Blows" is deliberately shown to be totally incompetent. * Viciously subverted in ''{{Frontline}}'', where the current affairs show within a show's tricks are exposed time and again. A notable early example is the filming of an interviewer's reactions AFTER the interview is finished. * ''Series/PowerRangersTimeForce'' at least acknowledged the need for multiple takes, although [[spoiler:the movie was quickly revealed to be a trap, so we didn't get to see much more of the normal shooting.]] ** ''Lost Galaxy'' plays with the trope when Kendrix must fill in for an [[IdenticalStranger injured actress]]. The film is a romance and the scenes we see being shot appear to be in chronological order. The last scene filmed is the ending and they're apparently using just the one shot since the only re-takes they have to do are down to Kendrix forgetting her lines. Of course it's not too glaring since it is established that 90% of the movie has already been shot. * ''ICarly'' tends to take creative liberties with live podcasting. For example, using a studio quality camera for shooting[[note]] which they ''might'' [[HandWave have got cheap on eBay or something]], maybe[[/note]] and relatively stable shots despite no tripod. * ''Comic Book Men'' featured shooting a commercial one episode, it all seemed genuine until the very end when the cast members gathered outside the store and delivered a line to conclude the commercial. This required several takes and the last one where they got everything perfect an old lady on the street walked into the shot. This of course ruined the shot, even though they could have easily used the audio over one of the other takes during editing. * Not a movie example, but related; ''{{Glee}}'''s "The First Time" features Rachel and Blaine, the stars in the school play, rehearsing about a week before their debut. They're not blocking any scenes, or even off book! This despite the fact that both Darren Criss and Lea Michele (not to mention many other cast members) came to the show from theater/musical backgrounds. * [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] on ''Series/ThirtyRock''. Much like ''SaturdayNightLive'' in the real world, the in-universe show is taped live in front of a studio audience. [[AC:NewspaperComics]] * In ''ComicStrip/{{Spider-Man}}'', MJ was to star in an action flick. One scene involved a brawl in an elevator. Only the two actors were anywhere near the elevator. Apparently there were no microphones, no lines, no choreography, and two unmanned or remote-controlled cameras. Small wonder that it [[GoneHorriblyWrong went horribly wrong]]. [[AC:ThemeParks]] * The Franchise/IndianaJones Stunt Show at Disney Hollywood Studios suffers from this, but since it's more about watching cool stunts than getting an accurate portrayal of a film set, it's somewhat forgivable. [[AC:VideoGames]] * ''TheMovies''. This game is about running a studio and making movies. However, you have to shoot all the scenes in order--which can mean that your cast and crew will shoot a scene on one set, then run to another set for the next scene, then back to the first one if that's where the next scene takes place. And if another movie is shooting on the set, they have to wait instead of shooting another part of the movie. And scenes are shot in a single take. ** This can get particularly irritating if one cast member is out of action, usually due to alcoholism and stress. The entire shooting schedule has to be put on hold while said thespian is cured of his or her ailments, rather than e.g. letting the camera team film shots where the actors are not needed. ** How do they shoot the killing of movie-monsters? By literally putting a blade in the actor's neck. * The ''VideoGame/SaintsRowTheThird'' expansion ''[[RecycledInSpace Gangstas In Space]]'' has the Boss playing the lead role AsHimself in [[ShowWithinAShow the titular sci-fi movie]]. Apparently, depicting an AlienInvasion of Stilwater involves building working alien fighters and using them to attack the lead actors, and the shootouts between the Boss and the aliens are shot with live ammunition and working laser pistols. But hey, this is the same game that features a ZombieApocalypse, [[MaskedLuchador lucha libre]] gangsters, a boss fight in virtual reality, and a [[DeadlyGame lethal game show/arena deathmatch]], so it's all fair. * In ''{{Stuntman}}'' and ''Stuntman: Ignition'', long car-chase scenes are shot are shot in sequence, with very little props - even when the scene involves a helicopter chasing a sports car through San Francisco, [[StuffBlowingUp shooting just about every single thing with missiles]]. But hey, otherwise, it wouldn't be [[RuleOfCool cool]]. ** ''Ignition'' makes it a bit worse with the new effects and ragdoll physics on the actors. The director no longer seems to care if you just smacked your sports car into an extra on the sidewalk and sent him cartwheeling into traction. They also seem to have everything possible rigged up to explode; in the first scene of ''Overdrive'' you can optionally smash through a gas station and send it up in flames, while in the first scene of ''Whoopin' n' Hollerin' II'' the monster truck can crush every car, whether or not they're marked. * Subverted in ''VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2''. The films made at Pokéstar Studios go through multiple facets of production, as the script has to be read in order to choose the best response and action. Following the stage directions properly can make your film a hit, while going against them can make it a BoxOfficeBomb. The films also make heavy use of ChromaKey special effects that require editing in post-production. [[AC:WesternAnimation]] * An episode of ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerryKids'' did this. * An episode of ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' did this, although the movie was actually part of a scam to rob the bank. * An episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'' not only did this, but had a director filming Fred and Barney, with no apparent script, who didn't even know they were in a movie, while they were being chased around and hit by boulders. * Used justifiably in ''WesternAnimation/HomeMovies'' because the filmmakers are kids who don't know how the process actually works, and only have a home video camera to work with. In one episode, when it suggested that he should be shooting a different scene, Brendan replies, "Yeah, well we don't really have any editing equipment, so we kinda have to shoot in sequence." ----[[redirect:Main/ArtisticLicenseFilmProduction]]
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[[redirect:Main/ArtisticLicenseFilmProduction]]->"''Television may have an excuse for putting on all those unrealistic Medical Shows and unrealistic Police Shows and unrealistic Lawyer Shows and unrealistic Western shows. After all, Television writers don't have any first-hand experience at being Doctors or Cops or Lawyers or Cowboys. But what's the alibi when Television puts on an unrealistic Comedy about ''Television''?''" -->-- '''Magazine/{{Mad}}''', "[[Series/TheMaryTylerMooreShow The Mary Tailor-Made Show]]", December 1972 A situation that would normally be chalked up to artistic license, but can't really be put in that category because movie shooting is being inaccurately portrayed... by people who are ''in the process of shooting a movie'' or making some other form of visual entertainment! Scenes are shot in a single take, often in sequence, with the camera kept at a great distance where it couldn't possibly be getting the right angles or close-ups to make the scene convincing, and they never do a retake. This is especially annoying in action scenes, although it can often follow the RuleOfCool. [[TropesAreNotBad Not necessarily a bad thing]]: the entire process of filmmaking is rarely the point, so a bit of ArtisticLicense, so that the viewers have an easier time understanding it, or to prevent a subplot from dominating the movie can be a wise choice. AcceptableBreaksFromReality can include: * Showing scenes being filmed in order, or at least in an order that makes dramatic sense, because otherwise, the ShowWithinAShow could be very hard for the audience to understand. In RealLife, scenes are usually filmed out of order. * Showing multiple takes can easily bore the viewer. Can be got around somewhat with editing it down to the mistakes that ruin the take, or other such tricks, but it'd be hard to have a realistic number of takes for every scene. * Special effects will tend to be of the sort that's fun and interesting for the audience to see. Animatronics will be preferred to CGI or stop-motion monsters (unless these can be played for comedy), and you'll almost never see an [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matte_%28filmmaking%29#In-camera_matte_shot in-camera matte shot]]. * "But