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Alphabetical but not in order...that would be to easy. Some answers are more than one word.
The person who is responsible for a film's financing, or for arranging the film's production elements.
A term often used before the 1970s to refer to a 20 to 45 minute film.
The musical component of a movie's soundtrack, usually composed specifically for the film by a film composer.
Style of acting that refers to actors who gave realistic performances based upon and drawn from their own personal experiences and emotions.
An off-beat, low-budget, 2nd-tier film, usually from an independent producer, shot quickly with little-known, second rate actors.
In a film, the contiguous positioning of either two images, characters, objects, or two scenes in sequence, in order to compare and contrast them.
A low-budget film usually shot without seeking location permits, using non-SAG (Screen Actors Guild) actors.
A collective term for all of the actors/performers (or talent) appearing in a particular film:
Class or type of film that shares common, predictable or distinctive artistic and thematic elements or iconography, narrative content, plot, and subject matter, mood or characters.
The creative artist responsible for complete artistic control of all phases of a film's production.
The process of selecting, assembling, arranging, structuring, and splicing together many separate camera takes (including sound ) of exposed footage into a complte sequence.
A slang term, meaning a boring film.
The main character, group, society, nature, force, bad guy, or villain of a film or script who is in adversarial conflict with the film's hero, lead character.
A French phrase literally meaning 'black film' that developed in the early 40s.
Refers to the individual who authors the content of the piece from pre-existing material or uses an entirely new idea.
A comedy that imitates or makes fun of an existing work(s) in an absurd, non-sensical way, and exaggerates its characteristics.
A respectful tribute to someone or something within one movie when a reference is made to another film's scene, image etc.
Refers to the illumination of a scene, and the manipulation of light and shadows by the cinematographer.
A type of powerful carbon-arc lamp that produces an intense light, often used in film-making
Term used to marginalize films with heavy, sappy emotion and numerous female characters.
Refers to film that has an inverted record of the light and dark areas of the photographed scene.
Specialized, big-screen film format about 10x larger than the traditional cinema format and 3x larger than the standard 70 mm widescreen format.
A scene in a film that can stand on its own; also refers to a masking device, often with soft edges.
The crew member responsible for setting up dolly tracks and camera cranes, erecting scaffolding, moving props or scenery.
In film terms, a pre-credits or opening credits musical selection that sets the mood and theme for the upcoming film.
Usually a type of action film in which the protagonist takes the law into his/her own hands as a self-appointed doer of justice, revenge, and payback.
Refers to a later production of a previous film, with different credits, script, and cast.
A piece of glass in a camera through which light passes before hitting the film stock inside
The trade name for the best known color film process; 3-strip color is often used as a synonymous term; also used generically as a term for rich, bright, vibrant, sometimes garish colors.
A line of dialogue improvised by an actor during a performance; can be either unscripted or deliberate.
Refers to the written text of a film - a blueprint for producing a film detailing the story, setting, dialogue, movements and gestures of actors, and the shape and sequence of all events in the film.
The telling of a story, and the supplemental information given to the film audience by an off-screen voice.
Slang for a martial arts film
A film with a large cast without any true leading roles, and usually with multiple plotlines regarding the characters.
Refers to a film shot that has less light than normal, causing an indistinct, dimly-lit, unclear image.
Refers to projection systems in which the aspect ratio is wider than the 1.33:1 ratio that dominated sound film before the 1950s.
The perspective from which the film story is told; also refers to a shot that depicts the outlook or position of a character.
Information about the plot or ending of a film that may damage or impair the enjoyment of the film if known ahead of time.
The first rehearsal on the set, to figure out lighting, sound, camera positioning, etc.
An outdoor movie theatre in which the patrons viewed a film from their automobile.
The name given to the awards of AMPAS (the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences) given each year to various performers and others in the film industry.
A short publicity film, preview, or advertisement composed of short excerpts and scenes from a forthcoming film or coming attraction, usually two-three minutes in length.
Refers to an actor/actress who is completely wrong, untalented, or unbelievable for the role he or she has been cast in.
Refers to the burgeoning film industry of India, the world's biggest film industry, centered in Bombay (now Mumbai)
Refers to an ad research rating that gauges how easily a celebrity is recognized -- and how well the celebrity is liked.
The general name for the costume department, or the costumes (and their accessories) themselves.
Refers to a plastic or metal spool for winding film.
A single shot taken with a lens that has a variable focal length, thereby permitting the cinematographer to change the distance between the camera and the object being filmed.
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