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Ambient sound
When everyone is quiet on location but noise still exists, e.g., barking dogs, airplanes, radios, fluorescent lights.

Camcorder placement in relation to subject in terms of height, e.g., high, low, eye-level, etc.

Audio dubbing
Adding voices, music or other sounds to video.

A light source placed behind the subject to create a highlight that separates the subject from the background.

Non-fiction story about a person, usually told as 3rd-person narrative.

Bounce light
Soft light that gets to the subject indirectly, e.g., off walls, ceilings or reflecting devices.

Bounce sound
Sound heard as it reflects off various objects, e.g., echo.

A sequential order in which past events occur according to time or date.

A "tight" shot that nearly fills the frame with the subject.

The same placement of props, costumes and people from one video session to another. The smooth flow of real time (even if shot on different days).

The list of cast and crew, groups and all other people that helped make the video possible.

Direct sound
Sound directly from the subject to microphone.

The telling of a true story or event that teaches or informs the audience about the subject and it can be current or historical.

Making a copy of your original video.

To assemble the components of a film/video by splicing and cutting to tell a story.

Brief statement of opinion on a specific subject or issue.

Fine cut
Edited video that has the right sequence of shots and sounds. It is the last stage of editing before music and effects are added.

Inserting past events or moments into a current scene.

Camcorder moves with the subject.

The border of the shot.

Key lighting
The border of the shot.

Reviewing all video, keeping track of counter numbers, types of shot, descriptions of sound and picture, etc. Logging is an important part of editing.

Medium shot
A basic shot which includes both the subject and surroundings.

Someone who tells you about the story and is usually not a part of the story. Narration can be added during editing.

Natural light
Any lighting that exists on location (sunlight or electric).

Factual reporting based on current events which answers the questions: who, what, where, when, why, and how.

New vision
A new way of looking at social issues which impact the behaviour and/or consciousness of a viewer.

Moving the camcorder from left-to-right or right-to-left slowly following the subject.

Paper cut
A list of shots and sounds made on paper to help the editor.

Picture lock
After the fine cut, last minute changes are made here before adding music, narration or effects.

A shot seen from a character's location and the attitude of the storyteller about the subject.

The research, planning and creative work done before actual filming begins.

Properties (also known as Props)
Items that characters use in the video, i.e., costumes, umbrellas, tables, chairs, etc.

Public Service Announcement (PSA)
Short video, such as a commercial, aimed at raising public awareness and persuade change in the behaviour of an audience.

Rough cut
First edit of the original video which places the shots in order, but does not try to be perfect.

Favourite shots used to make the rough edit.

The actual, filming of your story.

Shot list
List of what you want to film.

Single frame of your story.

Side light
Dramatic light that creates heavy shadows and illuminates the subject from the side.

Snap zoom
Very fast zoom that blurs the scene as you zoom-in or out.

Soft light
Lighting that does not create a lot of shadows.

Cartoon drawings and description of the story which show the director what he may want to film.

Swish pan
Fast pan that blurs the move.

Shots you film to get it "right."

Up or down movement of the camera.

Tracking shot
Camera person moves while the subject moves.

Use of the camera camcorder and script to tell the story.

Wide shot
Shows subject from a distance and tells the viewer about the subject's surroundings.

Changes emphasis of your subject with close-ups or far away shots by adjusting the lens and not moving the camera.