Glossary

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Dailies
 
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Dailies:

Reels or processed film from the laboratory (or their videotape cassette equivalents) that comprise the film from the previous day's work. This film (or tape) is reviewed for criminal commentary by the director, the producer and other concerned personnel. See Rushes.

Daytime Drama:

Soap opera

Dance Floor:

The term for a panel, or panels, of plywood or other materials, placed over an area of uneven ground or stage floor to enable the wheels of a camera dolly to roll smoothly during filming.

Dealer Commercial:

A national commercial produced and paid for by a national advertiser and then turned over to local dealers to book air time, usually with the dealer's tag added on.

DAT:

Abbreviation for Digital Audio Tape. A modern, high-tech system of recording motion picture production sound on tiny cartridges of magnetic tape, as opposed to the older analog method. See Nagra; Sound Recorder.

Demo Tape or DVD:

An audio or video used by agents for audition purposes.

Day Player:

A performer hired on a daily basis, rather than on a longer contract.

Depth of Field:

The spatial area in front of the lens where the subjects in the foreground and background are automatically in equal focus.

Day-for-Night:

Denotes the filming of an exterior nighttime scene during the daytime. Special filters are attached to the lens to create the effect of darkness, which is later enhanced in the lab or digitally.

DGA:

Abbreviation for Directors Guild of America.