Practical FX Quiz

Can you name the movies, the people and the techniques that make up the wonderful world of practical FX?
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#1  Type answer  30 seconds  69% correct rate

Name these beloved claymation characters

Wallace & Gromit

Wallace and Gromit

wallace and gromit

wallace & gromit

The West Yorkshire culturual icons, Wallace & Gromit, were created by Nick Park as his university graduation project.

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Which of these movies used a trick called forced perspective instead of digitally altering characters' height later?

All of them!

Elf

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

The Lord of the Rings

Forced perspective can be used to make things or people seem much larger than they actually are, like Gandalf or Buddy!

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What is the name of this technique, in which the baground scenery is painted rather than built?

Matte Painting

Scene Painting

On-Set Painting

Landscaping

Matte painitng is surprisingly common - being seen in films from the 1930's (Dracula) up to recently (Greatest Showman)

#4  Type answer  30 seconds  86% correct rate  

What is the name of this iconic movie, which used prosthesis and stop motion to bring its robotic characters to life?

RoboCop

robocop

Robocop

To simulate ricocheting bullets, the team fired gelatin capsules filled with sawdust & sparking compound from an air gun

#5  Type answer  30 seconds  74% correct rate

Who is this renowned american puppeteer, whose Creature Shop has worked on many movies including TMNT & Batman Begins?

Jim Henson

jim henson

jim Henson

Jim henson

Jim began making puppets in his youth, creating his first comedy TV show using them as a University Freshman!

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Name this genre of filmmaking from Japan that heavily uses practical FX to make its characters seem larger than life

Tokusatsu

Kabuto

Tamago

Kamen

Tokusatsu is a contraction of "tokushu satsuei" which literally translates to "special effects"

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What is the name of this movie, which spawned the "High-Pressure Blood" trope, when a hose malfunctioned during filming?

Sanjuro: Return of the Ronin

Kurosawa

Seven Samurai

The Last Samurai

Kurosawa was so influential that even this mistake has spread into everything, from anime to action movies & even games!

#8  Buttons  20 seconds  64% correct rate

Which French filmmaker is often considered the father of practical effects?

Georges Méliès

Peter Jackson

David Lynch

Ray Harryhausen

Méliès 1902 A Trip to the Moon used mechanical scenery, multiple exposures & pyrotechnics to create a fantastical world

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Generally, how many individual shots are required to make 1 second of stop motion animation in a movie?

1
24
60
This means a 76 minute stop motion like 1993's The Nightmare Before Christmas will contain around 110,000 frames total!

#10  Type answer  30 seconds  68% correct rate

Bonus question! In movies/games, what food is often used to make the sound of bones breaking? (multiple right answers)

Carrots

cabbage

carrots

Cabbage

Celery

celery

pasta

Pasta

Leeks

Leek

leek

leeks

Tomato

tomato

tomatoes

Tomatoes

Carrot

carrot

When creating injury sounds, the sound designers will record different layers (e.g. bone & flesh) with different foods
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