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College Film


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Mise en scene
Staging a scene through the artful arrangement of actors, scenery, lighting and props. Everything the audience sees.
The places where the film’s action unfolds
Repeatedly casting an actor in the same kind of role
Character Actors
An actor whose career rests on playing minor or secondary quirky characters rather than leading roles.
A short screen appearance by a celebrity, playing himself or herself.
Devices that attach to actors’ faces and or bodies to change their appearance.
Hard Light
Light emitted from a relatively small source positioned close to the subject. It tends to be unflattering because it creates deep shadows and emphasizes surface imperfections.
Available Light
- also called natural light, the process of using sunlight rather than artificial studio lights when filming.
High-Key Lighting
lighting design that provides an even illumination of the subject, with many facial details washed out. Tends to create a hopeful mood in contrast to low key lighting.
Low-Key Lighting
Lighting design in which the greater intensity of the key light makes it impossible for the fill to eliminate shadows, producing a high-contrast image, a number of shadows, and a somber mood.
Tight Framing
A visual effect created when the subject in the frame is restricted by the objects or the physical properties of the set.
The measure of intensity or purity of a color. Saturated color is purer than desaturated color, which has more white in it and thus offers a washed-out, less intense version of a color.
Desaturated Colors
Muted, washed out color that contains more white than a saturated color.
A plan for actor movement on screen
Freeze frame
Projecting a series of frames of film with the same image, which appears to stop the action.
Method Acting
A style of stage acting developed from the teachings of constantin Stanislavsky, which trains actrors to get into character through the use of emotional memory.
An uncredited actor, usually hired for crowd scenes.
Figure Placement and Movement
The arrangement of actors on screen as a compositional element that suggests themes, character development, emotional content, and visual motifs.
An animation technique that uses a computer program to interpolate frames to produce the effect of an object or creature changing gradually into something different. The program calculates the way the image must change in order for the first image to become the second over a series of frames.
Soft light
Light emitted from a larger source that is scattered over a bigger area or reflected off a surface before it strikes the subject. Soft light minimizes facial details, including wrinkles.
Three point lighting
An efficient system developed for film lighting. In a standard lighting set up, the key light illuminates the subject, the fill light eliminates shadows cast by the key light, and the back light separates the subject from the background.
Natural Key lighting
Lighting design where the key light is somewhat more intense than the fill light, so the fill does not eliminate every shadow. The effect is generally less cheerful than high key lighting, but not as gloomy as low key lighting.
Loose framing
A technique of leaving empty space around the subject in the frame, in order to convey openness and continuity of visible space and to imply off-screen space.
The artful use of light and dark areas in the composition in black and white filmmaking.
Color. The strength of a hue is measured by its saturation or desaturation.

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