Film Industry, Hollywood North, dictionary, Bear's `Pictionary' of the Film Industry.

HOLLYWOOD NORTH


THE PICTIONARY

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LEE A. WOOD

Most people, in Asia, are familiar with the name `Bollywood'. And why not? India produces over seven hundred feature films every year.

Most Caucasians are familiar with the name `Hollywood'. And justly so as California is the major Movie and TV producing center for the Western Hemisphere.

Approximately three days driving, or three hours flying, time, North West of L. A. is `Hollywood North'. Vancouver, B. C. (British Columbia) is a recent contender in the film industry but has quickly outgrown its sister city, Toronto, Ont. (Ontario), as the number one film producer in Canada.

From the production of four or five films, twenty years ago, Hollywood North, in `03, is expected to produce some two hundred; movies, TV series, and pilots for TV series. Plus innumerable commercials, documentaries, and shorts.

Though most moviegoers are familiar with the terms,. Bollywood, Hollywood, and Hollywood North, many of them question the terms seen in the credits at the end of a film. Terms such as; gaffer; grip; and best boy, leave the audience mystified.

This book, `Hollywood North the Pictionary', will try to describe, in the words of the person involved , what these terms stand for.

I have gone through a crew list and taken the names of the positions held by the employees, then photographed and talked to the people, on set, and asked them to describe, in one or two sentences, what the title means.

FILM INDUSTRY TERMS
BY DEPARTMENT


NOTE: Not all of these positions will be used by a production. Some productions may have positions that are not listed here. Some productions, particularly if they are from a foreign country, will use some of these positions under different titles.

FOR A description OF THESE TERMS, SEE THE ALPHABETICAL LISTINGS

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(In (approximate) order of rank, within the departments)
ACCOUNTING - Production Accountant, 1st Assistant Accountant, Payroll Accountant, Accounts Payable Clerk, Accounting Clerk, Accounting Trainee
AERIALS - Aerial Co-ordinator
ANIMAL WRANGLERS - Animal Trainer, Head Animal Wrangler, Lead Animal Wrangler, Wrangler
ART DEPARTMENT - Production Designer, Art Director, Assistant Art Director, Graphics Design, Art Decorator, Assistant Art Decorator, Set Designer, Draftsperson, Art Department Assistant, Graphics, Illustrator, Sign Fabricator, Story board, Story Board Artist
ASSISTANT DIRECTING - 1ST AD, 2ND AD, 3RD AD, TAD
CAMERA DEPARTMENT - DOP, A Camera Operator, A Camera 1st Assistant, A Camera Focus Puller, A Camera 2nd Assistant, loader, B Camera Operator, B Camera 1st Assistant, B Camera Focus Puller, B Camera 2nd Assistant, loader, Stedicam, Stills Photographer, Camera Trainee
CASTING - Casting Director, Assistant Casting Director
CATERING - Chef, Assistant Chef, Chef to - star, director, etc.
CLEARANCE - Clearance Co-ordinator
COMPUTER PLAYBACK - Computer Playback Operator
CONSTRUCTION - Construction Co-ordinator, Construction Foreman, Lead Carpenter, Head Carpenter, Scenic Carpenter, Scenic Helper, Carpenter, Carpenters Helper, Construction Buyer, Tool Maintenance, Construction Driver, Head labourer, Lead labourer, Labourer, Lead Metal Fabricator, Maintenance Person, Metal Fabricator Helper, Model Maker, On Set Carpenter, Scenic Metal Fabricator, Sculptor, First Aid
CONTINUITY - Continuity Supervisor, Script Supervisor
COSTUME - Costume Designer, Assistant Costume designer, Performer's Costumer, Costume Co-ordinator, Assistant Costume Co-ordinator, Costumes Supervisor, Assistant Costumes Supervisor, Costumer, Costumer Breakdown /FX, Cutter, Dresser, Set Supervisor, Set Costumer, Truck Costumer, Truck Supervisor, Prep. Costumer, Extras Costumer, Assistant Costumer, Seamstress
DIRECTING - Director, PM (Production Manager), AD (Assistant Director), 1st AD, 2nd AD, 3rd AD, TAD (Trainee AD), Additional AD, AD/PA, Extras Wrangler, Assistant Extras Wrangler
EDITING - Supervising Editor, Supervising Sound Editor, Editor, Sound Effects Editor, Music Editor, First Assistant Editor, Assistant Sound Effects Editor, Second Assistant Editor, Negative Cutter, Negative Conformer
ELECTRICS - Gaffer, Best Boy, Genny Op (Generator Operator), Lamp Operator, Additional Lamp Operator, Lighting Double
EXTRAS CASTING - Extras Casting Director, Background Co-ordinator (Extras wrangler)
FIRST AID / CRAFT SERVICES - FA/CS - Band Aid, Crafty, Assistant Crafty
GREENS - Head Greens person, Best Person, On-Set Greens person, Greens person, Assistant Greens person, additional Greens person, Greens Helper
GRIPS - Key Grip, Best Boy Grip, `A' Dolly Grip, `B' Dolly Grip, Lead Grip, Lead man Set-up, Grip, Additional Grip, Remote head Tech, Cube Light Tech
HAIR - Head Of Hair Department, Key Hairstylist, 1st Assistant Hairstylist, 2nd Assistant Hairstylist
LEGAL - Production Attorney
LIGHTING - See - Electrics
LOCATIONS - LM (Location Manager), ALM (Assistant Location Manager), ALM Trainee, Location Scout, Location Office PA., Key PA (Production Assistant), PA, Liaison, Permittee, Police, Fire
MAKE-UP - Key Make-up Artist, 1st Assistant Make-up Artist, 2nd Assistant Make-Up Artist
MAKE-UP FX (EFFECTS) - Make-up Co-ordinator, Special Make-up Designer, Make-up Artist, Body Make-up Artist, Prosthetic Make-up Artist, Make-up Artist Actor, Contact Lens Technician
MARINE DEPARTMENT - Marine Co-ordinator
RIGGING - Rigging Gaffer, Rigging Best Boy, Rigging Grip
PAINT - Paint Co-ordinator, Paint Foreman, Lead Painter, Painter On Set Painter
POST PRODUCTION - Associate Producer / Post Production Supervisor, Post Production Co-ordinator, Post Production Co-ordinator, Editor, 1st Assistant Editor, 2nd Assistant Editor, Music Supervisor
PRODUCTION - Executive Producer, Co-Executive Producer, Consulting Producer, Producer, Associate Producer, Director, Writer, Production Co-ordinator, Production Manger, Unit Production Manger, 1st AD, 2nd AD, 3rd AD, TAD, Script, Production Co-ordinator, 1st Assistant Production Co-ordinator, 2nd Assistant PC, Production Office (assistant, co-ordinator, manager), Assistant to the Producer, Assistant To Executive Producer, Assistant To Co-Executive Producer, Assistant To Consulting Producer, Assistant To Producer, Assistant To Principal Actor
PRODUCTION OFFICE - Production Office Co-ordinator, Assistant Production Office Co-ordinator, 2nd Assistant Production Office Co-ordinator, Clearances, Producers Assistant, Publicity, Office P.A.
PROPS (PROPERTIES) - Props Master, Assistant Props Master, Props. Buyer, Props Assistant, T/A, Armourer
PUBLICITY - Manager Of Publicity, Publicist, unit Publicist
SAFETY - Ambulance, First Aid, Police
SCRIPT - Script Supervisor, Script Diva,
SECURITY - Security Captain, Security Co-Captain
SET DEC (DECORATION) - Set Decorator, Assistant Set Decorator, Set Decorator Buyer, Lead Dresser, Dresser, On Set Dresser, Set Decorator Buyer, Set. Dec. Driver
SOUND - Sound Mixer, Boom Operator, Sound Assistant, Pro Tools Operator
SPFX (SPECIAL EFFECTS) - Spfx Shop, Special Effects Co-ordinator, Assistant SPFX Co-ordinator, 1st Assistant, 2nd Assistant, Best Boy SPFX, Set Supervisor, SPFX Assistant
SPFX MAKE-UP - Spfx Make-up Shop, Spfx Make-up Designer, Spfx Make-up Artist
STILL PHOTOGRAPHY - Stills Photographer Stuns
STUNTS - Stunt Co-ordinator, Assistant To Stunt Co-ordinator, Stunt Safety, Stunt Person
TRANSPORTATION - Transportation Co-ordinator, Captain, Co-Captain, Captain - Second Unit, Co-Captain - Second Unit, Picture Car Co-ordinator, Captain - Splinter Unit, Boat Captain, Driver: Director; Actor; Cast; Hair & Make-up; ATV; Camera Car; Forklift; condor; Construction; Fuel Truck; Flat Deck; Fifth Wheel; Genie Boom; Honey Wagon; Office; Picture Car; Scissor Lift; Star Wagon; Truck: (Cable; Construction; Crane; Genny; Grip; Lighting; Props; Set Dec.; Slush; SPFX); Permittee; Security Captain
VEHICLES - see - Transportation
PLAYBACK - Plbk Co-ordinator, Computer Operator, Computer Playback Artist, Video Playback Artist, On Set Technician, Assistant Computer Operator, Video Assistant
VIDEO - Video Operator, Assistant Video Operator, Video Playback Operator
VISUAL EFFECTS - Visual Effects Office, Visual Effects Producer, Vis FX Supervisor, Vis FX Co-ordinator, Vis FX Assistant
2nd Unit - All or some of the above could be listed in the second and/or splinter units.
City / Country - Filming often takes place in more than one city or country. All or some of the above could be listed for each city in which filming took place.

