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3/4" Tape:

Industrial quality videotape which requires a special tape deck.

Take 5:

The announcement of a periodic 5 minute break.

Taft-Hartley:

A federal statute which allows 30 days after first employment before being required to join the Union.

Teaser:

A brief enticing scene or a series of intriguing shots at the start of a television film -- intended to capture the audience's attention.

Tag:

A brief scene that marks the finish of a film. It either ties up a loose end of a story or injects a final revelation. Tag scenes are most prevalent in television filmed series, often appearing with the end credits. In commercials or television it may identify a dealer with contact information.

Telecine:

The process that transfers film (picture and sound) to tape. This tape can be used for either videotape cassettes -- a process which is quickly becoming a thing of the past, or digital disks -- presently considered new technology. See Dailies; Smart Slate; Timecode.

Tail Slate:

See End Marker.

Teleplay:

A script written especially for television production. See Screenplay.

Take:

Any scene that has been recorded on film or videotape (with or without sound).

Teleprompter:

The electronic device that replaces cue cards. Now the actors can easily read their dialogue and/or directions from the display on the scrolling video screen.