Browsing All posts tagged under »C«

costume designer

February 23, 2012

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Responsible for creating or matching clothes to create costumes.

costume

February 23, 2012

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Clothes that characters wear. They can do all or some of the following: inform about the character’s general position, age, character etc. or current mood, position etc. create a new world or depict an existing one differentiate characters promote goods Particular costumes are either created or chosen (form ready clothes) by the costume designer.

character actor

February 22, 2012

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

cutaway

February 9, 2012

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A video clip in editing, usually to conceal an edit or to shorten a sequence. For example, in a long shot we cut out a long part of it and put a short clip of other content in this place. Thanks to this the long sequence can be shortened and it does not look like […]

camera obscura

February 8, 2012

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Optical device that projects the image of its surroundings onto a screen. A dark box or room with a hole through which light enters. The light of an external scene enters the camera obscura and when met with a surface inside, it reproduces the outside image in colour and perspective, but upside down. (latin: dark(ened) […]

call sheet

February 4, 2012

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A sheet with information such as: schedule map weather contact details etc. about the next shooting day.

cutting room floor

February 4, 2012

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Unused footage. The term comes from the look of the floor in the cutting room where unused footage used to be stored, cut and numbered, so that it could be found if needed. Many actors take part in a film, many sub-plots are show, and then can only be found on the cutting room floor […]

culture note

February 4, 2012

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On TV, multimedia and sometimes film content a pop-up that explains a cultural element that may not be understood by the target audience.

CE

February 4, 2012

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See: creative executive

creative executive

February 4, 2012

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A studio executive who reads scripts in order to find material for new movies.

cameo lighting

February 4, 2012

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A spotlight that accentuates (form the top, in an angelic way) a single person.

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

citizen media

February 3, 2012

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Forms of content produced by private citizens (not professional journalists). Popular forms of citizen media include: blogs, vlogs, podcasts, participatory video etc. and are distributed via the Internet, TV, radio, e-mail an other forms.

concert film

February 2, 2012

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A concert film or a concert movie is a documentary form that documents a live concert (music, comedy etc.).

compilation films

February 2, 2012

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Films made entirely of found footage (this is the source of the genre’s new, popular name – found footage). At the beginning they were part of the documentary genre (1927 – The Fall of the Romanov Dynasty by Esif Schub, 1964 – Point of Order by Emile de Antonio) and still are popular among documentarians […]

direct cinema

February 2, 2012

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A genre in documentary film making that was born in late 50s in North America, especially in Canada. It was the effect of the need for a new documentary language and of the invention of light, portable film equipment. The films were aimed at confronting common opinions with reality, with how things were – as […]

Cinéma vérité

February 2, 2012

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Cinéma vérité (truthful cinema) is a style in documentary filmmaking. It is widely accepted, that a cinema verite filmmaker and his or her camera should be that catalysts of situations. This style accepts interaction between the filmmaker and the subject (as opposed to fly on the wall documentaries). The camera is always acknowledged, often confrontational […]

paper cut

January 31, 2012

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In non-scripted film forms (e.g. documentary film) a rough outline, an initial plan of editing.

CU

January 30, 2012

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Abbrev. for close-up shot.

in the can

January 30, 2012

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As in We’ve got in in the can. Refers to the satisfactory effect of a take or a scene. Comes from the time of films shot on tape but is still in use.

concept meeting

January 30, 2012

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A pre-casting meeting of the producer, director and casting director aimed at defining the characters from the script – the features that will be sought for in the casting process.

caption

January 27, 2012

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Written labels visible on the screen. Also called title.

cross-cutting

January 27, 2012

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Editing technique based on cutting repeatedly between two ore more scenes/shots in order to suggest that they take place simultaneously.  

commentary

January 27, 2012

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Especially in documentary film – voice(over) commentary that presents certain arguments, facts, interpretations etc.

censored

January 27, 2012

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Subject to censorship. As opposed to: censured

censured

January 26, 2012

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Strongly criticised or disapproved of. As opposed to: censored

cast

January 24, 2012

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All people acting in a film. (including voices)

casting director

January 24, 2012

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Person responsible for finding the right actors (cast) for a film or program. The casting director usually has good knowledge of the market, knows actors and their skills, has a database and remains in contact with actors’ agencies. He or she suggests actors and invites them for casting in cooperation with the director. It is […]

cinematographer/director of photography (DoP, DP)

January 24, 2012

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The person responsible for filming, photography, cinematography. The cinematographer doesn’t have to shoot the film himself. The cinematographer cooperates with camera operators. However it is the cinematographer that has the biggest influence on the visual side of the film. He or she coordinates all lighting. The cinematographer is a key partner for the director.

cinematography

January 24, 2012

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The visual side of filming. Photography. Named after the first widely used camera device – the cinamatographe. Refers to the author of the visuals (DoP – director of photography equals cinematographer).

clapper boy/clapper girl

January 24, 2012

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The person who operates the clapperboard.

clapperboard

January 24, 2012

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Used for synching picture with sound for editing and postproduction. The sound of the clapperboard is easily heard in the sound recording and at the same time it is easy to detect its exact moment in the visual material. Having the exact second of the hit both in sound and in picture these two are […]

crew

January 24, 2012

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All people taking part in realisation of a film or program with the exception of actors, voice actors and producers. “Cast&Crew” is a popular expression- it opposes the two groups.

commission

January 24, 2012

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If somebody commissions production of a film the entity orders it. The commissioner usually remains the producer. Commissioning is common practice in advertising, promotional films, film made for governmental institutions etc.

co-production

January 24, 2012

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A co-production occurs when numerous entities jointly produce a film (or other program). Each co-producer has a say but usually there is one leading producer. The co-producing contracts between the leading producer and other co-producers define the scope of each entity’s rights. Wikipedia EN – Co-production

to co-star

January 24, 2012

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if two people co-star in a movie, it means that they both have important parts to play and just do it. (eg. in Benjamin Button B. Pitt co-stars with C. Blanchett) Example: Dating your co-stars

cut!

January 24, 2012

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Command that finishes each take. Usually uttered by the director.

extras casting director

January 24, 2012

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Person responsible for choosing extras for film.

to commission

January 24, 2012

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A company commissions the production of a film to another company (eg. a producer commissions a film to an executive producer) The film was commissioned by King Palden Thondup Namgyal in the early 1970s. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-11733095

compendium shade

January 24, 2012

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A shade put on the camera lens. It protects the lens from direct impact of rain, snow etc. as well as from light coming directly into the lens (both natural and film lighting). It is also used for holding filters.

(roll) camera!

January 24, 2012

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Command given on film set before each take. It is given when sound is already rolling.

crane

January 24, 2012

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A crane is a kind of a big lifting machine. The camera is settled at the end of the crane so that it can be moved up, down and to the sides, smoothly and dynamically on relatively big distances. A crane can be controlled mechanically or electronically.

crane shot

January 24, 2012

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In a crane shot the camera is located on a crane.