Show Biz Glossary – letter – E
On the web: The Film Editing Home Page
Special film stock that is typically used by the second unit to generate computerized composites. Effects stock usually has finer film grain, and is usually rated several stops lower than standard stock.
The department in charge of all electrical matters (primarily lighting) for productions.
The person or grip in charge of and familiar with the electrical equipment on the set.
A film with large dramatic scope or that required an immense production.
AKA: British Actors Equity Association, BAEA, Actors Equity
A trade union for actors. In the UK, an actor must belong to Equity before being allowed to perform in any “legitimate” theater or film. Similar organisations exist in other countries but because other organisations often exist membership isn’t as essential.
On the web: >BAEA Official Home Page
AKA: Executive in Charge of Production
A producer who is not involved in any technical aspects of the filmmaking process, but who is still responsible for the overall production. Typically an executive producer handles business and legal issues. See also associate producer, co-producer, line producer.
An organization which represents cinemas.
A person who appears in a movie where a non-specific, non-speaking character is required, usually as part of a crowd or in the background of ascene. Extras are often recruited from wherever they are available. Contrast with non-speaking role.
A technique used in visual effects to make sure an actor is looking at the “face” of the character/creature to be inserted later. One approach, used onStuart Little (1999), is to sync a laser to the camera so that it is on only when the shutter is closed, and makes a dot where the creature’s eyes would be. More commonly, a grip holds a target on a pole.