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Comic #2388

1 Host: Ready for your first question?
2 Nigerian Finance Minister: Can I phone a friend?
3 Nigerian Finance Bureaucrat: <hack!> <hack!> <cough!> <hack!> <hack!> <hack!> <cough!> <hack!>
4 Host: Sorry everyone, someone in the audience seems to be having a coughing fit...

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Did you know that focus pullers are the people responsible for ensuring that movie shots are in focus? And that they do so by measuring the distances to objects, and making marks on the focus drive wheel of the movie camera, so that when the director wants to turn attention to a particular object in the scene, the focus puller turns the dial to one of the predetermined marks, and thereby brings the object into focus?

I'm sure this is changing with new digital technology and stuff, but that's how they did it for decades. It is a very manual, intensive, and skilful job. It sounds like a lot of tedious and tricky work. And that's just one of the tiny little jobs that goes into making a movie.

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