Monday, February 1, 2010

Film lingo list

Are people speaking another language to you on set? The good folks over at Microfilmmaker Magazine complied a really great list of industry lingo. Although I would not call it a complete list, it's a start for beginner people who can't quite talk the talk yet. Some examples:

Deep Focus:
A style of cinematography and staging that uses relatively wide angle lenses and small lens apertures by maintaining objects in the extreme background and foreground simultaneously focused. (Cinematography)

Dolly Shot:
Any shot made from a moving dolly. These may also be called tracking or traveling shots. (Production)

Room Tone:
The "noise" of a room, set or location where dialog is recorded during Production. Used by film and dialog editors as a "bed" to form a continuous tone through a particular scene. This is often confused with ambience, which might be sound effects and/or reverberation added when the dialog is mixed.

A/B Rolls:
Two or more rolls of film having alternate scenes intercut with opaque leaders in such a way tshat the 'A' roll presents its picture at the same time that the 'B' roll presents opaque leader, and vice versa. (Film Editing)

Pay or Play:
A contract provision which commits the production company to compensate a cast or crew member for a project whether or not that project ever goes into production.

The rest of the Film dictionary is here

Happy Filmmaking!!!

2 comments:

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Femme Fatale et Noire said...

Thanks!!!