When working with film studios, understanding film studios key terms prevents you from appearing unprofessional. You avoid situations where others have to stop their work to explain basic verbiage. The knowledge also enhances your professional persona.
An awareness of film studios key terms also gives you an opportunity to push production boundaries. Knowing the lingo and the processes behind the terms provides you with the necessary resources and historical lessons to experiment with studio equipment and create your own techniques.
Sound stageProducers use a sound stage for scenes where they want to avoid extraneous noise. The sound stage is an interior soundproof studio or room used in movie production.
BacklotThe backlot is the space on the outside of a recording studio that the director uses for producing outdoor scenes.
Production companyStudios use a production company to develop a film and to raise the funds necessary for the film process. Some production companies specialize in film, some in television and some in both venues.
Back projectionFilm studios use back projection, also called rear projection or back projection, for special effects as they combine pre-filmed backgrounds with foreground sequences. Successful shows like the "Alfred Hitchcock" series used this technique.
Anders Johan Nygren offers a detailed look at the process behind rear projection. The site also uses images to define the mechanics of rear projection.
BiopicSome studios specialize in biopic films, which is another name for the biographical picture film category. Biopic films dramatize important characters from history, sometimes stretching the truth.
The American Movie Classics Company offers a history of biopics, which includes coverage of some of the most popular biopic films studios ever presented.
DynamationWhen studios want to combine film techniques, they sometimes use dynamation. This is a combination of stop-motion animation and live action filming. While this technique was very successful in films like "King Kong," many studios opt out of using it due to its expense.
Lee Krystek discusses the history of dynamation and highlights films in which studios used this technique.