ALPHABETICAL LISTING

OF

FILM INDUSTRY TERMS

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1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/16
1K, 2K, 4K, 8K, 10K, 12K, 18K
1ST - See `Assistant' or specific position ie; Director, etc.
1T, 5T, 10T
2nd - See `Assistant' or specific position ie; Director, etc.
3rd - See `Assistant' or specific position ie; Director, etc.
4By, 8By, 12By, 20By
5TH WHEEL
8 Studio
A
A.C.T.R.A, A Camera, A.C., A.D., A.D/P.A., ADR, A.L.M., A.T.V., AC, Accounting Clerk, Accounting Department, Accounting Trainee, Accounts Payable, Action, Actor, Actor's assistant, Actress, Additional: (AD; Greens person; Grip; Lamp Operator), AD, Aerial Co-ordinator, Aerial Platform, Aerials, ALM, ALM Trainee, Animal: (Handler; Trainer; Wrangler), Appie, Apple Box, Arnie, Art Department, Art Department Associate, Art Director, Assistant: (Accountant; Art Director; Casting Director; Chef; Computer Operator; Costume Co-ordinator; Costume Designer; Costumer; Crafty; Dialogue Editor; Directing Department; Director; Executive Producer, Greens person; Hair; Location Manager; Make-up; Production Co-ordinator; Props. Master; Set Decorator; Sound; Sound Effects Editor; SPFX Co-ordinator; To the Producer; Video), Assistant To: (Consulting Producer; Executive Producer; Principal Actor; Producer; Stunt Co-ordinator), Associate Editor, Associate Producer, ATV
B
B Camera, Baby(ies), Background: (Action; Casting; Co-ordinator; Performer), Balloon Light, Base Camp, Band Aid, Best Boy: (Electrics; Grip; Rigging, SPFX), Best Person, Bitch, Block, Blonde, Boards, Boat Captain, Boatie, Body Make-up, Boom man, Boom Operator, Bounce, Break a leg, Breakdown Artist, Bringer (Dog, Cat, etc.), Bungee Car, Buyer: (Construction, Props., Set. Dec.)
C
C stand, Cable Truck, Call Sheet, Camera, Camera: (Car, Department, Dolly, Operator, Operator A, Operator B, Testing, Trainee, Truck, Vehicle), Captain, Cardellini, Cart, Cart Move, Cast, Cast Driver, Cast Vehicle, Casting, Casting Director, Caterer, Catering, Checking the gate, Chef, Cherry Picker, Circus, Circus Bitch, Clap Board, Clearances, Combi, Company, Company Move, Computer Operator, Computer Playback, Computer Playback Artist, Condor, Construction: (Buyer; Co-ordinator; Driver; Foreman; Truck), Consulting Producer, Contact Lens Technician, Continuity, Costume, Costumer, Costumes: (Costume Breakdown /FX; Cutter; Dept.; Co-ordinator; Designer; Set Supervisor; Supervisor;, Truck Supervisor; Truck), Crafty, Craft Services, Crane, Crane Operator, Crane Truck, Crew, Crew Call, Cube Light Technician
D
Dailies, Day of Days, Daymo, Day Call, D.O.P., DOP, Departments: (Art; Camera; Casting; Continuity; Costumes; Electrical; Lighting; Locations; & Transportation), Derigging, Diaper, Diffusion, Director, Director of Photography, Director's Chair, Disconnect, Dog screws, Dolly, Dolly Grip, Dolly track, Draftsperson, Dresser, Driver: [Cast, Director, Star, Producer, Truck (see names of trucks)], Drop Down (Cable, Package)
E
E, Editor, Electrics Department, Electrics 40, Electrics Slush, Electrics Truck, Electronic Slate, Executive Producer, Expendables, Extra, Extras Casting, Extras Casting Director, Extras Costumer, Extras Craft Services, Extras Holding, Extras Wrangler, Eye line
F
FA/CS, FACS, Feature, Female Extras Costumer, Fifth Wheeler, First AC, First AD, First Aid, First Aid/Craft Service, First Assistant: (Cameraman; Director; Editor; Hair Stylist; Make-up; PC; SPFX), Fisher, Flag, Flatdeck, Flop, Focus Puller, Foley Editor, French Hours, Fuel Truck, Fuel Truck Driver, Furnie
G
Gaffer, Gate, Gel, Genie Boom, Genny, Genny Op (Operator), Go(ing) Hot, Gobo Arm, Graphics, Green Screen, Greens, Greens Dept., Greens Helper, Greens person, Grid, Griff, Grip, Grip Department, Grip Truck, Grip Truck Driver
H
H.M.W., Hair, Hair & Make-up Truck, Hair Department, Hair Stylist, Head: (Animal Wrangler, cable, Greens person, Of Hair, Painter), Heavy grid, Hero, Heroine, High hat, High roller, Hold the Roll, Holer, Honey Wagon, Horse clamp, Hostess Tray
I
IA, IATSE, I.A.T.S.E., Illustrator, Insert Car, Insert Vehicle
J
J. L. Fisher, Jam Can
K
Key: (FA/CS; Grip; Hair Stylist; Make-up Artist; PA; Rigging Grip)
L
Labourer (Construction), Lamp Op (Operator), Leviathan, Lead: (Animal Wrangler, Carpenter, Dresser, Greens person, Labourer, Metal Fabricator, Painter, Set Dresser), Lead Hand, Lead Man Set-up, Legal, Levelage, Libra Head, Liaison, Light grid, Lighting, Lighting Truck, Lines, Lip clamp, Location, Locations, Locations Department, Locations Manager, Locations Office, Locations Office PA, Location Scout, Lock-up, Lock it up, Lock up traffic, looping
M
Main Unit, Maintenance Person, Make-up: (Artist, Department, effects Artist, Effects Co-ordinator, Truck), Male Extras Costumer, Mambo combo, Mammoth, Mammoth Studios, Manager Of Publicity, Marklift, Marine Co-ordinator, Marine Department, Martini, Metal Fabricator, Metal Fabricator Helper, Mini Series, Mini Sides, Minutes, Minutes Away, Mixer, Model Maker, Moments Away, Moving on, Music Supervisor, Music Editor, Musical Score
N
Name Request, Negative Conformer, Negative Cutter, New Deal
O
Office Driver, Office PA, On the Day, On-line Editor, On-set: (Carpenter; Dresser; Painter; PA, Props; Tech), One Liner, Op, Opal
P
P. A., P.M., PA, Paint: (Co-ordinator, Department, Foreman), Painter, Pancake, Payroll, Payroll Accountant, Performer's Costumer, Permittee, Picture Car, Picture Car Co-ordinator, Picture Vehicle, Picture's up, Playback, Playback Co-ordinator, PM, Police, Pony, Poofter, Post Production, Post Production Co-ordinator, Post Production Supervisor, Prep. Costumer, Pretties, Pretty, Pro Tools Operator, Producer, Production, Production: (Accountant; Assistant; Attorney, Company; Co-ordinator; Designer; Manager; Office; Office Co-ordinator; Sound), Projectionist, Properties, Props: (Assistant; Buyer; Department; Master; Truck), Prosthetic Make-up Artist, Publicist, Publicity, Pull, Push
R
Rain cover, Read Through, Red Head, Release Traffic, Remote head Tech , Re recording, Rigging Best Boy, Rigging Driver, Rigging Gaffer, Rigging Grip, Rocky Mountain Stick, Rolling, Rolling Sound
S
Sand bag, Sash, Sash Cord, Scenery , Scenery Department, Scenic: (Carpenter, Helper, Metal Fabricator), Scissor Lift, Screening, Screening Trailer, Screenplay, Script, Script: (Co-ordinator, Diva, Supervisor), Sculptor, Seamster / Seamstress, Seaway, Second Assistant: (Cameraman; Director; Editor; Hair Stylist; Make-up Artist, Production Co-ordinator; SPFX), Second Cameraman, Second Unit, Security, Security Captain, Segway, Segway Driver, Seniority Request, Serial, Series, Set, Set: [Costumer, Set Dec. (Decorating): (Buyer; Department; Driver; Truck), Decorator, Designer, Dresser, PA, Supervisor], Shot bag, shooting Schedule, Shooting Script, Show Call, Shuttle, Sideboard, Sides, Sign Fabricator, Silk, Single net, SkyTracker, Slate, Slide, Slush Truck, Snorkel, Soca, Sound: (Assistant, Department, Effects Editor, Mixer, Truck), Special Effects, Special Effects: (Assistant, Co-ordinator, Department, Makeup Artist, Makeup Designer, Makeup Shop, Shop, Truck, Truck Driver), SPFX, Splinter Unit, Stage, Stand, Stan-by Construction, Stand-by Paint, Stand-In, Star, Star Wagon, Star Wagon Driver, Starlet, Stedicam, Stedicam Operator, Stand, Stick, Stills Photographer, Stitcher, Story Board, Story Board Artist, Stunt: (Actor, Co-ordinator, Department, Person, Safety), Stunts Canada, Super Crank, Super Tech-No-Crane, Supervising Editor, Supervising Sound Editor
T
T, T. A., T. A.D., T.A.L., TA, TAD, TAL, Tail Slate, Teamster, Teamster Trap, Teamsters 155, Technical Assistant, Tech-no-crane, Thespian, Third Assistant Director, Tool Maintenance, Towable, Training Assistant: (Camera; Director; Locations), Transparency, Transportation: (Captain, Co-captain, Co-ordinator, Department), Triple Header, Truck bitch, Truck Costumer, Truck Move, Trucks, Turn Over, Two Holer
U
U.B.C.P., U. P. M., U.S.E., Underwater Camera, Unit Manager, Unit Production Manager, Unit Publicist, United Stunts and Extras
V
VFX, Video: (Assistant, Co-ordinator, Operator, Playback, Supervisor, Tech., Village, Visual FX (Effects): (Assistant, Co-ordinator, Office, Producer, Supervisor)
W
Wardrobe, Wedge, Westin, Window, Work Truck, Wrangler, Writer
Z
Z-Boom

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Originally called Gastown, the small coastal community of Vancouver has evolved into a Metropolis that covers the entire delta of the Fraser River.

Gastown is still at the heart of Vancouver and Vancouver is the heart of Hollywood North. Surrounded by the cities of Richmond, Delta, Surrey, New Westminster, Coquitlam, Burnaby, North Vancouver and the Municipality of West Vancouver, Vancouver has become the new glamour capital of North America.

For years the film companies have been using locations in Vancouver and the surrounding province of British Columbia on a temporary basis, now they are digging in to stay.

Temporary sound stages and studios in the Chinatown area of Vancouver have been vacated by the major production companies who have made permanent Hollywood type film centers in North Vancouver (pg. pic # Caption Cannell films new north shore studios) and Burnaby. (pg pic# Dominion Bridge Studios Offices include Paramount Pictures) The old facilities did not remain empty long as other companies saw their benefits.

The abundance of locations, lack of an extra's union, lower valued dollar, government incentives, the temperate climate, and abundance of natural settings and scenery, such as desert, mountain, Florida everglades, prairie fields, all within a few miles of Vancouver have attracted film companies from all over the world as well as other parts of Canada.

Always located here the C B C has grown into a major contributor to the industry with programs such as there award winning series "Beachcombers". (caption for pic of CBC building. Filmed on location in Gibson's Landing Beachcombers was produced in over 16 languages, and viewed in 60 different countries for over twenty years (pic Pg #) This influx of companies has meant the increase of job openings and training programs.

Years ago gold struck miners headed for the hills of the Cariboo, the glamour struck would-be -stars headed for the hills of Beverly. Now the star rush is on again, towards the valley of the Fraser River. From all over the world the would-be -stars are moving to Vancouver. With dreams of stardom they haunt the union halls and the casting offices. Because the industry is so new to this area most of them find work. Usually for only a couple of hours as an extra, but it is enough to wet their appetite. They continue to plaque their friends, their agents, and the unions trying to get enough parts to make a living, always with the dream of being in the right place at the right time and being discovered.

Other more practical people see the opportunities of creating a career behind the cameras, lighting, driving, catering, directing, the list of jobs is endless and so is the list of people applying for them.

A movie is a rock in a pond and the ripple of related jobs spreads out for miles. At the hub of this new series of waves is Hollywood North, Vancouver, B. C.

