Industry glossary termsThere are 201 entries in this glossary.
The Assistant Director.
- ABBY SINGER
The shot before the last shot of the day. Named in honor of former first A.D., Abby Singer, who used to call the last shot of the day one shot too early.
The command from the director for the scene to begin. It indicates that the camera is rolling.
- AD LIB
Extemporaneous delivery without relying on a prepared script.
Automated Dialogue Replacement. Dialogue added to a scene in post production. Sometimes erroneously called "looping".
Actors' Equity Association; often called simply "Equity". SAG's sister union which represents stage actors.
The American Film Institute
American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. Represents radio artists and news broadcasters, and, in earlier times, television performers. In more recent times, however, television performers may be represented by either AFTRA or SAG, depending on the producer's contract. Discussions about merging the two organizations have been ongoing for several decades; recently the Television & Film and Commercial Contracts have been jointly negotiated.
American Guild of Musical Artists
American Guild of Variety Artists
- ART DIRECTOR
Person who conceives and designs the sets.
A tryout for a film, TV or stage role. Usually auditions involve reading from the script, but can also require improvisation.
A courtesy situation extended by performer or agent to a producer indicating availability to work a certain job. Avails have no legal or contractual status.