the camera couldn't have got that shot!": Maybe there's a few angles in the final shot which the cameras we see couldn't have got. But it'd be annoying to the viewer to show the alternate angles being filmed in separate takes. * Lots of simplifications: For example, in real life, an action scene may be stitched together from dozens of takes, each a few seconds long, in order to allow special effects and other things to be worked in. When the actors aren't in closeup, they'll probably be replaced by stuntmen. Reaction shots and what's being reacted to might be filmed weeks apart. And that's not even getting into matte shots, where the actors and the background are filmed separately. All this is confusing for the viewers, and would take a long time to establish, so why not pretend the action scene is all one take, and that the special effects are really happening at the same time? Other times, they just think ViewersAreMorons and won't notice the glaring mistakes. There can often be some overlap with MagicalSecurityCam and YouJustRuinedTheShot. ---- !!Examples: [[AC:{{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]] * When Renge decides to make a movie out of the titular ''OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' (with a Hollywood camera crew handy), the intended ThrowItIn scene with Tamaki fighting young {{Yakuza}} thugs couldn't have been filmed from the position the camera was in (not to mention it wasn't there when the fight started). * Subverted in ''PerfectBlue''. The scenes from the show-within-a-show filmed out of order, but it could be argued that it adds to the movie's dreamlike atmosphere. In fact, near the end of the movie when they call a wrap, the scene they're filming doesn't even seem finished. * In ''PokemonSpecial'', the X Transceiver commercial shown could not have been filmed in one shot and would have required a fair bit of editing. Furthermore, there is apparently only one film director in all of Unova, as he is working on several projects across mediums in a relatively short amount of time. ** There is an episode in the early Kanto series where the heroes participate in a movie. The director then proceeds to shoot the last scene of the movie, saying "I always shoot the last scene first, so I know how the movie ends". From the way he says it, this is implied to be a silly, comical quirk of his. ** Averted in Best Wishes with Luke and his movies, as their production is presented in a fairly accurate method; with the Pokéwood episode showing the necessity to shoot scenes out of order, then edit them into the correct order in post-production. * ''Anime/StreetFighterIIV'', with the [[BruceLeeClone Fei Long]] episode, where Ken is hired to play the bad guy, and the two of them start Ad-libbing the fight (so to speak). The director calls it off and vows to destroy the footage simply because Ken eventually managed to tag Fei Long in the face with an attack. JackieChan has to be spinning in his grave, and he's not even dead yet! [[AC:{{Film}} - Animated]] * The film ''Disney/{{Bolt}}'' uses this, with the dog convinced that the show is real. This is {{hand wave}}d by saying that they wanted the dog to [[EnforcedMethodActing think the girl was actually in mortal danger, so they'd get a better performance]]. Still, method acting didn't come close to justifying the absurd expenses and [[NoOSHACompliance dangers]] incurred by the type of shooting they were apparently attempting. A network TV series in particular simply wouldn't have that kind of budget. ** Legality and budget aside, the director ''is'' shown as being a bit [[MadArtist insane]]. The network executive certainly thinks so. [[AC:{{Film}} - Live-Action]] * ''Film/{{Bowfinger}}'' is ''all'' about this. It even has a shoestring guerrilla film crew shooting around an actor who doesn't know he's their star. With a crew made of illegal Mexican immigrants. And a [[ChurchOfHappyology cult]] in the mix. * ''Film/DragonTheBruceLeeStory'' has an action sequence where Bruce fights a mercenary for several minutes, in one take as the camera follows them. Not only that, but the fight is ''real!'' * Subverted in ''Film/EdWood'', as he does do all those "simple mistakes". Except that he is shown shooting scenes out of order. He must have been awake that day in film school. * Johnny Cage's introduction scene in ''Film/MortalKombat''. They shoot an entire fight scene (until a last-move screw-up) in one take. * Ironically the ending of the snuff film hoax ''Snuff'', which was actually supposed to look like a real film shoot, looked nothing like a real film shoot. * ''Film/CharliesAngels'' has Matt [=LeBlanc=]'s character acting in a movie - the inaccurate portrayal, in this example, was a device to show that [[TwistEnding it wasn't reality]]. This is similar to the ''Film/MortalKombat'' example above. * The first scene of ''AustinPowers in Goldmember'', which has an action scene filmed in one shot for a [[ShowWithinAShow Movie Within A Movie]] of Creator/StevenSpielberg's Austin Powers. RuleOfFunny. * It's not entirely clear if the opening of ''Film/TropicThunder'' is intended to be this, or if it's intended to be a [[ShowWithinAShow Movie Within A Movie]] that then cut to the actors. The camera is never seen, so it might not be intended as a single take. * ''Film/TheTrumanShow'' is pretty good when it comes to the visual footage -- the show does have the wonky camera angles, lack of/awkward use of camera movement, inappropriately close or far-away shots, etc, that you'd expect from a live show captured with hidden cameras. What is more problematic is the sound. All the dialogue is very clean and clear, as though caught on a high-end unidirectional mic from a couple of feet away, including a scene on a beach (beaches being notoriously awful places to record sound even under ideal conditions, usually requiring some degree of ADR for dialogue to even be comprehensible). At one point it's suggested that certain passers-by are concealing little shotgun mics on their person, but it's a HandWave at best. * ''An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn'' desperately tries to justify using this trope, by portraying all the actors in the fictional movie as being total assholes who will only ever do one take of a given scene, which later becomes a sticking point when the director steals and destroys the film's master print. Like everything else in ''Burn Hollywood Burn'', though, it fails dismally -- not least because the fictional film is shown being edited on a computer at one point, meaning that a completed version of the film would probably survive in some form, even if the audio-visual quality was degraded. * The Burt Reynolds film ''Hooper'' is nothing but stuntman scenes and stuntman activities, but runs mainly on RuleOfCool instead of accuracy. * Francois Truffaut's ''Film/DayForNight'' is basically a response to this trope. While it does show things like multiple takes (from different angles to keep it interesting) and the difficulties of making films, it goes a bit dramatic with worst case scenarios, including [[spoiler:actor death]]. * During ''Film/{{Gordy}}'', a camera has its ordinary lens secretly replaced with a wide-angle lens, which will cause the commercial being filmed to be distorted. The cameraman apparently notices while he's looking through the camera, but all he does is rub his eyes. No one apparently noticed when the footage was being edited together. [[IdiotPlot Sabotage of this kind would require striking the whole film crew with blindness.]] * The opening scene of ''Film/MrsDoubtfire'' features Daniel recording for a cartoon. For the most part in the West voice recording for animation is done before the actual animating (Japan however animates then records). ChrisColumbus DID acknowledge this in his commentary and figured it could be taken as Daniel dubbing a foreign cartoon. ** Which doesn't make sense either as the lip-synch in the cartoon (produced by ChuckJones) is clearly English. Daniel is more than likely just doing post-production looping, either to just do touch ups on certain lines, or maybe [[TheOtherMarty Daniel replaced another actor,]] and is recording over the previous actor's work. Which makes sense from his conversation with the producer who complains that this session is already costing the studio and they're on a deadline. ** Also, you don't typically have a censor board overseeing the actual dubbing/recording of a cartoon... that would waste far too much of their time. (Maybe they were just there to hotbox inside the booth?) * The ''{{Film/Tekken}}'' movie features a scene where Jin fights Marshall Law inside a cage. The fight is televised and we see plenty of shots on the TV from inside the cage...except there's no camera in the cage and no sign of any filming equipment around as the fight is going on. [[AC:{{Literature}}]] * Averted in one story