PHOTOGRAPHS

(Mark Aviss (Head shot))
Aviss, Mark

RIGGING
GAFFER
(Keonna Brisdon (Head shot))
Brisdon, Keonna

ON SET
DRESSER
(Carlos Bulbrugge (Head shot))
Bulbrugge, Carlos

ASSISTANT
ART
DIRECTOR
(Dave Cameron (Head shot))
Cameron, Dave

LIGHTING
DOUBLE
(Mike Cates (Head shot))
Cates, Mike

LOCATIONS
MANAGER
(Lynda Chapple (Head shot))
Chapple, Lynda

ASSISTANT
PROPS
MASTER
(Colin Comeau (Head shot))
Comeau, Colin

PAINT
FOREMAN
(Michael Courtney, (Head shot)
Courtney, Michael

STILLS
PHOTOGRAPHER
(Sean Davis (Head shot))
Davis, Sean

BEST BOY
ELECTRICS
(Louise Degagne (Head shot))
Degagne, Louise

LEAD
PAINTER
(Joanne Delesalle (Head shot))
DeLesalle, Joanne

CHEF
(Gord Deyell (Head shot)
Deyell, Gord

PROPS
MASTER
(Chris Duesterdiek (Head shot)
Duesterdiek, Chris

SOUND
MIXER
(Richard Eagan (Head shot)
Eagan, Richard

1ST
ASSISTANT
CAMERA
(Chloe Eckert (Head shot)
Eckert, Chloe

LOCATIONS
OFFICE
ASSISTANT
(Ted Emerson (Head shot)
Emerson, Ted

T.A.D.
(Mike Feidler (Head shot)
Feidler, Mike

GRIP
(Dave Fleisher (Head shot)
Fleisher, Dave

ASSISTANT
PROPS
MASTER
(Bob Gallinger (Head shot)
Gallinger, Bob

MAINTAINENCE
PERSON
(Brook Gies (Head shot)
Gies, Brook

ASSISTANT
PRODUCTION
(Olivier Grard (Head shot)
Grard, Olivier

LEAD
CARPENTER
(Miguel Gelinas (Head shot)
Gelinas, Miguel

BEST BOY
GRIP
(Murray Gilmour (Head shot)
Gilmour, Murray

ART
DIRECTOR
(Kevin Hall (Head shot)
Hall, Kevin

`A' CAMERA
OPERATOR
(Sam Hall (Hazelman shot)
Hazelman, Sam

HEAD
LABOURER
(Julie Hemmerling (Head shot)
Hemmerling, Julie

3RD AD
ASSISTANT
DIRECTOR
(Sean Ince (Head shot)
Ince, Sean

PA
(PRODUCTION
ASSISTANT)
(Rob Kurzac (Head shot)
Kurzac, Robert

SECURITY
CAPTAIN
(Janet Lamonte (Head shot)
Lamonte, Janet

TRUCK
COSTUMER
(Sergio Lavilla (Head shot)
Lavilla, Sergio

DECORATOR
BUYER
(Dave Librion (Head shot)
Librion, Dave

TRANSPORT
CO-ORDINATOR
(Kris Longworth (Head shot)
Longworth, Kris

CARPENTER
(Tim MacArthur (Head shot)
MacArthur, Tim

EXTRAS
WRANGLER
(Suzanne McGovern (Head shot)
McGovern, Suzanne

CRAFTY
(Wendy McLean (Head shot)
McLean, Wendy

CONTINUITY
SUPERVISOR
(Hugh Meikle (Head shot)
Meikle, Hugh

GENNY OP
(Paul Mercier (Head shot)
Mercier, Paul

CAST
DRIVER
(Reuel Minard (Head shot)
Minard, Reuel

CARPENTERS'
HELPER
(Melissa Morden (Head shot)
Morden, Melissa

SET
DRESSER
(Trevor Oleksy (Head shot)
Olesky, Trevor

BEST BOY
GREENS
(Rory O'Neill (Head shot)
O'Neill, Rory

BOOM
OPERATOR
(Wil Parrott (Head shot)
Parrott, Wil

KEY
GRIP
(Nick Phillips (Head shot)
Phillips, Nick

LIBRA HEAD
TECH/ OPERATOR
(Emil Quan (Head shot)
Quan, Emil

SOUND
ASSISTANT
(Ty Rees (Head shot)
Rees, Ty

LEAD
GREENS
(Sean Rooney (Head shot)
Rooney, Sean

GAFFER
(Daniel Ross (Head shot)
Ross, Daniel

JOURNEYMAN
COOK
(Manfred Rossdeutscher (Head shot)
Rossdeutscher, Manfred

CAMERA TRUCK
DRIVER
(TJ Sampson (Head shot)
Sampson, TJ

`A' DOLLY
GRIP
(Michele Searle (Head shot)
Searle, Michele

HEAD
PAINTER
(Sigrid Spade (Head shot)
Spade, Sigrid M.

ASSISTANT
DECORATOR
(Rob Sperling (Head shot))
Sperling, Rob

LEAD MAN
SETUP
(James Spummers (Head shot))
Summers, James

HEAD
GREENS
(Todd Thomas (Head shot)
Thomas, Todd

ASSISTANT
CHEF
(Dottie Thompson (Head shot)
Thompson, Dottie

STAR DRIVER
(Nancy Vibert (Head shot)
Vibert, Nancy

PAYROLL
(Bev White (Head shot)
White, Bev

PRODUCTION
MANAGER
(Mark Weinhaupl (Head shot)
Weinhaupl, Mark

2ND
ASSISTANT
CAMERA
(Kelly Wiwchar (Head shot)
Wiwchar, Kelly

STAND IN
(Dominique Wurtz (Head shot)
Wurtz, Dominique

CABLE TRUCK
DRIVER

DESCRIPTION OF TERMS - Listed Alphabetically

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10T (Ten Ton) TRUCK

THIS 10T IS AN ELECTRICS' WORK TRUCK.
THE DUAL REAL WHEELS AND THE TANDEM AXELS
GIVE THIS TRUCK THE ABILITY TO CARRY HEAVY LOADS.
AT THE BACK IS A POWERFUL ELECTRIC-OVER-
HYDRAULIC TAIL-GATE FOR LIFTING HEAVY OBJECTS

  • 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/16 - See - Apple
  • 1K, 2K, 4K, 8K, 10K, 12K, 18K - Lights, named after their power, ie: 1 Kilowatt, 12 Kw. etc.
  • 1T, 5T, 10T - Trucks, rated by carrying capacity, ie: 5T or 5 ton payload.
  • 4By, 8By, 12By, 20By - Metal frames for holding flags, etc., named after their size, ie: 4Ft. by 4 Ft., 12'x 12'. etc.
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    A
  • ACTRA - Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists
  • `A' Camera - The main camera. The one that does most of the work. The one that is assigned to the MAIN UNIT.
  • `A' Camera Operator - The person who operates the main camera, Ie: The main camera operator on set. (Photo & Quote: K. Hall)
  • AC - Slang for electrical cables that will carry 110 volt alternating current. Usually twenty-five, and fifty, foot extension cords.
  • AD - Assistant Director
  • AD/PA - The position below TAD. Seldom used but an opportunity for a PA to get some AD experience.
  • ADR - Added (Additional, automated, automatic) Dialog Replacement. Adding dialog over bad dialog, or no dialog, or over an un wanted background sound, without having to reenact the entire scene. Courtesy of Film Sound . Org
  • ALM - Assistant Locations Manger
  • ALM Trainee - A person training to be an ALM.
  • Abbey - The second last shot of the day. Named after Abbey Singer, an infamous director. Everyone knew that when Abbey called `WINDOW' it was the second last shot because he invariably shot another scene after that one. The call `ABBEY' is the cue for the crew to start packing away their gear.
  • Accounting Clerk 1
  • Accounting Department
  • Accounting Trainee
  • Accounts Payable
  • Action - The director calls, `Action', when he wants the actors to start moving, or talking.
  • Actor - see - Thespian
  • Actor's assistant - A person who waits on the actor. I.e.; answers his phone calls while he is on set, etc.
  • Actress - see - Thespian
  • Additional: (AD; Greens person; Grip; Lamp Operator, etc.) - An extra person doing the same duties.
  • Aerial Co-ordinator - The person in charge of all aerial shots.
  • Aerial Platform - A, small, level, fenced area, to lift workers. see - Cherry Picker or Scissor Lift
  • Aerials - Scenes involving actors or props moving through the air.
  • Alan Smithee - See Smithee
  • Animal Trainer - The person who trains the animal and works with them during a stunt, often acting as a stunt man.
    ANIMAL TRAINER
    Quote: "It is not what we do, it is what we are. It is a life style.
    The animals require constant attention even when not on set".
    Kyle Doig

  • Animal - Handler
  • Animal - Trainer
  • Animal Wrangler - Generally works with livestock: cows; goats; horses; sheep; etc.
  • Apple - Slang for Apple Box.
  • Apple Box - A wooden box for supporting objects, approximately 10 x 20 inches and in various thickness, starting at 8' and getting smaller; , , 1/8, 1/16.
  • Armourer - The person in charge of dressing a person in protective wear for a fight scene.
  • Arnie - see - Clamps
  • Art Department
  • Art Department Associate
  • Art Director - Head of the Production Design Department.
    ART DIRECTOR
    PRODUCTION DESIGN DEPARTMENT
    (Murray Gilmour sitting at a desk.)
    MURRAY GILMOUR `5/11/1 Da Vinci's City Hall (TV Series)
    (Quote) "A person who; oversees the artists and craftspeople
    who build the sets, facilitates the production designers vision for a production."

  • Assistant Accountant - Accounts Payable
  • Assistant Accountant - Payroll - An accountant who looks after payroll. (Photo & Quote: N. Vibert)
  • Assistant Art Director - Assistant to the Art Director, design graphics. (Photo & Quote: C. Bulbrugge)
  • Assistant Casting Director
  • Assistant Chef - Assistant to the Chef in a mobile kitchen. (Photo & Quote: Todd Thomas)
  • Assistant Computer Operator
  • Assistant Costume Co-ordinator
  • Assistant Costume Designer
  • Assistant Costumer
  • Assistant Crafty
  • Dialogue Editor
  • Assistant Decorator - See Assistant Set Decorator
  • Assistant Directing Department
  • Assistant Director - A person to look after mundane duties such as: answering phones; setting up appointments and interviews; script notes; etc. leaving the director free for his main duties.
  • Executive Producer
  • Assistant Greens person
  • Assistant Hair
  • Assistant Locations Manager
  • Assistant Make-up
  • Assistant Production Co-ordinator - Assistant to the Production Co-ordinator. (Photo & Quote: B. Gies)
  • Assistant Props Master - Second in command of the props Dept. (Photo & Quote: D. Fleisher)
  • Assistant Props Master - Set - The person on set who makes sure that the actors have the necessary props for the scene being shot. (Photo & Quote: L. Chapple)
  • Props Assistant - Correct title; Assistant Props Master
    ASSISTANT DECORATOR
    SET DECORATING DEPARTMENT

    `5/11/1 SIGRID M. SPADE - Da Vinci's City Hall (TV Series)
    (Quote) "As an Assistant Decorator, I am the communication hub
    of the Set Dec. Dept."

