FILM & VIDEO PRODUCTION GLOSSARY

# A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
There are currently 19 names in this directory beginning with the letter M.
M&E

Macbeth Chart
A Macbeth Chart is used in the film and video production services industry as a visual means to check colour for camera profiling. It is ideal for rostrum work. (Camera crew)

Machine Leader
A Machine Leader is a strong leader which is threaded through a film processing machine and used to pull film through the machine. A video production company will use a Machine Leader in the film labs. (Laboratory)

Macro Lens
A Macro-Focus lens is used by video production companies to enable extreme close ups of a subject or object. The Macro-Focus is an essential part of a video production company’s kit when videoing tiny objects such as small insects, jewellery or other such items. Macro lenses require a lot of light and generally are used at higher apertures, otherwise the depth of field is too shallow. (Camera crew)

Magenta
Is red-pink- purple colour which is the complementary colour of green.

Magic arm
A magic articulating arm can be used to hold small cameras, monitors, lights, flags, etc in place. Magic arms can be affixed by screwing into clamps, vacuum mounts or a variety of different grip devices (Grip)

Make-up artist
They change the look, character of age of talent and are often used to make talent look their best or for special effects such as injuries.

Marks
Marks are exact places that the camera department give the talent to hit for focusing. Normally can have different colours – Marks can be Flat or raised – See Sausages.

Master shot
The entire scene filmed end-to-end. The master shot is followed by filming close-ups or other shots, which can be cut within the scene in edit (Production)

Match cut
Match Cut or match action cut is when two shots are taken to provide a smooth transition from one into the other cut. This can be used for a single camera shoot, moving from a wide shot to a close up for example. (Film Editing)

Match dissolve
A dissolve linking images which have similar content. (Film Editing)

Matte box
A matte box is placed on bars, directly in front of the lens to control light entering the lens. They often have flags to stop light sources from reaching the lens.

MCU
MCU is a Medium close up shot

Mickey
An open faced 1K lighting unit. Also known as a ‘Redhead’. (Lighting)

Mixing House
A studio designed to mix film or sound. (film & video editing)

Monitor
A monitor used in video production is a video display which may look similar to a TV, however it generally has no tuner built-in. Monitors may be with or without speakers. (Production / post-production / editing)

Monochrome
Black and White (Broadcast TV)

MOS
Motion Omit Sound – or commonly known as silent filming. (Production)

MS
Medium Shot (MS): Defines any camera perspective between long shot and closeup, viewing the subjects from a medium distance.

# A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
There are currently 19 names in this directory beginning with the letter M.
M&E

Macbeth Chart
A Macbeth Chart is used in the film and video production services industry as a visual means to check colour for camera profiling. It is ideal for rostrum work. (Camera crew)

Machine Leader
A Machine Leader is a strong leader which is threaded through a film processing machine and used to pull film through the machine. A video production company will use a Machine Leader in the film labs. (Laboratory)

Macro Lens
A Macro-Focus lens is used by video production companies to enable extreme close ups of a subject or object. The Macro-Focus is an essential part of a video production company’s kit when videoing tiny objects such as small insects, jewellery or other such items. Macro lenses require a lot of light and generally are used at higher apertures, otherwise the depth of field is too shallow. (Camera crew)

Magenta
Is red-pink- purple colour which is the complementary colour of green.

Magic arm
A magic articulating arm can be used to hold small cameras, monitors, lights, flags, etc in place. Magic arms can be affixed by screwing into clamps, vacuum mounts or a variety of different grip devices (Grip)

Make-up artist
They change the look, character of age of talent and are often used to make talent look their best or for special effects such as injuries.

Marks
Marks are exact places that the camera department give the talent to hit for focusing. Normally can have different colours – Marks can be Flat or raised – See Sausages.

Master shot
The entire scene filmed end-to-end. The master shot is followed by filming close-ups or other shots, which can be cut within the scene in edit (Production)

Match cut
Match Cut or match action cut is when two shots are taken to provide a smooth transition from one into the other cut. This can be used for a single camera shoot, moving from a wide shot to a close up for example. (Film Editing)

Match dissolve
A dissolve linking images which have similar content. (Film Editing)

Matte box
A matte box is placed on bars, directly in front of the lens to control light entering the lens. They often have flags to stop light sources from reaching the lens.

MCU
MCU is a Medium close up shot

Mickey
An open faced 1K lighting unit. Also known as a ‘Redhead’. (Lighting)

Mixing House
A studio designed to mix film or sound. (film & video editing)

Monitor
A monitor used in video production is a video display which may look similar to a TV, however it generally has no tuner built-in. Monitors may be with or without speakers. (Production / post-production / editing)

Monochrome
Black and White (Broadcast TV)

MOS
Motion Omit Sound – or commonly known as silent filming. (Production)

MS
Medium Shot (MS): Defines any camera perspective between long shot and closeup, viewing the subjects from a medium distance.