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Are sewers always lighted? (movie related)


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#1 of 30 OFFLINE   SteveGon

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Posted May 10 2005 - 03:25 PM

So I was watching the remake of Assault on Precinct 13 today, and when the heroes descended into the sewer I noticed that all the lights were on. I've seen this in many other movies as well. Now I've never been in a sewer so I can't say for sure, but it seems a waste of power to continually light a sewer that is presumably rarely traveled (and only then by maintenance workers). So, for those of you in the know, ARE sewers cotinually lighted or is it just a movie conceit? Sorry, I just have to know...

#2 of 30 OFFLINE   Kirk Tsai

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Posted May 10 2005 - 03:31 PM

I really doubt they're on, but I guess I should go pull out The Third Man and...Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles first. Posted Image

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Posted May 10 2005 - 03:35 PM

Well, I've never been in a sewer sewer, but we used to explore these big drainage tunnels that ran all under the streets of my neighborhood. They were super dark. No lights at all, and no light fixtures if I recall. Also, I live in the suburbs, but there are no lights coming from the actual sewer, which has manhole-covered access points in the streets. By the way, leave aside the idea of lighting in the sewers, which is kind of necessary for a movie. Instead, look at Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan. "You've got to get out of the sewers! We flood them with toxic waste every night at midnight!" Uh, yeah. That happens a lot in municipal sewers.

#4 of 30 OFFLINE   SteveGon

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Posted May 10 2005 - 04:05 PM

Well, there were no lights in the sewer in The Third Man, but in just about every other movie sewer there are light bulbs just blazin' away.

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#5 of 30 OFFLINE   RobertR

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Posted May 11 2005 - 02:21 AM

And streets at night are nearly always wet, something else you don't see in real life.

#6 of 30 OFFLINE   Ted Lee

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Posted May 11 2005 - 07:30 AM

and ventilation shafts are big enough to fit grown men ... and sturdy enough to support them.
 

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Posted May 11 2005 - 10:05 AM

and computer programs that can magically enhance a washed out grainy security camera photo into a clear shot worthy of framing (or as is usually the case, the capture/identification of a bad guy) Posted Image

#8 of 30 OFFLINE   Joe Szott

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Posted May 11 2005 - 10:08 AM

The SPCA requires the lighting as rats are scared of the dark.

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Posted May 11 2005 - 03:36 PM

Where does all that bluish light come from in movie caves? Or in the middle of the woods on a moonless night? I so appreciate the VERY few movies that treat night/intrinsically dark places realistically by using flashlight beams, lanterns, torches, etc. as the sole (visible) sources of light, instead of these just-out-of-camera-range giant arc lights with blue filters on them.

#10 of 30 OFFLINE   Will_B

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Posted May 11 2005 - 05:59 PM

Don't forget the magical "striking of the match" which somehow cues an unseen 500 watt light to illuminate the whole room/cave/sewer. Usually a second or two out of synch with the striking of the match, too.
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#11 of 30 OFFLINE   SteveGon

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Posted May 12 2005 - 01:10 AM

And how about when someone throws a lit match or lighter to ignite a pool of flammable liquid and it stays lit all the way down? I've tried this experiment (not with flammable liquids though!) and the match/lighter flame always goes out before hitting the ground.

#12 of 30 OFFLINE   Jon Bell

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Posted May 12 2005 - 01:42 AM

If there are no lights down there, how do the alligators see?

#13 of 30 OFFLINE   Will_B

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Posted May 12 2005 - 01:51 AM

Lasers strapped to their foreheads.
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#14 of 30 OFFLINE   Frank Anderson

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Posted May 12 2005 - 08:15 PM

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#15 of 30 OFFLINE   Sean*O

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Posted May 12 2005 - 08:26 PM

How about when someone has a tape recording of an event, and they magically single out some obscure background noise as if they had a multi-track master of the surrounding environment? Nonsense!

#16 of 30 OFFLINE   SteveGon

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Posted May 13 2005 - 01:37 AM

Speaking of tape recorders, how about when a character is trying to find an important piece of dialogue on a tape by rewinding or fastforwarding it? They always stop precisely before the dialogue is spoken. Great timing!

#17 of 30 OFFLINE   Leo Kerr

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Posted May 13 2005 - 08:46 AM

Part of the "bluish light" at night is actually an optical 'effect,' especially from the Cinemascope & compatible optical systems. Most any lens will tend to 'flare' more with the blue end of the spectrum. Anamorphic lenses are even more bizarre and prone to distinctive flare effects (you know what I'm talking about) that will tend blue. Leo

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Posted May 13 2005 - 09:32 AM

This happens in The Fugitive where the US Marshalls Office has a recording of a phone call made from a pay phone, and they isolate the dialog from a loudspeaker at a nearby metra stop. That doesn't seem implausible to me, given the equipment that they had.


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Posted May 13 2005 - 09:49 AM

I'm watching the x-files season two and noticed that in "Host" the sewers are indeed, lit up. Just thought I'd contribute mike
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Posted May 13 2005 - 03:44 PM

A related pet peeve of mine is the incredibly-pristine-subway-tracks. Perhaps SOME subway tracks in the world are Swiffered® daily (Vancouver?), but New York tracks are like the 6th circle of Dante's Inferno.
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