  • Assistant Set Decorator - Assistant to the Set Decorator
  • Assistant Sound
  • Assistant Sound Effects Editor
  • Assistant Special Effects Co-ordinator
  • Assistant to the Producer
  • Assistant Video
  • Assistant To: Consulting Producer; Executive Producer; Principal Actor; Producer; Stunt Co-ordinator Etc.,
  • Associate Editor
  • Associate Producer
  • ATV - All Terrain Vehicle
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    B
  • `B' Camera - The second camera on a set. Usually the one that would work with SECOND UNIT or splinter unit.
  • Baby(ies) - Small lights.
  • Background - People, usually extras, filling in space behind the main action.
  • Background Action - The director calls, `Background Action', when he wants the background to start moving.
  • Background Casting
  • Background Co-ordinator - The person, when there are a large number of extras being used, who helps the assistant directors by logging in, and out, the extras, and by helping direct the extras on set. (Photo & Quote: T. MacArthur)
  • Background Performer - An actor, without lines. (Quote: Lee A. Wood)
  • Background Screen - See Transparency
  • Balloon Light - A large balloon built around a light and filled with helium. The effect is an even, diffused, light, over a large area. (Photo)
  • Band Aid - see - First Aid/Craft Service
  • Base Camp - US slang (see) Circus
  • Best Boy - The second in command of a department.
  • Best Boy Electrics - Assistant to the Chief Lighting Technician.
    BEST BOY - ELECTRICS

    SEAN DAVIS - In his office; an electrics 40.
    `03/4/1 Touching Evil (Feature)

  • Best Boy Greens - Assistant to Head Greens. Pushes the crew, fixes tools, keeps the time sheets. In charge of Lead Greens and assigns them their tasks. (Photo & Quote: T. Oleksy)
  • Best Boy Grips - Second in command, under the Key Grip, of the grips department. (Photo & Quote: M. Gelinas)
  • Best Boy SPFX -
  • Best Person - Greens See Best Boy Greens
  • Bitch - A person who looks after a pretty. Ie: MoHo Bitch. Duties include; driving, setting up, babysitting, cleaning, and packing up.
  • Blocks - pieces of wood for blocking
  • Blonde - 2000 watt light, usually yellow in colour.
  • Blue Screen - see - Green Screen
  • Boards - see side boards
  • Boat Captain
  • Boatie - floatable boat cushion
  • Body Make-up
  • Bollywood - India
  • Boom - A long pole; a microphone is attached to one end, the other end is held by a boom operator.
  • Boom man - See Boom Operator
  • Boom Operator - First assistant to the Sound Mixer, also the person who holds a boom mounted microphone. (Photo & Quote: R. O'Neill)
  • Breakdown Artist,
  • Bounce - foam, or metallic, reflector to give indirect lighting
  • Break a leg - Years ago, in theater, it was deemed bad luck to wish an actor `good luck' before they went on stage.
  • Bringer, - The person who brings a dog, or other animal, onto set for the purposes of setting the lighting for a future animation scene.
  • Bungee Car, - A 2005 Dodge Stow `n' Go Van. The center seats fold into the floor and `stow' out of the way, leaving a flat area. The sliding side door is left open and the camera and cameraman are strapped into the car with bungee cords. Then the car drives down the street while the cameraman films out the side. (An invention of the `DaVinci's Inquest' crew when they made the pilot `Intelligence'.) Also used on DaVinci's City Hall.
  • Buyer; Construction, Props., Set. Dec., Etc. - The person who sources and purchases, or rents, the item(s) for his department.
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    C

  • C stands - type of stands
  • Cable - Insulated, flexible, conductive metal, for transmitting electricity.
  • Cable Truck - A truck which carries electrical cable, and connectors.
  • Cable Truck Driver - Driver of a Cable Truck.
    CABLE TRUCK DRIVER
    TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT

    `5/10/14
    DOM (DOMINIQUE) WURTZ - STANDING BY A CABLE TRUCK
    Da Vinci's City Hall (TV Series)
    (Quote) "A person who supplies power to;
    circus, set, & all work trucks related to a movie set."

  • Call Sheet - A piece of paper that lists the crew that will be used, `On The Day'. It also tells what times the crews should arrive for work, which scenes will be shot, and other information such as the time of sunrise and sunset.
  • Camera - A mechanical, optical, device for recording visual images, on film, or electronically.
  • Camera Car - see - Camera Vehicle
  • Camera Dolly - a camera stand with wheels for moving the camera.
  • Camera Department
  • Camera Operator
  • Camera Operator A
  • Camera Operator B
  • Camera Testing - Test shooting of scenes, not actually testing the camera but checking to see the colours of the; sets, green screen, and other things that may have to be changed by the; art, set, or lighting department. This testing is done as much as a month before filming actually begins.
  • Camera Trainee
  • Camera Truck - The Truck that contains the cameras and film, usually has a dark room for loading film and has chargers for recharging the camera batteries.
  • Camera Truck Driver - A person who looks after a Camera Truck. (Photo & Quote: M. Rossdeutscher)
  • Camera Vehicle - A vehicle: car; ATV; motorcycle; usually a pick-up truck, equipped with mounts for lights and cameras.
  • Camp - US Term See: Circus
  • Captain - see- Transportation Captain
  • Cardellini -
    CARPENTER BEAR
    Statue of a white bear dressed like a carpenter
    In `05, statues of
    orcas were scattered
    throughout the city.
    At the end of the year
    they were auctioned off.
    In `06 statues of bears were
    scattered throughout the city.
    This one was in front of
    MiddleGate Village in Burnaby.

  • Carpenter - A person who works with wood. A builder of; houses, sets, cabinets, scenery, etc. (Photo & Quote: K. Longworth)
  • Carpenters Helper - An assistant to the Carpenters. (Photo & Quote: R. Minard)
  • Cart - A small platform, wood or metal, with two or more wheels, to assist the movement of objects.
  • Cart Move - When the crew are shifting location, 100 ft, to 2 or 3 blocks, depending on the availability of parking for the trucks, they load everything onto carts and push them down the street. This does not involve movement of the circus or trucks. Also see `Truck' and `Company' Move.
  • Cast - Actors with leading parts.
  • Cast Driver - Driver of a cast vehicle. Usually transports only one actor. (Photo: P. Mercier)
  • Cast Vehicle - Usually, for the exclusive use of one actor, director, producer, etc.
  • Casting Department
  • Casting Director
  • Caterer - A person, or company, that takes on the task of supplying food to a film production. Usually in the form of a mobile kitchen.
  • Catering Department - In Hollywood North the catering department is a sub-division of the Teamsters Union. All employees of the catering company must be members, or permittees, of the Local 155.
  • Catering Truck - A mobile kitchen to prepare hot meals on site. (Photo)
  • Checking the gate - at the end of a scene the camera is opened and the gate is checked for hairs or dust that might have ruined the picture. If any is found the scene will have to be re shot before moving on.
  • Chef - The person in charge of the mobile kitchen. (Photo & Quote: J. Delesalle)
  • Cherry Picker - A machine that moves about, on wheels, and has a long arm with a bucket on the end. Used to lift men and equipment above the ground.
  • Circus - A traveling company of performers and their support; vehicles, and personnel.
  • When a film crew leaves the studio, to shoot on `location', the vehicles may separate into two groups, the pretties, and the work trucks. Where the Pretties are, is known as the circus.
  • The pretties will park as close to the set as possible. This may be several blocks away, depending on the availability of an area large enough to hold the vehicles.
  • The work trucks may be at the circus, if the area is close, and large, enough. If not the work trucks will park closer to set.
  • Actors, hair, and make-up personnel, and work crew, will be moved, if the circus is not next to set, back and forth, from circus, to set, by shuttle.
  • Circus Bitch - On a small production one person my be the Bitch for the entire circus. On th pilot for `Intelligence' I was the Honey Waggon Bitch but after the circus was parked I became the Bitch for all the Pretties'.
  • Clamps, Standard spring loaded hand clamps, in sizes, 1 to 3. #2 is often called a `Pony' and the #3 is often called an `Arnie'.
  • Clapboard - See Slate
  • Clapper - The person who maintains and operates the slate. Usually the Second Assistant Camera.
  • Clearances - The person, or department, that gets clearance from companies to show their product. Ie: a brand name soap is clearly visible in an actors hands. Will the soap company get free advertising, will the soap company pay the film company, will the film company pay the soap company, or will the product have to be exchanged for a different brand.
  • Clearance Co-ordinator - The person in charge of clearances.
    CLEARANCE CO-ORDINATOR
    CLEARANCES DEPARTMENT
    "Obtaining written permission, allowing; logos,
    signs, or products, of any kind to show up on screen,
    and to co-ordinate script clearances."
    Quote by: ROD (Rodney) RUEL
    `DaVinci's - City Hall' (TV Series)

  • Combi - A type of stand.
  • Company - Everyone on location; cast, circus, crew, and work trucks.
  • Company Move - When the crew are shifting location, several blocks to several miles, depending on the availability of parking for the trucks, they load everything onto the work trucks and move to the next location. This is a complete relocation of; cast, circus, crew, and work trucks. Also see `Cart' and `Company' Move.
  • Computer Operator
  • Computer Playback
  • Computer Playback Artist
  • Condor - See - Cherry Picker
  • Construction Buyer - The person who locates and purchases small and/or hard to find items and materials.
  • Construction Co-ordinator - Head of the department. Usually owns the tools: Air Compressor; Band saw; Drill Presses; Etc.
  • Construction Department - The dept. in charge of building the scenery for the set. Anything from a piece of foam for a rock to a log cabin.
  • Construction Driver - A truck driver who picks up materials needed for the construction Dept. and delivers pre-assembled sections of the scenery to the set.
  • Construction Foreman - Head of the area. If construction is taking place in more than one area say, studio and location, there could be more than one foemen.
  • Construction Truck - The truck assigned to the Construction Dept. Usually a one, and a five, ton cube van.
  • Consulting Producer -
  • Contact Lens Technician -
  • Continuity Department - The only department in the film industry that has only one staff member
    CONTINUITY SUPERVISOR - CONTINUITY DEPARTMENT

    WENDY MCLEAN - Going through her book, at video village.
    `5/12/6 Da Vinci's City Hall (TV Series)
    (Quote) "Using; photos, and scripts, maintains the flow of the scenes."

    The; head of the department, assistant head, journeyman, and apprentice, are all one person. All positions in the department have the same title, the same as the name of the department, 'Script Supervisor'.
    This department requires a person with a good memory, a lot of endurance, and they must be very observant.
    There is no training for this department. There is no course or school available.
  • Continuity Supervisor - Persons wishing to fill this position must be prepared to; come in cold, work outside in the cold, learn, quickly, from scratch, and put in long days, a minimum of twelve hours per shift. (Photo & Quote: W. McLean)
  • Costume Breakdown / FX
  • Costume - The clothing worn by an actor.
  • Costumer
  • Costume Cutter
  • Costumes Co-ordinator
  • Costumes Dept.
  • Costumes Designer
  • Costumes Set Supervisor
  • Costume Supervisor
  • Costumes Truck Supervisor
  • Craft Services - Supply of edibles and drinks for between meals. The table for crew and cast is usually near set. The table for extras is usually near the extras holding area.
  • Crafty - see - First Aid/Craft Services
  • Crane - A boom to hold a block through which cable is run. Usually with a winch on one end of the cable and a hook on the other.
  • Crane Operator - Person who operates a crane.
  • Crane Truck - A crane mounted on a truck. Often used in the movies, without a winch and cable, to hold lights. See - Light Crane.
  • Crew - The filming crew; gaffer, grips, etc.
  • Crew Call - The time the crew should arrive for work.
  • Cube Light Technician
  • Cut - The director calls, `Cut', when he wants the: actors; background; cameras; and sound recorder, to stop.
  • Cutter
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    D
  • Dailies - Copies of the film shot throughout the day.
  • Darkroom - A room, usually located in a camera truck, which can be made dark. Often has two doors so that one can be kept closed while the other is opened. Usually where the film is kept so it is often temperature, and humidity, controlled
  • Day Call - A job that is for only one day. A person who has been dispatched for a one day job. The job may extend to more than one day. (A teamster may not stay on the same show, as a Day Call, for more than five consecutive days.)
  • Day Hire - See - Day Call
  • Day Out of Days - A condensed version, or summary, of a One Liner
  • Daymo - see - Day Call
  • D.O.P. (DOP) - see - Director of Photography,
  • De rigging - The rigging crew takes down and removes the rigging that was used to set up a scene.
  • Diaper - A piece of sash cloth hung under a light to prevent stray light from going in an unwanted direction.
  • Diffusion - a cloth, or vinyl, screen, on a frame, to diffuse the light
  • Director
  • Director of Photography
  • Director's Chair - A chair, usually made of wood, crossed legs, with cloth seat and back. Used on set for the directors and actors to relax. The back of the chair usually has labels such as `director' or the name of the person who is to use the chair.
  • Disconnect - A metal box containing circuit breakers with electrical connectors on the outside. Used to connect smaller electrical cables to seaway.
  • Dog screws
  • Dolly - A small wheeled platform with mounts for seats and a camera so that a camera can follow actors as they move through a scene.
    `A' DOLLY GRIP - GRIPS DEPARTMENT

    T, TIGE, or TJ (Timothy James) SAMPSON -
    pulling a dolly, along a dolly track, while the;
    camera operator (Kevin Hall) chooses a line of sight,
    and 1st Assistant Camera (Richard Eagan) checks the focus setting.
    `5/11/17 Da Vinci's City Hall (TV Series)
    (Quote) "Controls Camera Movement."

