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Film Terms You May Not Have Heard of Before

Author: Early Rising Productions | | Categories: Cinematography , Film Production , Video Production Services


Every industry has its jargon and terms. These words and phrases can be confusing to anyone who is not part of a specific industry’s daily operations, and the video production industry is no exception.

To help you understand the terms, acronyms, and phrases regularly used when making videos, Early Rising Productions has created this handy reference guide. Here you’ll find valuable information allowing you to comprehend and communicate your video production needs effectively.

Cucoloris - A device used for casting shadows/silhouettes to produce patterned illumination.

C-47- Is simply a clothespin.

C-stand - Used to position light modifiers, such as silks, nets, or flags, in front of light sources.

Flag - A device used to block light.

Cross-dissolve - When one image dissolves into another.

Take - One version of a shot.

Zoom - A shot using a lens whose focal length gets adjusted during the shot.

Sticks - Another word for a tripod on a film set.

Martini shot - Is the final shot before wrapping the set up for the day.

Stinger - Refers to a single extension cord.

To strike - Striking on a film set means to turn on a production light.

A clapper - A board used for syncing and identifying a shot in post.

A monitor arm - An articulating arm used to hold a monitor in place while a camera operator is shooting.

Diva - A type of soft light made by Kino Flo used in television or film.

Apple boxes - Wooden boxes or crates of varying sizes used in film production.

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