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  • Filmmaking Language-Lingo

    This topic will be dedicated to show the language used on a filmmaking set. This will be constantly edited to accuracy and adding words/items - Also this thread will be a great "link" thread so you can point people here if needed. Feel free to add to this (subject to approval/accuracy)
    I will eventually place these in some sort of order once we start getting a bigger list

    Last looks:
    Hair and make-up do a last check of the actors (especially/particularly the leads) before the next scene is shot.

    Stingers
    : Extension Cords

    C47: Wooden spring clothespin. Used for attaching gels to lights.

    Wilds: (aka wild sound or wild lines) - audio take only recorded on set, to be co-ordinated with video later.

    Baby Legs: A short camera tripod

    Ball Busters: Small sand bags that weigh down C Stands.

    The Martini: last shot of the day

    The Abby: the shot before the Martini. This is because a assistant director Abby Singer habitually called the Martini shot one too early.

    Courtesy: When you're filming in the hot sun, the Director (always with the script supervisor) will ask the lighting crew (or gaffers) for a "Courtesy". It's a makeshift tent that helps keep you from frying in the sun, and also makes it easier to see the monitor.

    Adding to this will give you double ranking points....(Just post a reply and I will edit it in)
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    Last looks: hair and make-up do a last check of the actors (especially/particularly the leads) before the next scene is shot.
    Screenwriter and script consultant: www.maralesemann.com

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    • #3
      C47: wooden spring clothespin. Used for attaching gels to lights.

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      • #4
        In filmmaking, when filming the end of a scene first, it's called a "tail slate". For this you hold the clapperboard upside down. The reason for this is where, in the beginning of the scene, the camera is set in such a way that the clapperboard could not be recorded. So you do a tail slate.

        BTW, Filmmaking Language-Lango? Shouldn't it be, Filmmaking Language-Lingo?

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        • #5
          Wilds (aka wild sound or wild lines) - audio take only recorded on set, to be co-ordinated with video later.
          Screenwriter and script consultant: www.maralesemann.com

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Director View Post
            In filmmaking, when filming the end of a scene first, it's called a "tail slate". For this you hold the clapperboard upside down. The reason for this is where, in the beginning of the scene, the camera is set in such a way that the clapperboard could not be recorded. So you do a tail slate.

            BTW, Filmmaking Language-Lango? Shouldn't it be, Filmmaking Language-Lingo?
            Good find :)
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            • #7
              Baby Legs - A short camera tripod

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              • #8
                Ball Busters: Small sand bags that weigh down C Stands.
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                • #9
                  Sweet topic, *manually* ;) Subscribed

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                  • #10
                    silver bounce card- Elvis
                    gold bounce card- Priscilla
                    -AF

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Anonymous Filmmaker View Post
                      silver bounce card- Elvis
                      gold bounce card- Priscilla
                      Really? Thats awesome! Where did you hear that? on set?

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                      • #12
                        I read that in "The DV Rebels Guide." Amazing book, by the way
                        -AF

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                        • #13
                          More from the book:

                          the Martini: last shot of the day
                          the Abby: the shot before the Martini. This is because a assistant director Abby Singer habitually called the Martini shot one too early.
                          -AF

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Anonymous Filmmaker View Post
                            More from the book:

                            the Martini: last shot of the day
                            the Abby: the shot before the Martini. This is because a assistant director Abby Singer habitually called the Martini shot one too early.
                            I can vouch for that. Updated
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                            • #15
                              "Hot Set"

                              A set where all props are positioned and not to be moved.

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