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  • P.A. - Production Assistant.
  • PAN - A camera shot which sweeps from side-to-side.
  • PAYMASTER - An independent talent payment service acting as the employer of record.
  • PENSION & HEALTH PAYMENT - An additional amount of money paid by the employer to cover employee benefits under union contract
  • PER DIEM - Fee paid by producer on location shoots to compensate performer for expenditures for meals not provided by the producer.
  • PERIPHERAL - Any device that is optionally attached to a computer. Mouse, keyboard, scanner, printer etc.
  • PHOTO DOUBLE - An actor cast to perform on camera in place of another.
  • PICK UP - Starting a scene from a place other than the beginning.
  • PICTURE’S UP! - Warning that the sequence of cues to shoot a scene is about to begin.
  • PLATFORM - See OPERATING SYSTEM.
  • POV SHOT - Point-of-View shot; camera angle from the perspective of one actor.
  • POST-PRODUCTION - The phase of filmmaking that begins after the film has been shot. Includes scoring, sound and picture editing, titling, dubbing, and releasing.
  • PRE-PRODUCTION - The phase of filmmaking before shooting begins; includes writing, scouting locations, budgeting, casting, hiring crews, ordering equipment and creating a shooting schedule.
  • PRINCIPAL - A performer with lines.
  • “PRINT!” - A call from the director at the end of a take that that particular take is good enough be printed.
  • PRODUCER - Often called the Line Producer; the person responsible for the day-to-day decision making on a production.
  • PRODUCTION COMPANY - The company actually making the film or television show.
  • PROFILE - Often in auditions, the CD will call for profile. The actor stands facing camera in normal posture, picture taken or filmed, then to each side showing the actors profile from front, right and left side.
  • PROPS - Any objects used by actors in a scene.
  • PSA - Public Service Announcement.

Film Terms Glossary –San Antonio Film Academy

  • Pan: A horizontal movement of a camera on a fixed axis.
  • PARS (Parabolic reflector lamps) : PAR64– 1000 W 500 W 250 W (ACL) PAR56– 500 W 300 W 200 W PAR38 –150 W 100 W 75 W (used a lot in stage and theater lighting)
  • Parallels: Temporary Scaffolding, used as a platform for the camera, lighting, or other rigging.
  • Pick-up Shot:Reshooting a portion of a scene, the rest of which was acceptably filmed in a previous take.
  • Plate: A background for any type of process shot. Used for green screen or special effects laden shots.
  • Practical: Any light that appears in the scene.
  • Process Shot: A shot that will be composited from two other shots. The background part of this process is called a ‘plate’.