Film Making Terminology

Learning our Top 15 Film Making Terms

Oftentimes, when speaking or writing about the Glamour Lifestyle Industry in terms of Showbiz, many of us tend to focus solely on the work done in front of the camera. Yet, there are so many other duties and jobs performed just off-camera. On a film set, there are numerous roles that largely go unnoticed, except on the final credits, but that doesn’t make them any less crucial to the success of a movie.

Movie sets are bustling hubs of activity, with professionals from various disciplines working together to bring stories to life on the silver screen. To navigate this unique environment, it is essential to become familiar with the specific terminology used on location. In this article, we will explore the top 15 terms commonly employed by filmmakers, providing a comprehensive guide to enhance your understanding and appreciation of the behind-the-scenes magic.

In this edition of our Showbiz exclusive, we would like to take the opportunity to introduce several of these roles and their importance in producing a feature film. Some are readily apparent and others a little more obscure. If you want to work in film, these are people, positions and terms which are critical to your success.

Director: The director is the creative force behind a film, responsible for translating the script into a visual medium. They guide the actors, collaborate with the crew, and oversee the artistic vision of the project.

Cinematographer: Also known as the Director of Photography (DP), the cinematographer is responsible for capturing the visual elements of a film. They work closely with the director, using their technical and artistic expertise to achieve the desired aesthetic and mood through lighting, camera angles, and composition.

Grip: We’ve all heard the term “grip,” but few understand the role. Grips are part of the camera and electrical department. They are responsible for setting up and operating equipment such as dollies, cranes, and tracks to achieve smooth camera movements. Grips also handle rigging and safety aspects on set.

Gaffer: Another commonly misunderstood person is the gaffer. The gaffer is the head of the electrical department. They work closely with the cinematographer to design and implement lighting setups. Gaffers are highly technical in manipulating light sources, creating ambiance, and ensuring proper lighting specifications.



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