by Creator/EphraimKishon where he demonstrates how different real filmmaking is from this trope: Production runs up costs even if nothing happens on set, continuity is SeriousBusiness, and a simple scene may need twenty shots until it's right. Add a PrimadonnaDirector... let's just say, it's not fun for the poor guy who ended up as an extra (even worse: unwillingly), having to play the role of the random guy who cries "Oy!" when the star steps on his foot. [[AC:LiveActionTV]] * The deservedly forgotten ITV sitcom ''Finest Half Hour'' was set in a TV station but bore no resemblance to a real one. Wasn't funny either. * ''The Fall Guy'' * ''{{Extras}}'' has this trope in-universe, as the director of "When the Whistle Blows" is deliberately shown to be totally incompetent. * Viciously subverted in ''{{Frontline}}'', where the current affairs show within a show's tricks are exposed time and again. A notable early example is the filming of an interviewer's reactions AFTER the interview is finished. * ''Series/PowerRangersTimeForce'' at least acknowledged the need for multiple takes, although [[spoiler:the movie was quickly revealed to be a trap, so we didn't get to see much more of the normal shooting.]] ** ''Lost Galaxy'' plays with the trope when Kendrix must fill in for an [[IdenticalStranger injured actress]]. The film is a romance and the scenes we see being shot appear to be in chronological order. The last scene filmed is the ending and they're apparently using just the one shot since the only re-takes they have to do are down to Kendrix forgetting her lines. Of course it's not too glaring since it is established that 90% of the movie has already been shot. * ''ICarly'' tends to take creative liberties with live podcasting. For example, using a studio quality camera for shooting[[note]] which they ''might'' [[HandWave have got cheap on eBay or something]], maybe[[/note]] and relatively stable shots despite no tripod. * ''Comic Book Men'' featured shooting a commercial one episode, it all seemed genuine until the very end when the cast members gathered outside the store and delivered a line to conclude the commercial. This required several takes and the last one where they got everything perfect an old lady on the street walked into the shot. This of course ruined the shot, even though they could have easily used the audio over one of the other takes during editing. * Not a movie example, but related; ''{{Glee}}'''s "The First Time" features Rachel and Blaine, the stars in the school play, rehearsing about a week before their debut. They're not blocking any scenes, or even off book! This despite the fact that both Darren Criss and Lea Michele (not to mention many other cast members) came to the show from theater/musical backgrounds. * [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] on ''Series/ThirtyRock''. Much like ''SaturdayNightLive'' in the real world, the in-universe show is taped live in front of a studio audience. [[AC:NewspaperComics]] * In ''ComicStrip/{{Spider-Man}}'', MJ was to star in an action flick. One scene involved a brawl in an elevator. Only the two actors were anywhere near the elevator. Apparently there were no microphones, no lines, no choreography, and two unmanned or remote-controlled cameras. Small wonder that it [[GoneHorriblyWrong went horribly wrong]]. [[AC:ThemeParks]] * The Franchise/IndianaJones Stunt Show at Disney Hollywood Studios suffers from this, but since it's more about watching cool stunts than getting an accurate portrayal of a film set, it's somewhat forgivable. [[AC:VideoGames]] * ''TheMovies''. This game is about running a studio and making movies. However, you have to shoot all the scenes in order--which can mean that your cast and crew will shoot a scene on one set, then run to another set for the next scene, then back to the first one if that's where the next scene takes place. And if another movie is shooting on the set, they have to wait instead of shooting another part of the movie. And scenes are shot in a single take. ** This can get particularly irritating if one cast member is out of action, usually due to alcoholism and stress. The entire shooting schedule has to be put on hold while said thespian is cured of his or her ailments, rather than e.g. letting the camera team film shots where the actors are not needed. ** How do they shoot the killing of movie-monsters? By literally putting a blade in the actor's neck. * The ''VideoGame/SaintsRowTheThird'' expansion ''[[RecycledInSpace Gangstas In Space]]'' has the Boss playing the lead role AsHimself in [[ShowWithinAShow the titular sci-fi movie]]. Apparently, depicting an AlienInvasion of Stilwater involves building working alien fighters and using them to attack the lead actors, and the shootouts between the Boss and the aliens are shot with live ammunition and working laser pistols. But hey, this is the same game that features a ZombieApocalypse, [[MaskedLuchador lucha libre]] gangsters, a boss fight in virtual reality, and a [[DeadlyGame lethal game show/arena deathmatch]], so it's all fair. * In ''{{Stuntman}}'' and ''Stuntman: Ignition'', long car-chase scenes are shot are shot in sequence, with very little props - even when the scene involves a helicopter chasing a sports car through San Francisco, [[StuffBlowingUp shooting just about every single thing with missiles]]. But hey, otherwise, it wouldn't be [[RuleOfCool cool]]. ** ''Ignition'' makes it a bit worse with the new effects and ragdoll physics on the actors. The director no longer seems to care if you just smacked your sports car into an extra on the sidewalk and sent him cartwheeling into traction. They also seem to have everything possible rigged up to explode; in the first scene of ''Overdrive'' you can optionally smash through a gas station and send it up in flames, while in the first scene of ''Whoopin' n' Hollerin' II'' the monster truck can crush every car, whether or not they're marked. * Subverted in ''VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2''. The films made at Pokéstar Studios go through multiple facets of production, as the script has to be read in order to choose the best response and action. Following the stage directions properly can make your film a hit, while going against them can make it a BoxOfficeBomb. The films also make heavy use of ChromaKey special effects that require editing in post-production. [[AC:WesternAnimation]] * An episode of ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerryKids'' did this. * An episode of ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' did this, although the movie was actually part of a scam to rob the bank. * An episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'' not only did this, but had a director filming Fred and Barney, with no apparent script, who didn't even know they were in a movie, while they were being chased around and hit by boulders. * Used justifiably in ''WesternAnimation/HomeMovies'' because the filmmakers are kids who don't know how the process actually works, and only have a home video camera to work with. In one episode, when it suggested that he should be shooting a different scene, Brendan replies, "Yeah, well we don't really have any editing equipment, so we kinda have to shoot in sequence." ----
20th Oct '13 3:03:31 PM KingWumpus
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->"''Television may have an excuse for putting on all those unrealistic Medical Shows and unrealistic Police Shows and unrealistic Lawyer Shows and unrealistic Western shows. After all, Television writers don't have any first-hand experience at being Doctors or Cops or Lawyers or Cowboys. But what's the alibi when Television puts on an unrealistic Comedy about ''Television''?''" -->-- '''Magazine/{{Mad}}''', "[[Series/TheMaryTylerMooreShow The Mary Tailor-Made Show]]", December 1972 A situation that would normally be chalked up to artistic license, but can't really be put in that category because movie shooting is being inaccurately portrayed... by people who are ''in the process of shooting a movie'' or making some other form of visual entertainment! Scenes are shot in a single take, often in sequence, with the camera kept at a great distance where it couldn't possibly be getting the right angles or close-ups to make the scene convincing, and they never do a retake. This is especially annoying in action scenes, although it can often follow the RuleOfCool. [[TropesAreNotBad Not necessarily a bad thing]]: the entire process of filmmaking is rarely the point, so a bit of ArtisticLicense, so that the viewers have an easier time understanding it, or to prevent a subplot from dominating the movie can be a wise choice. AcceptableBreaksFromReality can include: * Showing scenes being filmed in order, or at least in an order that makes dramatic sense, because otherwise, the ShowWithinAShow could be very hard for the