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Thursday 15th of November 2018

Show Biz Glossary – letter – T


A single continuous recorded performance of a scene. A director typically orders takes to continue until he or she is satisfied that all of his or her requirements for the scene have been made, be they technical or artistic. For interesting exceptions, see the trivia entries for StagecoachThe Gold Rush, RopeShi di chu maSome Like It Hot, and The Usual Suspects. Acontinuity report stores the status of each take. Of the ones that don’t contain obvious errors, the director will order some to be printed. See alsoout-takehold.

Fictional Movie(s): Ed Wood (1994)


A general, informal term for actors (and possibly extras).

Tape Recorder Operator

AKA: Sound Recordist
A member of the sound crew responsible for operating the audio recording equipment on a set. See also boom operator.

Fictional Movie(s): Living in Oblivion (1995)

Technical Advisor

AKA: Consultant
A person with expertise in a particular field who provides advice for theproduction.


The process of transferring moving images from film to a video signal, including frame rate and color corrections. Also the equipment or facility used to do it.


script written to be produced for television.

Television Movie

AKA: TV Movie, Telepic
feature-length movie funded by a TV network, intended to be premiered on television.

Television Special

AKA: Special
A television production of a singular event (such as an awards show or concert) as opposed to a regularly scheduled series. Contrast with series andtelevision movie.


writer who either adapts an existing work for production on television, or creates a new teleplay.


AKA: THX Division
A subdivision of Lucasfilm, Ltd dedicated to improving picture and sound for the cinema and the home.

On the web: Official Home PageIMDb Sound Mix Section


The action of rotating the camera either up or down. See also dutch tilt,pan.

Time Lapse Photography

AKA: Time Lapse
A form of animation in which numerous single frames are filmed spaced at a given interval to show a process that would take a very long time to occur. i.e. a flower blooming, or the motion of the stars.

On the web: List of time lapse titles at the IMDb.


Electronic guide track added to film, video or audio material to provide a time reference for editing, synchronization, etc.

Title Design

AKA: Title Designer, Title Sequence, Titles
The manner in which title of a movie is displayed on screen is widely considered an art form. Saul Bass is considered a master title designer.


A single component or channel of a soundtrack. See also sound mix.

Tracking Shot

AKA: Tracking
The action of moving a camera along a path parallel to the path of the object being filmed. See also dolly tracks.


An advertisement for a movie which contains scenes from the film. Historically, these advertisements were attached to the end of a newsreel or supporting-feature, hence the name. Doing this reduced the number of reel changes that a projectionist would have to make.

On the web: IMDb Trailer Section


Someone who conditions animals to perform various behaviors on cue.

Transportation Coordinator

AKA: Transportation Manager
The person responsible for managing drivers and co-ordinating the transporation of a production‘s castcrew, and equipment from the various locations and sets used for filming.

Travelling Matte Shot

AKA: Travelling Matte, Bluescreen, Blue screen
shot in which foreground action is superimposed on a seperately filmed background by optical printing or digital compositing.


An abridged script; longer than a synopsis. It consists of a summary of each major scene of a proposed movie and descriptions of the significant characters and may even include snippets of dialogue. While a complete script is around 100 pages, a treatment is closer to 10.


A series of three movies that are closely connected by plot. Often, a storyline from the first film of a trilogy is altered, twisted or modified by the second or third part of the series.

Fictional Movie(s): Godfather, The (1972)Godfather: Part II, The (1974),Godfather: Part III, The (1990)


A state of limbo that a movie enters after a studio decides to drop it. In turnaround, the producers have a chance to set the project up with another studio or with different talent.


A medium close-up shot of two subjects, usually framed from the chest up.

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