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Production Assistant: PA Basics

Subjects : performing-arts, film
Instructions:
  • Answer 50 questions in 15 minutes.
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  • Match each statement with the correct term.
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This is a study tool. The 3 wrong answers for each question are randomly chosen from answers to other questions. So, you might find at times the answers obvious, but you will see it re-enforces your understanding as you take the test each time.
1. The actual edge of the video picture; the edge of the picture on all four sides






2. Any activity on a program that occurs prior to the time that the cameras begin rolling. This includes production meetings - set construction - costume design - music composition - scriptwriting - and location surveys






3. A signal that implies something specific is to happen






4. The person responsible for applying cosmetics to the talent's face and body - giving them the intended appearance in front of the camera






5. The portion of a program that you can hear






6. Any of the activities performed after a program has been shot. This includes music beds - editing - audio overdubs - titles - and duplication






7. The actual edge of the video picture; the edge of the picture on all four sides






8. Anything placed on a set that stops the distant view of the camera. Outside the studio - scenery may be a building or the horizon.






9. The general aesthetics of the show






10. The person responsible for the audio/sound quality on the production and related equipment






11. Any of the activities performed after a program has been shot. This includes music beds - editing - audio overdubs - titles - and duplication






12. The person responsible for the audio/sound quality on the production and related equipment






13. The general aesthetics of the show






14. person who keeps all the production equipment functioning at its optimum performance level






15. Everyone involved in the production - both staff and talent






16. The person in charge of recording the program onto videotape by correctly operating the VTR equipment






17. The person - or people - who provide/s the funding necessary to produce the program






18. The person responsible for placing the entire production on paper






19. Any of the cosmetics applied to a performer's skin to change or enhance their appearance






20. The lighting director's assistant who often does the actual hauling of heavy instruments up and down ladders






21. The person who runs the piece of equipment that captures the video images of the program






22. A person who moves the equipment - scenery - and props on a studio set






23. The person who handles the business portion of the production by negotiating the fees for goods - services - and other contracts by determining the staffing requirements based on the needs of each production






24. The portion of a program that you can hear






25. The person who provides general assistance around the studio or production facility. The PA is commonly hired to fill a variety of positions when key personnel are sick - out of town - working on another production - or otherwise unavailable.






26. A person who works with the scriptwriter and is considered to be an expert in the program's subject matter






27. The person who creates the titles for the program using a character generator






28. Anything the audience sees in a video picture that did not really happen the way it appears on the screen






29. The person who manages the video equipment and is ultimately responsible for the technical quality of the video signal






30. The person who decides the placement of lighting instruments - the appropriate color of light to use - and which lamps should be used in the instruments






31. The person responsible for all the artwork required for the production. This includes computer graphics - traditional works of art - charts - and graphs






32. The person who is in charge of the creative aspects of the program and interacts with the entire staff






33. The person in charge of recording the program onto videotape by correctly operating the VTR equipment






34. Anyone seen by the camera - whether or not they have a speaking or any other significant role in the program - as well as individuals who provide only their vocal skills to the production






35. The collective name given to all the talent participating in a production






36. The lighting director's assistant who often does the actual hauling of heavy instruments up and down ladders






37. The actual shooting of the program






38. involves placing items in the camera's frame by operating the camera and tripod






39. The collective name given to all the talent participating in a production






40. The person who runs the piece of equipment that captures the video images of the program






41. Any activity on a program that occurs prior to the time that the cameras begin rolling. This includes production meetings - set construction - costume design - music composition - scriptwriting - and location surveys






42. Anyone seen by the camera - whether or not they have a speaking or any other significant role in the program - as well as individuals who provide only their vocal skills to the production






43. Person who purchases materials and services in the creation of a finished program






44. person responsible for putting the various pieces of the entire program together - they remove all the mistakes and bad takes - leaving only the best version of each scene - and arranges the individual scenes into the proper order






45. The person who is the director's eyes and ears in the studio - the floor manager relays the director's commands to the studio personnel.






46. The person who is in charge of the creative aspects of the program and interacts with the entire staff






47. A person who moves the equipment - scenery - and props on a studio set






48. The person who is the director's eyes and ears in the studio - the floor manager relays the director's commands to the studio personnel.






49. The person - or people - who provide/s the funding necessary to produce the program






50. Production personnel that work behind the scenes and generally includes management and designers