audience to understand. In RealLife, scenes are usually filmed out of order. * Showing multiple takes can easily bore the viewer. Can be got around somewhat with editing it down to the mistakes that ruin the take, or other such tricks, but it'd be hard to have a realistic number of takes for every scene. * Special effects will tend to be of the sort that's fun and interesting for the audience to see. Animatronics will be preferred to CGI or stop-motion monsters (unless these can be played for comedy), and you'll almost never see an [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matte_%28filmmaking%29#In-camera_matte_shot in-camera matte shot]]. * "But the camera couldn't have got that shot!": Maybe there's a few angles in the final shot which the cameras we see couldn't have got. But it'd be annoying to the viewer to show the alternate angles being filmed in separate takes. * Lots of simplifications: For example, in real life, an action scene may be stitched together from dozens of takes, each a few seconds long, in order to allow special effects and other things to be worked in. When the actors aren't in closeup, they'll probably be replaced by stuntmen. Reaction shots and what's being reacted to might be filmed weeks apart. And that's not even getting into matte shots, where the actors and the background are filmed separately. All this is confusing for the viewers, and would take a long time to establish, so why not pretend the action scene is all one take, and that the special effects are really happening at the same time? Other times, they just think ViewersAreMorons and won't notice the glaring mistakes. There can often be some overlap with MagicalSecurityCam and YouJustRuinedTheShot. ---- !!Examples: [[AC:{{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]] * When Renge decides to make a movie out of the titular ''OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' (with a Hollywood camera crew handy), the intended ThrowItIn scene with Tamaki fighting young {{Yakuza}} thugs couldn't have been filmed from the position the camera was in (not to mention it wasn't there when the fight started). * Subverted in ''PerfectBlue''. The scenes from the show-within-a-show filmed out of order, but it could be argued that it adds to the movie's dreamlike atmosphere. In fact, near the end of the movie when they call a wrap, the scene they're filming doesn't even seem finished. * In ''PokemonSpecial'', the X Transceiver commercial shown could not have been filmed in one shot and would have required a fair bit of editing. Furthermore, there is apparently only one film director in all of Unova, as he is working on several projects across mediums in a relatively short amount of time. ** There is an episode in the early Kanto series where the heroes participate in a movie. The director then proceeds to shoot the last scene of the movie, saying "I always shoot the last scene first, so I know how the movie ends". From the way he says it, this is implied to be a silly, comical quirk of his. ** Averted in Best Wishes with Luke and his movies, as their production is presented in a fairly accurate method; with the Pokéwood episode showing the necessity to shoot scenes out of order, then edit them into the correct order in post-production. * ''Anime/StreetFighterIIV'', with the [[BruceLeeClone Fei Long]] episode, where Ken is hired to play the bad guy, and the two of them start Ad-libbing the fight (so to speak). The director calls it off and vows to destroy the footage simply because Ken eventually managed to tag Fei Long in the face with an attack. JackieChan has to be spinning in his grave, and he's not even dead yet! [[AC:{{Film}} - Animated]] * The film ''Disney/{{Bolt}}'' uses this, with the dog convinced that the show is real. This is {{hand wave}}d by saying that they wanted the dog to [[EnforcedMethodActing think the girl was actually in mortal danger, so they'd get a better performance]]. Still, method acting didn't come close to justifying the absurd expenses and [[NoOSHACompliance dangers]] incurred by the type of shooting they were apparently attempting. A network TV series in particular simply wouldn't have that kind of budget. ** Legality and budget aside, the director ''is'' shown as being a bit [[MadArtist insane]]. The network executive certainly thinks so. [[AC:{{Film}} - Live-Action]] * ''Film/{{Bowfinger}}'' is ''all'' about this. It even has a shoestring guerrilla film crew shooting around an actor who doesn't know he's their star. With a crew made of illegal Mexican immigrants. And a [[ChurchOfHappyology cult]] in the mix. * ''Film/DragonTheBruceLeeStory'' has an action sequence where Bruce fights a mercenary for several minutes, in one take as the camera follows them. Not only that, but the fight is ''real!'' * Subverted in ''Film/EdWood'', as he does do all those "simple mistakes". Except that he is shown shooting scenes out of order. He must have been awake that day in film school. * Johnny Cage's introduction scene in ''Film/MortalKombat''. They shoot an entire fight scene (until a last-move screw-up) in one take. * Ironically the ending of the snuff film hoax ''Snuff'', which was actually supposed to look like a real film shoot, looked nothing like a real film shoot. * ''Film/CharliesAngels'' has Matt [=LeBlanc=]'s character acting in a movie - the inaccurate portrayal, in this example, was a device to show that [[TwistEnding it wasn't reality]]. This is similar to the ''Film/MortalKombat'' example above. * The first scene of ''AustinPowers in Goldmember'', which has an action scene filmed in one shot for a [[ShowWithinAShow Movie Within A Movie]] of Creator/StevenSpielberg's Austin Powers. RuleOfFunny. * It's not entirely clear if the opening of ''Film/TropicThunder'' is intended to be this, or if it's intended to be a [[ShowWithinAShow Movie Within A Movie]] that then cut to the actors. The camera is never seen, so it might not be intended as a single take. * ''Film/TheTrumanShow'' is pretty good when it comes to the visual footage -- the show does have the wonky camera angles, lack of/awkward use of camera movement, inappropriately close or far-away shots, etc, that you'd expect from a live show captured with hidden cameras. What is more problematic is the sound. All the dialogue is very clean and clear, as though caught on a high-end unidirectional mic from a couple of feet away, including a scene on a beach (beaches being notoriously awful places to record sound even under ideal conditions, usually requiring some degree of ADR for dialogue to even be comprehensible). At one point it's suggested that certain passers-by are concealing little shotgun mics on their person, but it's a HandWave at best. * ''An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn'' desperately tries to justify using this trope, by portraying all the actors in the fictional movie as being total assholes who will only ever do one take of a given scene, which later becomes a sticking point when the director steals and destroys the film's master print. Like everything else in ''Burn Hollywood Burn'', though, it fails dismally -- not least because the fictional film is shown being edited on a computer at one point, meaning that a completed version of the film would probably survive in some form, even if the audio-visual quality was degraded. * The Burt Reynolds film ''Hooper'' is nothing but stuntman scenes and stuntman activities, but runs mainly on RuleOfCool instead of accuracy. * Francois Truffaut's ''Film/DayForNight'' is basically a response to this trope. While it does show things like multiple takes (from different angles to keep it interesting) and the difficulties of making films, it goes a bit dramatic with worst case scenarios, including [[spoiler:actor death]]. * During ''Film/{{Gordy}}'', a camera has its ordinary lens secretly replaced with a wide-angle lens, which will cause the commercial being filmed to be distorted. The cameraman apparently notices while he's looking through the camera, but all he does is rub his eyes. No one apparently noticed when the footage was being edited together. [[IdiotPlot Sabotage of this kind would require striking the whole film crew with blindness.]] * The opening scene of ''Film/MrsDoubtfire'' features Daniel recording for a cartoon. For the most part in the West voice recording for animation is done before the actual animating (Japan however animates then records). ChrisColumbus DID acknowledge this in his commentary and figured it could be taken as Daniel dubbing a foreign cartoon. ** Which doesn't make sense either as the lip-synch in the cartoon (produced by ChuckJones) is clearly English. Daniel is more than likely just doing post-production looping, either to just do touch ups on certain lines, or maybe [[TheOtherMarty Daniel replaced another actor,]] and is recording over the previous actor's work. Which makes sense