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Pinball in movies or TV shows? Name a game you have seen in the background?


By Jackontherocks

7 years ago



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#1651 22 days ago
Quoted from bernieberg:

You catch a quick out of focus glimpse of an Attack From Mars near the beginning of the new movie Ad Astra

Here is the best frame of it. I'm guessing a AFMr LE with the black legs & apparent mirror blades. Occurs at about the 4:00 mark into the movie, and lasts only a couple of seconds as the camera pans by.
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#1652 18 days ago
Quoted from Mr_Tantrum:

Here is the best frame of it. I'm guessing a AFMr LE with the black legs & apparent mirror blades. Occurs at about the 4:00 mark into the movie, and lasts only a couple of seconds as the camera pans by.
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Yup that's mine, they rented it from me for use in the movie.

#1653 18 days ago
Quoted from Reality_Studio:

Yup that's mine, they rented it from me for use in the movie.

That’s really cool. How did all of that go down? What is the going rate for something like that - enough to cover a lunch or two? Did you get to be on set to ensure it was handled correctly?

#1654 18 days ago

A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Eight Ball Deluxe

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#1655 17 days ago
Quoted from Mr_Tantrum:

That’s really cool. How did all of that go down? What is the going rate for something like that - enough to cover a lunch or two? Did you get to be on set to ensure it was handled correctly?

It's an original '90s Attack from Mars but it was rough, so I had my local restorer dude completely make the game over with new playfield, plastics, ramps, color DMD, the works. It's basically in immaculate condition. Later on he was contacted by a local movie company about wanting to rent a pinball machine so he suggested my Attack from Mars which they jumped on pretty quickly. I don't know if I'm allowed to reveal the amount to rent it, but it was four figures. I was not allowed on set, but they did leave a check for the full amount of the machine in case they damaged it. They only had it for a few days and it was returned without any damage. It was kind of amusing when they came by to pick it up, they showed up with a monstrous brand new truck and the crew of five just to move one little pinball machine lol.

#1656 17 days ago
Quoted from Reality_Studio:

It's an original '90s Attack from Mars but it was rough, so I had my local restorer dude completely make the game over with new playfield, plastics, ramps, color DMD, the works. It's basically in immaculate condition. Later on he was contacted by a local movie company about wanting to rent a pinball machine so he suggested my Attack from Mars which they jumped on pretty quickly. I don't know if I'm allowed to reveal the amount to rent it, but it was four figures. I was not allowed on set, but they did leave a check for the full amount of the machine in case they damaged it. They only had it for a few days and it was returned without any damage. It was kind of amusing when they came by to pick it up, they showed up with a monstrous brand new truck and the crew of five just to move one little pinball machine lol.

That's awesome, thanks for sharing.

#1657 13 days ago
Quoted from MacroMegas:

Pam Grier’s sons are playing Harlem Globetrotters when she finds them skipping school in Mars Attacks!

Here is the pic.
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#1658 12 days ago

Bruce Willis-movie 16 BLOCKS from 2005.

Disco Fever with actor Mos Def and a spanish Lady Luck with David Morse in a bar in New York.

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#1659 9 days ago

This may likely be in here already, but I just flicked the tube on and started watching naked gun 33 1/3, and guess what I saw in the credits??

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#1660 8 days ago
Quoted from Daditude:

This may likely be in here already, but I just flicked the tube on and started watching naked gun 33 1/3, and guess what I saw in the credits??[quoted image][quoted image][quoted image]

I wonder what game that is

#1661 8 days ago
Quoted from Rdoyle1978:

I wonder what game that is

High Speed

#1662 8 days ago

Wow. I’m not that familiar with high speed - what gave it away? The spinner?

#1663 8 days ago
Quoted from Rdoyle1978:

Wow. I’m not that familiar with high speed - what gave it away? The spinner?

That and the set of targets that are Green, Yellow and Red.

#1664 7 days ago

Why do they always put generic sounds over the real table? I think it was stranger things they I saw recently that did this with Twilight Zone or it could have been a different show but yeh wtf is up with that?

#1665 7 days ago

Bob Dylan’s Renaldo and Clara: David Blue playing a Bally Big Valley by an indoor swimming pool.
About a 10 minute segment of him playing and shooting the breeze.
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#1666 7 days ago
Quoted from mcfly:

Why do they always put generic sounds over the real table? I think it was stranger things they I saw recently that did this with Twilight Zone or it could have been a different show but yeh wtf is up with that?

In braking bad they made Getaway sound like an old EM. I don’t know if it is because of the pinball stereotype or some kind of licensing issue.

#1667 7 days ago
Quoted from Mr_Tantrum:

In braking bad they made Getaway sound like an old EM. I don’t know if it is because of the pinball stereotype or some kind of licensing issue.

