5 Film Slang Terms To Get You Set Ready
Tuesday, April 3, 2018)
By Kimberly Burke
Every industry has their own lingo that enables you to do the job and sound like a pro. Below are five terms to prepare you for working on a film set.
A Camera: When more than one movie camera is being used on set, the camera crew will designate them A,B, C and so forth. This allows the praise or blame to be properly attributed to the crew when viewing the dailies.
Bee Smoke: Often used by apiarists to calm swarms of stunning creatures, bee smoke has been used on film sets as atmospheric smoke. It has also been known to have a calming effect on the crew's intestines, as well, causing a run on the honeywagon.
Honeywagon: The trailer holding the portable toilet for use by the crew, so called because of the wonderful odor emanating from within.
Pigeon: This piece of grip gear looks nothing like its namesake. It's actually a 5/8 x 3 - inch metal stud mounted to a board and used for holding small lighting instruments. Some U.S. crews call it a "beaverboard". On the film Virus, the boss decided this was nasty and sexist, and he instructed everyone to refer to it as a "penis plate" instead.
Ten-One: This is polite walkie-talkie lingo for, "The person in question might be found in the restroom." Ten-100 is cop talk for a toilet-oriented refreshment pause.
The above terms were sourced from the book by filmmaker Dave Knox titled STRIKE THE BABY AND KILL THE BLONDE: An Insider's Guide to Film Slang.
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