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(Cracked)   Six places you will recognize from the background of every movie. If these settings were sound effects, they would be the Wilhelm Scream   (cracked.com) divider line 88
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2012-12-28 05:47:42 PM
I always imagined Monument Valley was pretty huge, but it looks like just 4 or 5 mesas.
 
2012-12-28 05:48:44 PM

phaseolus: Zarquon's Flat Tire: I saw The Hobbit with my family on Christmas, my mom laughed out loud when she heard the Wilhelm Scream from a goblin.

So did my youngest son and I.

I got mixed feelings about that. Hearing that damned scream really yanks your attention away from the movie for a moment, but it's always funny.


It's never funny. KNOCK IT OFF!
 
2012-12-28 05:55:18 PM

Ishkur: 1) Vancouver
2) Downtown Vancouver
3) Vancouver skyline
1) North Vancouver Mountains
1) Burnaby


It's the Toronto of the new century. Seriously, there was a time when you couldn't throw a stick in that town without hitting a movie camera.
 
2012-12-28 05:57:25 PM

NeoCortex42: And we all know what newspaper you'd be reading while sitting in the diner:
theawesomer.com


The Al Bundy's favourite paper.

www.itmakesyournosetickle.com
 
2012-12-28 06:02:44 PM
My son got a Build A Bear named Will Helm. Squeeze his paw and "Arrrrggghhhhh".

//The Build A Bear lady said it was NOT the weirdest thing she has put into a bear, for what that's worth.
 
2012-12-28 06:04:31 PM
I get re-using some of these locations over and over again, because who wants to spend a crap-ton of money on an opulent and richly-decorated place like the various mansions and hotels mentioned? Ditto for some of the outdoor locations, you don't find scenery like that everywhere, especially with reasonable transport options.

The ones that bug me are the less obvious ones, like the Bryan's Song house being reused or that house in Father of the Bride being every upper-middle-class family home over and over again. Get some originality, fer chrissakes, it won't kill you to find a different location.
 
2012-12-28 06:06:44 PM
Too many people talking about the Wilhelm for me to quote them all, but a friend of mine was once really pissed at me for telling him about that sound. Now he hates hearing it where before he never noticed it.
 
2012-12-28 06:10:33 PM
The 6th Street bridge in LA  is used in everything.   Repo Man, ConAir, T2, T3, Grease, tons of car commercials, even cartoons and a Pixar movie.    My friends have a slo-mo walking scene on it in Decline of Western Civilization III and since then I notice it all the time.
 
2012-12-28 06:12:17 PM

Thelyphthoric: Ishkur: phaseolus: Zarquon's Flat Tire: I saw The Hobbit with my family on Christmas, my mom laughed out loud when she heard the Wilhelm Scream from a goblin.
So did my youngest son and I.
I got mixed feelings about that. Hearing that damned scream really yanks your attention away from the movie for a moment, but it's always funny.

I don't like it either. I don't like hearing the same stock sound effects in movies because it's distracting and it's lazy -- it means the foley guys couldn't be bothered to improvise something so they just dropped in something from the public archives. This goes for "castle thunder" for any storm seen through a window, and what I call the doppler-truck -- for any 18 wheeler semi that drives past, you get a double horn blast "bwaaaa bwaaaaoooumm" every farking time. Monster screams are also recycled. Every dinosaur movie will try to sneak in an oldskool Godzilla yell somewhere.

Or the big "shkwweee-FOOM" for gas explosions, especially alien-ish explosions. Or that stock "broken pottery" noise that you hear from crashing plates, glasses, sometimes even pottery. That one really irritates me since if I did foley, breaking stuff would NEVER get passed over for an ancient standby.


don't forget the red-tailed hawk screech which appears regardless of what kind of bird is actually shown or where the scene is supposed to be taking place.
 
2012-12-28 06:15:38 PM
 
2012-12-28 06:21:59 PM

calbert: scroll down, look to the left for the sound byte


Yep heard that one more than a few times.
 
2012-12-28 06:23:01 PM
#1. Monument Valley -- The Most Famous Rock Formations You've Never Heard Of

Who the f*ck hasn't heard of Monument Valley?  OK, I'm sure there are some, but it's far from being obscure to the point of justifying the "most famous...that you've never heard of" cliché
 
2012-12-28 06:24:43 PM
There's also that street in Los Angeles with all the Victorians, the ones that appear in Charmed, Journeyman, etc...

Ahh, just looked it up:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carroll_Avenue
 
2012-12-28 06:28:20 PM
Yup, I laughed at the Wilhelm Scream in The Hobbit as well. It was more of an annoyed and disappointed laugh, though.
 
2012-12-28 06:33:55 PM

Ishkur: phaseolus: Zarquon's Flat Tire: I saw The Hobbit with my family on Christmas, my mom laughed out loud when she heard the Wilhelm Scream from a goblin.
So did my youngest son and I.
I got mixed feelings about that. Hearing that damned scream really yanks your attention away from the movie for a moment, but it's always funny.

