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Film-making and theatre production

animation

noun

the process or result of making animated films or cartoons

cine-film

noun

film used in the past for producing moving pictures

clapperboard

noun

a board consisting of two parts that are hit together before making part of a film, to make sure that the sound and picture happen at the same time

cut

noun

a way of arranging how a film looks by moving, removing, or adding scenes

cut

noun

a quick move from one scene of a film to another

cutaway

noun

a short shot in a film that shows something that is not happening in the main scene

cutting room

noun

a room where the separate pieces of a film or television programme are put together and the pieces that are not wanted are removed

direct

verb

to be in charge of making a film or programme, or getting a play ready for performance, especially by telling the actors and technical staff what to do

direction

noun

the work of directing a film, programme, or play

dub

verb

to replace the soundtrack of a film with one in a different language, so that the actors seem to be speaking the other language

dub in

to change part of the original sound of a recording, especially a film, by adding new sound to it

dub out

to remove part of the original sound from a recording, especially a film

dub over

to replace the original soundtrack of a film with one in a different language, so that the actors seem to be speaking the other language

edit

verb

to make changes to a piece of film or a video, taking out the parts that you do not want

film

verb

to record moving pictures using a camera

filming

noun

the activity of making a film or working as an actor in a film

freeze

verb

to stop a video or film from moving forward, especially so you can look closely at one particular picture

freeze-frame

noun

the process of stopping a film in order to look at one particular image

freeze-frame

noun

a single image produced when you stop a film in this way

intercut

verb

if scenes in a film are intercut, you see part of one scene first, then part of the other, then the next part of the first scene, and so on, usually to show you that different events are happening at the same time

location

noun

a place where a film or TV programme is made away from a studio

lot

noun

the buildings and the land around them where films are made

pan

verb

if a camera pans, or if you pan it, it moves sideways slowly to film something else or to follow something that is moving

post-production

adjective

used for describing the work done on a film or television programme after the action has been filmed

pre-production

adjective

used for describing the work done on a film or television programme before the action is filmed

produce

verb

to organize the work and money involved in making a film, play, television programme, CD etc

production

noun

the job or process of organizing the work and money involved in making a film, play, television programme, CD etc

prop

noun

a piece of furniture or small object used in a play or film

scenario

noun

a written description of what happens in a play or film

set

verb

to write or produce a play, book, film etc that happens in a particular time or place

shoot

noun

an occasion when someone takes a series of photographs or makes a film

soft focus

noun

an effect in a film or photograph in which the image is made less clear in order to give a romantic appearance

stage

noun

the theatre, rather than films, books, or other forms of art

stage-manage

verb

to be a stage manager for a play or other show

storyboard

noun

a series of pictures that the director of a film uses to plan the action that will be filmed

track

verb

to move a film camera along on a track

freeze-frame

verb

post-production

noun

pre-production

noun

behind the scenes

not seen or heard by the audience of a film, play etc

facekini

a face mask worn on the beach in order to protect the face from the sun

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a set of photographs which show what different clothes styles look like and is used to advertise those clothes

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