One of the ways we bring the magic of the movies to your business or work place is with the terminology we use, here’s our translation guide.
AUTOCUE – The equipment which displays the presenter’s script. It’s attached to the camera, so a presenter can read their lines while looking directly at the camera.
BEST BOY – The first assistant to the gaffer (head electrician) of a film crew. (The term is apparently borrowed from sailing terminology.)
CUTAWAY – A shot, often a close-up, that is used to break up a matching action sequence. Often vital in editing to rescue an impossible break in continuity.
DOLLY – Any apparatus upon which a camera can be mounted, which can be moved around smoothly.
EDIT SUITE - The room in which editing equipment is located and where the editing process takes place. This is also referred to as the Cutting Room.
FADE – Slow transition from one shot to black. Fade Out is where the image becomes black. Fade In or Fade Up is where the image fades up from black.
GAFFER – The most senior lighting electrician who reports to the Lighting Camera person and is in charge of the other members of the lighting dept (the Sparks).
HAND HELD – Filming without a tripod.
IRIS – A valve within the camera lens to control the amount of light that passes through. Opening the Iris permits more light through, closing the Iris permits less.
JUMP CUT – Two similar shots edited together with a jump in camera position, time or continuity.
KNEW WAVE - Exquisite film making style for business promotion!
LEGS – The slang name given to the tripod on which the camera rests.
MID-SHOT - A camera framing term, half-way between a wide-shot and a close-up. A mid-shot of a person will show them from about the waist or chest up.
NODDIES – Shots of the presenter or interviewer nodding, smiling, listening etc. These can be shot after the interview and inserted during editing.
OUT TAKES – Often fun footage that is not used in the main production.
PAN – Horizontal camera on an axis, moving from left to right or vice versa. Camera is turning on own axis, not across space as in Dolly or Tracking shot.
Q ???? – Can’t think of a Q word, any suggestions?
ROUGH CUT – the editing stage after first assembly, but prior to a First Cut for client viewing.
SLATE – Clapperboard used to record a scene number, take number, and with synch point at the beginning (or end) of a shot.
TILT – Vertical camera movement on its axis, up or down.
UHF – Ultra High Frequency radio waves.
V ???? – Can’t think of a V word either, any suggestions?
WRAP or “IT’S A WRAP” – Golden words, said when filming is finished for the day or for the entire film. Heralded from the early days of film production Wind Reel And Print.
ZOOM - A camera shot that changes smoothly from a long shot to a close up, can be done as fast movement particularly if you’re making a 1960′s Spaghetti Western!