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  • CAEA - Canadian Actors Equity Association
  • CACHE - Your Web browser’s cache, which contains the most recent Web files that you have downloaded and which is physically located on your hard disk.
  • CALLBACK - Any follow-up interview or audition.
  • CALL SHEET - A sheet containing the cast and crew call times for a specific day’s shooting. Scene numbers, the expected day’s total pages, locations, and production needs are also included.
  • CALL TIME - The actual time an actor is due on the set.
  • CAMERA CREW - With the D.P. (Director of Photography) as its chief, this team consists of the camera operator, the first assistant camera operator (focus puller), the second assistant camera operator (film loader and clap stick clapper) and the dolly grip.
  • CAMERA LEFT - Actors or subjects are positioned (or asked to move) to the left side of the camera frame (from the operators view/perspective). Screen direction is the opposite of stage direction. To move camera left, the actor would move to his/her right side. Wheras on stage, an actor would move to his left for stage left.
  • CAMERA OPERATOR - The member of the camera crew who actually looks through the lens during a take. Responsible for panning, tilting and keeping the action within the frame.
  • CAMERA RIGHT - Opposite of camera left. Actor moves to his/her left side.
  • CASTING DIRECTOR - The producer’s representative responsible for choosing performers for consideration by the producer or director.
  • CASTING FACILITY - A studio or space used by one or more casting directors for holding audition taping sessions. Many casting directors have their own casting facility and others rent facilities for their auditions as required.
  • CASTING NOTICE - Similar in format to a Breakdown, the casting notice is not restricted to agents only. They are distributed to actors, agents and the public, much the same as a posting in a newspaper.
  • CATTLE CALL - An audition open to many, many actors at once
  • CATERER - Responsible for breakfast, lunch and dinner on a set. Different from Craft Services.
  • CD-ROM - A compact disk that holds text, music and images. One of the principle new venues for interactive video games as well as for full motion video films. Acting for CD-ROM’s is a new arena for actors.
  • CDS - The Casting Delivery Service run by Casting Workbook in Toronto as a daily 5 point drop-off courier and package delivery augmenting the electronic service.
  • CFTPA - Canadian Film & Television Production Association. A non-profit, trade association representing almost 400 Canadian production companies involved in television, film and interactive media.
  • CHANGES - Outfits worn while performing.
  • CHEAT - The actor’s adjustment of body position away from what might be absolutely “natural” in order to accommodate the camera; can also mean looking in a different place from where the other actor actually is.
  • CHECKING THE GATE! - A verbal command to check the lens on the camera; if the lens is OK the cast & crew will move on to the next scene or shot.
  • CHIEF ELECTRICIAN - Heads the electrician crew; also called the Gaffer
  • CINEMATOGRAPHER - Director of Photography
  • CLOSE-UP (CU) - Camera term for tight shot of shoulders and face. See also Big Head CU.
  • COLD READING - Unrehearsed reading of a scene, usually at an audition.
  • COMMISSION - Percentage of a performer’s earnings paid to agents or managers for services rendered.
  • COMPOSITE - A series of photos on one sheet representing an actor’s different looks.
  • CONFLICT - Status of being paid for services in a commercial for one advertiser, thereby contractually preventing performing services in a commercial for a competitor.
  • COOKIE - A cookie is information that a Web site puts on your hard disk so that it can remember something about you at a later time.
  • COPY - The script for a commercial or voice over.
  • COVERAGE - All camera shots other than the master shot; coverage might include two-shots and close-ups.
  • COVER SHOT - An additional or extra shot of a scene, shot in addition to the master shot. Shot from a different angle, lighting, etc., and used to enhance the master shot, or to better establish a scene, setting, etc.
  • CRAFT SERVICES - On-set beverage and snack table. Different from the Caterer
  • CRANE SHOT - A camera shot raised over or above the set or the action.
  • CRAWL - Usually the end credits in a film or TV shot which “crawl” up the screen.
  • CREDITS - Opening names in a film or TV show; also refers to a one’s performance experience listed on a resume or in a program.
  • CSA - Casting Society of America. Professional society of Theatrical (Film, TV, Stage) Casting Directors.
  • CUE - Hand signal by the Stage Manager
  • CUT! - The verbal cue for the action of the scene to stop. At no time, may an actor call, “cut!”
  • CUTAWAY - A short scene between two shots of the same person, showing something other than that person.

Film Terms Glossary –San Antonio Film Academy

  • C-47: Ordinary wooden clothespins which are used to secure gels to barndoors. They are also known as a #1 wood clamp.
  • California Scrim Set: A scrim set with two doubles.
  • Call Sheet: A sheet which refers to all of the scenes to be filmed and all of the personnel and equipment required for shooting on that day.
  • Camera Angle: The view point chosen from which to photograph a subject.
  • Camera Blocking: The process of changing position of the camera, lens size, and focus during a particular scene
  • Camera Wedges: Small wooden wedges, usually 4 inches long by 1/2 wide at the thickest end.
  • Canted Frame: Often described as a ‘Dutch Angle’ or ‘Dutching’. This is a device or process whereby the camera is angled so that the horizontal frame line is not parallel to the horizon.
  • CC Filters: Color compensating filters made in precise density values of the primary and secondary colors.
  • Celo: A type of cookie which is made from wire mesh coated with plastic.
  • Century Stand (C-Stand): A multipurpose grip stand.
  • Combo Stand: A heavy duty 2K stand without wheels. It is called a combo because it can be used for both reflectors and lights.
  • Cookie: A perforated material which is used to break up light or create a shadow pattern. Think of it as a cookie cutter which can cast shapes.
  • Coverage: A number of more detailed shots which are intended to be intercut with a master shot or scene.
  • Cover Set: A location which is kept as a backup plan to serve as an alternate shooting site in case the chosen shooting site is unusable or unavailable.
  • CP Filters: Color printing filters made in precise density values for the colors; yellow, cyan, and magenta.
  • Cribbing: Short pieces of lumber which are used for various grip purposes.
  • Cup Blocks: Wooden blocks with a dish or indention in the center which are used to keep the wheels of light stands from moving.
  • Cutaway: A single shot inserted into a sequence of shots that momentarily interrupts the flow of action, usually introducing an important detail or clue.
  • Cyc Lights (generally some type of soft bank lights or Kinos): Row lights for evenly illuminating a cyclorama or other background.