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Film Appreciation Midterm
Sim's FAU midterm - "The Film Experience" textbook
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Film, Theatre & Television
10/01/2012

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preproduction
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The phase when a film project is in development, involving preparing the script, financing the project, casting, hiring crew, and securing locations.
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screenwriter
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A writer of a film’s screenplay; the screenwriter may begin with a treatment and develop the plot structure and dialogue over the span of several versions; also called a scriptwriter.
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treatment
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a short prose description of the action and major characters of the story
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screenplay
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The text from which a movie is made, including dialogue and information about action, settings, etc., as well as shots and transitions; developed from a treatment. Also known as a script.
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production
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multi-layered activity in which industry, art, technology and imagination intertwine
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script doctor
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An uncredited individual called in to do rewrites on a screenplay.
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producer
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oversees all of the different operations in putting a film together
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executive producer
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connected to a film primarily in name, playing a role financing or facilitating a film deal but having little creative or technical involvement
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line producer
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in charge of daily business of tracking costs and maintaining production schedule of a film
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unit production manager
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responsible for reporting and managing the details of receipts and purchases
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above-the-line expenses
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A film’s initial costs of contracting the major personnel, such as directors and stars, as well as administrative and organizational expenses in setting up a film production.
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below-the-line expenses
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The technical and material costs—costumes, sets, transportation, and so on—involved in the actual making of a film.
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production values
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An evaluative term about the quality of the film images and sounds that reflects the investment expenses.
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casting directer
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The individual responsible for identifying and selecting which actors would work best in particular roles.
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package-unit approach
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An approach to film production established in the mid-1950s whereby the agent, producer, and casting director assembled a script, stars, and other major personnel as a key first step in a major production.
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agents
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Individuals who represent actors, directors, writers, and other major personnel employed by a film production by contacting and negotiating with writers, casting directors, and producers.
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location scouting
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Determining and securing suitable places besides studio sets to use for shooting particular movie scenes.
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art director
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The individual responsible for supervising the conception and construction of the physical environment in which the actors appear, including sets, locations, props, and costumes; see production designer and set designer.
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production designer
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The person in charge of the film’s overall look.
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auteur
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directors considered authors of their films
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takes
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different versions of a shot
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blocking
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The arrangement and movement of actors in relation to each other within the mise-en-scène.
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cinematographer
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The member of the film crew who selects the cameras, film stock, lighting, and lenses to be used as well as the camera setup or position; also known as the director of photography or D.P.
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camera operator
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A member of the film crew in charge of physically manipulating the camera, overseen by the cinematographer.
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grip
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A crew member who installs lighting and dollies.
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abstract films
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Formal experiments that are also nonrepresentational. These films use color, shape, and line to create patterns and rhythms that are abstracted from real actions and objects.