Browsing All posts tagged under »A«

atmosphere

February 22, 2012

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Extras, background actors.

alpha compositing

February 8, 2012

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Combining an image with a background to create the effect of partial or full transparency.

alternative title

February 4, 2012

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A tool in film distribution. it means that the same film can have different titles in different regions (not only due to translation). The changes can be minor (like adding the) or alter the title completely. The reasons are usually within marketing strategies. Sometimes a poorly performing film undergoes a title-and-poster change and sells much […]

above the line

February 4, 2012

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A group of individuals most important for a film (i.e. screenwriter, producer, director, cinematographer, casting director, leading actors). Their contracts are negotiated before the production as such begins. In the past film budgets drew a line below the list of these people and this is where the expression comes from. See also: below the line

accountant

February 4, 2012

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Manages the budget, controls costs, makes sure that people get paid. Accounting in film is well-known for using many creative techniques. This phenomenon is called Hollywood accounting or Hollywood bookkeeping. We’ll right more soon. Right know you can find some information here: Hollywood Accounting on Wikipedia

actuality film

February 3, 2012

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Factual film genre similar to documentaries. Its difference lies in the fact that the materials are not structures into large, logical arguments or reflections. Actuality films tend to be short and, historically, preceded the emergence of documentary film as we know it today.

animated documentary

February 2, 2012

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A genre that combines documentary and animation techniques. There are different approaches to the genre. An animated documentary may be: documentary audio + realistic animation depicting the story told documentary audio + non-realistic animation documentary film + elements of animation documentary film with its visual side re-done with a certain animation technique (example: 2008 – […]

A story

January 31, 2012

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The main story of the film.

half apple

January 31, 2012

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Half-sized apple (box).

full apple

January 31, 2012

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A full size apple (box).

apple

January 31, 2012

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A simple wooden box used for everything (to store things, cables, to make the actor taller by placing him on it etc.) Name comes from: apple box.

a/b

January 30, 2012

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Abbreviation for as before – used e.g. when the position of the camera in a scene should be the same in the previous one.

aerial shot

January 30, 2012

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A shot filmed from a high position (on a crane or in a plane).

assistant art director

January 30, 2012

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The assistant to the art director.

animatic

January 24, 2012

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Concept pictures joined smoothly. They present the draft look and structure of a film. Often used in advertising and animation as a draft version of the film that can be consulted with the commissioning party – the client doesn’t have to imagine too many things because he or she can see most of the ideas. […]

adaptor/adapter

January 24, 2012

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A device used for joining incompatible devices (devices with incompatible plugs).

atelier/sound stage/studio

January 24, 2012

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A big hall prepared for film shooting. A studio is suitable for set building and decoration, installation of film equipment. Professional studios have also office facilities, dressing-rooms etc. Modern atelier facilities may include green-box and blue-box, artificial sky dome etc.

animation

January 24, 2012

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A wide expression for all types of animated film – from cartoons, through puppet animation to 3D animation.

agent

January 24, 2012

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The person representing professionals (actors, directors, cinematographers, composers etc.) in business. Acquires commissions (work), takes care of PR, etc.