E-Film Vocabulary

E-Film Vocabulary

Ester Egg

A reference to a movie, person or event that is intended to be too subtle to be noticed on the initial viewing.

Edge Numbers

Numbers printed on the edge of a print to allow easy identification of frames.


Reconstruction the sequence of events in a movie.


A person who performs editing on a movie. This term usually refers to someone who doe visual editing.

Effects Stock

Special film stock that is typically used by the second unit to generate computerized composites. Effects stock usually has finer film grain and is usually rated several stops lower than standard stock.

Electrical Department

The department in charge of all electrical matters for productions.


The person or grip in charge of and familiar with the electrical equipment on the set.


The shortening of the plot duration of a film achieved by deliberately omitting intervals or sections of the narrative story or action. An ellipsis is marked by an editing transition to omit a period or gap of time form the film’s narrative.


A film with a large cast without any true leading roles. And usually with multiple plot lines regarding the characters; it also literally means the group of actors sometimes directors and designers who are involved in a film.

Environmental Sound

General low-level sound coming from the action of a film, which can either synchronous or nonsynchronous.


A film with large dramatic scope or that required an immense production.


A short, concluding scene in a film in which characters reflect on the preceding events.


A moment of sudden spiritual insight for the protagonist of a film, usually occurs just before or after the climax.


A self-contained segment or part of an anthology film or serial; a number of separate and complete episodes make up an episode.

Equivalent Noise

A microphone in a completely silent room still generates some residual noise. This noise can be computer. That computation is the ‘Equivalent Noise’.

Establishing Shot

The first shot of a new scene, that introduces the audience to the space in which the forthcoming scene will take place.


A trade union for actors. In the UK, an actor must belong to Equity before being allowed to perform in any legitimate theater or film. Similar organization exist in other countries but because other organizations often exist membership is not as essential.

Executive Producer

A Producer who is not involved in any technical aspect of the film-making process, but who is still responsible for the overall production. Typically an Executive Producer handles business and legal issues.


An organization which represents cinemas.


Background information necessary to the advancement of the storyline or to augment richness or detail.

Experimental Film

Refers to a film, usually a low-budget or indie film not oriented toward profit-making, that challenges conventional film making by using camera techniques, imagery shod, edition, and or acting in usual or never before seen ways. Sometimes AKA avante-grade, art films.

Exploitation Films

A sensational, often trashy B-film aimed at a particular audience and designed to succeed commercially and profitably by appealing to specific psychological traits or needs in that audience without any fuller analysis or exposition.


Used in slug line, indicated that the scene occurs outdoors.


A person who appears in a movie where a non-specific, non-speaking character is required, usually as part of a crowd or in the background of a scene. Extras are often recruited from wherever they are available. Contrast with non-speaking role.

Extreme Close-up

A shot in which the subject is much larger than the frame. Provides more detail than a close-up. The abbreviation is often used in a slug line.

Eye Line Match

A technique used in visual effects to make sure an actor is looking at the face of the character/creature to be inserted later. One approach used on Stuart Little, is to sync a laser to the camera so that it is on only when the shutter is closed, and makes a dot where the creature’s eyes would be. More commonly, a grip holds a target on a pole.

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