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Old 01-09-2022, 01:23 AM
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Default Re: Balloons in the background of tv episodes or movies
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I remember randomly watching part of an episode of That 70s Show many years ago where one of the guys was proposing to a girl (I think it was Mila Kunis) with a blue helium balloon. In the first shot it looks overinflated, with a decent neck, while in the next it has no neck at all. Just watched the scene again and it still bothers me.
I'd guess that being so tight under the hot lights, the balloon popped between takes, and the props people inflated another one not so much. Or they could have shot the next scene another day with another balloon. Who's gonna notice? At least they used the same color.

And, to balance that continuity out, there was a Burt Reynolds movie called "The End" (his character has some fatal incurable disease) and he takes his daughter to the zoo, where she gets a helium balloon. Balloon starts out big and tight but in every scene is deflated a bit until it's just limp hanging on its string. Symbolism for Burt's character's plight?
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Old 01-09-2022, 03:36 PM
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Default Re: Balloons in the background of tv episodes or movies
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I'd guess that being so tight under the hot lights, the balloon popped between takes, and the props people inflated another one not so much. Or they could have shot the next scene another day with another balloon. Who's gonna notice? At least they used the same color.?
This happened on Kenan and Kel (Nickelodeon sitcom in the late 90s) quite often. With each shot, the balloons would be in a different spot or arranged differently (or a totally different bunch all together) and it drove me CRAZY!!!! One episode was Keenanís birthday and he had a blue balloon tied to his wrist which was fully inflated and then it cuts to the next camera angle and itís like the next day when the balloon is half deflated and falling. Then itís back to fresh again. Like nobody could just blow up another one if they had to do it the next day?

The episode of Full House with Michelleís 5th birthday had some noticeable things as well, you could tell some time passed between takes because the 16 inch Qualatex balloons go from fresh and shiny, to oxidized and much smaller, to looking fresh again.
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