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AEA
Actors Equity Association theater union
AD:
assistant director
Afi
american film institue
Aftra-
american federation of television and radio artists
Agva-
american guild of variety artists-
Background actor
extras that are in crowd type scenes, not featured
Blocking
planning the movement and action of a scene
Breakdown
detailed list of parts avail on a specific project
Booking
this is the job
Call back
they like you and want to see you againĶthis is good
Call sheet
this is a list of whos doing what where usually for a specific day
Casting director
this is the one who you read for before you get to be consdered by the actual director and/or producer.
Cattle call
open callĶanyone can show up to vie for the job
Cold reading
an audition with no or very little time to prepare
Composit
shot with more than one picureĶdifferent looks
Copy
is your dialoge from the script
Continuity
matching words, scenes and props today tomorrow and yesterdayĶ.
Cut
director is the only one who gets to yell this to stop the action
Daiies
these are the days shoots of film
Day player
hired for a day
Demo tape
video of work you've doneĶkind of a moving resume
DGA-
Directors Guild of America, a union for directors
Double
stand in for a starĶfor rehearsal or actual non-specific and non-recognized show
Equity waiver
LA only Ķdon't have to be member of a union to be in a small play (under99 seats)
Extra:
Someone who fills in the background of a feature film, TV show etc. Usually not a speaking part.
Agent:
There are all kinds of agentsĶthese are the people that rep you and help get you work and make sure you get paid
FX:
special effects
Gopher:
someone on the set that runs errandsĶa great entry position to prove yourself
Golden time
overtime
Head Shot:
this is an 8x10 still photo of you that you use to submit yourself
Hiatus:
period of time that a TV show is not in actual production
IATSE International:
alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees is a union for trade and crew people
Location:
Where the filming is taking place.
Your mark
where you stand usually marked by a piece of tape on the floor
Monologue:
a solo piece
NABET:
National association of Broadcast employees and Technicians
Open call
any one can show up
Overtime:
when you work over contracted hoursĶthis is the extra rate of pay
PA:
production assistantĶthis is the best of the best entree jobs to get into and LEARN and make connections in the industry
Per Diem:
per day rate and money and pay for extra meals, expenses
Principals:
this is what you want to beĶspeaking parts
Print work:
this is for still photosĶ. magazines
Pick up:
added take because of something having gone wrong
Pilot:
full on production of a new TV game show, sitcom or talk show that the producer hopes to sell to be picked up
Pov:
shot point of view shotĶfrom the cameras point of view
Producer:
there are as many types of producers as there is gold in fort KnoxĶthese are the people that have a say in how a film or TV production is run. They decide everything from casting; to crew to final productĶmostly they make sure that the money spent will have a profitable return.
Residual:
this is the money you get each time your film or TV show is rerun or rebroadcast
Resume:
has all the particulars and credits you can make up or proveĶattached to your headshot
Reoccurring part:
a part that you come back to play on a TV show
Sag:
screen actors guild
Scale:
minimum pay for someone in this industry
Sfx:
sound effects
Sides:
pages for auditions
Slate:
say your name
SSDC:
society of stage directors and choreographers
Station 12
don't pay your dues and you can't work
Stand INS:
Stunt coordinator
person who designs plans and is in charge of executing a stunt
Stunt double
Stage manager:
in charge of everything going on stage
Submission:
what your agent sends picture for specific part
Taft Hartley act:
Allowed to be hired to act without having your union cardĶusually is a step towards getting your union card
Take
this is a scene shot
Take 5:
five minute break
TelePrompTer:
TV type screen that has script and dialog that you can read from. Used a lot on award shows or anything live
Trades:
newspapers and periodicals featuring entertainment news and info
Voice over:
can be cartoons, announcements, etc that is heard but the person saying things behind the scenes
Walk on
no dialogue part Ķ is a cast part
Wardrobe Fitting:
you get paid when you go for fitting
WGA:
Writers Guild of America
Wrap:
announcement calling for the end of the filming.


This is a very brief descriptions of just the bare bones minimum terms and jobs on the the TV and Film set.

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