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Does hollywood cameras make actors apperar more attractive and beautiful than they actully look? I was watching a movie the actress was very pretty in the film then when i saw her actual picture she didnt quiet look what she did in the film?

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Absolutely! I think now in the days of technology where so many images can be airbrushed, improved and moderated, we need to consider that every image that is part of a film has been carefully prepared for us and has been designed to make characters appear as beautiful and attractive as possible. This is of course, in sociological terms, part of the phenomenon known as hyper-reality, where the media presents a vision of reality that is not actually based on reality.

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The answer is yes. Professional grade cameras are much better at shooting movies than our hand held camera which we can buy at the store. Also these professional cameras have various lenses (and filters) that can make people look better. They can also do things post production to make people look great as well. Finally, there is make up and keep in mind that the makeup artists are professional.

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Sometimes they even go so far as to cast certain people in certain roles because they will make each other look good.  There are certain types of people that bring out attractive qualities in others and casting directors will take note of this as they are making decisions about who gets which role.

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These days, it is not just what is in front of the camera that is altered, as digital imaging and other techniques can be used to alter scenery and even to alter the appearance of actors. So-called "green screen" acting has become an essential skill. This doesn't even take into account the role of makeup and costumes in changing appearances, as others have observed.

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Yes, for all the reasons already mentioned, people can be transformed in stunning ways in films, even if they are not transformed through make-up.  If you want to see a truly stunning example of what can be done with elaborate make-up, you may want to see the recent film The Iron Lady. The make-up there is astonishingly good in making Meryl Streep look much, much older than she is.  At no point does it look like make-up; it is entirely convincing.

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As the above posts have explained, the cameras only record what is in front of the lens. However, what is in front of the lens has been altered in any number of ways to enhance its appearance! Makeup, lighting, camera angles, special lenses to soften focus or add special effects - all contribute to what you are watching on the screen.

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Make-up goes a long way to making people look as beautiful as they do in addition to tricks of lighting and cameras.

Using frontal shots of actors' faces instead of shooting in profile is just one of many camera tricks used to keep people looking attractive on screen.

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I agree with the previous post that it is not the cameras per se that make the people look good.  Think about all the pictures you've ever seen of yourself.  Some are from good angles, others make you look terrible.  In movies, all the shots where people look terrible end up getting cut (unless they're meant to look that way, of course).  Then, as the previous post said, you have the lighting and the make up.  All of this stuff is made to create an artificial world where everyone looks just so...

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Of course they do!  More specifically, it is the digital remastering, lighting, make-up and costumes that make the people appear the may the director wants them to appear.  They might be made more beautiful, or less, depending on the film's needs.

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wanderista | Student

I would have to agree with the majority of these posts that yes, the do indeed make the actors more heroic or pretty than they really are. This is due to the massive editing that goes on behind the scenes as well as the brilliant film techniques that are used.

loraaa | Student

Sure, actors and actresses appear more beautiful on television.
And I think the make-up plays a key role "in the appearance of their beauty."