from his conversation with the producer who complains that this session is already costing the studio and they're on a deadline. ** Also, you don't typically have a censor board overseeing the actual dubbing/recording of a cartoon... that would waste far too much of their time. (Maybe they were just there to hotbox inside the booth?) * The ''{{Film/Tekken}}'' movie features a scene where Jin fights Marshall Law inside a cage. The fight is televised and we see plenty of shots on the TV from inside the cage...except there's no camera in the cage and no sign of any filming equipment around as the fight is going on. [[AC:{{Literature}}]] * Averted in one story by Creator/EphraimKishon where he demonstrates how different real filmmaking is from this trope: Production runs up costs even if nothing happens on set, continuity is SeriousBusiness, and a simple scene may need twenty shots until it's right. Add a PrimadonnaDirector... let's just say, it's not fun for the poor guy who ended up as an extra (even worse: unwillingly), having to play the role of the random guy who cries "Oy!" when the star steps on his foot. [[AC:LiveActionTV]] * The deservedly forgotten ITV sitcom ''Finest Half Hour'' was set in a TV station but bore no resemblance to a real one. Wasn't funny either. * ''The Fall Guy'' * ''{{Extras}}'' has this trope in-universe, as the director of "When the Whistle Blows" is deliberately shown to be totally incompetent. * Viciously subverted in ''{{Frontline}}'', where the current affairs show within a show's tricks are exposed time and again. A notable early example is the filming of an interviewer's reactions AFTER the interview is finished. * ''Series/PowerRangersTimeForce'' at least acknowledged the need for multiple takes, although [[spoiler:the movie was quickly revealed to be a trap, so we didn't get to see much more of the normal shooting.]] ** ''Lost Galaxy'' plays with the trope when Kendrix must fill in for an [[IdenticalStranger injured actress]]. The film is a romance and the scenes we see being shot appear to be in chronological order. The last scene filmed is the ending and they're apparently using just the one shot since the only re-takes they have to do are down to Kendrix forgetting her lines. Of course it's not too glaring since it is established that 90% of the movie has already been shot. * ''ICarly'' tends to take creative liberties with live podcasting. For example, using a studio quality camera for shooting[[note]] which they ''might'' [[HandWave have got cheap on eBay or something]], maybe[[/note]] and relatively stable shots despite no tripod. * ''Comic Book Men'' featured shooting a commercial one episode, it all seemed genuine until the very end when the cast members gathered outside the store and delivered a line to conclude the commercial. This required several takes and the last one where they got everything perfect an old lady on the street walked into the shot. This of course ruined the shot, even though they could have easily used the audio over one of the other takes during editing. * Not a movie example, but related; ''{{Glee}}'''s "The First Time" features Rachel and Blaine, the stars in the school play, rehearsing about a week before their debut. They're not blocking any scenes, or even off book! This despite the fact that both Darren Criss and Lea Michele (not to mention many other cast members) came to the show from theater/musical backgrounds. * [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] on ''Series/ThirtyRock''. Much like ''SaturdayNightLive'' in the real world, the in-universe show is taped live in front of a studio audience. [[AC:NewspaperComics]] * In ''ComicStrip/{{Spider-Man}}'', MJ was to star in an action flick. One scene involved a brawl in an elevator. Only the two actors were anywhere near the elevator. Apparently there were no microphones, no lines, no choreography, and two unmanned or remote-controlled cameras. Small wonder that it [[GoneHorriblyWrong went horribly wrong]]. [[AC:ThemeParks]] * The Franchise/IndianaJones Stunt Show at Disney Hollywood Studios suffers from this, but since it's more about watching cool stunts than getting an accurate portrayal of a film set, it's somewhat forgivable. [[AC:VideoGames]] * ''TheMovies''. This game is about running a studio and making movies. However, you have to shoot all the scenes in order--which can mean that your cast and crew will shoot a scene on one set, then run to another set for the next scene, then back to the first one if that's where the next scene takes place. And if another movie is shooting on the set, they have to wait instead of shooting another part of the movie. And scenes are shot in a single take. ** This can get particularly irritating if one cast member is out of action, usually due to alcoholism and stress. The entire shooting schedule has to be put on hold while said thespian is cured of his or her ailments, rather than e.g. letting the camera team film shots where the actors are not needed. ** How do they shoot the killing of movie-monsters? By literally putting a blade in the actor's neck. * The ''VideoGame/SaintsRowTheThird'' expansion ''[[RecycledInSpace Gangstas In Space]]'' has the Boss playing the lead role AsHimself in [[ShowWithinAShow the titular sci-fi movie]]. Apparently, depicting an AlienInvasion of Stilwater involves building working alien fighters and using them to attack the lead actors, and the shootouts between the Boss and the aliens are shot with live ammunition and working laser pistols. But hey, this is the same game that features a ZombieApocalypse, [[MaskedLuchador lucha libre]] gangsters, a boss fight in virtual reality, and a [[DeadlyGame lethal game show/arena deathmatch]], so it's all fair. * In ''{{Stuntman}}'' and ''Stuntman: Ignition'', long car-chase scenes are shot are shot in sequence, with very little props - even when the scene involves a helicopter chasing a sports car through San Francisco, [[StuffBlowingUp shooting just about every single thing with missiles]]. But hey, otherwise, it wouldn't be [[RuleOfCool cool]]. ** ''Ignition'' makes it a bit worse with the new effects and ragdoll physics on the actors. The director no longer seems to care if you just smacked your sports car into an extra on the sidewalk and sent him cartwheeling into traction. They also seem to have everything possible rigged up to explode; in the first scene of ''Overdrive'' you can optionally smash through a gas station and send it up in flames, while in the first scene of ''Whoopin' n' Hollerin' II'' the monster truck can crush every car, whether or not they're marked. * Subverted in ''VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2''. The films made at Pokéstar Studios go through multiple facets of production, as the script has to be read in order to choose the best response and action. Following the stage directions properly can make your film a hit, while going against them can make it a BoxOfficeBomb. The films also make heavy use of ChromaKey special effects that require editing in post-production. [[AC:WesternAnimation]] * An episode of ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerryKids'' did this. * An episode of ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' did this, although the movie was actually part of a scam to rob the bank. * An episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'' not only did this, but had a director filming Fred and Barney, with no apparent script, who didn't even know they were in a movie, while they were being chased around and hit by boulders. * Used justifiably in ''WesternAnimation/HomeMovies'' because the filmmakers are kids who don't know how the process actually works, and only have a home video camera to work with. In one episode, when it suggested that he should be shooting a different scene, Brendan replies, "Yeah, well we don't really have any editing equipment, so we kinda have to shoot in sequence." ----
