Behind the Scenes

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.

There's a musical name for dread and it is 'Dies Irae.' How did this 13th century Latin hymn become the go-to tune for conjuring up movie scares?

What happens when movie marketers try to get audiences into the cinema by misrepresenting the film they're trying to sell?

We think we know what gets censored out of movies shown on airplanes – like language and plane crashes. But the rise of streaming has changed the rules and added some cultural dimensions.

Kanopy is looking to bring libraries and universities into the streaming age with access to its vast collection.

Why would a cinematic giant like 'Star Wars' go digital first with its newest stories?

In the world of Harry Potter, being a wizard in the United States is a lot different than being a wizard in England. Now who’s up for a game of quodpot?

The black female mathematicians who worked at NASA during the Space Race were scientific savants who helped make some pretty amazing advances in aeronautics.

Get the scoop on the new "Star Wars" movie, straight from the cast and crew.

You could probably see "Rogue One" with no prior knowledge of "Star Wars" and be fulfilled, but checking out these things beforehand will kick the experience up a notch.

As No-Majs, or muggles, we can't see the world's magical creatures. Luckily, they're everywhere in the new film set in the wizarding world of Harry Potter. We meet three.

Companies that make prop money for movies and videos have to walk a fine line between making cash that looks realistic, but not crossing into counterfeit.

You'll want to be up to speed on Cap's amazing shield before you go see "Captain America: Civil War." We can help you with that.

Yep, real-time motion capture and re-enactment just got faster (and funnier).

Is it possible — just maybe — that spoilers don't actually (spoiler!) spoil all the fun?

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” introduced one of the most iconic new characters in the form of the rolling droid BB-8. But how did he learn to speak?

It’s a desert planet, but it’s not Tatooine. This new location seems pivotal to “The Force Awakens,” so what exactly do we actually know about it?

If you’re writing and directing a new “Star Wars” movie, you’ve got a built-in fan base to entertain and keep happy. Will viewers be delighted with “The Force Awakens”?

The details of “The Force Awakens” have been shrouded in mystery since the film started shooting — and that’s no accident. Will that make for happy audiences?

The suspension of disbelief is part of the movie-going experience. But some films that invoke science to set up their plots are doing so in ways that are totally, utterly preposterous.

A good movie transports you to another universe. But what if that universe is so authentic it's visually jarring? Step into the debate about hyper-real high frame rate films!

Moviemaking is not a profession without its own dangers, but for all the fake gore and dismemberment in the movies, there are tragic tales of filming gone wrong.

From "The Shining" to "The Shawshank Redemption," from Hogwarts to Willy Wonka's chocolate factory, find out how establishing shots immerse audiences in movies' settings.

Using drones, cinematographers can capture beautiful, sweeping shots more easily and cheaply than ever before. And affordable technology means more amateurs can get in the game, too. Get ready to plan your film debut.

The picture is so smooth and realistic that some moviegoers find it unsettling or less magical. Is high frame rate 3-D the next big step in cinema or a blip in film history?