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  • DAILIES - Screening of footage before it is edited.
  • DAY PLAYER (DAY PERFORMER) - A principal performer hired on a daily basis, rather than on a longer – term contract.
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  • DEMO TAPE - An actor’s audio or video tape that agents use for audition purposes. These are now going digital and are being uploaded to the Casting Workbook saving duplication and shipping costs for agents and their actors.
  • DGA - Directors Guild of America.
  • DGC - Directors Guild of Canada
  • DIALECT - A distinctly regional or linguistic speech pattern.
  • DIALOGUE - The scripted words exchanged by performers.
  • DIGITIZING - The process of converting something into a form for use in a computer
  • DIRECTOR - The coordinator of all artistic and technical aspects of any production.
  • DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY (D.P. or D.O.P) - Supervises all decisions regarding lighting, camera lenses, color and filters, camera angle set-ups, camera crew and film processing.
  • DOLLY - A piece of equipment that the camera sits on to allow mobility of the camera.
  • DOLLY GRIP - The crew member who moves the dolly.
  • DOUBLE - A performer who appears in place of another performer, i.e., as in a stunt.
  • D.P. - Director of Photography or Cinematographer.
  • DRESS THE SET - Add such items to the set as curtains, furniture, props, etc.
  • DRIVE-ON PASS - In Los Angeles, a pass to drive onto and park on a studio lot.
  • DUPE - A duplicate copy of a film or tape; also, a “dub”
  • 8×10 – Commonly used size of a performer’s photos, usually in black and white.
  • 18-TO-PLAY-YOUNGER – A performer legally 18 years old, who can convincingly be cast as a younger age.

Film Terms Glossary –San Antonio Film Academy

  • Deal Memo: A form which lists the pertinent details of salary, guaranteed conditions, and other essentials of a work agreement negotiated between a member of the cast or crew and a production company.
  • Deep Focus: A style of cinematography that uses various wide angle lenses and small apertures by keeping objects in the extreme background and foreground focused at the same time.
  • Depth of Field: The amount of space within lens view which will keep acceptable focus at given settings (i.e. camera speed, film speed, lens aperture).
  • Deuce: A 2K fresnel (pronounced Fre-nel) lighting unit.
  • Dingle: Branches which are placed in front of a light as a cookie would to cut the light and provide a shadow pattern.
  • Dolly Shot: Any shot made from a moving dolly. These may also be called tracking or traveling shots.
  • Dots: Small nets and flags used to control light.
  • Duvetyne: A heavy black cloth, treated with fire proofing material, which is used for blacking out windows, making teasers, hiding cables, and hundreds of other uses.