I don't like it either. I don't like hearing the same stock sound effects in movies because it's distracting and it's lazy -- it means the foley guys couldn't be bothered to improvise something so they just dropped in something from the public archives. This goes for "castle thunder" for any storm seen through a window, and what I call the doppler-truck -- for any 18 wheeler semi that drives past, you get a double horn blast "bwaaaa bwaaaaoooumm" every farking time. Monster screams are also recycled. Every dinosaur movie will try to sneak in an oldskool Godzilla yell somewhere.


Know what I love? Cars accelerating on dirt or gravel, to the sound of tires screeching. Kill me.
 
2012-12-28 07:09:30 PM
for me it is the police woop woop you hear in any drama. I speaking of Vancouver there is that beach they always use
Smallville
4400
Stargate
Millennium
Supernatural
xfiles
insert any show filmed there
 
2012-12-28 07:30:01 PM
I try not to notice these kinds of details because it breaks suspension of disbelief.
 
2012-12-28 07:32:08 PM

dj_bigbird: Shockingly, a coherent and decent list from Cracked.


Is this an update? I remember the axis chemicals plant was used in such a cracked article before. Bronson canyon is presumably there... Off to check
 
mjg
2012-12-28 08:16:25 PM

Ishkur: 1) Vancouver
2) Downtown Vancouver
3) Vancouver skyline
1) North Vancouver Mountains
1) Burnaby


upload.wikimedia.org

Bronx mountain range in 'Rumble in the Bronx'
 
2012-12-28 08:41:32 PM
Here's a trick.

1) Visit the Santa Monica pier

2) Notice the Santa Monica pier in nearly every godam movie and TV show and commercial for the rest of your life

finkorswim.com
 
2012-12-28 09:25:19 PM

phyrkrakr: The ones that bug me are the less obvious ones, like the Bryan's Song house being reused or that house in Father of the Bride being every upper-middle-class family home over and over again. Get some originality, fer chrissakes, it won't kill you to find a different location.


1) If you use a museum house, it will be same one over and over and over

2) If you want a house people actually live in, you need a cooperative family who can and will clear out completely when you need it
So you get the same house over and over and over

/ I work in an attorney's house that's rented out for photo and film shoots 6 or 10 times a year
// House is big enough that we can retreat to the attic office or we simply schedule lots of meetings elsewhere for the duration
 
2012-12-28 09:34:58 PM

rikkards: for me it is the police woop woop you hear in any drama. I speaking of Vancouver there is that beach they always use
Smallville
4400
Stargate
Millennium
Supernatural
xfiles
insert any show filmed there


Do you mean Buntzen Lake?

farm3.staticflickr.com

aka

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-12-28 10:17:11 PM
whatever

imgc.allpostersimages.com
 
2012-12-28 10:19:16 PM
I was watching The Men Who Built America and giggled every time they showed one of the movers and shakers in their palatial homes ... and I would venture 90%+ of the shots were at the Lyndhurst mansion up by Sleepy Hollow, NY. Who knew Vanderbilt, Rockerfeller, Carnegie, and Morgan were all roomies???

(Yes, I recognized it from the original Dark Shadows movies - Sue me!)
 
2012-12-28 10:45:38 PM

calbert: Thelyphthoric: Ishkur: phaseolus: Zarquon's Flat Tire: I saw The Hobbit with my family on Christmas, my mom laughed out loud when she heard the Wilhelm Scream from a goblin.
So did my youngest son and I.
I got mixed feelings about that. Hearing that damned scream really yanks your attention away from the movie for a moment, but it's always funny.

I don't like it either. I don't like hearing the same stock sound effects in movies because it's distracting and it's lazy -- it means the foley guys couldn't be bothered to improvise something so they just dropped in something from the public archives. This goes for "castle thunder" for any storm seen through a window, and what I call the doppler-truck -- for any 18 wheeler semi that drives past, you get a double horn blast "bwaaaa bwaaaaoooumm" every farking time. Monster screams are also recycled. Every dinosaur movie will try to sneak in an oldskool Godzilla yell somewhere.

Or the big "shkwweee-FOOM" for gas explosions, especially alien-ish explosions. Or that stock "broken pottery" noise that you hear from crashing plates, glasses, sometimes even pottery. That one really irritates me since if I did foley, breaking stuff would NEVER get passed over for an ancient standby.

don't forget the red-tailed hawk screech which appears regardless of what kind of bird is actually shown or where the scene is supposed to be taking place.


You guys might enjoy this:

TV Tropes: Stock Sound Effects

WARNING, site is addictive.
 
2012-12-28 11:01:42 PM

Keizer_Ghidorah: calbert: Thelyphthoric: Ishkur: phaseolus: Zarquon's Flat Tire: I saw The Hobbit with my family on Christmas, my mom laughed out loud when she heard the Wilhelm Scream from a goblin.
So did my youngest son and I.
I got mixed feelings about that. Hearing that damned scream really yanks your attention away from the movie for a moment, but it's always funny.

