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  • SAG - Screen Actors Guild.
  • SCALE - Minimum payment for services under union contracts.
  • SCENES - The Australian equivalent to Sides. See Sides below
  • SCRIPT - The written form of a screenplay, teleplay, radio or stage play.
  • SCRIPT SUPERVISOR - The crew member assigned to record all changes or actions as the production proceeds.
  • SDI - State Disability Insurance.
  • SECOND ASSISTANT DIRECTOR - Often two or three on a set, they handle checking in the talent, insuring proper paperwork is filed, distribute script revisions. Actors check in with the 2nd A.D. upon arrival on the set.
  • SECOND TEAM! - The verbal cue for the stand – ins to come to the set and be ready to stand in.
  • SEGUE - In film or tape editing, a transition from one shot to another.
  • SET - The immediate location where the scene is being filmed.
  • SET-UP - Each time the camera changes position.
  • SFX - Sound effects.
  • SIDES - Pages or scenes from a script, used in auditions or ( if on a film set ) those scenes being shot that day. In Australia, Sides are called Scenes.
  • SIGNATORY - An employer who has agreed to produce under the terms of a union contract.
  • SLATE - A small chalkboard and clapper device, often electronic, used to mark and identify shots on film for editing; also the process of verbal identification by a performer in a taped audition (e.g., “Slate your name!”).
  • SPEED! - A verbal cue that the audio tape is up to speed for recording.
  • SPEC - Speculative. Used most often to describe a speculative piece being pitched to others, ie Spec Short (film), Spec Commercial (lot’s of spec commercials are done by student filmakers).
  • SPIKING THE LENS - Looking directing into the lens during a scene; since it destroys the illusion of realism, actors should never spike the lens unless specifically directed to do so for specific effect.
  • STAGE RIGHT - To the performer’s right side, to the audience’s left side. Likewise, STAGE LEFT is to the performer’s left, the audience’s right. Stage directions are for actors, not audiences, therefore they are always given from the actor’s point of view to the audience.
  • STANDARD UNION CONTRACT - The standard format/contract approved by the Unions and offered to performers prior to the job.
  • STANDARDS & PRACTICES - The network TV censorship departments.
  • STAND-INS - Extra Performers used as substitutes for featured players, for the purpose of setting lights and rehearsing camera moves; also known as the second team.
  • “STICKS” - Slate or clapboard.
  • STUDIO - A building, recording room or sound stage which accommodates film or TV production.
  • STUNT COORDINATOR - The person in charge of designing and supervising the performance of stunts and hazardous activities.
  • STUNT DOUBLE - A stunt person who performs stunts for a principal.
  • STUNTPERSON - A specially trained performer who actually performs stunts.
  • SUBMISSION - An agent’s suggestion to a casting director for a role in a certain production.
  • SW - A notation on a call sheet that an actor is starting on that day and working on that day.
  • SWF - A notation on a call sheet that an actor is starting, working, and finished on that day.
  • SWEETENING - In singing/recording, the process of adding additional voices to previously recorded work.
  • SYNDICATION - Selling TV programs to individual stations rather than to networks.

Film Terms Glossary –San Antonio Film Academy

  • Scrim: A metal ‘window screen’ that can be placed in front of a lighting unit to decrease the lighting intensity.
  • Second Unit: A photographic team that shoots scenes which do not involve the principal cast, such as stunts, car chases, or establishing shots.
  • Senior: A 5K fresnel lighting unit.
  • Senior Stand: A braced junior stand sufficiently rugged for large lights such as a 5K, 10K
  • Set Up: Each discrete position of the camera, excluding those in which a dolly or crane is used to move the camera during filming.
  • Shiny Boards: A grip reflector used for re-aiming sunlight to provide a key or fill light.
  • Showcard: A white artists’ cardboard which is used as a reflector or for making other special rigs. It is easily cut and formed.
  • Siamese: A splitter that divides a power line into two parts.
  • Silk: A lighting diffusion or reflective material.
  • Spill: Light that is escaping from the sides of a lighting unit, or any light that is falling where it is not wanted.
  • Spot: On a lensed light, the smallest beam spread.