How Franchises Keep Their Secrets

Here's how to punk the fans and the press.
How Franchises Keep Their Secrets

Filmmaking is indeed an art form, but it also has a technical component, especially in these times of special effects. The cinema business has evolved a vast arsenal of tactics that make films magical and keep their secrets well hidden.

Large studio films have had to contend with spoilers, including plot leaks, for a long time. Companies like HBO and Amazon, are starting to realize what Disney or Marvel have understood for years: concealment often only increases attention, tightens storyline control, and reduces social media hostility.

With social media, it's more difficult than ever for film and television producers to avoid spoilers about their work in progress. Studios have had to get creative, coming up with novel ways to keep viewers and even the cast in the dark.

To see how directors managed to keep their blockbuster secrets…hold onto your socks, limber up your ol' gray matter, keep scrolling and consider the following wild but true scenarios:

To ensure nothing came out about Star Wars: The Force Awakens, scripts were printed on dark red pages to prevent any photocopying. CRACKED
CRROR In late 2007, John Cena tore his pectoral and was supposed to be out six months to a year. He returned three months later, winning the 2008 Roya
Game of Thrones directors shot fake scenes to keep the final season a secret. ol 1GE 5 1 Fans and paparazzi were so intent on getting Season 8 spoiler
J.J. Abrams kept paparazzi away from Star TREk: Into Darkness with a wall. NC2D 887834 4201 WAGR ME TIRE UET CAP Abrams's wall He barricaded the movie
How Franchises Keep Their Secrets
David Merkin, showrunner for Simpsons seasons 5 and 6, called up TV stations and comic book stores... claim (anonymously) to know Who Shot Mr.
As a security measure during the 2005 series of Doctor Who, the production team renamed the preview tapes of the program Torchwood to trick any vide
Anti-air guns guarded the Game of Thrones set. 1XI DRONEKILLER' A not taken on the GOT set The studio had people with drone killer guns watching th
The production team for EI Camino rented a replica of Breaking Bad's iconic RV from a tour company in Albuquerque tO film the diner flashback featurin
During the production of Twin Peaks (2017), the actors didn't even know what was going on with the plot. According to actor Harry Goaz (Deputy Andy Br
CRACKEDOON Deadpool 2 director David Leitch kept everything related to the movie on paper and stayed away from storing things digitally to prevent any
CRACKED.COM To keep Bruce Wayne's death under wraps when shooting the funeral scene in The Dark Knight Rises, Christopher Nolan had the prop team ma
Miramax took a polite approach to keeping The Crying Gameis secret: They asked people to not spoil the Surprise. The approach focused on simply asking
During the making of Avengers: Age of Ultron, the production team would round up actors' scripts at the end of filming and shred them all -- every sin
IHDACY Quentin Tarantino kept his Once Upon A Time In Hollywood script secret by not making any copies of it. Before production began, Brad Pitt and L
PUBaub CRACKED.COM RACE DRAG Rupaul's Drag Race films several different endings of their finale so that no one will be able to leak the winner. taping
Friends was filmed in front of a live studio audience that they asked to leave before shooting the cliffhangers.
British intelligence worked on preventing Harry Potter leaks. Harly Potter and th HY lood prince Before Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince came ou
Stranger Things uses code names for actors, and literally burns scripts after shooting.
To prevent spoilers and leaks from spreading about Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, Marvel Studios limited the amount of information the
Benicio del Toro got The Last Jedi script on an iPad customized by the studio, that a guy brought to his house. The guy had to take the iPad back when
To keep Yondu's death in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 a secret, Marvel leaked photos of Michael Rooker around the set of Avengers: Infinity War. INF
CRACKEDCON COM To prevent any leaks about the ending of No Time to Die, the crew filmed three different versions of it. Not even Daniel Craig knows wh
Most of the audience is removed before a singer's identity is revealed on The Masked Singer. This is to minimize the risk of leaks.
In order to keep the scripts for Amazon's Lord Of The Rings show safe, tHE writers work in a safe room with taped windows and security guards. Only th
In order to keep people from trying to take pictures of the Hands Across America scene in Us, the production team told onlookers they were making an
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