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TERMINOLOGY

This is your online dictionary to all the lingo that Hollywood throws around on a regular basis. If there is term you’d like to learn that isn’t listed, please contact us!

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Abandonment Provision
Above-the-line
Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences
American Cinema Editors (A.C.E.)
ADR
Affiliates (TV)
Agency
Agent
Allied & Ancillary Rights
Ambience (background)
Ancillary Market
Antagonist
Antihero
Armorer
Art Director
Assistant Editor
Associate Producer
Auspice
Auteur
Axis of Action

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Baby Writer
Backlot
Backdoor Pilot
Back-End Payment
Bankable
Basic Cable Network
Beat
Below-the-line
Best Boy Electric
Biopic
Black Comedy
Blind Script Agreement
Blocking
Boom Operator
Bond Company
Book Agent
Bottle Episode
Bridge Financing
Broadcast Network
Budget
Budget/Sales Corollary

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C47
Cable Network
Cable Provider
Call Sheet
Camera Coverage
Camera Loader
Camera Operator
Campy
Capability
Cash Break Even
Cast-Contingent
Casting Associate
Casting Director
Chain Of Title
Chyron
Clap Board
Co-Producer
Commercial Agent
Company Move
Completion Bond
Composer
Conglomerate
Consideration
Continuity
Coverage (as it pertains to development)
Coverage (as it pertains to production)
Covering Agent
Craft Services (Crafty)
Created By Credit

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Dailies
Dark Comedy
Day and Date
Day-For-Night
Day-Out-Of-Days Schedule
Debt Financing
Deferment
Denouement
Derivative Works
Development (Film Making Process)
Development (Studio Division)
Development Deal
Development Season (TV)
DIT
Diegetic Sound
Director (film)
Director of Photography (DP)
Directors Guild Of America (DGA)
Distribution Fee
Distributor
DMA
Docudrama
Domestic Territory
Dramatic Irony
Dutch Tilt / Dutch Angle

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E&O Insurance
Editor’s Cut
Equal Likeness
Equity Financing
Element
Establishing Shot
Event Series
Executive Producer (Film)
Executive Producer (TV)
Exhibitor
Exit Poll
Exploitation Film
Extras

 

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Fair Use
Featurette
Femme Fatale
Film Noir
Film Rentals
Final Cut
First Assistant Camera (First AC)
First Assistant Director (First AD)
First Dollar Gross
First Look Deal
First Position
Focus Puller
Foley
Format (TV)
Four Walling
Freelancers (TV)
Fringes

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Gaffer
Gap Financing
Greeking
Greensman
Grindhouse Theatre
Grip
Gross Receipts
Gross Rentals

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Helmer
High Concept
Hip Pocket
Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA)
Honeywagon
Hot Set

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I.A.T.S.E.
I.B.T.
If Come Deal
Independent Film

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Key Art
Key Grip

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Lead-In
Lead-Out
Leave-Behind
Letter Of Intent
Literary Agent

Line Cut
Line Producer
Location Manager
Location Permit
Location Scouting
Logline
Looping

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Macguffin
Manager
Marketability
Martini
Master Shot
Media Conglomerate
Melodrama
Mezzanine Financing 
Mini Major Studio
Minimum Guarantee
M.O.S.
Movie Of The Week (M.O.W.)
MPAA
MPAA Ratings
MP (Motion Picture) Literary Agent
Multi-Cam Comedy
Mumblecore

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Negative Cost
Negative Pick-Up
Neilsen Ratings
Network
NC-17
Non-Diegetic Sound
Non-Theatrical

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Off-The-Tops
Omnies
One Off Script Deal
ODA / Open Directing Assignment
OWA / Open Writing Assignment
Option
Option Agreement
Output  Deal
Overall Deal
Overage
Owned & Operated TV Stations

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P & A
P.A. (production assistant)
POD
Packaging
Package Fee
Participation
Pay and Play
Pay or Play
Penalty
Period Piece
Pickups
Pilot Episode
Pilot Season 
Pitch
Pitch Deck
Platform Release
Playability
Plot
Plus Ten
Point Agent
Points
Post-Production
Premium Cable
Pre-Production
Pre-Read
Presale
Principle Photography (Production)
Procedural
Producer
Product Placement
Production
Production Company (TV)
Production Designer
Prop Master
PFD Agreement
Poor Man’s Process
Production Manager
Prop
Protagonist
Put Pilot/Penalties

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Rack Focus
Rating

Reader
Red Band Trailer
Reboot
Recurring Role
Regular Role
Remake
Reshoots
Residual (TV)
Rights
Ripomatic
Roll Calls
Room Tone
Royalty (TV)
Run (TV)

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SAG
Sample
Scale
Screen Actors Guild (SAG)
Screener
Scribe
Script Coordinator
Script Supervisor
Second Assistant Camera (2nd AC)
Second Assistant Director (2nd AD)
Second Unit Crew
Second Unit Director
Setpiece
Share
Shooting Script
Shopping Agreement
Showrunner
Single Cam Comedy
Sitcom
Sizzle Reel
Slip 
Soft Money
Sotto
Sound Design
Sound Looping
Sound Stage
Spec Script
Special Effects
Special Effects Supervisor
Spinoff
Splinter
Staff Writer
Staffing Season

Station 12
Steadicam
Story
Story Editor
Studio (Film)
Studio (TV)
Subtext
SVOD
Syndication

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Table Read
Talent

Talent Agent
Talent Holding Deal
Tax Credit
Teamsters
Tech Scouting
Teleplay
Tenpercentary
Testing
Top Of Show
Trades, The
Treatment
Turnaround
Two Hander
TV Literary Agent
TV Spec

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Ultimates Model
Unit Production Manager
Upfronts or Upfront Presentations

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Vanities
Vertical Programming
Video Village
Visual Effects
Visual Effects Coordinator
Visual Effects Producer
Visual Effects Supervisor

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Weapons Master
Writers Guild Of America (WGA)

Wide Release
Wild Lines
Work-For-Hire Agreement