Secrets of Screen Acting

By John Stamp; Patrick Tucker | Go to book overview
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Here are a lot of the words and phrases that you may hear on a shoot, or see on the credits, and have always wondered about. I have added those new terms that have come in with the advent of digital, high definition, and wide screen.
A/B: as before; particularly when a SHOT is to be the same as the previous one.
ACTION: what the DIRECTOR or FIRST ASSISTANT says to start off a TAKE. You should start your acting just before it is spoken.
ACTION PROPS: objects used or handled by actors, as opposed to ordinary props used for dressing (making it look good).
AFM: Assistant Floor Manager.
ANAMORPHIC LENS: a lens that squashes the picture horizontally, allowing a wide picture to be recorded on a standard size-either for film or for video. The squashed picture is shown through another ANAMORPHIC LENS, recreating the original wide frame size (see also WIDE SCREEN).


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