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->"''Television may have an excuse for putting on all those unrealistic Medical Shows and unrealistic Police Shows and unrealistic Lawyer Shows and unrealistic Western shows. After all, Television writers don't have any first-hand experience at being Doctors or Cops or Lawyers or Cowboys. But what's the alibi when Television puts on an unrealistic Comedy about ''Television''?''" -->-- '''Magazine/{{Mad}}''', "[[Series/TheMaryTylerMooreShow The Mary Tailor-Made Show]]", December 1972 A situation that would normally be chalked up to artistic license, but can't really be put in that category because movie shooting is being inaccurately portrayed... by people who are ''in the process of shooting a movie'' or making some other form of visual entertainment! Scenes are shot in a single take, often in sequence, with the camera kept at a great distance where it couldn't possibly be getting the right angles or close-ups to make the scene convincing, and they never do a retake. This is especially annoying in action scenes, although it can often follow the RuleOfCool. [[TropesAreNotBad Not necessarily a bad thing]]: the entire process of filmmaking is rarely the point, so a bit of ArtisticLicense, so that the viewers have an easier time understanding it, or to prevent a subplot from dominating the movie can be a wise choice. AcceptableBreaksFromReality can include: * Showing scenes being filmed in order, or at least in an order that makes dramatic sense, because otherwise, the ShowWithinAShow could be very hard for the audience to understand. In RealLife, scenes are usually filmed out of order. * Showing multiple takes can easily bore the viewer. Can be got around somewhat with editing it down to the mistakes that ruin the take, or other such tricks, but it'd be hard to have a realistic number of takes for every scene. * Special effects will tend to be of the sort that's fun and interesting for the audience to see. Animatronics will be preferred to CGI or stop-motion monsters (unless these can be played for comedy), and you'll almost never see an [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matte_%28filmmaking%29#In-camera_matte_shot in-camera matte shot]]. * "But the camera couldn't have got that shot!": Maybe there's a few angles in the final shot which the cameras we see couldn't have got. But it'd be annoying to the viewer to show the alternate angles being filmed in separate takes. * Lots of simplifications: For example, in real life, an action scene may be stitched together from dozens of takes, each a few seconds long, in order to allow special effects and other things to be worked in. When the actors aren't in closeup, they'll probably be replaced by stuntmen. Reaction shots and what's being reacted to might be filmed weeks apart. And that's not even getting into matte shots, where the actors and the background are filmed separately. All this is confusing for the viewers, and would take a long time to establish, so why not pretend the action scene is all one take, and that the special effects are really happening at the same time? Other times, they just think ViewersAreMorons and won't notice the glaring mistakes. There can often be some overlap with MagicalSecurityCam and YouJustRuinedTheShot. ---- !!Examples: [[AC:{{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]] * When Renge decides to make a movie out of the titular ''OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' (with a Hollywood camera crew handy), the intended ThrowItIn scene with Tamaki fighting young {{Yakuza}} thugs couldn't have been filmed from the position the camera was in (not to mention it wasn't there when the fight started). * Subverted in ''PerfectBlue''. The scenes from the show-within-a-show filmed out of order, but it could be argued that it adds to the movie's dreamlike atmosphere. In fact, near the end of the movie when they call a wrap, the scene they're filming doesn't even seem finished. * In ''PokemonSpecial'', the X Transceiver commercial shown could not have been filmed in one shot and would have required a fair bit of editing. Furthermore, there is apparently only one film director in all of Unova, as he is working on several projects across mediums in a relatively short amount of time. ** There is an episode in the early Kanto series where the heroes participate in a movie. The director then proceeds to shoot the last scene of the movie, saying "I always shoot the last scene first, so I know how the movie ends". From the way he says it, this is implied to be a silly, comical quirk of his. ** Averted in Best Wishes with Luke and his movies, as their production is presented in a fairly accurate method; with the Pokéwood episode showing the necessity to shoot scenes out of order, then edit them into the correct order in post-production. * ''Anime/StreetFighterIIV'', with the [[BruceLeeClone Fei Long]] episode, where Ken is hired to play the bad guy, and the two of them start Ad-libbing the fight (so to speak). The director calls it off and vows to destroy the footage simply because Ken eventually managed to tag Fei Long in the face with an attack. JackieChan has to be spinning in his grave, and he's not even dead yet! [[AC:{{Film}} - Animated]] * The film ''Disney/{{Bolt}}'' uses this, with the dog convinced that the show is real. This is {{hand wave}}d by saying that they wanted the dog to [[EnforcedMethodActing think the girl was actually in mortal danger, so they'd get a better performance]]. Still, method acting didn't come close to justifying the absurd expenses and [[NoOSHACompliance dangers]] incurred by the type of shooting they were apparently attempting. A network TV series in particular simply wouldn't have that kind of budget. ** Legality and budget aside, the director ''is'' shown as being a bit [[MadArtist insane]]. The network executive certainly thinks so. [[AC:{{Film}} - Live-Action]] * ''Film/{{Bowfinger}}'' is ''all'' about this. It even has a shoestring guerrilla film crew shooting around an actor who doesn't know he's their star. With a crew made of illegal Mexican immigrants. And a [[ChurchOfHappyology cult]] in the mix. * ''Film/DragonTheBruceLeeStory'' has an action sequence where Bruce fights a mercenary for several minutes, in one take as the camera follows them. Not only that, but the fight is ''real!'' * Subverted in ''Film/EdWood'', as he does do all those "simple mistakes". Except that he is shown shooting scenes out of order. He must have been awake that day in film school. * Johnny Cage's introduction scene in ''Film/MortalKombat''. They shoot an entire fight scene (until a last-move screw-up) in one take. * Ironically the ending of the snuff film hoax ''Snuff'', which was actually supposed to look like a real film shoot, looked nothing like a real film shoot. * ''Film/CharliesAngels'' has Matt [=LeBlanc=]'s character acting in a movie - the inaccurate portrayal, in this example, was a device to show that [[TwistEnding it wasn't reality]]. This is similar to the ''Film/MortalKombat'' example above. * The first scene of ''AustinPowers in Goldmember'', which has an action scene filmed in one shot for a [[ShowWithinAShow Movie Within A Movie]] of Creator/StevenSpielberg's Austin Powers. RuleOfFunny. * It's not entirely clear if the opening of ''Film/TropicThunder'' is intended to be this, or if it's intended to be a [[ShowWithinAShow Movie Within A Movie]] that then cut to the actors. The camera is never seen, so it might not be intended as a single take. * ''Film/TheTrumanShow'' is pretty good when it comes to the visual footage -- the show does have the wonky camera angles, lack of/awkward use of camera movement, inappropriately close or far-away shots, etc, that you'd expect from a live show captured with hidden cameras. What is more problematic is the sound. All the dialogue is very clean and clear, as though caught on a high-end unidirectional mic from a couple of feet away, including a scene on a beach (beaches being notoriously awful places to record sound even under ideal conditions, usually requiring some degree of ADR for dialogue to even be comprehensible). At one point it's suggested that certain passers-by are concealing little shotgun mics on their person, but it's a HandWave at best. * ''An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn'' desperately tries to justify using this trope, by portraying all the actors in the fictional movie as being total assholes who will only ever do one take of a given scene, which later becomes a sticking point when the director steals and destroys the film's master print. Like everything else in ''Burn Hollywood Burn'', though, it fails dismally -- not least because the fictional film is shown being edited on a computer at one point, meaning that a completed version of the film would probably survive in some form, even if the audio-visual quality was degraded. * The Burt Reynolds film ''Hooper'' is nothing but stuntman scenes and stuntman activities, but runs mainly on RuleOfCool instead of accuracy. * Francois Truffaut's ''Film/DayForNight'' is basically a response to this trope. While it does show things like multiple takes (from different angles to keep it interesting) and the difficulties of making films, it goes a bit dramatic with worst case scenarios, including [[spoiler:actor death]]. * During ''Film/{{Gordy}}'', a camera has its ordinary lens secretly replaced with a wide-angle lens, which will cause the commercial being filmed to be distorted. The cameraman apparently notices while he's looking through the camera, but all he does is rub his eyes. No one apparently noticed when the footage was being edited together. [[IdiotPlot Sabotage of this kind would require striking the whole film crew with blindness.]] * The opening scene of ''Film/MrsDoubtfire'' features