Show Biz Glossary – letter – W
A minor role, usually without speaking lines.
Background conversation. Historically, when a script called for “crowd unrest” or “murmuring”, the extras would be required to mumble the word “rhubarb”, as this produced the required effect.
The head of the wardrobe department.
AKA: Oater, Oat Opera
A movie set in the “Wild West” of the late 19th-century United States.
On the web: List of Westerns at the IMDb.
A movie which has an aspect ratio which is greater than academy ratio when projected.
AKA: Wild Track, Wild Sound, MOS, Mit Out Sound
Scenes that are filmed without the sound being recorded at the same time. Dialog and/or sound effects may be dubbed in later.
Moviegoers can’t help warning their friends to avoid or not miss the movie they saw recently. After an opening weekend there’s often enough feedback circulating from such warnings that it has a significant effect on how many more people go to see the movie. Negative word-of-mouth is often attributed to highly publicised movies doing poorly after the opening weekend, while positive word-of-mouth can provide a poor opener withlegs.
The name by which a movie is known while it is being made. This is sometimes different from the title with which it is released.
AKA: Animal handler
A person who is responsible for the care and control of entities used on aset that can’t be spoken with. This person is typically a professional, certainly with expertise in handling the item, often with expertise in handling the item on a movie set.
AKA: Windup, Wind
To finish shooting, either for the day or the entire production.
Fictional Movie(s): Get Shorty (1995)
The Writers Guild of America is the sole collective bargaining representative for writers in the motion picture, broadcast, cable, interactive and new media industries. It has numerous affiliation agreements with other U.S. and international writing organizations and is in the forefront of the debates concerning economic and creative rights for writers.
On the web: Official Home Page