  • Dolly Grip - The grip who pushes, or pulls, the dolly.
  • Dolly Grip `A' or `B' - The dolly grip on the `A' or `B' Camera.
  • Dolly track - a pair of rails, like a train track, on which you push the camera dolly so the camera will move smoothly over rough terrain.
  • Draftsperson
  • Dresser - See Set Dresser
  • Driver - The person who operates a vehicle. Usually a teamster unless the vehicle is in front of the camera in which case it may be an actor or stunt person.
  • Drop Down Cable - Like Seaway but the cables are much shorter and thicker, 0000 (4 aught).
  • Drop Down Package - A drop down cable, a ground cable, and a 200 Amp disconnect. Usually comes with a towable.
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    E
  • Editor
  • Electrical Generator A device that produces electricity. Usually powered by a motor, a generator produces Direct Current. Most units, now, incorporate an alternator, rather than a generator, to produce Alternating Current.
  • Electrics Department - Supplies all lights, and lighting, and power (Electrical) to the location, set, and studio.
  • Electrics 40 - A forty foot trailer used to hold the; ladders, lights, ballasts, gels, etc. needed by the Electrics Dept.
  • Electronic Clapboard - See Electronic Slate
  • Electronic Slate - A slate board that uses digital display of the information.
  • Eleven - Slang for a particular size of a Westin.
  • Executive Producer
  • Electrics Slush - A one ton cube, or pickup, truck assigned to the electrics dept
  • Electrics Truck - A five or ten ton truck, assigned to the electrics dept.
  • Executive Producer
  • Expendables - Non returnable items purchased for use, non rented items; paper, pens, gels, etc.
  • Extra - (Originally `Extra Actors') - see - Background Performer.
  • Extras Casting - see - Background Casting
  • Extras Casting Director
  • Extras Costumer
  • Extras Craft Services - see - Craft Services
  • Extras Holding - A tent, or a room, for extras to relax, when not on set.
  • Extras Wrangler - See Background Co-ordinator
  • Eye line - in line with the eye of the actor, what or who would he be looking at.
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    F
  • FA/CS (FACS, First Aid / Craft Services) - see - Crafty
  • Feature - Full length movie.
  • Female Extras Costumer
  • Fifth Wheeler - A trailer that is pulled by a truck equipped with a fifth wheel.- see `Star Wagon'.
  • First AC
  • First AD,
    FIRST AID / CRAFT SERVICES `03/5/1 `Paycheck' (Feature)
    (Suzanne McGovern standing at end of a craft table.)
    SUZANNE McGOVERN - Oversees her selection of snacks at the
    krafty (Craft Services) tent.
    (Quote) "`First Aid/Craft Services' is the longest title of any position
    in the film industry. People often ask me, "Which one are you?"

  • First Aid/Craft Services - A person who looks after the snack table and is also the first aid attendant. Because the craft services table does not have to be manned continually the `Crafty' is able to get away in an emergency. And, as there are, thankfully, very few emergencies, a `Band Aid' would be sitting around most of the time, the two positions have been combined.
  • First Assistant Camera - Responsible for the camera - Focus puller. (Photo & Quote: R. Eagan)
  • First Assistant Director -
  • First Assistant Editor
  • First Assistant Hair Stylist
  • First Assistant Make-up
  • First Assistant PC
  • First Assistant SPFX
  • First Assistant Production Co-ordinator
  • Fisher - Slang for a dolly. A manufacturer's brand of dolly.
  • Flag - a black piece of cloth, or vinyl, in a frame, to block light.
  • Flatdeck - A truck with a flat deck behind the cab.
  • Flop - a flag that flops, or folds, down, or sideways, to become double size.
  • Focus Puller - A person who stands, or runs, beside a camera and adjusts the focus on the lens. See - First Assistant Camera.
  • Foley Editor
  • French Hours - A special day where the crew doesn't stop for a meal Hot food is delivered to the set every hour, so that the production doesn't go into meal penalty.
  • Fuel Truck
  • Fuel Truck Driver
  • Furnie - A furniture pad used by furniture movers to protect furniture; beds, mirrors, tables, etc.
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    G
  • Gaffer - Head of the lighting dept. - Chief Lighting Technician.
    SEAN ROONEY - GAFFER - ELECTRICS DEPARTMENT
    (Sean Rooney sitting at a desk.)
    `05/11/17 - Da Vinci's City Hall (TV Series)
    (Quote)"The gaffer is the head of the lighting Dept. He works closely
    with the director of photography in order to determine the placement,
    and quality, of lights used to light the set. The gaffer also works closely
    with the transport and location departments to organize the
    placements of; equipment trucks, generators, and lighting cranes
    that are used on location shoots. The gaffer is ultimately in charge
    of the lighting and electrical needs of a film set."

  • Gate - inside the camera is a gate that guides the film across the end of the lens.
  • Gel - coloured; translucent, or transparent, film; plastic, or vinyl, mounted in front of a light to change the temperature, colour, of the light.
  • Genie Boom - See - Cherry Picker
  • Genny - Electrical generator often mounted on a truck but more commonly on a small trailer.
  • Genny Op - See Genny Operator
  • Genny Operator - The electrician in charge of the gennys and all the cabling to the lights, camera, catering, circus, etc. Of all the electricians working on a show, the Genny OP must be certified for it is he who has to apply for the permits from the government. (Photo & Quote: H. Meikle)
  • Go(ing) Hot - Quiet on the set, ready to start filming.
  • Go Bo Arm -
  • Graphics
  • Green Screen - A large backdrop of light; green, or blue, with no corners, just gentle curves. Usually used for special effects, such as aerial shots, like Superman flying. The background will be put in later with dubbing or computer graphics.
  • Greens - Artificial, dead, or living plants used on a set. - Slang for; Greens person, Greens Dept. or pertaining to either.
  • Greens Department - Responsible for trees, lawns flowers, or other vegetation that will be in the scene. Trees are commonly used for blocking out unwanted objects.
  • Greens Helper
  • Greens person
  • Grid - type of diffusion.
  • Griff - 12, or 20 by. See 4 by.

    GREENS

    GREENS WAIT OUTSIDE A STUDIO FOR PLACEMENT ON SET

  • Grip - The beginning position in the Grips Department. General Labourer. (Photo & Quote: M. Fiedler)
  • Grip Department - Alters (See - Bounce, Diffusion, Gels), controls (See - Flags) & directs (See - Lamp Op), and supplies mounting for (See - Stands) the lights (See - 18 K, Blondes) and the cameras (See - Dolly, Dolly Grip).
  • Grip Truck
  • Grip Truck Driver
  • Ground cable - An electrical conductor used to connect, something electrical, or an electrical circuit to the ground rod.
  • Ground rod - A steel rod, several feet in length, that is driven into the ground.
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    H
  • H.M.W. (HMW) Hair Make-up & Wardrobe Wagon - see - Hair Truck
  • Hair
  • Hair & Make-up
  • Hair In The Gate - Usually a bit of celluloid from the roll of film, but could be dust, dirt, or a hair. See - Checking the gate.
  • Hair Department
  • Hair Stylist
  • Hair Truck - A truck and pony combination (For a definition see my trucking page.). The truck is usually a COE with a sleeper for the driver. The box behind the cab usually has one room with two sections. One end is for hair, with racks to hold wigs, and barbers chairs, and sinks. The rest of the room is used for applying make up. The interior is usually well lit and the walls are mirrored. The pony trailer is usually two rooms. The bigger room will be equipped with racks for hanging clothes and shelves for boxes of shoes and hats. The small room at the front will be equipped with a washer and dryer, ironing board, and counters for sewing and office work.
  • Head Animal Wrangler
  • Head Cable - An electrical cable, from the ballast to the light.
  • Head Carpenter - The person in charge of Carpenters.
  • Head Greens Person - In charge of the Greens Dept.
    HEAD GREENS - GREENS DEPARTMENT
    (James Summers, standing in a truck)
    JAMES SUMMERS - (Quote) "I fire people." `06/9/13 Psych (TV Series)

  • Head of Hair
  • Head Labourer - The person in charge of Labourers. (Photo & Quote: S. Hazelman)
  • Head Painter
  • Heavens A term from `live theatre. The ' Heavens ' served to create an area hidden from the audience. This area provided a place for actors to hide. A selection of ropes &/or rigging would allow for special effects, such as flying or dramatic entries. Used in studios to suspend backdrops or lighting.
  • Heavy grid - A type of diffusion.
  • Hero - The main character, male or female, or principal character in a production.
  • Heroine - The main, femle, character, or principal, female, character in a production.
  • High hat - a mount for the camera.
  • High roller - A combi on wheels.
  • HMW (Hair, Make-up & Wardrobe - A Truck and Trailer. The truck unit has stations like a beauty salon. Usually the front two are for hair, with hair sinks on the opposite side of the truck. The back two stations are for makeup. Lights and mirrors line the wall of the truck. The trailer is usually in two sections. A small section at the front has a counter for sewing machines and ironing boards. The other side will have a washer and a dryer. The back, larger, portion of the trailer will have racks along the side of the trailer for hanging clothes. Above the racks will be shelves to hold boxes of; hats, underwear, etc. Along the floor, under the hanging; uniforms, dresses, suits, etc. will be boxes of; shoes, boots, etc.
  • Hold the Roll - Stop filming, but actors should remain where they are. Usually called by the director or the sound man when there is a technical glitch, or a disturbance such as the sound of an airplane in the background.
  • Holer - A trailer with two or more compartments. Each compartment is assigned to an actor for his personal relaxation or rehearsing. (Photo)
    3 HOLER
    (a pull type trailer with 3 doors)
    A pull trailer with three separate rooms, each with a;
    bathroom, toilet, sink, refrigerator, TV, VCR, and stereo.
    Also available in 1 or 2 holes

  • Hollywood - A suburb of greater Las Angeles, California, U.S.of A.
  • Hollywood North - Vancouver, British Columbia Canada
  • Honey Waggon - A Truck and Trailer. The Honey Wagon found at a circus is a truck and pony combination (For a definition, see my trucking page.). The truck is usually a COE with a sleeper for the driver. The box behind the cab usually has four rooms. The first is the Men's washroom, the second is the Ladies washroom, the third is a room for the Transportation Dept., and the fourth is the office for the 3rd AD. In the trailer are two to six rooms. These are change rooms for the actors.
  • Honey Waggon - A Vacuum Truck. Most people know `Honey Wagon' as the truck that pumps out septic tanks. At the circus you may see a honey wagon pumping out a honey wagon.
  • Horse clamp - see - `Arnie'.
  • Hostess tray - A camera mount that goes on the outside of a car door, below the edge of the window, like the food tray delivered by the waitress at an A & W drive in.
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    I
  • IA - Slang for IATSE
  • IATSE, I.A.T.S.E. - International Association of Technical and Service Employees
  • Illustrator
  • Insert Car - See - Insert Vehicle
  • Insert Vehicle - A Camera Vehicle pulling a trailer, or a side mounted, trailer like, attachment, on which is mounted, or towed, a picture vehicle.
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  • J. L. Fisher - Manufacturers of camera dollies.
  • Jam Can - A light that is surrounded by a glass globe, that is, in turn, surrounded by a metal frame. Ie: A red light that would hang outside a back door.
  • Journeyman Cook - A person who has completed an apprenticeship in cooking.
    JOURNEYMAN COOK - CATERING DEPARTMENT
    (Daniel Ross standing by a table.)
    DANIEL ROSS - SETS UP A CONDIMENTS TABLE
    `05/9/29 Da Vinci's City Hall (TV Series)
    (Quote) "A caterer, under union rules, who serves more than 19
    customers, must have a Chef and 2 Assistant Chefs. Though a
    Journeyman Chef, and qualified to work as a cook, anywhere, as
    I am a Red Seal Chef, I am working as an assistant chef
    to log my qualifying days to become a member of the union."

