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believable • life • mercy
reference • puppet
  1. I can't believe that's a . It looks so real.
  2. As a director, he is known for producing traditional stories as movies and giving them .
  3. Do you believe him? I don't think his story is very .
  4. Is this an image from your imagination or did you use a scene in real life for ?
  5. Without your own car you will be at the of everyone else for a ride home.
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Answer the following questions about the interview.
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565 Movies

Al talks about the future of movies.

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You'll be able to completely create a believable character.

If something is possible in real life then, it is 'believable.'  For example a human with wings is not believable.  Notice the following:

  1. I could see that he was lying, because he story was not believable.
  2. Although it seems crazy, the movie made it believable that dogs could talk.

give it life

Give it life and emotion, and he won't be asking for 10 million pounds a movie.

'To give something life' is to make it real, believable and seem to be alive, to give it dimension.  Notice the following:

  1. The story idea is very good, but you need to give it more life.
  2. The artist gave the painting so much life that it looks like a photograph.

at your mercy

He'll be just completely at your mercy to do whatever you want with.

If he is 'at your mercy,' you can do whatever you want with him, because he is in your control.  Notice the following:

  1. Without my own car, I was really at her mercy to bring me home.
  2. The students were at the mercy of the horrible teacher.

for reference

Actors will only be important for reference.

If you use someone or something 'for reference,' you use it as an example for a character or a place.  You could use your grandfather for reference when creating the character of an old man.  Notice the following:

  1. I used my best friend for reference when creating the main character in the novel
  2. Why don't you use Rome for reference when creating your city.


I think in this one he was completely computer animated. It was a puppet for some of Episode II.

Used like this, a 'puppet' refers to a doll which hangs from strings that a person can move to make the doll move. Notice the following:

  1. There are always puppet shows for children at the library.
  2. He uses a hand puppet as part of his comedy act.


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