Fun Jargon on a Film Set
What is film jargon you’ll hear on a film/video set?
Every industry has its jargon. Doctors use terms like “stat,” cops call people “perps” or “skells.” The film and video business are no different so I have put together a list of film terms to help you be in the know on a film or video set.
- Abbey Singer: 2nd to last shot of the day named after the famous AD who often called out the last shot of the day and it wasn’t.
- Apple or Apple Box: wooden boxes in different sizes to help raise things up and make short actors appear taller.Baby: a 1000 watt light
- Back to 1: This tells crew and cast to return their beginning marks.
- Blond: A 2000 watt light.
- Bullets: see C-47.
- C-47: A clothespin which is used to clip gels onto lights.
- Continuity: A person who keeps track actions and items from shot to shot.
- C-Stand: A stand used to support grip stuff like flags for the lights.
- Crafty: A the person who serves snacks on a set.
- Crossing: This is what you say this when you cross in front of the camera.
- Day Player: A crew member brought in to fill in for a day or two.
- Deep focus: A shot with nearly everything in focus.
- Dutch Angle: A tilted or canted angle shot.
- Flashing: You say this when taking a flash picture on set.
- Flying in: When somebody or prop is rushed to set.
- Furnie blanket: A moving or furniture blanket used damp sound or cushion things.
- Gary Coleman: This is a very short c-stand.
- Grace: To ask the crew for a couple extra minutes before breaking for lunch.
- Hot Points: Grips announce this while carrying item which can poke an eye out.
- Juicer: A electrician that helps power lights.
- Last Looks: Announcing the hair and make-up has one final chance for touch-ups on actors.
- Last Man: The last person to get lunch.
- Magic Hour: The last hour of the day when the sun is on the horizon.
- Marini: The last shot of the day.
- Pancake: A very skinny apple box.
- Picture’s Up: Filming is about to begin.
- Scripty: The continuity person.
- Sides: Small copies of the script pages for the day’s shoot.
- Stinger: The extension cords.
- Striking: This is announced before turning on a film light.
- Talent: The actors on set.
- Video Village: The area for the monitors for director and producer.
So now if you find yourself on a film set, you’ll understand all the lingo being bantered around.
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