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Acting Vocabulary S - Z

    Acting Vocabulary

    As an actor and especially at the beginning of your acting career, you migh be confronted with vocabulary that you might not be familiar with. Not wo worry. We know that and have thought about that too. This page is the final in a series of pages dedicated to acting terminology. Looking over the entire list and studying it, will help you to be prepared to respond in many different situations. Be sure and use the contact us link on the menu if you would like any other kind of guidance. We're here to help you start your career!

    Part 1 of the acting terms A - C.

    Part 2 of acting terminology D - M

    Part 3 of acting vocabulary N - R

    GLOSSARY OF THEATRICAL, FILM AND GENERAL ACTING VOCABULARY

    S - Z

    SCENARIO
    A plot outline

    SCREENWRITER
    A person who writes screenplays.

    SCRIPT
    The written text that contains all of the dialogue and action for TV, film and theatre.

    SCRIPT SUPERVISOR
    The person who is in charge of keeping track of all the changes that are made to the script during the process of the project.

    SECOND ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
    This job is usually assigned to more than one person as this crewmember has to handle all the actors (they check in with this person) and all things related to script revisions.

    SECOND TEAM
    Refers to the crew being ready for the stand-ins to come to the set.

    SEGUE
    A transition e.g. from one shot to another.

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    SET
    The location where a scene is being filmed, or the stage where the action takes place in theatre.

    SET-UP
    Takes place each time the camera has to change position.

    SIDES
    The script used in an audition- usually a couple of pages or a scene from a script.

    SLATE
    A small chalkboard that has a clapper on top that is used to record what shot is being filmed.

    SOLILOQUY
    A monologue that represents the inner workings of a character's mind.

    SPEED!
    Called by a crewmember that indicates that the audiotape is up to speed for recording.

    SPIKING THE LENS
    When an actor looks directly into the lens of a camera during a take.

    MORE ACTING VOCABULARY

    STAGE DIRECTIONS
    Upstage, Downstage, Stage left and Stage right: These terms refer to positions on the stage where the acting takes place. A director will use them when instructing the actors to indicate where he wants them to move. Below is a diagram that shows where all these places are on stage. Note that when referring to ‘left’ and ‘right’ you take it as the actors left while he or she is standing on the stage NOT the person who is sitting in the audience.

     

    Upstage right

    Upstage

    Upstage left

    Stage right

    Center stage

    Stage left

    Downstage right

    Downstage

    Downstage left

     

    AUDIENCE

     

    STAGE FRIGHT
    Nerves or anxiety that get in the way of the actor’s ability to perform.

    STAGE WHISPER
    A whisper that is not supposed to be heard by the audience.

    STAND-INS
    Performers used in place of the principal performers- they assist by standing in position whilst the lights and camera are being set up.

    STANDBY
    A call that commands the actors to be ready to for their cue to start that is coming up.

    STEPPING ON LINES
    When one actor cuts another actor off while speaking his lines.

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    STICKS
     Slate

    STRIKE
    The removal of all the set pieces and any other modifications that were made to a theatre during the performance season of a theatrical production. The strike is done, usually, so that the next show can move into the space.

    STUDIO
    A building or room where filming, rehearsal or even a performance takes place.

    STUNT COORDINATOR
    The person responsible for choreographing and supervising the performance of all stunts or dangerous activities during the making of a project.

    STUNT DOUBLE /STUNT PERSON
    A person who stands in for a principal actor and performs the stunts.

    SUBMISSION
    The suggestion of specific actors for certain roles or productions.

    SW
    Written on the call sheet- implies that an actor is commencing work on that day.

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    SWF
    Written on the call sheet- implies that an actor is starting and finishing their work on that day.

    TAKE
    A shot that is taken- anything that is filmed between the clapboard snapping and the director calling ‘cut’.

    TAKE 5
    The announcement of a five-minute break.

    TELEPROMPTER
    A device that allows a broadcaster to look straight into the lens while reading a script.

    THREE BELLS
    An aural indication to be quiet on set while a scene is being filmed.

    TIGHT SHOT
    A shot that has very little or no space around the subject matter in the shot.

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    TILT
    The vertical movement of the camera.

    TOPPING A LINE
    An actor responding to a line with more volume or intensity than the line before them.

    TRACKING SHOT
    A camera shot that is taken while the camera is in motion.

    TRADES (Trade Papers)
    Any print media that is all about the entertainment industry.

    TREATMENT
    A more detailed explanation of the plot of a story, film or play. 

    TURNAROUND
    May refer to either the time between finishing work on one day and starting the next day or shooting a take from a different direction.

    TWO-SHOT
    A camera angle that frames two actors.

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    UNDERSTUDY
    An actor who learns the role of one of the principal actors in case they cannot perform. Sometimes the understudy will perform in matinees of the production.

    UNIONS
    AEA (‘Equity’) SAG, BAE, CAE , AFTRA, ATA, BAE, AMPTP

    UPM
    Unit Production Manager.

    V.O.
    Voice over.

    W
    An indication on a call sheet that notes that an actor is working that day.

    WAIVERS
    Union-approved permission that allows deviation from a contract.

    WALKAWAY
    A break in which all cast and crew are on their own to get their own meal.

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    WARDROBE
    The clothing an actor wears during filming or a performance.

    WARDROBE ALLOWANCE
    A fee paid to on-camera performers for using their own clothing.

    WARDROBE FITTING
    An appointment that takes place between the people in the wardrobe department and the actors to prepare the costumes they will wear during filming or the performance of the project.

    WEATHER PERMIT CALL
    If unplanned weather conditions occur then the production company has the right to dismiss actors four hours after the original call time.

    W/N (Will Notify)
    An indication on a call sheet that tells an actor that they will work that day but that no time has been decided on yet.

    WRAP
    The end of a day’s filming or of the whole production.

    WRAP PARTY
    A party that occurs after the production finishes.

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