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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