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#1 tom lombard

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Posted 06 June 2018 - 03:25 PM

I'll be shooting a short later this year that will be in Spanish (English subtitles).  The cast will all be Spanish speaking as well as some of the crew.  I, however, know only a few words of the language.  There won't be a communication issue as everyone speaks English as well but I'm making an effort to learn a bit of Spanish for a variety of reasons (some related to this shoot, some not).  I realize that I can look up Spanish words for "action", "cut", etc but those terms may not be the terms a Mexican director would use when directing a shoot in Mexico.  What would be some useful & proper terms, phrases, etc that I should learn specifically from the directing perspective.  Thanks, Tom


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#2 Gregory Irwin

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Posted 07 June 2018 - 03:01 PM

When I worked in Mexico and Spain, all of the cinema terms were spoken in English. Best of luck to you!

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#3 Christoph Helms

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Posted 07 June 2018 - 04:57 PM

When we had a shoot in Ecuador the most important word became "Otra vez" meaning "One more time"
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#4 Miguel Angel

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Posted 08 June 2018 - 04:51 PM

Well, I'm Spanish and in Spain we use the same terms that English speakers use, in English 90% of the time. 

 

From a directorial perspective you might find useful the following one:

- ¡Ahora que hemos terminado yo invito a las cervezas!

- Now that we have finished I'll pay for the beers! 

 

Anyways, here are some Spanish cinema terms for you:

 

- Plano General

- Wide Shot

 

- Plano Corto

- Close Up

 

- Plano de los dos

- Two Shot

 

- Contraplano

- Reverse shot / reversal

 

If you have anything more specific in mind, please let me know and I'll give you the appropriate translation :)

 

Have a lovely day and good luck! :)


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