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"A" Negative
 
Aerial Shot

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"A" Negative:

Exposed camera film that has been processes at the laboratory and printed onto positive film stock: the printed takes.

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS):

The organization of professionals in the motion picture industry. Membership is by invitation only. The members vote annually for the current year's achievements in the crafts, for which the Oscar statuette is awarded.

A-Page:

A page added to the script. Letters are appended to the page number (21A comes between 21 and 22, but A21 precedes page 21).

Action:

(1) The director's command for the performance to begin for a rehearsal or filming. (2) The rendering of movements in a scene being filmed.

A-Scene:

A scene added to the script or added during shooting; Scenes 21A and 21B precede Scene 22; Scenes A21 and B21 precede Scene 21.

Ad Lib:

Extemporaneous performance delivery without relying on a prepared script, also called Improvisation.

Abby Singer (The Abby Singer):

Named after a very famous Production Manager, it is the shot preceding the Martini Shot, which continually threatens to repeat itself. (See Martini Shot).

ADR:

The abbreviation for Automatic Dialogue Replacement: a technical procedure used when dialogue is recorded to replace faulty original sound, or to add sound to silent film during postproduction. See Looping, Dubbing.

Academy:

The term refers to the standard aperture size for framing a picture to be viewed via a 35mm camera in a movie theater. The ratio 1:3:1 is the standard guideline set by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Pictures for standard television viewing are held at a slightly reduced ration (known as the TV cutoff), and the new American HDTV wide-screen television has a screen ratio closer to that of wide-screen feature films. See Frame Formats.

Aerial Shot:

A scene shot from the air via a camera placed on a helicopter or an airplane.