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Thursday 15th of November 2018

Show Biz Glossary – letter – L



AKA: Blocking
A person responsible for working out the action before filming begins, including where the characters should be, and the camera angles.

Lead Role

AKA: Lead, Female Lead, Male Lead
The most important character in a movie, often distinguished by gender.


Member of the art department who is in charge of swing gangs and/or set dressers and reports to the set decorator.


Of a movie: continuing to return large box-office figures.


An optical device used by a camera to focus an image onto film stock.


AKA: Letterboxed, Letterbox
As the aspect ratio of movies are rarely the same as the aspect ratio of a television screen, when showing movies on TV it is necessary to make sacrifices. “Letterboxing” is a video mastering process whereby a film source with an aspect ratio greater than that of the video master (4:3 for NTSC/PAL and 16:9 for HDTV) is transferred to the video master in such a way that no film image is cut off to the left or the right, requiring the addition of (usually) black bars at the top and at the bottom of the image so that it entirely fills the screen–in other words, the technique of shrinking the image just enough so that its entire width appears on screen, with black areas above and below the image. The advantage of this technique is that the film images are shown as originally intended by the film’s creators, not interfering with their shot composition and artistic intentions. The disadvantage is that the entire image must be shrunk, which makes viewing on smaller TVs more difficult. Contrast with pan and scan (for DVD, alsoanamorphic widescreen).


AKA: Lights
Most productions use artificial lighting when filming for various technical and artistic reasons, both on location or on a set. Lighting is designed by thedirector of photography in consultation with the director, and is the responsibility of the electrical department.

Lighting Crew

AKA: Lighting technician, Lighting technicians
A group of technicians who install, operate, and maintain lighting.

Lighting Department

The section of a production‘s crew responsible for lighting and other electrical matters during filming. Individual positions within in this department include: electricianlighting crew and genny operator.

Lighting Technician

A member of the electrical department that is responsible for operating lights and lighting equipment on a set.

Line Producer

producer who is responsible for managing every person and issue during the making of a film. Line producers only work on one film at a time. See also: unit production managerassociate producerco-producerexecutive producer.

Lined Script

A copy of the shooting script which is prepared by the script supervisorduring production to indicate, via notations and vertical lines drawn directly onto the script pages, exactly what coverage has been shot. A given vertical line indicates, via the line’s start and end point, what script material is covered in a particular shot, and whether given dialog or action is on-screen or off-screen in the shot, indicated by the line changing between straight and wavy respectively. Different coloured lines usually represent certain types of shots: close-upinsertsteadicam, etc. Each vertical line is also notated with the slate of the shot (e.g. “3C”), the printed takes (e.g. “1, 3, and 4”), and a brief shot description (e.g. “M2S Rolf & Liza”). The lined script also frequently incorporates the script supervisor‘s script notes on the facing pages for a given scene. The lined script is used by the film editor as a reference to what coverage was shot and to changes made to the scriptduring production. Lined scripts give editors a quick view of all available coverage at a glance, so that he or she can make quick editing decisions without having to sort through all the footage repeatedly.

Live Area

camera‘s viewfinder actually shows (and records on film stock) a greater area of the scene than will appear in the final product. Markings are etched in the viewfinder to indicate to the camera operator the extents of the “viewable” film (called the live area). An area beyond that (called the safe area) is also marked; it is in this area that the camera operator might direct the boom operator to place the boom microphone.

Location Filming

AKA: Location, On Location, Location Shooting
Filming which occurs at a place not constructed specifically for theproduction. Typically this is either outdoors, a well-known location, or a real place which suffices.

On the web: Find Location By MovieFind Movie by Location

Location Manager

AKA: Assistant Location Manager
A person who manages various aspects of filming on location, such as arranging with authorities for permission to shoot in specific places.

Location mixer

sound mixer responsible for mixing sounds recorded on location.

Location Scout

A person who looks for suitable locations for filming.

Lock it down

A direction given by the assistant director for everyone on the set to be quiet. It is called just prior to speed.


See Automatic Dialogue Replacement.


A writer of song lyrics.


The words sung in a song; also refers to their writer.


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