Glossary

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Back-Up:

A performer hired to work only if the designated principal is unable to perform or does not perform satisfactorily.

Beat:

A deliberate slight pause in the flow of a dialogue or action

Backdrop/Backing:

A large piece of scenery: a painting, a photograph, or any facsimile used for background purposes. Note: nowadays background scenes can be changed or altered digitally.

Beauty Shot:

On television soap operas, the shot over which the credits are rolled. In commercials, it refers to the favorite printed take.

Background Actors:

Also called Background Performers; formerly called Extras

Big Head Close-Up:

The frame holds the subjects face from chin to the top of the head.

Background Presence:

See Ambient (Atmosphere), Sound Track.

Billing:

Refers to specific placement in the credits.

Banana:

An instruction to an actor: "Give me a banana when you cross to the desk" -- meaning to walk in a gentle curved path rather than in a straight line, as it makes for a better camera composition. The term was inspired by the curve of a banana.

Bio:

A resume in narrative form, often for a printed program or press release.