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Television Vocab

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1. Space that exists outside the frame. can still be a part of the staging or when a character walks out of a room-- the story still follows them

2. What elements in the frame are clear or blurry

3. We cannot loose ourselves in the programming because it is so artificial-- people don't randomly break out into song. very stylized. realistic in content vs. form-- ex: glee

4. Space that exists inside the frame.

5. A particular character's sound

6. The technique that captures that image for viewers

7. Presumably not heard by characters. can be either from audience or pre-recorded

8. Alternative to recording on film. 1950's - limited storage capacity and image quality

9. Conveys a visual relationship to the staging

10. The action is staged in front of a green screen and electronically replaced with another image. ex: weather reports

11. Presents the speech of multiple people interacting

12. VCR - DVR: digital technologies have given viewers more power to replay - redistribute - watch when convenient - fast forward commercials

13. Government intervention of the airwaves FCC

14. Use long focal length. captures images from far away. compresses the depth of the shot

15. Rhythmically edits a number of visual sequence over a song that signals an emotional response

16. When people are talking

17. Images are created and animated digitally

18. Common in soaps where two people face camera in the same direction so they cant see each other's reactions

19. Chest up. provide facial detail without feeling overtly intrusive

20. Graphically generated visuals are placed atop a video image. ex: credits or captions

21. Establishing shot of entire scene

22. When images overlap - one to another. gradual- naturalistic. signify shift in time or space`

23. When the viewer can become lost in the story. even in sci-fi as long as the world they are in seem relate-able to our world. realistic in form vs. content

24. Documentary staple - less steady and jumpier. attempts to be realistic

25. Videotape allowed individual camera angles to be replayed in slow motion-- allowed for the growth of football

26. Filmed TV show - sold to stations and syndicators to reduce financial risk. better quality than kinescope. allowed for flexibility in editing as well as single camera

27. A single shot with a lengthy duration. allows viewers to be emerged in the intense action with out disruption

28. Low cost of live production with the repeatability of telefilm. recorded on videotape and saved for a future broadcast

29. The formal characteristics that help express meaning independently of a text's context

30. Determines which cameras will be broadcast - transitions in between shots - added graphics

31. A popular form of early TV programming that brought live dramatic theater to television; influenced by stage plays - anthologies offered new teleplays - casts - directors - writers and sets from week to week

32. Sequence is consistent. one character is always on the left - other on the right. avoids distorting

33. I love lucy - used multi camera to take in front of a live audience - but video signals weren't sent to the control room to edit live-- instead signals were recoded while the audio tape was mixed in. costly lucile footed the bill w/ husband desi. sho

34. Puts shots together into a larger program. appears almost unnoticeable

35. Moving backwards in time to provide earlier story information or reflect on past events

36. An edit where the shots do not sufficiently re-frame the action

37. When camera is looking down at a character

38. Mobile-- on site. multiple takes from multiple angles - shot out of order

39. Where two/three people converse in the frame

40. Part of the continuity system - create a naturalistic sense of seamless flow between sequences

41. When viewers outgrew the radio. network programming consisted of only 3 networks -

42. Alters the degree of magnification and depth of an image

43. Refers to the world representing in a program

44. Mimics the motion of turning your head up or down. shows the height of the subject

45. Straps the camera to the operator to make it glide. attempts to be realistic

46. Shift from dominant networks to cable and satellite. there was a wide range of target audiences. viewed TV as the central information and communication medium for the American public.

47. When a shot had a narrow depth of field and part of the image is out of focus

48. Aka the master shot. offer more details of a scene. typically show the entire body-- hard to read gestures or convey emotion

49. These early versions of recordings were created by pointing a camera at a television and were the only way to preserve TV until much later

50. Can be incidental (footsteps or crown laughing) or artificially enhanced. creates a richer environment