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Inside '300'

Twenty-four centuries after a small army of 300 Spartan warriors held off 100,000 Persian invaders the story author and illustrator Frank Miller captured so vividly in his 1999 graphic novel has been realized on screen as "300" by director Zack Snyder.


The Origins of TV Shows and Movies Quiz

The Origins of TV Shows and Movies Quiz

Many tv shows and movies are inspired by or based on original works. Test your knowledge of their origins with this quiz at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Far, Far Away: Movie Locations Quiz

Far, Far Away: Movie Locations Quiz

'New York' could actually be Vancouver and 'outer space' could be a soundstage in Georgia. How much do you know about movie locations? See more »

10 Movies Based on Scientific Falsehoods

10 Movies Based on Scientific Falsehoods

Plenty of movies are based entirely on ideas that are total bunk. Learn about 10 movies based on scientific falsehoods from HowStuffWorks. See more »

Why do high frame rate films look different?

Why do high frame rate films look different?

Why do high frame rate movies like 'The Hobbit' look different? Learn about high frame rate films at HowStuffWorks. See more »

10 Horrific Deaths That Happened While Filming a Movie

10 Horrific Deaths That Happened While Filming a Movie

For all the fake gore in the movies, there are tragic tales of filming gone wrong. See 10 horrific deaths that happened while filming a movie. See more »

What’s an establishing shot?

What’s an establishing shot?

In film, an establishing shot defines setting. Learn more about the cinematographic hallmark at HowStuffWorks. See more »

How Drone Cinematography Works

How Drone Cinematography Works

Drone cinematography allows filmmakers to capture beautiful, sweeping shots more easily and cheaply than ever before. Learn about drone cinematography. See more »

How High Frame Rate 3-D Works

How High Frame Rate 3-D Works

Is high frame rate 3-D the next big step in cinema or a blip in film history? Learn about high frame rate 3-D technology to decide for yourself. See more »

Was the horse head in ‘The Godfather’ based on a real event?

Was the horse head in ‘The Godfather’ based on a real event?

Yes, the severed horse head in 'The Godfather' is real -- but is the scene inspired by a real event? Read on for the truth about the gory moment. See more »

Was ‘The Shining’ an apology for faking the moon landing?

Was ‘The Shining’ an apology for faking the moon landing?

Did Stanley Kubrick fake the moon landing then make 'The Shining' to atone for his folly? Read on to see if this spaced-out theory holds weight. See more »