Movie Terminology Glossary: T


A single continuous recorded performance of a scene. A director typically orders takes to continue until he or she is satisfied that all of his or her requirements for the scene have been made, be they technical or artistic. For interesting exceptions, see the trivia entries for Stagecoach, The Gold Rush, The Player, Rope, Shi di chu ma, Some Like It Hot, and The Usual Suspects. A continuity report stores the status of each take. Of the ones that don't contain obvious errors, the director will order some to be printed. See also out-take, hold.

Fictional Movie(s): Ed Wood (1994)


A general, informal term for actors (and possibly extras).


An early term for a film with sound and especially recorded spoken dialogue. It is typically used today to make a distinction between silent and sound films made in the late 1920's and early 1930's when sound films establishing their marketplace dominance.

Tape Recorder Operator

AKA: Sound Recordist
A member of the sound crew responsible for operating the audio recording equipment on a set. See also boom operator.

Fictional Movie(s): Living in Oblivion (1995)

Teaser Trailer

A short trailer that is generally released many months before a movie is actually released, to give a brief peek at what the movie will be like, and to build audience anticipation. Teaser trailers are usually much shorter than the final trailer, which reveals more of the storyline of the film. See also trailer

Technical Advisor

AKA: Consultant
A person with expertise in a particular field who provides advice for the production.


The process of transferring moving images from film to a video signal, including frame rate and color corrections. Also the equipment or facility used to do it.


A script written to be produced for television.

Television Movie

AKA: TV Movie, Telepic
A feature-length movie funded by a TV network, intended to be premiered on television.

Television Series Pilot

A TV series episode for a proposed television series which is produced for the benefit of the production company, TV network executives and/or syndication customers. The purpose behind is to show the prospective customers how a series' premise and characters would typically be presented to an audience.

Television Special

AKA: Special
A television production of a singular event (such as an awards show or concert) as opposed to a regularly scheduled series. Contrast with series and television movie.

Television Spot

AKA: Commercial, Ad
A brief advertisement or public service announcement show between TV programs.


A writer who either adapts an existing work for production on television, or creates a new teleplay.


A cross between a steadicam and a louma crane, used to steady images of running horses or cars driving over gravel.


AKA: THX Division
A subdivision of Lucasfilm, Ltd dedicated to improving picture and sound for the cinema and the home.

On the web: Official Home Page, IMDb Sound Mix Section


The action of rotating the camera either up or down. See also dutch tilt, pan.

Time Lapse Photography

AKA: Time Lapse
A form of animation in which numerous single frames are filmed spaced at a given interval to show a process that would take a very long time to occur. i.e. a flower blooming, or the motion of the stars.

On the web: List of time lapse titles at the IMDb.


Electronic guide track added to film, video or audio material to provide a time reference for editing, synchronization, etc.

Title Design

AKA:Title Sequence, Titles
The process during which the titleist designs how title of a movie is displayed on screen.


AKA: Film Titleist, Title Designer, Lead Titleist
The person who designs how a film's title appears on the screen. The manner in which title of a movie is displayed on screen is widely considered an art form. Saul Bass is considered a master title designer.


To star in a motion picture; this can sometimes include the placement of a performer's name before the title on the credits and promotional items.


A single component or channel of a soundtrack. See also sound mix.

Tracking Shot

AKA: Tracking, Trucking
The action of moving a camera along a path parallel to the path of the object being filmed. See also dolly tracks.


An advertisement for a movie which contains scenes from the film. Historically, these advertisements were attached to the end of a newsreel or supporting-feature, hence the name. Doing this reduced the number of reel changes that a projectionist would have to make. See also teaser trailer.

On the web: IMDb Trailer Section


Someone who conditions animals to perform various behaviors on cue.

Transportation Captain

Manages the vehicles and drivers needed for location and studio filming. The Transportation Captain does not drive vehicles, but coordinates the onset team of drivers to assist all departments with moving their supplies and personnel.

Transportation Coordinator

AKA: Transportation Manager
The person responsible for managing drivers and co-ordinating the transporation of a production's cast, crew, and equipment from the various locations and sets used for filming.

Travelling Matte Shot

AKA: Travelling Matte, Bluescreen, Blue screen
A shot in which foreground action is superimposed on a separately filmed background by optical printing or digital compositing.


An abridged script; longer than a synopsis. It consists of a summary of each major scene of a proposed movie and descriptions of the significant characters and may even include snippets of dialogue. While a complete script is around 100 pages, a treatment is closer to 10.


A series of three movies that are closely connected by plot. Often, a storyline from the first film of a trilogy is altered, twisted or modified by the second or third part of the series.

Fictional Movie(s): Godfather, The (1972), Godfather: Part II, The (1974), Godfather: Part III, The (1990)


A state of limbo that a movie enters after a studio decides to drop it. In turnaround, the producers have a chance to set the project up with another studio or with different talent. In union contracts, the time between when someone leaves work and when they start work the next day, or when someone is receiving compensation for not being given the contractual amount of time, it is sometimes said that they are in turnaround.


A medium close-up shot of two subjects, usually framed from the chest up.