Daniel recording for a cartoon. For the most part in the West voice recording for animation is done before the actual animating (Japan however animates then records). ChrisColumbus DID acknowledge this in his commentary and figured it could be taken as Daniel dubbing a foreign cartoon. ** Which doesn't make sense either as the lip-synch in the cartoon (produced by ChuckJones) is clearly English. Daniel is more than likely just doing post-production looping, either to just do touch ups on certain lines, or maybe [[TheOtherMarty Daniel replaced another actor,]] and is recording over the previous actor's work. Which makes sense from his conversation with the producer who complains that this session is already costing the studio and they're on a deadline. ** Also, you don't typically have a censor board overseeing the actual dubbing/recording of a cartoon... that would waste far too much of their time. (Maybe they were just there to hotbox inside the booth?) * The ''{{Film/Tekken}}'' movie features a scene where Jin fights Marshall Law inside a cage. The fight is televised and we see plenty of shots on the TV from inside the cage...except there's no camera in the cage and no sign of any filming equipment around as the fight is going on. [[AC:{{Literature}}]] * Averted in one story by Creator/EphraimKishon where he demonstrates how different real filmmaking is from this trope: Production runs up costs even if nothing happens on set, continuity is SeriousBusiness, and a simple scene may need twenty shots until it's right. Add a PrimadonnaDirector... let's just say, it's not fun for the poor guy who ended up as an extra (even worse: unwillingly), having to play the role of the random guy who cries "Oy!" when the star steps on his foot. [[AC:LiveActionTV]] * The deservedly forgotten ITV sitcom ''Finest Half Hour'' was set in a TV station but bore no resemblance to a real one. Wasn't funny either. * ''The Fall Guy'' * ''{{Extras}}'' has this trope in-universe, as the director of "When the Whistle Blows" is deliberately shown to be totally incompetent. * Viciously subverted in ''{{Frontline}}'', where the current affairs show within a show's tricks are exposed time and again. A notable early example is the filming of an interviewer's reactions AFTER the interview is finished. * ''Series/PowerRangersTimeForce'' at least acknowledged the need for multiple takes, although [[spoiler:the movie was quickly revealed to be a trap, so we didn't get to see much more of the normal shooting.]] ** ''Lost Galaxy'' plays with the trope when Kendrix must fill in for an [[IdenticalStranger injured actress]]. The film is a romance and the scenes we see being shot appear to be in chronological order. The last scene filmed is the ending and they're apparently using just the one shot since the only re-takes they have to do are down to Kendrix forgetting her lines. Of course it's not too glaring since it is established that 90% of the movie has already been shot. * ''ICarly'' tends to take creative liberties with live podcasting. For example, using a studio quality camera for shooting[[note]] which they ''might'' [[HandWave have got cheap on eBay or something]], maybe[[/note]] and relatively stable shots despite no tripod. * ''Comic Book Men'' featured shooting a commercial one episode, it all seemed genuine until the very end when the cast members gathered outside the store and delivered a line to conclude the commercial. This required several takes and the last one where they got everything perfect an old lady on the street walked into the shot. This of course ruined the shot, even though they could have easily used the audio over one of the other takes during editing. * Not a movie example, but related; ''{{Glee}}'''s "The First Time" features Rachel and Blaine, the stars in the school play, rehearsing about a week before their debut. They're not blocking any scenes, or even off book! This despite the fact that both Darren Criss and Lea Michele (not to mention many other cast members) came to the show from theater/musical backgrounds. * [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] on ''Series/ThirtyRock''. Much like ''SaturdayNightLive'' in the real world, the in-universe show is taped live in front of a studio audience. [[AC:NewspaperComics]] * In ''ComicStrip/{{Spider-Man}}'', MJ was to star in an action flick. One scene involved a brawl in an elevator. Only the two actors were anywhere near the elevator. Apparently there were no microphones, no lines, no choreography, and two unmanned or remote-controlled cameras. Small wonder that it [[GoneHorriblyWrong went horribly wrong]]. [[AC:ThemeParks]] * The Franchise/IndianaJones Stunt Show at Disney Hollywood Studios suffers from this, but since it's more about watching cool stunts than getting an accurate portrayal of a film set, it's somewhat forgivable. [[AC:VideoGames]] * ''TheMovies''. This game is about running a studio and making movies. However, you have to shoot all the scenes in order--which can mean that your cast and crew will shoot a scene on one set, then run to another set for the next scene, then back to the first one if that's where the next scene takes place. And if another movie is shooting on the set, they have to wait instead of shooting another part of the movie. And scenes are shot in a single take. ** This can get particularly irritating if one cast member is out of action, usually due to alcoholism and stress. The entire shooting schedule has to be put on hold while said thespian is cured of his or her ailments, rather than e.g. letting the camera team film shots where the actors are not needed. ** How do they shoot the killing of movie-monsters? By literally putting a blade in the actor's neck. * The ''VideoGame/SaintsRowTheThird'' expansion ''[[RecycledInSpace Gangstas In Space]]'' has the Boss playing the lead role AsHimself in [[ShowWithinAShow the titular sci-fi movie]]. Apparently, depicting an AlienInvasion of Stilwater involves building working alien fighters and using them to attack the lead actors, and the shootouts between the Boss and the aliens are shot with live ammunition and working laser pistols. But hey, this is the same game that features a ZombieApocalypse, [[MaskedLuchador lucha libre]] gangsters, a boss fight in virtual reality, and a [[DeadlyGame lethal game show/arena deathmatch]], so it's all fair. * In ''{{Stuntman}}'' and ''Stuntman: Ignition'', long car-chase scenes are shot are shot in sequence, with very little props - even when the scene involves a helicopter chasing a sports car through San Francisco, [[StuffBlowingUp shooting just about every single thing with missiles]]. But hey, otherwise, it wouldn't be [[RuleOfCool cool]]. ** ''Ignition'' makes it a bit worse with the new effects and ragdoll physics on the actors. The director no longer seems to care if you just smacked your sports car into an extra on the sidewalk and sent him cartwheeling into traction. They also seem to have everything possible rigged up to explode; in the first scene of ''Overdrive'' you can optionally smash through a gas station and send it up in flames, while in the first scene of ''Whoopin' n' Hollerin' II'' the monster truck can crush every car, whether or not they're marked. * Subverted in ''VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2''. The films made at Pokéstar Studios go through multiple facets of production, as the script has to be read in order to choose the best response and action. Following the stage directions properly can make your film a hit, while going against them can make it a BoxOfficeBomb. The films also make heavy use of ChromaKey special effects that require editing in post-production. [[AC:WesternAnimation]] * An episode of ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerryKids'' did this. * An episode of ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' did this, although the movie was actually part of a scam to rob the bank. * An episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'' not only did this, but had a director filming Fred and Barney, with no apparent script, who didn't even know they were in a movie, while they were being chased around and hit by boulders. * Used justifiably in ''WesternAnimation/HomeMovies'' because the filmmakers are kids who don't know how the process actually works, and only have a home video camera to work with. In one episode, when it suggested that he should be shooting a different scene, Brendan replies, "Yeah, well we don't really have any editing equipment, so we kinda have to shoot in sequence." ----[[redirect:Main/ArtisticLicenseFilmProduction]]
16th Sep '13 6:13:26 AM erforce
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* ''Dragon: The BruceLee Story'' has an action sequence where Bruce fights a mercenary for several minutes, in one take as the camera follows them. Not only that, but the fight is ''real!''