It's not really either - when you're making a TV show, you need the most effective sound effect for the tiny amount of time you have to tell the story. So when someone's playing pinball, they add the EM sounds because most people know what that sound is, and it conveys "the character is playing pinball!" in the split second it's onscreen. If they added the actual Getaway sounds for example, most people would have no idea what they were listening to, and it would just sound like noise. I suppose that's partly the "pinball stereotype" but there's a bit more thought involved, even if it doesn't make sense to us

#1668 7 days ago
Quoted from Rdoyle1978:

It's not really either - when you're making a TV show, you need the most effective sound effect for the tiny amount of time you have to tell the story. So when someone's playing pinball, they add the EM sounds because most people know what that sound is, and it conveys "the character is playing pinball!" in the split second it's onscreen. If they added the actual Getaway sounds for example, most people would have no idea what they were listening to, and it would just sound like noise. I suppose that's partly the "pinball stereotype" but there's a bit more thought involved, even if it doesn't make sense to us

What I meant by "pinball stereotype" is basically what you are saying. In other words, it is the typical familiar sound that most viewers would easily and quickly identify as coming from a pinball machine. I know that movies & TV do this for all sorts of areas where any specialist/professional would probably cringe when they see/hear it.

#1669 7 days ago
Quoted from Rdoyle1978:

Wow. I’m not that familiar with high speed - what gave it away? The spinner?

I own a High Speed, so I'm intimately familiar, especially since mine needed some touch ups and other work. I saw your last picture first, and what first caught my eye was the "GH" visible in the foreground -- the last two letters in "HIGH" in the art in the center of the PF. The flipper and spinner in the background confirmed it, as did the red/yellow/green targets in the other pic.

#1670 7 days ago
Quoted from Rdoyle1978:

"pinball stereotype"

But the vast majority of the audience has not seen, let alone played or heard a EM pinball machine
with bells and chimes in over 40 yrs,
so basically anyone under 50 would not be familiar with said vintage pinball sounds.
I get where chimes and bells is more exclusive to pinball sounds,
but electronic sounds (without voice) from classic S/S pins ('78to'88) are also fairly unique to pinball or video arcade games.
TV/Movie producers that choose E/M sounds over actual pinball sounds on Pinball DMD games (1992 or newer)
is living with their heads in the sand.

#1671 6 days ago
Quoted from pinwiztom:

But the vast majority of the audience has not seen, let alone played or heard a EM pinball machine
with bells and chimes in over 40 yrs,
so basically anyone under 50 would not be familiar with said vintage pinball sounds.

Ironically, probably they're aware of what a pinball machine sounds like, not based on playing actual pinball machines, but rather seeing pinball machines represented in movies/shows/cartoons. So despite not ever having played an EM, SS, DMD, whatever, they associate the bells and dings with that weird game they saw on an episode of Happy Days, Spongebob, etc.

So for them to associate with the sound, it has to be the generic bells/dings they've heard for years without even knowing it. And therefore we're stuck with the EM sounds for all eternity.

#1672 6 days ago
Quoted from pinwiztom:

But the vast majority of the audience has not seen, let alone played or heard a EM pinball machine
with bells and chimes in over 40 yrs,
so basically anyone under 50 would not be familiar with said vintage pinball sounds.
I get where chimes and bells is more exclusive to pinball sounds,
but electronic sounds (without voice) from classic S/S pins ('78to'88) are also fairly unique to pinball or video arcade games.
TV/Movie producers that choose E/M sounds over actual pinball sounds on Pinball DMD games (1992 or newer)
is living with their heads in the sand.

No argument from me - (and to be clear - I think this is dumb too) but as far as mixing all the audio together - it's much more clear that the noises are coming from the 'game', and unless that's the point of the scene (which is almost never the case), the sound effects need to be just be an ambient, simple sound which dont' get in the way of dialogue

#1673 6 days ago
Quoted from SkyKing2301:

I own a High Speed, so I'm intimately familiar, especially since mine needed some touch ups and other work. I saw your last picture first, and what first caught my eye was the "GH" visible in the foreground -- the last two letters in "HIGH" in the art in the center of the PF. The flipper and spinner in the background confirmed it, as did the red/yellow/green targets in the other pic.

Gotcha - I didn't catch the letters. Good eye!

#1674 5 days ago

"Shooting Gallery" from 2005 with THE GETAWAY

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#1675 3 days ago
Quoted from Rando:

Ironically, probably they're aware of what a pinball machine sounds like, not based on playing actual pinball machines, but rather seeing pinball machines represented in movies/shows/cartoons. So despite not ever having played an EM, SS, DMD, whatever, they associate the bells and dings with that weird game they saw on an episode of Happy Days, Spongebob, etc.
So for them to associate with the sound, it has to be the generic bells/dings they've heard for years without even knowing it. And therefore we're stuck with the EM sounds for all eternity.

Reminds me of this scene from "Who shot Mr. Burns"

#1676 3 days ago

My facebook account thinks I need a new wedding band. I saw this as I was scrolling past. I guess this pin is as "Xtreme" as the Manly Bands.

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#1677 2 days ago

The great Steve McQueen is his second leading-role, a 1958-movie called THE SAINT-LOUIS BANK-ROBBERY (later renamed THE GREAT SAINT-LOUIS BANK-ROBBERY)
2 Bingo-Woodrails in a St-Louis' Snack-Bar.
I highly recommend this one to friends of classic crime-movies, it's very atmospheric and dark.
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