Movie Watching Terms (Class 1)
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Generally refers to a male playing a part in a film, but it can also be used when talking about a female.
A film-script written from another medium, e.g., books, plays, TV, etc.
When an actor makes up their own dialogue.
This is where the film seems to come to a climax only to let the audience down.
This person is a featured important part of the film but acts in non-heroic ways. (This person is different from a villain in the film)
Can be the look of a film, e.g., lighting, sets, costumes. In addition, music can add atmosphere to a movie.
The subject has light on their back side, generally brighter than the light on the front.
Actor with a very small part.
A small part played by a popular star.
Anytime the camera itself moves, pan, tilts, hand-held, etc.
The main players in a film.
The process of selecting actors to perform in a film.
These actors are not the stars, but are easily recognized & generally play smaller roles from film to film.
Also known as the Director of Photography or DP. This person is in charge of the camera & lighting teams. This person establishes "the look" of the film.
A head & shoulders shot would be considered a close-up.
This is the heart of many films, it's where the action or drama takes place.
The transition from one shot to another in which the story continues in an orderly & generally logical manner.
The camera is mounted on a long arm & can be moved up or down.
Editing from on scene to another, back & forth several times.
A shot that cuts away from the main action in a scene. A shot that relates & adds impact or additional information to the scene.
Day for Night
By underexposing the film or video & using filters, a cameraperson can make daytime appear to be night.
Actors who are hired only for a single day in a movie.
Words spoken by actors in a film.
Person who oversees the conversion of a film-script into a motion picture & has a "vision" for the completed project. Job can very with individual Directors, but generally Directors do any anything from overseeing casting, script writing, camera work, or editing to realize their vision. The Director works for the Producer.
A mechanical moveable device on wheels in which a camera is placed. Sometime it's simply a tripod on wheels. It can be a moveable platform that supports the camera & possibly the director, cameraman, & camera assistant.
When the camera is placed on a dolly & is moved while filming. Also known as a tracking shot.
The arrangement of elements in a film's plot.
Also known as Automatic Dialogue Replacement or ADR. The recording of dialogue in a sound studio after the footage is shot. The actors watch the film & match the lip movements.
A composition with the camera viewing the scene at a diagonal.
Scenes that are juxtapose in a manner to break up the normal continuity & to create heightened action.
An editor's finished version of a film before it is presented to the director or producer for review & changes.
A shot that establishes the location or surroundings of the main action in a scene.
Actors used as background atmosphere, having no dialogue & receiving no screen credit.
A shot where the image gradually fades to black, "Fade Out." Or a shot starting out black that gradually becomes the proper brightness, "Fade In."
A film that is the main attraction, generally lasting longer than 70 minutes.
Not the star of the film, but a role of importance.
The edited version of a film that has been approved by the producer &/or studio.
Going back in time to a scene that denotes an earlier time.
A shot where the subject moves, but the focus changes with the subjects movement.
Certain films that are alike in their theme, plot, look, & character type.
A shot with the cameraman holding the camera rather than using a tripod.
A male character who performs heroic deeds overcoming obstacles to win the audiences' loyalty.
A female character who performs heroic deeds overcoming obstacles to win the audiences' loyalty.
A story plot point at the beginning of a film where an event creates interest in the viewer to the point where they want to see the resolution.
Cutting away from a master shot to a scene showing greater detail or information.
Leaving the continuity of a scene to insert a shot that seemingly had no relevance.
The main & most powerful light source to illuminate the subject.
The person one character pursues in order to have a romantic relationship.
Low Angle Shot
A shot taken from lower than eye level.
The time just before sunrise or sunset when the sun's glow gives off a golden color. Cinematographers film during this time of day to add beauty to a scene.
A wide shot that establishes the scene, it incorporates all the action from beginning to end. From this scene, the editor can edit medium, close-up, or long shots.
A natural style that has the actor shedding their own personality in order to create a character.
An actor playing a small insignificant part in a film.
Scenes that do not edit smoothly together, e.g., person is wearing a hat & suddenly the next shot shows the same person without the hat.
Lighting that evokes a mood such as horror, danger, romance, etc.
Something that keeps reappearing in a film, it can be the look, music, or dialogue.
Generally considered a fictional film that tells a story.
Unwanted sound usually caused by a technical problem.
A story that is not told in chronological order.
Camera work that has little impact on the viewer in terms of technique or style. A documentary style of camera work.
An original idea written for the screen not taken from a book, play, or TV show.
Large jesters along with overly expressive facial jesters & forceful dialogue, sometimes called mugging.
Over The Shoulder
A camera shot usually seen during a conversation in a film. Shot over one actor's shoulder while seeing the other actor's face & listening to the conversation.
A horizontal camera movement.
The technique of intercutting between two simultaneous stories or scenes.
P.O.V. - Point Of View Shot
The camera is used to show what an actor sees as though you were looking through their eyes or point-of-view. Can also be called a "subjective camera."
The person responsible for finding the script, Director, stars & financing to create a movie. It's the Producer's film.
Changing the focus from one area in the scene to another.
When an actor is reacting to another character's actions.
A scene in which the camera moves to reveal new information.
A part in a film played by an actor.
A film with all the scenes edited together in order but not timed to length or quality.
An outline for a screenplay that gives a general idea of the plot & characters.
An individual moment, place, location, where action takes place.
When an actor moves from right to left or left to right in the frame of film on the screen.
A story in a format that allows the director to make a film. It generally includes scene descriptions , dialogue, & other important information.
The person who writes a screenplay.
This is a sound dissolve, when the out-going sound fades out, while the new sound fades in. There is a time when you can hear both sounds.
A series of scenes edited together to form a coherent event.
A single continuous scene taken by a motion picture camera. The shot & scene are interchangeable terms.
The featured player in a film. A person who has an immediate recognition & has a long record of successful parts.
Young, attractive actress on the rise, usually known more for her good looks than acting ability.
Actors placed in similar roles from film to film with little or no diversity. Indians, for example, were stereotyped as villians in most early Westerns.
The complete film plot including characters.
An outline of major events in a film.
Actor in a film who sets up a comedian so they can deliver the punch-line.
When events take place beneath the obvious or an underlying meaning.
An actor who helps to embellish the film-stars part.
Moving a camera from side to side very fast. Used as a transitional effect between scenes in some styles of film.
A single shot of a scene is called a take. Multiple versions of the same shot are called takes.
After the conclusion of the story there is an additional scene that possibly adds more information.
Vertical camera movement.
Refers to the star or stars who have their name generally before the title of a film. When you receive top billing you have "made it" in the film industry, you are a "star."
Coming attractions, previews, theatrical advertisements for an upcoming film. Today Trailers are shown before the feature film but originally they were shown after the feature film. Hence the term "trailer."
A camera is mounted on a moving vehicle (usually a specialized truck) to get fast moving shots.
A camera shot that shows a wide field of view.
A popular effect at one time to transition from one scene to another in which the new scene appears to push the previous scene off the screen. The movie Star Wars used this effect.
When the camera appears to move toward or away from an object or person, but in reality the camera is stationary. The camera uses a zoom lens.