I don't like it either. I don't like hearing the same stock sound effects in movies because it's distracting and it's lazy -- it means the foley guys couldn't be bothered to improvise something so they just dropped in something from the public archives. This goes for "castle thunder" for any storm seen through a window, and what I call the doppler-truck -- for any 18 wheeler semi that drives past, you get a double horn blast "bwaaaa bwaaaaoooumm" every farking time. Monster screams are also recycled. Every dinosaur movie will try to sneak in an oldskool Godzilla yell somewhere.

Or the big "shkwweee-FOOM" for gas explosions, especially alien-ish explosions. Or that stock "broken pottery" noise that you hear from crashing plates, glasses, sometimes even pottery. That one really irritates me since if I did foley, breaking stuff would NEVER get passed over for an ancient standby.

don't forget the red-tailed hawk screech which appears regardless of what kind of bird is actually shown or where the scene is supposed to be taking place.

You guys might enjoy this:

TV Tropes: Stock Sound Effects

WARNING, site is addictive.


I know, I got stuck there yesterday:

Stopped Numbering Sequels
A common subversion to Numbered Sequel. As the number of installments of a series goes up, the less likely it has a number behind.
 
2012-12-28 11:10:09 PM
Missing from the list: Your Mom's house.
 
2012-12-28 11:48:43 PM
Monument Valley -- The Most Famous Rock Formations You've Never Heard Of

...if you've never been more than 30 miles outside of your home town
 
2012-12-29 12:13:14 AM
I expected Innes House to be listed. Or at least honorable mention.
 
2012-12-29 12:16:32 AM

calbert: don't forget the red-tailed hawk screech which appears regardless of what kind of bird is actually shown or where the scene is supposed to be taking place.


I notice that one. But I just had to look up that Wilhelm scream.

/don't watch too many movies
//do watch birds
 
2012-12-29 02:02:10 AM

Robo Beat: There's also the area around West 4th Street near the Westin hotel in Los Angeles, where about 75% or so of all car advertisements are shot.


And the other 25% are filmed on or near Bixby Bridge.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bixby_Bridge
 
2012-12-29 04:01:04 AM

Crewmannumber6: The Stevens' house and street from the TV show Bewitched were used in the original Brian's Song. Oddly though they weren't changed or redressed. they were set exactly the same.


I think the Bewitched house is at Warner Bros. ranch. The Lethal Weapon house is there and the fountain from the opening credits of Friends.
 
2012-12-29 06:30:14 AM
Sepulveda dam (Buckaroo Banzai, Aeon Flux, etc.)
upload.wikimedia.org

And next door, The Japanese Garden (Star Trek, etc.)
farm4.staticflickr.com
 
2012-12-29 09:01:41 AM

Scrotastic Method: Ishkur: phaseolus: Zarquon's Flat Tire: I saw The Hobbit with my family on Christmas, my mom laughed out loud when she heard the Wilhelm Scream from a goblin.
So did my youngest son and I.
I got mixed feelings about that. Hearing that damned scream really yanks your attention away from the movie for a moment, but it's always funny.

I don't like it either. I don't like hearing the same stock sound effects in movies because it's distracting and it's lazy -- it means the foley guys couldn't be bothered to improvise something so they just dropped in something from the public archives. This goes for "castle thunder" for any storm seen through a window, and what I call the doppler-truck -- for any 18 wheeler semi that drives past, you get a double horn blast "bwaaaa bwaaaaoooumm" every farking time. Monster screams are also recycled. Every dinosaur movie will try to sneak in an oldskool Godzilla yell somewhere.

Know what I love? Cars accelerating on dirt or gravel, to the sound of tires screeching. Kill me.


I'd like to add:

- "Cold outdoor wind"....the wooooWHOOOOoooooh. From video games to movies, it's everywhere

- "Door creak"....that same generic door creak played every time a old door opens
 
2012-12-29 10:47:36 AM

Mad Mark: Missing from the list: Your Mom's house.


i25.photobucket.com
 
2012-12-29 11:20:50 AM

Onkel Buck: Mad Mark: Missing from the list: Your Mom's house.

[i25.photobucket.com image 550x430]


Thanks, i'm saving that!
 
2012-12-29 07:37:04 PM
The one I've picked up on over the years in the never-changing "background police radio chatter". The easiest way to hear it is the beginning of the closing credits crawl of every episode of "Cops". It's been so long, I don't remember the exact wording, but I know it's a woman's voice, and she mentions a shotgun. (I know that sounds vague, but it's been years since I actually listened to it.)

I started noticing that same voice and statement in the background of every movie/TV show that had background police radio chatter. I've even heard it in movies older than Cops.

Try listening for it some time. It's kind of like the Wilhelm Scream. Once you get it in your head, you'll notice it everywhere. You'd think Hollywood would have a decent pool of radio chatter to use.
 
2012-12-29 08:42:24 PM
Damn the motherfarking wilhelm scream straight to hell.

Any film maker who uses it should be kicked right in the crotch.
 
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