Browsing All Posts filed under »acting«

off-book

February 23, 2012

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An actor (actress) is off-book when he (she) has learned all his lines by heart. He (she) doesn’t need the script any more.

topline

February 23, 2012

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To be the biggest star of a movie. The word comes form the fact, that sometimes the star’s name is on top of a poster etc., even above the film title.

atmosphere

February 22, 2012

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Extras, background actors.

typecasting

February 22, 2012

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The process in which an actor becomes identified with a specific types of characters or even a single character. (e.g. Adam Sandler’s comedy performances)

recurring status

February 22, 2012

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(USA, Soap opera) Describes the status of a performer who has less than 3 episodes per week on a regular basis. In such a case the performer does not have a regular contract which saves money for the producer.

U/5

February 22, 2012

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See: under-five

under-5

February 22, 2012

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See: under-five

under-five

February 22, 2012

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A role that has less than 5 lines of text. Used in soap-opera actors in America.

character actor

February 22, 2012

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An actor who usually plays unique, unusual, weird, eccentric etc. characters.

supporting actor

February 22, 2012

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All actors who perform other parts than the lead.

extra

February 22, 2012

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A performer that appears in a non-speaking role, usually in the background.

ensemble cast

February 4, 2012

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Cast in a film in which all parts are of equal (or almost equal) size and importance.

bin ends

February 4, 2012

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See: cutting room floor

breakthrough role

February 4, 2012

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The performance of an actor or actress that gave a new, faster pace to his or her career. It doesn’t have to be a debut.

cameo appearance

February 4, 2012

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When a bit part is played by a well known actor or celebrity. Usually not mentioned in the credits. See also: bit part, bit player

bit player

February 4, 2012

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An actor (professional or hobby) specialised in bit parts.

bit part

February 4, 2012

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A small, supporting part form 1 to 6 lines (in different countries). Performed by bit players or within cameo appearances.

big

January 30, 2012

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The term is used in reference to actors’ performances when they over emphasize, give “too much” to the interpretation (vocal and mimic expression, body movement etc.).

moppet

January 29, 2012

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A child actor.