The 2020 glossary of useful phrases

An Extra or Supporting Artistes – your job is to bring the background to life.

Check-in – a request to call or email the 2020 offices to confirm your booking or availability.

Call Time – The time that you will be expected to turn up for work (NO LATER!)

Unit Base - where the cast and crew meet and where you check-in with the AD.

AD - the Assistant Director(s) who run the film set. 1st, 2nd, Crowd 2nd, 3rd and runner (in that order of hierarchy).

The Holding area - where you wait to be called to the Set.

Make-up - due to the lights, those in front of camera normally have to wear make-up. This will be applied by Make-up Artistes.

Come Camera ready – occasionally women will be asked to apply your own make-up prior to arriving at the Unit Base and men will be asked to arrive clean shaven, with your hair neat etc.

Costume - is what you wear on set. The Costume Department will check that you are appropriately dressed for the job.

Line up – prior to moving to the set, you will be asked for a ‘line up’ to check your state readiness.

The Set - where the filming actually takes place (often a walk or ride from the unit base).

Rehearsal – After the principal actors have rehearsed, the background will be introduced to the scene and rehearsed alongside the actors.

First positions – The position from which you start your action (as per AD's instructions).

A Take – this phrase means the Director wants to commit the scene to film.

Red Light and Bell – in studios a red light (on the wall or above the doors) and bell ring will signify that filming is about to commence.

Turn Over – the instruction for the camera(s) and sound recording to start.

Speed, Speeding, Rolling and/or Set – is the phrase used by the Camera and Sound teams to show that they are recording.

Still and Quiet – means that ‘Action’ is about to be called and that you should stand still and not speak or even whisper.

Stand by – means get ready for ‘Action’.

Background Action - the moment that you commence your work on Set.

Action - when the Actors start to speak and act.

Cut - when you stop and return to your first positions.

A Pick Up - not the full action but a pick up from a specific point in the scene (please be aware of your timing during the scene, in relation to the actors).

Save the Red – (referring to the Red Light) announces that the Camera and Sound Equipment has been turned off and that people can now move around and talk (quietly).

Check the Gate – means that the camera team should check that the recording has been successful.

Playback – the chance for the Director to watch back what has been recorded.

The Producer - the man or woman with the power and the money.

The Director - the man or woman with the vision of the film in their head.

The DOP - the Director of Photography and the Head Camera Man.

The Gaffer - the Head Lighting man (or Woman).

The Best Boy - the Gaffers right hand man (or woman).

Craft - mobile tea and coffee facility.

Catering Wagon - where you will receive your meals.

A Chit - the signed contract for your days’ work (in triplicate - one for you to keep as a record, one for production and one for us to invoice on your behalf).

Honey wagon - mobile toilets.

Boom - the long arm with a microphone attached that records the sound of the scene.

Mime - having rehearsed the action you will be expected to repeat your action in silence, so that the sound department can record the actors dialogue cleanly (often many times and from many different angles).

Banana - means to walk in a slight curve to reveal what is happening behind you.

NEVER look down the 'bottle' – unless told otherwise don’t ever look directly into the camera lens (or the bottle as it is called).

Final Checks - the Make-up and Costume team will check that you look 'right' prior to each Take.

The Dolly – is what the Camera sits on.

Tracks - the means by which the Camera and Dolly move.

The Grip - the man or woman who pushes the Dolly.

Scene complete - means that this part of the film has been finished and that the production are happy to 'move on' to the next section.

Release - means that your day is done and that you can relax.

Wrap - time to finish, sign out on your chit and go home.

FAA Rates – (The Film Artistes Association) these are the standard rates of pay governed by the film industry. On some jobs different rates of pay will be agreed beforehand and you will be informed.