Movie Terminology Glossary: Tscene. A director typically orders takes to continue until he or she is satisfied that all of his or her requirements for the scene have been made, be they technical or artistic. For interesting exceptions, see the trivia entries for Stagecoach, The Gold Rush, The Player, Rope, Shi di chu ma, Some Like It Hot, and The Usual Suspects. A continuity report stores the status of each take. Of the ones that don't contain obvious errors, the director will order some to be printed. See also out-take, hold.
Fictional Movie(s): Ed Wood (1994)
actors (and possibly extras).
A member of the sound crew responsible for operating the audio recording equipment on a set. See also boom operator.
Fictional Movie(s): Living in Oblivion (1995)
A person with expertise in a particular field who provides advice for the production.
frame rate and color corrections. Also the equipment or facility used to do it.
script written to be produced for television.
A feature-length movie funded by a TV network, intended to be premiered on television.
A television production of a singular event (such as an awards show or concert) as opposed to a regularly scheduled series. Contrast with series and television movie.
A brief advertisement or public service announcement show between TV programs.
writer who either adapts an existing work for production on television, or creates a new teleplay.
A subdivision of Lucasfilm, Ltd dedicated to improving picture and sound for the cinema and the home.
camera either up or down. See also dutch tilt, pan.
A form of animation in which numerous single frames are filmed spaced at a given interval to show a process that would take a very long time to occur. i.e. a flower blooming, or the motion of the stars.
On the web: List of time lapse titles at the IMDb.
editing, synchronization, etc.
The process during which the titleist designs how title of a movie is displayed on screen.
The person who designs how a film's title appears on the screen. The manner in which title of a movie is displayed on screen is widely considered an art form. Saul Bass is considered a master title designer.
soundtrack. See also sound mix.
The action of moving a camera along a path parallel to the path of the object being filmed. See also dolly tracks.
scenes from the film. Historically, these advertisements were attached to the end of a newsreel or supporting-feature, hence the name. Doing this reduced the number of reel changes that a projectionist would have to make. See also teaser trailer.
On the web: IMDb Trailer Section
The person responsible for managing drivers and co-ordinating the transporation of a production's cast, crew, and equipment from the various locations and sets used for filming.
A shot in which foreground action is superimposed on a separately filmed background by optical printing or digital compositing.
script; longer than a synopsis. It consists of a summary of each major scene of a proposed movie and descriptions of the significant characters and may even include snippets of dialogue. While a complete script is around 100 pages, a treatment is closer to 10.
studio decides to drop it. In turnaround, the producers have a chance to set the project up with another studio or with different talent. In union contracts, the time between when someone leaves work and when they start work the next day, or when someone is receiving compensation for not being given the contractual amount of time, it is sometimes said that they are in turnaround.
close-up shot of two subjects, usually framed from the chest up.