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Sat May 13, 2017 11:00 pm

In the movie "hidden figures" several SpectrAlert Classics, BG12's and one Wheelock MT with a vertical strobe are shown. I find this funny because the movie takes place in the early 60's. Now usually when people film movies they either temporarily cover or photoshop any elements that are in fixed position to fit in the time period the movie portrays.
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Sun May 14, 2017 10:45 am

[Isaaaakkk] wrote:In the movie "hidden figures" several SpectrAlert Classics, BG12's and one Wheelock MT with a vertical strobe are shown. I find this funny because the movie takes place in the early 60's. Now usually when people film movies they either temporarily cover or photoshop any elements that are in fixed position to fit in the time period the movie portrays.
That's for sure! Last fall a movie crew came up to my hometown of Brockton to shoot a film taking place in 1967, and they updated the store fronts in the filming areas with appropriate period ones. An intersection had its' traffic lights temporarily taken down, since they didn't have LED traffic lights in the 1960s (especially pedestrian crossing signals using the hand/body symbols). And keeping on topic, one building had a Wheelock AS horn/strobe outside that was incorrectly mounted sideways with the strobe on the left (and yes, it was the later horizontal model that was just installed sideways, not the older vertical model), and they removed it for filming a scene of the movie outside it. To my understanding, they didn't reinstall the alarm on that building yet, or at least get a new one.
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Sun May 14, 2017 3:03 pm

I saw Hidden Figures earlier this year when it was in the theatre but never thought to comment on it about the fire alarm systems shown in the movie. The movie takes place in 1961 and I even remember seeing some very modern day looking smoke detectors in the background of some scenes.
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missj_73 wrote:I saw Hidden Figures earlier this year when it was in the theatre but never thought to comment on it about the fire alarm systems shown in the movie. The movie takes place in 1961 and I even remember seeing some very modern day looking smoke detectors in the background of some scenes.
As with all the work they did with production of this film, I would have assumed they fix small errors like this
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Mon May 15, 2017 7:32 am

Yep you definitely would think that as it was a great movie. Another movie that has the same kind of error though only a small one is the first Conjuring movie. I don't think it has been discussed here but about half way to a third of the way into the movie there is a shot of the hallway in Ed and Lorraine Warren's home. On the ceiling a very modern day disc looking smoke detector can be seen and this scene takes place in 1971 or so. Home smoke detectors did exist back then but they were a completely different shape. You would have think they would have caught that too. It was also a very good movie.
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missj_73 wrote:Yep you definitely would think that as it was a great movie. Another movie that has the same kind of error though only a small one is the first Conjuring movie. I don't think it has been discussed here but about half way to a third of the way into the movie there is a shot of the hallway in Ed and Lorraine Warren's home. On the ceiling a very modern day disc looking smoke detector can be seen and this scene takes place in 1971 or so. Home smoke detectors did exist back then but they were a completely different shape. You would have think they would have caught that too. It was also a very good movie.
That's on IMBb's Goofs section for the film, so some enthusiast out there entered it in, no it wasn't me! But I agree it's definitely a good movie.
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Sat Jun 03, 2017 10:35 am

Hahahaha yep it is mentioned on IMDb's goof section for that movie but it wasn't me that entered it as well. LOL!!!! I agree that is a very good movie as well as the sequel. Lots of times sequels aren't as good. Still it makes you wonder how the filmmakers never catch these little things in the background. Or maybe they do and just leave it in thinking we won't notice. :lol: :lol:
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In the new 2016 movie "Middle School: The Worst Years Of My Life", we finally have a semi-realistic fire alarm system! At one point, to get back at Principal Dwight for suspending all the other students for things he did, Rafe holds a lighter up to a sprinkler, and of course, due to the extreme heat, it activates. The fire alarm activates seconds later, and it's Spectralert Classics on Code 3 horn! (a VERY common fire alarm in schools, my old elementary school even had them) And while the strobes on the Spectralerts DO flash, (all out of sync of course) ALL the sprinklers in the building discharge, thanks Hollywood! And something even odder: while the sprinklers in Principal Dwight's office spray out normal water, (including the one Rafe activated) the ones in the rest of the building spray out dyed water instead. For one thing, Rafe would have to access the sprinkler room to mess with the water, and the sprinklers couldn't spray out water in one room and dyed water in all the others, it would have to be one or the other. Of course, the kids love it when the sprinklers activate and proceed to have a dance party in the school halls. Principal Dwight, on the other hand, is NOT amused and yells most likely at building staff to turn off the sprinklers. Unfortunately, Rafe's act gets him expelled permanently. Here's a video of the scene on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K92fxfYE8xY
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Tue Jun 13, 2017 7:41 pm

Not sure why that is though, but when it comes to fire alarm systems in movies for most of the time if it seems like they get something right, it usually means something else about the system is most likely wrong.
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Thu Jun 15, 2017 1:02 pm

When I was talking about the commercial last month, I meant Cottonelle toilet paper. Here's the commercial, with a Simplex 4090-2 6" bell at the start (just like my first elementary school had; they sure were loud, but my mom thought they were quiet!)
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wiley209 wrote:When I was talking about the commercial last month, I meant Cottonelle toilet paper. Here's the commercial, with a Simplex 4090-2 6" bell at the start (just like my first elementary school had; they sure were loud, but my mom thought they were quiet!)
Well, little kids are more sensitive to loud noises…
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Fri Jun 16, 2017 6:16 pm

I was recently going through some of my older photos and found this grainy still from a movie (not sure which movie). It shows a rather unique setup that consists of a 7002T mounted on what appears to be an Edwards light plate.

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Sat Jun 17, 2017 4:08 pm

Is that the same light plate that they would use for an Adaptahorn?
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Sat Jun 17, 2017 7:33 pm

I believe it is indeed the type of plate that could have been used with an Adaptahorn. Oddly enough, this one is mounted vertically.
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Sun Jun 18, 2017 4:09 am

We had a user here that got a light plate along with an Adaptahorn that went with it, but he deleted his video of it and won't respond to any questions about what happened to it either.
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