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Action
what the director says to start off a take- start acting just before it is spoken
Action props
objects used or handled by actors
AFM
assistant floor manager
Aspect Ratio
width to height ratio of a screen
Back Light
lights the back of the actor as seen by camera
Banana
walking on a curved line, usually to allow the camera to see you earlier
Barn Door
metal flaps attached to a light to stop its light from spreading everywhere
BCU
Big close-up, full head from chin to hairline
Beat
a small pause
Blocking the Scene
giving the moves for a scene
Boom
telescopic arm that holds the microphone above the action
Camera Angle
how high, low, and in which direction the camera is to point
Cheating
art and craft of doing something that is untrue, but appears true to the camera (cheat your eyes towards camera)
Continuity Girl
person who takes continuity notes so that the same business is done at the same time on all shots covering the same sequence
Corpse
when an actor comes out of character and laughs as himself instead of acting his character
Close-Up
Close-Up, neck to top of head
Cut
the point where one shot is changed for another- also shouted to end a take
Cutaway
usually a tight shot of an object or bit of person, used to give a close-up view of an important property or face
Dry
forgetting the lines
ECU
extreme close-up, just a bit of the face, the hand- a detail
Establishing shot
the shot at the beginning of a scene that lets the audience know where they are
Eyeline
the direction your eyes take when looking at someone else
In the Can
a satisfactory recording or take
Loose Shot
plenty of space around the subject
LS
Long shot, the complete figure, with a bit of space above and below
Mark
tape or chalk to indicate where an actor should stand, or where you should come to after a move
MCU
Medium close-up, chest to top of head
Method Acting
system of acting that stresses emotional reality
MS
Medium shot- waist to head
Reaction shot
shot of one actor doing or thinking while the other is speaking
Shots
the pictures taken by the camera
Single
shot of one person, usually in an MCU
Sight Line
the line of vision someone takes
Two-Shot
Two people in frame