B-Film Vocabulary

B-Film Vocabulary

Film Vocabulary, Film vocab, Writers, Cinematographers, Co-Producers, Director


Usually a reference to a 1K light unit. It is also used to describe any light unit which is smaller than a standard size unit of comparable intensity i.e. bay 1K, Baby 2K or Baby 5K etc. For grip, it refers to anything with a 5/8 inch stud that is called Baby Plate.

Baby Legs

A short tripod also known as matte artist is the person responsible for designing art in the rear of the set.


The process of illuminating the subject form the back. In other words, the light source and the viewer are facing towards each other, with the subject in between. The cause the edges of the subject to glow, while the other areas remain darker.


A large, Undeveloped area on Studio property used for constructing large open air sets.

Back Lot

A chart showing words of dialogue which have been recorded and the number of motion picture frames of duration for each syllable.

Bar Sheets

All Physical production costs not included in the above the line expenses, including material costs, music rights, publicity, trailer etc.

Below the Expenses

Folding doors which are mounted on to the from of a light unit in order to control illumination of lighting.


The output of a light.

Behind the Scenes

The off camera goings on associated with film-making.

Best Boy

The assistant chief lighting technician or the assistant to the key grip.

Biographic Picture

A filmed story of a person’s life story.

Bit Part

A small unimportant role, usually lasting only one scene.

Black Comedy

A comedy in which the Humor is derived from subjects which are typically considered serious, or for which humor is usually considered as unsuitable. Common examples are death, war, suffering and murder.

Blip Tone

A sync pop. This is usually done by placing a piece of toned tape on a particular frame of the film to establish a synch point in film editing.

Block Buster

A movie which is a huge financial success. in common usage a blockbusters a movie tat has a box-office of more than $100 million upon release in north America.


Plotting actor, camera and microphone placement and movement in a production or scene.


See also out-take. A take of a scene not used in a movie, usually because of an on-camera mistake made by the cast or crew.


Bollywood is the informal term popularly used for the Hindi Language film industry based in Mumbai(India)

Blow Up

A film enlargement from a smaller gauge of film to a larger gauge.

Body Double

For some shots, a director may consider that a particular actor’s body may not be suitable for the impression desired in these situations, the actor is doubled or replaced by a person whose body is more suitable. Typically, body doubles are used for shots requiring nudity or depictions of physical fitness. Contrast with stunt double and stand-in.

Building a Scene

Sing dramatic devices such as increased tempo, volume and emphasis to bring scene to a climax.

Bun in Time Code

Burn in Time Code


A mixing network that combines the output of two or more channels.


A low budget second tier movie, frequently the 2nd movie in a double feature billing. B-film were cheaper for studios because they did not involve the most highly paid actors or costly sets. and were popular with theater owners because they were less expensive to bring into their theaters while still able to draw revenue.

Box Rental

A fee or allowance paid to a crew member for providing his/her own equipment or other specialized apparatus for use in a production.


A measure of the total amount of money paid by cinema goers to view a movie.


Additional footage, which will serve to complement interviews and help tell your story. In any filming situation you should always be looking to gather images footage relevant to the story e.g. if an interviewee is taking about life in a refugee camp you would take shots of the living conditions, of people working, of people preparing meals, of the conditions in the schools. These will be used to cover both interviews and narration.


A producer who thinks he knows more about a film technicians job that the technician himself knows. Someone who changes lanes without looking.

Butt-Weld Splice

A film splice made by joining the two pieces of film, without an overlapping portion, usually by applying both heat and pressure.

Boom Microphone

A long pole with a microphone and the end. Controlled by the Boom Operator.

Bounce Board

A large white card make of foam or poster board used to reflect soft light.

Blue Screen

Also known as green screen. Is a blue green backdrop that actors are filmed in front of. Later the blank screen can be filled with digitally generated images to complete the background.

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