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#1 Carmelina Autumn

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Posted 17 June 2010 - 11:33 AM

I'm a second year film student and im really interested in the cinematography aspect. I visit this site everyday to understand what the professionals would do in various situations and so far i have learned A LOT. The problem is sometimes the information loses its value when abbreviations are used because some I am not familiar with. Mostly to do with the lighting and camera. I understand general abbreviations like D.p. :) but to help me out, what is the other lingo that is associated with lighting and cameras.

I appreciate your answer
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#2 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 17 June 2010 - 11:57 AM

We can answer specific questions here, but it would take a book to list and define all the terminology used on a film set.
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#3 David Bowsky

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Posted 17 June 2010 - 12:07 PM

http://www.amazon.co...=dp_ob_title_bk

That's a good reference for a lot of the slang/lingo/jargon. I know it gets a bit tedious to paste unfamiliar abbreviations and such into a google search, but that's always an option as well. Finally folks around here seem pretty open to answering specific questions - if you don't understanding something in a thread, quote it and ask about it. Most of the time someone will share.
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#4 John Sprung

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Posted 17 June 2010 - 01:10 PM

A glossary of our jargon would be quite useful, but also quite a project to compile, as a FAQ here on C.com. Jargon is also a moving target. It's been so long since I've worked in production that I probably wouldn't know most of it.




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#5 Carmelina Autumn

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Posted 17 June 2010 - 09:20 PM

Hmm yes ive noticed that this website does get pretty specific with their questions which is nice :)

It does still seem like i have alot to learn.

thank you for your replies
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#6 Jon Van Allen

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Posted 07 July 2010 - 12:09 PM

One resource, and not the end all for everything, would be a visit to Matthews Grip equipments website.
Go to - http://www.msegrip.c...how=griptionary
It's a good start, But Harry Box's book on the subject is the best resource.
good luck.
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#7 Chris Pritzlaff

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Posted 09 July 2010 - 03:44 AM

If you just want the lingo used in the industry I recommend "Strike the Baby and Kill the Blonde"

http://www.amazon.co...78664910&sr=8-1

Its essentally just a glossary of terms used specifically in film production and is a quick read and handy reference to those new to the production world
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#8 Mark Wherley

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Posted 28 July 2010 - 10:27 AM

Get "Set Lighting Technician's Handbook". It's a great resource.
http://www.amazon.co...55?a=0240802578
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