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  • Key FA/CS - see - Crafty
  • Key Grip - Head of the Grips Department. (Photo & Quote: W. Parrott)
  • Key Hair Stylist
  • Key Make-up Artist
  • Key PA
  • Key Rigging Grip
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  • L&D - Loss and Damage Report. To be filled out by anyone who loses, or damages something.
  • Labourer (Construction)
  • Lamp Op (Operator) - Beginning position in the Electrics Dept. Operate lights, string cable, etc.
  • Lead Animal Wrangler
  • Lead Carpenter - The person in charge of Carpenters on a specific job. There could be more than one lead carpenter, reporting to the head carpenter. Each group assigned a different project such as; a Set, a platform for a Dolly Track, etc. (Photo & Quote: O. Grard)
  • Lead Dresser- See Lead Set Dresser
  • Lead Greens Person - Works under a Head Greens and over Greens Persons. There could be more than one lead, reporting to the head. Each group assigned to work on a different task such as, cutting trees along a hydro right-of-way, mounting trees on bases, putting flowers around a house, etc. (Photo & Quote: T. Rees)
  • Lead Labourer - The person in charge of Labourer on a specific job. There could be more than one lead labourer, reporting to the head labourer. Each group assigned to work with a different sub department such as; carpenters, welders, etc.
  • Lead Hand
  • Lead Hand (Carpenter)
  • Lead Labourer - The person in charge of Labourer on a specific job. There could be more than one lead labourer, reporting to the head labourer. Each group assigned to work with a different sub department such as; carpenters, welders, etc.
  • Lead Man Setup - Second in command (Grips Dept.) on set.
    LEAD MAN - SETUP - GRIPS DEPARTMENT

    `05/11/17 - Da Vinci's City Hall (TV Series) - ROB SPERLING
    [Holding a camera while the 1st Assistant Camera (Richard Eagan) checks the gate.]
    (Quote)"Responsible for pre-rigging and second in command on set."

  • Lead Metal Fabricator
  • Lead Painter - Head of the painters, under the Paint Foreman. (Photo & Quote: L. Degagne)
  • Lead Set Dresser - The person in charge of the set dressers. (Quote: Michael J.)
  • Leadman Set-up
  • Legal
  • Levelage - apples, wedges, etc. Anything used to level track.
  • Leviathan: A large Honey Wagon. The upper part extends for an upper level of rooms, and collapses for travel. The entire unit settles close to the ground when parked. Much despised by members of the teamsters. They are hard to clean and with so many rooms take the place of two smaller trucks, making less work for drivers.
  • Liaison
  • Libra Head - A type of REMOTE HEAD. See - REMOTE HEAD
  • Libra Head Operator - A person who is operating a LIBRA HEAD.
  • Libra Head Tech. - The person who assembles, and repairs, a LIBRA HEAD.
  • Light Crane - A Crane Truck without a winch and cable, to hold lights.
  • Light grid - type of diffusion.
  • Lighting - Setting up the large lights for the cameras. In Canada this is handled by the Electrics Dept.
  • Lighting Double - A person who reflects light and doubles for the actor.
    STAND IN / LIGHTING DOUBLE - CASTING DEPT.

    `05/11/1 - Da Vinci's City Hall (TV Series)
    KELLY WIWCHAR - (Quote) "A stand in copies the actions of an
    actor while the camera crew adjusts their equipment for focus
    and angle of the shot."
    DAVE CAMERON - (Quote) "A Lighting Double does everything
    an actor does before the actor does it, allowing the lighting dept.
    to determine the positioning and strength of the lights required."

  • Lighting Truck - A truck that carries the lighting equipment.
  • Lines
  • Lip Clamp - A clamp with large flat pads as jaws and mounts on a stand to hold a sheet of foam as a bounce.
  • Loader - The person who, in the dark room, loads the film canisters, from, bulk, rolls of film. Usually the Second Assistant Camera. He will also mount the canisters onto the camera.
  • Location - or Setting. Where a set is located, other than in a studio.
  • Locations Department
  • Locations Manager - The head of the Locations Department. (Photo & Quote: M. Cates)
  • Locations Office - The office for the Locations Department. Usually located in the Production Offices.
  • Locations Office Assistant - A PA who works in the office. (Photo & Quote: C. Eckert)
  • Locations Scout
  • Lock-up - A secured area used for storage and/or work.
  • Lock It Up - Quiet on the set. Will start filming.
  • Lock Up Traffic - A direction to the PA or Peace Officer directing traffic to stop all; Pedestrian, Equestrian, and Vehicular traffic and, if they are close to set, to ask them to turn their motors off.
  • Looping - Recording an actor's lines in sync to "loops" of the image, after filming.
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  • Main Camp - US Term See: Circus
  • Main Unit - The main filming unit, composed of the largest collection of trucks and equipment, actors and support personnel, the crew that does most of the filming.
  • Maintenance Person - Repairs equipment for a dept. IE: Carpenters, Welders, etc. On a small show he would cover all depts. Is usually the first aid attendant for all depts. and for the entire show during post production. During production the crafty/first aid will cover the first aid chores on set and on location.
    MAINTENANCE PERSON
    also (TOOL MAN & FIRST AID ATTENDANT)
    CONSTRUCTION DEPARTMENT

    BOB GALLINGER - `06/9/13 Psych (TV Series)
    (Quote)"I fix everything that breaks, including people."
    Bob is standing in a shop, that he is building, inside a container.

  • Make-up Artist
  • Make-up Department
  • Make-up Effects Artist
  • Make-up Effects Co-ordinator
  • Make-up Truck
  • Male Extras Costumer
  • Mambo combo - large stand.
  • Mammoth: slang for a Leviathan.
  • Mammoth Studios: a large studio in Burnaby, B. C. Canada, where they made the feature film `Chronicles of Riddick.'
  • Manager Of Publicity,
  • Marklift - Brand name - see - Cherry Picker
  • Marine Co-ordinator
  • Marine Department
  • Martini - American slang for Window. So named from the TV series `The Dean Martin Show' When the director would call `Martini' it was the bartenders cue to make one last martini for the star, Dean Martin, before he closed up the bar. The last shot of the day's shot... because the next "shot" is in a Martini glass. (Courtesy of Imdb Glossary.) See - Window.
  • Metal Fabricator
  • Metal Fabricator Helper
  • Mini Series - A production that will appear on TV for two to four nights. Usually one or two hours per night.
  • Mini Sides - Sides small enough to fit into the actors pocket. Usually printed slightly smaller as mini sides are printed so small as to be unreadable.
  • Minutes
  • Minutes Away - See - Moments Away
  • Mixer
  • Model Maker
  • MoHo Bitch - A person who looks after a MoHo.
  • Moments Away - A call to let everyone know that the director is about to call, `Picture's Up'.
  • Moving on - Moving to the next scene. (The radio might announce, `Cut. Checking the gate and then moving on.')
  • Music Editor
  • Music Supervisor
  • Musical Score
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  • Name Request - A person who has been dispatched for a show call at the request of the department head.
  • Negative Conformer
  • Negative Cutter
  • New Deal - Finished with this scene, move on to the next scene.
  • Newbie - New man on the job, a beginner, a trainee.
  • Nom de plume - A fictitious name used by actors, writers, and others to achieve some privacy from the public.
  • ND - Non Descript
  • Non Descript: A vehicle that is just run of the mill, that would be found on any street, to be parked in the background of a scene.
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  • Office Driver - A driver whose duties entail running stuff to and from the office, perhaps mail to the post office, mail from set to the office, purchasing supplies for the office.
  • Office Intern - A person, an apprentice, sponsored by IATSE to learn the Film Industry trade, in this case, working in the office under the direction of the 2nd assistant to the Office Co-ordinator. This is something new that started in 2005 on the series `DaVinci's City Hall'.
  • Office PA (Production Assistant)
  • On-line Editor
  • On Set - In and/or around a set.
  • On Set Carpenter - A carpenter who stands by, near set, during filming, in case some work needs to be done.
  • On Set Costumer - A costumer who stands by, near set, during filming, in case some work needs to be done.
  • On Set Dresser - The dresser, or representative of the Set Dec Dept., on the set during filming.
    ON SET DRESSER - SET DECORATING DEPARTMENT

    KEONNA BRISDON - DECORATING AN EXTERIOR SET
    `05/11/25 Da Vinci's City Hall (TV Series)
    (Quote) "I move things here and there, and move them back again.
    Responsible for any last minute tweaking of the set before the shot."

  • On-set PA
  • On-set Painter
  • On-set Props - see Assistant props master - set.
  • On-set Tech. -
  • On The Day - The day of filming.
  • One Liner - A summary of a Shooting Schedule for one Episode of a Series.
  • Op - Operator
  • Opal - A type of diffusion.
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  • P. A. (PA) - See - Production Assistant.
  • P. M. - See - Production Manager
  • Paint Co-ordinator
  • Paint Department - The department in charge of painting.
  • Paint Foreman - Second in command of the paint department. (Photo & Quote: C. Comeau)
  • Painter
  • Pancake - 1/32 apple, basically a piece of 3/4' plywood.
  • Performer's Costumer
  • Payroll
  • Pen Name - Nom de plume used by writers.
  • Performer's Costumer - A costumer whose sole duties are the costumes of one performer.
  • Permittee - A non-union member, permitted to work as a union member, an apprentice, given on the job training, during an evaluation period.
  • Picture Car - see - Picture Vehicle
  • Picture Car Co-ordinator
  • Picture Vehicle - A vehicle, in front of the camera, which will be part of the scene.
    PICTURE VEHICLES

    `08 /Nov. Scooby Doo Studio, Burnaby, B.C.
    THESE VANS ALL LOOK THE SAME ON THE OUTSIDE,
    INCLUDING THE FRONT OF THE BOX ON THE FAR END.
    LIKE THE BOX, EACH VAN HAS A DIFFERENT INTERIOR,
    FOR DIFFERENT SCENES. ONE HAS NOTHING IN THE
    INTERIOR, BUT REINFORCING BARS, FOR A STUNT SCENE

  • Picture's up - The director calls, `Picture's Up', when he wants final touches to the actors by the hair, and makeup, and all the crew to leave the scene.
  • Playback
  • Playback Co-ordinator
  • PM - See - Production Manager
  • Police - Local police officers are often used to direct traffic. Police cars are often used to guide camera cars through busy streets.
  • Pony - A small clamp.
  • Poofter - A cushion to fit over an apple.
  • Post Production
  • Post Production Co-ordinator
  • Post Production Supervisor
  • Prep. Costumer
  • Pretties - See Pretty
  • Pretty - A vehicles that contain rooms where the actors are made pretty. This could be private dressing rooms, wardrobe, or hair and make-up. IE: Motor homes, 2 or 3 holer, Hair & Make-up waggon, Wardrobe trailer, etc.
  • Producer
  • Production Accountant
  • Production Assistant - The bottom of the food chain in the locations department. Main duties are security, policing the area, directing traffic, setting up tables and chairs, and assisting the TAD. (Photo & Quote: S. Ince)
  • Production Attorney
  • Production Company
  • Production Co-ordinator
  • Production Designer
  • Production Manager - Tries to keep the filming on schedule, and within budget.
    PRODUCTION MANAGER
    PRODUCTION DEPARTMENT
    (Bev White standing near set, wearing a costume like a large pumpkin.)
    `05/10/31 Da Vinci's City Hall (TV Series)
    BEV WHITE - HALLOWEEN DAY, ON SET
    Clowning around with (Dr.) Sean Ince, PA.

