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Useful Set Terms

SET TERMS

 

A.D.: Assistant Director (there will be 2nd AD’s and 1st AD’s)

BACKGROUND TALENT: Also known as extras

BACK TO ONE! - The verbal cue for performers to return to the mark where they started the scene.

BLOCKING REHEARSAL Rehearsing the physical movements used by actors in a scene so that the key players (sound, lighting, and art dept.) can see what the actors are doing in the scene in order to prepare to shoot it properly.

BOOM: An overhead microphone, usually mounted on an extended pole

Call sheet: Production term for daily listing of shooting schedule, scenes and cast involved.

CALL TIME: The time you are due on a set

CATERING: Provides prepared hot meals

CHECKING THE GATE! - A verbal command to check the lens on the camera; if the lens is OK the cast & crew will move on to the next scene or shot.

CHIEF ELECTRICIAN - Heads the electrician crew; also called the Gaffer.

CINEMATOGRAPHER - Director of Photography

COVERAGE - All camera shots other than the master shot; coverage might include two-shots and close-ups.

CRAFT SERVICES - On-set beverage and snack table. Different from the Caterer

CRANE SHOT - A camera shot raised over or above the set or the action.

DAY PLAYER: A performer hired on a day-to-day basis, rather than under a long-term contract.

DIRECTOR - The coordinator of all artistic and technical aspects of any production.

DOWNGRADE: Reduction of a performer’s on-camera role from principal to extra

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY (D.P. or D.O.P) - Supervises all decisions regarding lighting, camera lenses, color and filters, camera angle set-ups, camera crew and film processing.

DOLLY - A piece of equipment that the camera sits on to allow mobility of the camera.

EXT. (Exterior): A scene shot outside

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER - Person responsible for funding the production.

FIRST A.D. - First Assistant Director; person responsible for the running of the set. Gives instructions to crew and talent, including calling for "first team," "quiet," "rehearsal," and "take five."

FIRST TEAM - The production term for the principal actors in a scene.

GAFFER - The Chief Electrician.

GRIPS - Members of the film crew who are responsible for moving set pieces, lighting equipment, dolly track and other physical movement of equipment.

HONEY WAGON - A towed vehicle containing one or more dressing rooms, as well as crew bathrooms.

INSERTS - Shots, usually close -ups of hands or close business, inserted into previously shot footage.

INT. (Interior) - A scene shot indoors.

"IN" TIME - The actual call time or start time; also, return time from a break.

(K) – the letter used next to a cast member’s name on the shooting schedule or call sheet to indicate that actor is a minor or “kid.”

LINE PRODUCER - The producer responsible for keeping the director on time and budget; generally the most visible producer actually on the set.

LONG SHOT (LS) - A camera shot which captures the performer's full body.

LOOPING (also called ADR)- An in-studio technique used to fix dialogue already performed during principal photography by matching voice to picture.

MARK - The exact position(s) given to an actor on a set to insure that he/she is in the proper light and camera angle; generally marked on the ground with tape or chalk.

MARKER! - A verbal cue that the take has been identified on camera both verbally and with the slate board.

MASTER SHOT - A camera shot that includes the principal actors and relevant background activity; generally used as a reference shot to record the scene from beginning to end before shooting close-ups, over-the-shoulders, etc.

MEAL PENALTY: A set fee paid by the producer for failure to provide meals as set by the contract

MOS (Mit Out Sound/Motion Only Shot) - Any shot without dialogue or sound recording.

ND MEAL (NON DEDUCTABLE MEAL) - A 15 minute meal break provided to actors by the production company to bring actors in sync with crew break time. It must be completed within 2 hours of performers call time.

OUT OF FRAME - An actor outside the camera range.

"OUT" TIME - The actual time when you are released after you have changed out of wardrobe and make- up.

OVER-THE-SHOULDER - A shot over the shoulder of one actor, focusing entirely on the face and upper torso of the other actor in a scene; generally shot in pairs so both actors expressions can later be edited together.

P.A. - Production Assistant.

PER DIEM - Fee paid by producer on location shoots to compensate performer for expenditures for meals not provided by the producer.

PHOTO DOUBLE - An actor cast to perform on camera in place of another.

PICK UP - Starting a scene from a place other than the beginning.

PICTURE'S UP! - Warning that the sequence of cues to shoot a scene is about to begin.

PRINCIPAL - A performer with lines.

"PRINT!" - A call from the director at the end of a take that that particular take is good enough be printed.

PRODUCER: (or Line Producer) The person responsible for the day-to-day decision making on a production

PROPS - Any objects used by actors in a scene.

PSA - Public Service Announcement.

PUMPKIN – term used for the time that a minor must be wrapped by on set.

RESIDUAL - The fee paid to a performers for rebroadcast of a commercial, film or TV program

RIGHT-TO-WORK-STATES - Those states which do not honor certain union provisions.

ROLLING! - The verbal cue for the camera and audio to start rolling.

ROOM TONE - A sound recording (sometimes made upon completion of a scene) to record existing noise at the location. Also called "wild track".

SCALE - Minimum payment for services under union contracts.

SCRIPT SUPERVISOR - The crew member assigned to record all changes or actions as the production proceeds.

SECOND ASSISTANT DIRECTOR - Often two or three on a set, they handle checking in the talent, insuring proper paperwork is filed, distribute script revisions. Actors check in with the 2nd A.D. upon arrival on the set.

SECOND TEAM! - The verbal cue for the stand-ins to come to the set and be ready to stand in.

SIDES - Pages or scenes from a script that are being shot that day.

SLATE - A small chalkboard and clapper device, often electronic, used to mark and identify shots on film for editing.

SPEED! - A verbal cue that the audio tape is up to speed for recording.

STAND-INS - Extra Performers used as substitutes for featured players, for the purpose of setting lights and rehearsing camera moves; also known as the second team.

SW - A notation on a call sheet that an actor is starting on that day and working on that day (“START WORK”).

SWF - A notation on a call sheet that an actor is starting, working, and finished on that day (“START WORK FINISH”).

TAKE - The clapboard indication of a shot "taken" or printed.

UPM - Unit Production Manager - Oversees the crews and is handles the scheduling and all the technical responsibilities of the production.

WALKAWAY - A meal break in which all cast and crew are on their own to get lunch.

WARDROBE - The clothing a performer wears on camera.

WARDROBE ALLOWANCE - A maintenance fee paid to on-camera talent for the use (and dry cleaning) of talent's own clothing.

WEATHER PERMIT CALL - Due to weather conditions, the production company has the option to release an actor four hours after the call time (if the camera has not started to roll) with a reduced rate of pay for the day.

W/N - Will Notify. A notation on a call sheet that tells the actor that he/she will probably work that day but the specific time has not yet been decided.

WRAP - The completion of a day's filming or of the entire production.

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