Behind the Scenes pulls back the curtain and lets you see how movies are made, from the initial script, the casting and how the jaw-dropping special effects come to life.

What does a gaffer do on a film set?

You would not know it from the word, but the gaffer is the head electrician on a film set. Where did the name come from and why is the job so important?

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  • 10 Jaw-dropping Hollywood Scandals

    10 Jaw-dropping Hollywood Scandals

    Along with motion pictures, Hollywood has a knack for creating other things: controversy and scandal. So which scandals are the juiciest -- and why? See more »

  • 10 Most Thankless Jobs in Film

    10 Most Thankless Jobs in Film

    You might have heard that Sandra Bullock got $77 million for "Gravity," but how much did the PA make? We've compiled a list of the most tedious, low-paying jobs in show business – that people still beg for. See more »

  • An Amityville Primer

    An Amityville Primer

    HowStuffworks brings you up to speed on the story behind the "based on a true story" remake of "The Amityville Horror." Read about the real-life murders at 112 Ocean Avenue, the best-selling book and the family at the center of the controversy. See more »

  • Creating the Kranks Neighborhood

    Creating the Kranks Neighborhood

    Sometimes reality just doesn't do the trick. To get the right feel for the movie "Christmas with the Kranks," filmmakers had to build a fake wintry Chicago neighborhood on a parking lot in California. See how they did it. See more »

  • How 'The Da Vinci Code' Doesn't Work

    How 'The Da Vinci Code' Doesn't Work

    Could a sacred story be hidden for centuries, only to be revealed in one of the most famous works of art in the Western world? That's the story according to "The DaVinci Code." Take a look at the evidence. See more »

  • How do movie productions shut off streets for filming?

    How do movie productions shut off streets for filming?

    If you live in a town where they shoot a lot of movies, chances are you've seen or read about a street closing due to a film shoot. With all the traffic inconvenience this can cause, how do movie companies get away with it? See more »

  • How Harry Potter's Wand Works

    How Harry Potter's Wand Works

    The Harry Potter universe would not be complete without magic wands. Have you ever wanted to know how these wands work and why they seem to have a mind of their own? You can learn about these magic wands in this section. See more »

  • How James Bond Works

    How James Bond Works

    With his dry wit and impeccable style, James Bond has been defying death and ruining the plans of megalomaniacal madmen in service of Queen and country for more than 50 years. Learn more about the history of James Bond and the leading men who portray him. See more »

  • How Jim Henson Worked

    How Jim Henson Worked

    Sept. 24, 2011, would have the 75th birthday of Jim Henson, the gentle, quirky puppet master who charmed the world with his lovable puppet characters. What makes Jim Henson's creative work and life so memorable -- and inspiring? See more »

  • How King Kong Works

    How King Kong Works

    When director Peter Jackson and Weta Digital effects studio completed the Lord of the Rings trilogy, they began work on their next project: creating King Kong. In this article, we'll find out how the latest King Kong incorporates human performance an See more »

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