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* ''Dragon: The BruceLee Story'' ''Film/DragonTheBruceLeeStory'' has an action sequence where Bruce fights a mercenary for several minutes, in one take as the camera follows them. Not only that, but the fight is ''real!''

* ''CharliesAngels'' has Matt [=LeBlanc=]'s character acting in a movie - the inaccurate portrayal, in this example, was a device to show that [[TwistEnding it wasn't reality]]. This is similar to the ''Film/MortalKombat'' example above.
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* ''CharliesAngels'' ''Film/CharliesAngels'' has Matt [=LeBlanc=]'s character acting in a movie - the inaccurate portrayal, in this example, was a device to show that [[TwistEnding it wasn't reality]]. This is similar to the ''Film/MortalKombat'' example above.

* It's not entirely clear if the opening of ''TropicThunder'' is intended to be this, or if it's intended to be a [[ShowWithinAShow Movie Within A Movie]] that then cut to the actors. The camera is never seen, so it might not be intended as a single take. * ''The Stunt Man''
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* It's not entirely clear if the opening of ''TropicThunder'' ''Film/TropicThunder'' is intended to be this, or if it's intended to be a [[ShowWithinAShow Movie Within A Movie]] that then cut to the actors. The camera is never seen, so it might not be intended as a single take. * ''The Stunt Man''take.

* Francois Truffaut's ''DayForNight'' is basically a response to this trope. While it does show things like multiple takes (from different angles to keep it interesting) and the difficulties of making films, it goes a bit dramatic with worst case scenarios, including [[spoiler:actor death]]. * During ''{{Gordy}}'', a camera has its ordinary lens secretly replaced with a wide-angle lens, which will cause the commercial being filmed to be distorted. The cameraman apparently notices while he's looking through the camera, but all he does is rub his eyes. No one apparently noticed when the footage was being edited together. [[IdiotPlot Sabotage of this kind would require striking the whole film crew with blindness.]]
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* Francois Truffaut's ''DayForNight'' ''Film/DayForNight'' is basically a response to this trope. While it does show things like multiple takes (from different angles to keep it interesting) and the difficulties of making films, it goes a bit dramatic with worst case scenarios, including [[spoiler:actor death]]. * During ''{{Gordy}}'', ''Film/{{Gordy}}'', a camera has its ordinary lens secretly replaced with a wide-angle lens, which will cause the commercial being filmed to be distorted. The cameraman apparently notices while he's looking through the camera, but all he does is rub his eyes. No one apparently noticed when the footage was being edited together. [[IdiotPlot Sabotage of this kind would require striking the whole film crew with blindness.]]
21st Jul '13 5:22:58 PM Jake
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* ''ICarly'' tends to take creative liberties with live podcasting. For example, using a studio quality camera for shooting, relatively stable shots despite no tripod.
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* ''ICarly'' tends to take creative liberties with live podcasting. For example, using a studio quality camera for shooting, shooting[[note]] which they ''might'' [[HandWave have got cheap on eBay or something]], maybe[[/note]] and relatively stable shots despite no tripod.
14th Jul '13 1:19:05 PM KamenRiderOokalf
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* ''{{Bowfinger}}'' is ''all'' about this. It even has a shoestring guerrilla film crew shooting around an actor who doesn't know he's their star. With a crew made of illegal Mexican immigrants. And a [[ChurchOfHappyology cult]] in the mix.
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* ''{{Bowfinger}}'' ''Film/{{Bowfinger}}'' is ''all'' about this. It even has a shoestring guerrilla film crew shooting around an actor who doesn't know he's their star. With a crew made of illegal Mexican immigrants. And a [[ChurchOfHappyology cult]] in the mix.
17th May '13 1:33:00 PM blueranger
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* The ''{{Film/Tekken}}'' movie features a scene where Jin fights Marshall Law inside a cage. The fight is televised and we see plenty of shots on the TV from inside the cage...except there's no camera in the cage and no sign of any filming equipment around as the fight is going on.

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** ''Lost Galaxy'' plays with the trope when Kendrix must fill in for an [[IdenticalStranger injured actress]]. The film is a romance and the scenes we see being shot appear to be in chronological order. The last scene filmed is the ending and they're apparently using just the one shot since the only re-takes they have to do are down to Kendrix forgetting her lines. Of course it's not too glaring since it is established that 90% of the movie has already been shot.
11th May '13 2:05:10 PM MarkLungo
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* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry [[SpinoffBabies Kids]]'' did this.
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* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry [[SpinoffBabies Kids]]'' ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerryKids'' did this.
11th May '13 2:04:47 PM MarkLungo
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-->-- '''Magazine/{{Mad}}''', "[[TheMaryTylerMooreShow The Mary Tailor-Made Show]]", December 1972
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-->-- '''Magazine/{{Mad}}''', "[[TheMaryTylerMooreShow "[[Series/TheMaryTylerMooreShow The Mary Tailor-Made Show]]", December 1972

* An episode of ''ThePowerpuffGirls'' did this, although the movie was actually part of a scam to rob the bank. * An episode of ''TheFlintstones'' not only did this, but had a director filming Fred and Barney, with no apparent script, who didn't even know they were in a movie, while they were being chased around and hit by boulders. * Used justifiably in ''HomeMovies'' because the filmmakers are kids who don't know how the process actually works, and only have a home video camera to work with. In one episode, when it suggested that he should be shooting a different scene, Brendan replies, "Yeah, well we don't really have any editing equipment, so we kinda have to shoot in sequence."
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* An episode of ''ThePowerpuffGirls'' ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' did this, although the movie was actually part of a scam to rob the bank. * An episode of ''TheFlintstones'' ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'' not only did this, but had a director filming Fred and Barney, with no apparent script, who didn't even know they were in a movie, while they were being chased around and hit by boulders. * Used justifiably in ''HomeMovies'' ''WesternAnimation/HomeMovies'' because the filmmakers are kids who don't know how the process actually works, and only have a home video camera to work with. In one episode, when it suggested that he should be shooting a different scene, Brendan replies, "Yeah, well we don't really have any editing equipment, so we kinda have to shoot in sequence."
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