  • Production Office
  • Production Office Co-ordinator
  • Production Sound Mixer - Head of the Sound Department. (Photo & Quote: C. Duesterdiek)
  • Projectionist - The person who runs the projectors. (Quote: B. Paterson)
  • Properties - Items
  • used by actors, in addition to their costumes, I.e. holsters, guns, hat badges, coffee cups, etc.
  • Props - see - Properties
  • Props Assistant - See; Assistant Props Master
  • Props Buyer - Does the shopping for the props department.
  • Props Department - The department in charge of supplying the actors with props.
  • Props Master - Head of the Properties Department. (Photo & Quote: G. Deyell)
  • Props Truck - The truck that carries the props.
  • Prosthetics
  • Prosthetic Make-up Artist
  • Publicist
  • Publicity
  • Pull - To change the call time after the call sheet has been distributed. Pulling the time back, I.e.: from 6:00 to 5:30.
  • PO - Purchase Order - An approval from a department for the purchase of an item.
  • Push - To change the call time after the call sheet has been distributed. Pushing the time forward, I.e.: from 6:00 to 6:30.
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  • Rain cover - a frame holding a material to stop the rain, usually mounted on a stand over the sound equipment, the scene, or the actors.
  • Read Through - The cast, and crew, sit around a table and read through the script. They discuss requirements and difficulties of filming and decide if any changes need to be made in the script, set, location, or logistics.
  • Red Head - 1000 watt light, usually red in colour.
  • Release Traffic - A direction to the PA, or Peace Officer, locking up traffic to allow traffic to proceed.
  • Re recording
  • Remote Head - A CAMERA HEAD that is operated by radio, or cable, control rather than by hand-on.
  • Remote Head Tech. or Operator - The person operating the REMOTE HEAD.
  • Remote Head Tech. - The person who assembles, and repairs, the REMOTE HEAD.
  • Rigging - Pipes, clamps, scaffolds, lumber, braces, ropes, etc. that are used to hold a scene, or the lighting, in place.
  • Rigging Best Boy
  • Rigging Driver - Driver assigned to the truck used by the rigging crew.
  • Rigging Gaffer - Construction of; pipes, cables, condors, etc. to hold lights.
    RIGGING GAFFER - ELECTRICS DEPARTMENT

    `05/11/17 Da Vinci's City Hall (TV Series)
    KAHUNA (Mark) AVISS - Explaining a safety harness to a newbie
    (By giving him a wedgie), before explaining the operation of a condor.
    (Quote)"Responsible for: pre-lighting, cabling, dimming systems;
    and maintenance of set, and location, shoots."

  • Rigging Grip
  • Rocky Mountain Stick - A stand with three legs, one of which is adjustable lengthwise for use on uneven ground.
  • Roller - Patrol Car. A police car (Patrol Car) with insignia and lights.
  • Rolling - The director calls, `Rolling', when he wants the cameras to start.
  • Rolling Sound - The director calls, `Rolling Sound', when he wants the sound recorder to start.
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  • Sand bag - A bag filled with sand. Often put over the legs of stands to keep them from tipping over.
  • Sash - Cloth or Cord.
  • Sash Cloth - Black cloth, approximately 2 Ft. wide and cut to various lengths, 10 or 12 Ft. Commonly used for diapers.
  • Sash Cord - Large string, or small rope, various thicknesses, used for many purposes. Commonly used to secure items so they won't shift while in a truck.
  • Scenery - Items that will be seen but not used on a set. i.e.: a rock, log wall, wall of a room.
  • Scenery Department
  • Scenic Carpenter - A carpenter who works with wood, plastic, foam, and any other type of material to make scenery for a set.
  • Scenic Helper - Assistant to the scenic carpenter.
  • Scenic Metal Fabricator
  • Scissor Lift - An aerial platform that goes straight up, above its base, on a scissor system of hinged beams.
  • Screening - Viewing of the `Dailies'.
  • Screening Trailer - A trailer that is pulled by a tractor with a generator. The tractor is separated at set up so that the vibrations of the generator will not affect the screening. Inside the trailer, at the front, is a large screen. At the back of the trailer is a projection booth. The center of the trailer has seating for viewers of the dailies. The director, producer, hair and makeup people may view the dailies to see if everything looks proper. The DOP, particularly, will screen the dailies to see that his shots are centered and in focus. If anything is thought to be amiss in the dailies the scene will be re shot.
  • Screenplay
  • Script - The written works of a play or movie. The script outlines the settings, time of day, and the words of the actors.
  • Script Co-ordinator - US term. see Continuity Supervisor
  • Script Diva - Head of the story Dept.
    CATH-ANN AMBROSE
    Script Diva on `Stargate' (TV Series)
    Quote: `The Script Diva, essentially the head
    of the Story Dept., is responsible for wrangling
    the; writers, producers, and all things pertaining to the script.

  • Script Supervisor
  • Sculptor
  • Seamster / Seamstress
  • Seaway - Five cables, usually #2 in thickness, banded together to carry two phase electricity from one location to another. Usually in 50 Ft. lengths and often strung together for hundreds of feet.
  • Second Assistant Camera, Loader - Clapper - Responsible for: loading film (From can to canister and from canister to can, in the darkroom); marking the slate (Writing times, dates, and scenes on the clapboard.) and operating the clapper (Holding the slate in front of the camera at start of roll and snapping the clapper at the proper time.)
    `A CAMERA, 2ND ASSISTANT - LOADER - CLAPPE
    CAMERA DEPARTMENT
    (Mark Weinhaupl standing in the camera truck holding up lengths of film.)
    `05/11/17 Da Vinci's City Hall (TV Series)
    MARK WEINHAUPL - WRAPPED UP IN HIS WORK
    (Quote) "Load film & slates, take care of equipment, and get stuff."
    My motto; `I get stuff'."

  • Second Assistant Director
  • Second Assistant Editor
  • Second Assistant Hair Stylist
  • Second Assistant Make-up Artist
  • Second Assistant Production Office Co-ordinator - (Quote: "A glorified office PA." )
  • Second Assistant SPFX
  • Second Cameraman
  • Second Captain - see - Transportation Second Captain
  • Second Unit - Similar to the main unit but normally fewer trucks and personnel and works independently of the main unit so as not disturb normal filming schedules. Usually involved with doing the stunt scenes, works with stunt doubles rather than heroes. Second unit often works with green screens
  • Security Captain - Head of Security A division of the Transportation Department. (Photo & Quote: R. Kurzac)
  • Segway - An electrical powered vehicle. Looks like a pogo stick with two wheels. The operator stands between the wheels and holds the stick. A gyro system helps maintain an upright position.
  • Segway Driver - The operator of a Segway, usually a stunt actor.
  • Seniority Request - A person who has been dispatched for a show call based on seniority.
  • Serial - A program on TV that runs weekly, or daily. Each episode is a continuation of the previous one.
  • Series - A program on TV that runs weekly, or daily. Each episode is independent of the others.
  • Set - A mock up of; a room, part of a room, a building, or a part thereof, the center piece, for filming. Where the filming will take place. IE: the interior, or exterior, of a car, or an office. Sets are usually found in a `STAGE but can be anywhere.
  • Set - Carpenter, Costumer, Dec., Etc. Also See On-Set Costumer, Etc.
  • Set Carpenter - A carpenter who helps build a set
  • Set Costumer - A costumer who designs, sews, buys, and/or rents costumes for a set.
  • Set Dec - Pertaining to the Set Decorating Department.
  • Set Dec. Buyer - The person buying, or renting, items used for set decoration.
    DECORATOR BUYER - SET DECORATING DEPARTMENT
    (Sergio Lavilla sitting at a desk.)
    `05/11/1 Da Vinci's City Hall (TV Series)
    SERGIO LAVILLA
    (Quote) "I create, and source the desired look for all sets needed."

  • Set Dec. Department - Provides; furnishings, artwork, draperies, and set dressing in an effort to create believable environments.
  • Set Dec. Dresser - See: Set Dresser & On Set Dresser
  • Set Dec. Driver - The driver of the Set Dec. Truck
  • Set Dec. Supervisor
  • Set Dec. Truck - A truck used by the Set Dec. Dept. to run errands, pick up supplies from stores, move stuff from the office to set, etc.
  • Set Decorator - The person in charge of the set decorating department.
  • Set Designer
  • Set Dresser - A person who dresses a set. Ie: puts books on shelves, calendars on walls, blotters and pens on desks, etc. (Photo & Quote: M. Morden)
  • Set PA - US - see AD/PA
  • Set Supervisor
  • SFX - Special Effects
  • Shoot - To take the picture. `Shoot that shot'.
  • Shooting Schedule - A breakdown of what will happen On the Day. The cast, crew, vehicles, props, etc. that will be needed for each scene.
  • Shooting Script - A condensed script, explaining the actions, and words, of the actors, the position of the cameras, and final directions to the director.
  • Shot - Past tense of Shoot. Or a particular scene, as `I want that shot.'
  • Shot bags
  • Show Call - A job that will last until the show is wrapped.
  • Shuttle - A passenger vehicle, usually holding 6 or more passengers.
  • Sideboards - fit on the side of a Westin.
  • Sides - Portions of a script, or one day of a shooting script, which contain the words of the actors that will be used that day. In theory, written, individually, for one actor, camera crew, director, etc. Originally, `Your side of the story'.
  • Sign Fabricator
  • Silk - type of diffusion.
  • Single net
  • SkyTracker - Brand Name - see - Cherry Picker
  • Slate - Called a slate because it uses a small piece of slate, a small version of the blackboard used in classrooms. On the clapboard is written, with chalk, the date, the scene number and the take number. If used at night the slate would be lighted by a flashlight as it is held before the camera. This information is used by the editor so that he knows where in the movie this section of film should fit. Mounted on top of the Slate is a small stick, on a hinge, which its slammed down on top of the wooden frame of the slate, The noise or, clap, recorded by the Sound Mixer, gives the editor a position on the film to time the sound with the actions.
  • Slate board - See Slate
  • Slide - See Transparency Also - see - Translite
    SLIDER

    `12/11/1 Da Vinci's City Hall
    A SMALL SLIDER USED ON A PHOTO SHOOT
    IN THIS CASE TO GET THE MODEL STANDING IN FRONT
    OF THE GASSY JACK STATUE IN MAPLE TREE SQUARE

  • Slider - A device for moving a camera smoothly. For times when the camera has to be closer to the ground than you can get with a dolly track.
  • Slush Truck - Slush trucks are used for odd jobs and are assigned to various departments. The Electric's Slush may run into town for parts or it may be used to move stuff from the Electric's Trailer to the set if the big trailer is too far from set for the grips to use wheel barrows. If the area is muddy or confined a pick-up truck or an ATV may be used for the slush work.
  • Smithee, Alan - Sometimes a director does not want anyone to know that he directed a picture. The credits will show it was directed by A. Smithee.
  • Snorkel - Brand Name - see - Cherry Picker
  • Soca - A multi strand electrical cable used for connecting multiple lights to a dimmer control.
  • Sound Assistant - Assistant to Production Sound Mixer
    SOUND ASSISTANT - SOUND DEPARTMENT

    `05/10/5 Da Vinci's City Hall (TV Series)
    EMIL QUAN - PREPARES A KRM 81 MICROPHONE
    (Quote) "Maintenance of equipment. Wiring actors for sound.
    Back up to the Sound Mixer, listening for and isolating extraneous noises."

