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Terms learn in our Film Studies induction class


The techniques which have to do with how the camera is positioned and moved, and how the film stock is manipulated


The concluding section in a traditional Hollywood narrative

diegetic sound

Any voice, musical passage, or sound effect presented as originating from a source within the film's world.


The process by which the editor combines and coordinates individual shots into a cinematic whole; the basic creative force of cinema.


The second part of a traditional Hollywood narrative wherein the situation and setup are complicated further, prompting the need for resolution


a major category or type of film


A real-wold place where a film is shot

mise en scene

All of the elements placed in front of the camera to be photographed: the settings and props, lighting, costumes and makeup, and figure behavior.

non-diegetic sound

sound that can be heard by the audience only, not the characters.


objects used by the actors in the production of a film


The third part of a traditional Hollywood narrative wherein the problems established in the previous sections are resolved.


a constructed backdrop for a film production


a subcategory within a particular genre


the story of a film


an electrician responsible for lighting on a movie or tv set


the director of photography on a movie shoot


someone who finds financing for and supervises the making and presentation of a film


the manager and leader of the artistic aspects of a film production


a French term meaning a filmmaker who has a personal style and keeps creative control over his or her works


a quick succession of images or impressions used to express an idea, often one not indicated by the individual shots themselves


the first part of a traditional Hollywood narrative where the world of the film and the characters are established


A large corporation specializing in the production of movies, such as Paramount, Warner Brothers, and so on

independent film

A film not made by the major studios, often sourcing their finances privately

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