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Television Vocab

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






2. Motion of a given sequence






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






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






5. When graphic images are incorporated into traditionally shot programming. used to create creatures or complex effects-- sci fi and horror






6. Government intervention of the airwaves FCC






7. Used as a transition to pull out of a scene






8. When camera is looking down at a character






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






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






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






12. A (usually long) dramatic speech by a single actor






13. Use short focal length. cause fisheye distortion. increase the depth of the shot






14. Viewers expect content to be believable and relate to their world-- tricky b/c TV is inherently unrealistic






15. Waist up. distance allows viewers to see character's facial expressions. mimics a real life conversation. viewer doesn't feel too invasive






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






17. Establishing shot of entire scene






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






19. The basic unit of editing. an instant switch from one shot to another. re-frames the visual perspective on the action






20. 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.






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






22. Omitting intervening moments. used to condense time. turn a day in 30minutes






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






24. The back and forth editing between closeups in a dialogue






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






26. Moving cameras that can wheel any direction. moves the entire camera along with someone. follows actors steadily through space






27. 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






28. When a character is speaking to themselves to express their emotional states






29. Space that exists inside the frame.






30. The entire visual world is created non-photographically






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






32. Everything that takes place in front of the camera: set. props - lighting - costume - makeup - and actor movements and performance






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






34. From black to action. common when retuning from breaks. gradual- naturalistic. signify shift in time or space






35. Action to black. common when cutting to commercial breaks. gradual- naturalistic. signify shift in time or space






36. 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






37. When the camera is angled. provided a disorienting slant perspective






38. The technique that captures that image for viewers






39. Represent the program as a whole. become part of the identity (iconic)






40. Designed to mimic the sounds that would be created in the environment depicted on screen. can heighten impact of staged actions






41. What elements in the frame are clear or blurry






42. The musical (instrumental) soundtrack that can define a scene's mood - tone - and genre. can help determine the genre. usually original compositions






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






44. When a line or shape passes through the screen to switch to another shot. less naturalistic and usually reserved for highly presentational programming






45. Conveys a visual relationship to the staging






46. Where two/three people converse in the frame






47. The creation or manipulation of images using non-photographic techniques






48. Cutting to a sequence occurring simultaneous in another location. creates suspense or thematic parallels






49. Images are created and animated digitally






50. Moving cameras along a line. moves the entire camera along with someone. follows actors steadily through space