  • Sound Department
  • Sound Effects Editor
  • Sound Mixer - See: Production Sound Mixer
  • Sound Stage
  • Sound Truck - The truck that carries, &/or houses, the sound equipment. usually a small van, owned and driven by the Sound Mixer.
  • Special Effects. Effects that can't be done with normal filming. Scenes that could be dangerous to the crew, actors, and any one near the set. Such scenes are usually shot by a second film unit. IE: The main unit films a man shooting at a window. The SFX is the window breaking as it is hit by the bullet. (Also see VFX) The close up of the window can be done by second unit while the main unit goes on to the next scene.
  • Special Effects Assistant
  • Special Effects Co-ordinator
  • Special Effects Department
  • Special Effects Makeup Artist
  • Special Effects Makeup Designer
  • Special Effects Makeup Shop
  • Special Effects Shop
  • Special Effects Stage
  • Special Effects Truck - The truck that is assigned to the SPFX Dept. and carries such stuff as balloons, and the helium gas for the balloons.
  • Special Effects Truck Driver - The driver of this truck must have his Dangerous Goods Certification.
  • SPFX - see - Special Effects
  • Splinter Unit - Smaller than a Second Unit. Often used for filming background, such as seascapes or skylines.
  • Stage - A room, or building, for constructing, holding (a) set(s). Usually located in a `STUDIO.
  • Stage Name - Nom de plume used by writers.
  • Stand - A metal support to hold frames or lights.
  • Stand-by Construction
  • Stand-by Paint
  • Stand-In - An person who stands in for the actor while the DOP takes light meter readings and the focus puller takes distance measurements from the lens to the stand in. (Photo & Quote: K. Wiwchar)
  • Star - Main (male) actor.
  • Star Driver - Driver of a star wagon.
    STAR DRIVER - TRANSPORT DEPT.

    `03/ Nov. DOTTIE THOMPSON - PAYCHECK (Feature)
    Assigned to drive the tractor that was used to pull the star wagon
    assigned to Ben Affleck, Dot is classed as a `Star Driver', in Canada.
    In The U. S. she would be classed as `Special Equipment Driver'
    or `Fifth Wheeler - Ben'.

  • Star Light - A company that rents light cranes to movies. - See - Light Cranes
  • Star Waggon - A: truck and pup unit, similar to a honey waggon, without office and public washrooms; fifth wheeler; or moho, that is assigned to one actor for his, exclusive, use during a production, as a; dressing, relaxation, and/or rehearsing area.
  • Starlet - Main female actor.
  • Stedicam - A camera that is mounted on a spring harness and carried on the chest of the stedicam operator. For filming in tight spots where a dolly won't fit.
  • Stedicam Operator - A cameraman with a strong back who can run backwards with great agility while looking through the view finder of a camera strapped to his chest.
  • Stills Photographer - Using a still camera, as opposed to a movie camera, the photographer takes pictures of scenes and actors, often during filming, to be used in promotions such as posters. (Photo & Quote: M. Courtney)
  • Stick - Slang for Stand.
  • Stinger - Electrical cable for lights. Similar to sea way but only threes strands of cable, (where two phase electricity is not required).
  • Stitcher
  • Story Board
  • Story Board Artist
  • Studio - A building, or group of buildings, containing a stage, or stages, possibly offices. A small studio would consist of one stage. A large studio would consist of several buildings with stages and offices. Also see - Underwater Studio (A graphic Concept)
  • Stunt Actor
  • Stunt Co-ordinator
  • Stunt Co-ordinator
  • Stunt Department
  • Stunt Person
  • Stunt Safety
  • Stunts Canada - a non-union group of stunt persons and animal handlers.
  • Super Tech-No-Crane - A Tech-No-Crane with a boom ten feet longer.
  • Super Crank - A large stand on wheels, with a crank to raise and lower the sections, used for holding very large lights.
  • Supervising Editor
  • Supervising Sound Editor
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    T
  • T - Ten - size of a Westin
  • T. A. (TA or T/A) - see - Technical Assistant
  • T. A. D. (TAD) - see - Training Assistant Director
  • T.A.L. (TAL) - see - Training Assistant Locations
  • Tail Slate - Sometimes it is not possible to slate at the start of a roll so the slate will be made at the end of the roll.
  • Teamster - A member of the Teamsters Union.
  • Teamster Trap - A vehicle, driven by the transportation captain, which, when it appears, is immediately surrounded by teamster, who, moments before, were unseen.
  • Teamsters 155 - the Canadian film local of the teamsters union.
  • Technical Assistant - A specialist who advises on his subject. I.e.: Military T/A, advises the costumes and props dept, on uniforms and weapons.
  • Tech-no-crane - A camera crane on which the boom can be extended or retracted without physical attachments or dismantling.
  • Thespian - An actor, entertainer, player, or performer. (Photo of Bear (me) in costume)
  • Third Assistant Director - Usually stays by the circus, looking after the actors when they are in their dressing rooms. Arranges for their transportation to set.
    THIRD ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

    `05/10/5 Da Vinci's City Hall (TV Series)
    JULIE HEMMERLING - AT HER DESK IN THE HONEY WAGON
    (Quote) "I get the cast ready to shoot on set, going through; hair,
    make-up, & costumes. I inform; cast, hair, make-up, & costume
    departments of any shooting order changes. Also I keep track
    of everything that happens on set and produce
    a document called a Daily Production Report."

  • Three Holer - A pretty with three holes. see - Pretty, & Holer
  • Time Sheet - A document that shows the days, and hours, a person has worked. This is sent to the payroll office to calculate their pay cheque.
  • Tool Maintenance
  • Towable - A generator on a trailer that is towed by a truck.
  • Training Assistant Camera
  • Training Assistant Director - A PA who has risen in the ranks and is training, on set, to be an AD. (Photo & Quote by Ted the Tad)
  • Training Assistant Locations
  • Translight - see - Translite
  • Translite - The common, and original brand (By Eastman Kodak), name for a translight.
  • Transparency - A type of photographic emulsion. Commonly called a slide. A transparency is viewed by placing a light behind it. Often used, really large ones, as background when filming indoors to substitute outdoor scenes, such as city skylines. Also - see - Translight
  • Transport - The movement of goods, or persons, by vehicle.
  • Transport Vehicle - A vehicle used to transport goods or persons. I.e.: car, freight truck, passenger van.
  • Transportation Captain
  • Transportation Co-captain,
  • Transportation Co-ordinator - The head of the Transportation Department. (Photo & Quote D. Liboiron)
  • Transportation Department - The department that looks after all of the transportation for the production. I.e.: pick up of star from a hotel, moving a generator from studio to location.
  • Transportation Second Captain
  • Triple Header - A bar with a hole in the center and on each end, and a stem in the middle. The stem fits into a stand or clamp. A light sits in the center hole while two arms are set into the end holes. The arms will hold flags to surround the light and prevent light from straying to the sides.
  • Truck bitch - the person in the back of the truck, loading, or unloading. Sometimes the driver of the truck but usually one of the crew that the truck is assigned to. I.e.; electric grip.
  • Truck Costumer - The costume person who works in the truck getting the costumes ready and placing them in the change rooms for the actors. This may include; laundry, and alterations.
    TRUCK COSTUMER
    COSTUMES DEPT.

    `05/10/5 Da Vinci's City Hall (TV Series)
    JANET LAMONTE - STANDING
    IN THE ENTRANCE OF
    THE WARDROOM TRAILER.
    Quote: "I prepare costumes
    for cast & set them in the actors'
    rooms, then take them out again
    at the end of day. Preparing
    the costumes can include;
    laundry, alterations, & repairs."

  • Truck Move - When the crew are shifting location, 2 blocks to 2 miles, depending on the availability of parking for the trucks, they load everything onto carts and push them down the street. This does not involve movement of the circus. Also see `cart' and `Company' Move.
  • Trucks - A vehicle used for the transportation of goods. See my Trucking Glossary for various types and descriptions.
  • Turn Over -
  • Two Holer - A pretty with two holes. see - Pretty, & Holer.
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    U
  • U.B.C.P. (UBCP)Union of British Columbia Performers
  • U. P. M. - Unit Production Manager
  • U.S.E. - United Stunts and Extras
  • Underwater Camera
  • Underwater Studio A studio encompassing a pool for underwater shots.
  • Unit Manager
  • Unit Production Manager
  • United Stunts and Extras - A union for extras, stunt persons, animal handlers and other acting persons not covered by A. C. T. R. A. (Started in 1989, by Lee A. Wood, it died in 1990.)
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    V
  • VFX (Vis FX) - see - Visual effects
  • Video Assistant
  • Video Co-ordinator
  • Video Operator
  • Video Playback
  • Video Supervisor
  • Video Tech
  • Video Village - [(Quote by: Video Village Inc.) ("An area to one side of the set, behind the cameras, where the directors chairs are set up so that cast and crew can watch, on a video screen, what the camera is seeing, and what the audience will see".)]
    VIDEO VILLAGE

    USUALLY UNDER A ROOF OR IN A TENT TO PROTECT
    THE PEOPLE AND EQUIPMENT FROM THE WEATHER.
    THE MONITORS ARE SET UP BY THE SOUND DEPARTMENT,
    THE CHAIRS ARE SET UP BY THE PROPS DEPARTMENT,
    AND THE TENT IS PUT UP BY THE LOCATIONS DEPARTMENT

  • Visual Effects - VFX are SPX that are added after shooting, using computers. They work with scenes that would be too complicated, or expensive to do normally. IE: a bullet breaking a window. Say the window was in the Holy Rosary Cathedral. Very expensive to remove, replace with fake glass, shoot, and replace. The window will be filmed then the VFX crew will digitally destroy the window and add all the falling glass, etc. and the scene will be inserted into the film during editing.
  • Visual Effects assistant
  • Visual Effects Co-ordinator
  • Visual Effects Office
  • Visual Effects Producer
  • Visual Effects Supervisor
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    W
  • Wardrobe
  • We Owns - Items owned, rather than rented, by the production company.
  • Wedge - A pie shaped piece of wood for levelling.
  • Westin - Slang for dolly. Also a manufacturer's brand name.
  • Window - (1) Time frame. I.e.: In this window, During this period of time. (2) Last shot of the scene, or the day. So named because in the early days of film the crew would, as soon as they finished the last shot of the week, line up at the pay window to receive their pay envelope. When the director calls `WINDOW' it is the cue for the crew to put things away, the drivers to stand by to pick up cast, etc.
  • Work Truck - A truck that contains the needs of a department. I.e.; an `Electrics 10 Ton' or `Grips 40'. Work trucks are usually close to set. If they can't get close to set they will be parked with the circus and equipment is shuttled back and forth with a slush truck.
  • Wrangler
  • Writer
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    Z
  • Z-Boom - A type of Genie with two ways to raise the bucket. A scissor lift for the primary and standard arm for the secondary, plus an extension in the main arm. - see - Cherry Picker
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