Browsing All posts tagged under »B«

biopic

February 23, 2012

0

Short for biographical motion picture. A film presenting the biography of a person, usually a famous one.

best boy

February 22, 2012

0

The right hand to the Key Grip or the Gaffer (depending whether in the grip or electrical department).

b-roll

February 9, 2012

0

Footage or images shown underneath a voice over. Often used in interviews in order to make the film more interesting.

blue-ray disc

February 8, 2012

0

Optical disc storage medium made to replace DVD. diameter: 120 mm thickness: 1.2 mm storage per layer: 25 GB dual, triple and quadruple layer discs are available.

b movie

February 8, 2012

0

Low-budget commercial movie. Historically it was the less publicised half of a double show (USA). Nowadays it may be understood as a low quality film (which doesn’t have to be true), and is often mixed with exploitation films etc.

buyer

February 5, 2012

0

Locates and purchases or rents the set dressing.

bin ends

February 4, 2012

0

See: cutting room floor

breakthrough role

February 4, 2012

0

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.

bit player

February 4, 2012

0

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

bit part

February 4, 2012

0

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

black hat

February 4, 2012

0

The villain or bad guy. Derives from western movies where villains often wore black hats. Also: orthodox Jew.

below the line

February 4, 2012

0

All people who don’t officially have creative influence over the film (as opposed to above the line). You can read more on this (and list of below the line people) on Wikipedia.  

betacam

January 31, 2012

0

Family of half-inch professional videocassette products developed by Sony in 1982. The most common broadcast-quality video format. The expression betacam is often used for all of those products: Betacam camcorder, Betacam video recorder, Betacam tape or the format. For technicalities, visit Wikipedia: Betacam

B story

January 31, 2012

0

A background story in a film.

baseball bat

January 31, 2012

0

Type of flag – a long narrow one.

bridging shot

January 30, 2012

0

A shot aimed at covering a change in time or place, or discontinuity.

body double

January 30, 2012

0

A person hired to replace certain parts of the body (or whole body) of the actor if the actors does not want to expose him- or herself. Also if the body part must bear some special features that the actor’s body doesn’t have. (e.g. body in sex scenes, details like hands – often used in […]

boom mike

January 30, 2012

0

A microphone placed on a long pole used for recording the voices of actors (should stay invisible for the camera which sometimes causes much effort for the boom man).

big

January 30, 2012

0

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.).

sound baffle

January 26, 2012

0

A tool used for reducing sound – a sound barrier. Usually made of textile.

boom

January 24, 2012

0

A boom is usually the microphone boom. It is a long pole with the microphone is at its end. It is held above or below the actors so that the camera won’t see it. This way the sound can be recorded.

boom operator/boom man

January 24, 2012

0

Sound department worker who operates the microphone boom.

budget

January 24, 2012

0

A document stating all expenses and income of a project. The budget is usually a plan of expenses and income. The outcome budget represent the actual expenses and income.

pan bar

January 24, 2012

0

A handle used to move the head on which the camera is based.