Monthly Archives: September 2010

What are “Dailies”?

Dailies are raw, unedited footage (usually synced to sound). They are called this because usually at the end of a shooting day, the film is processed so that the director and crew can view it right away. The idea behind this is to review their days work and look for mistakes or improvements that they can apply to later shots. Sometimes they will notice mistakes that will warrant a re-shoot. Dailies are also used to show studio executives so that they can keep up to date on the crew’s progress, and provide feedback if needed.

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What is a “P.A.”?

When talking about a film set, you often hear the term “P.A.”. This stands for production assistant. This person is the assistant to the first assistant director. These guys are the lowest in the totem pole. PA’s can be asked to do any general task. This could involve being hands on working on set, or doing menial work like getting coffee. If you are looking to work on set or in production, becoming a PA is one of the easiest jobs you can find and it is also one of the easiest ways to get your foot in the door. Most accomplished film directors started out as a PA on a film set.

What is “Continuity”

Continuity is always a concern for any filmmaker. When making a motion picture, the filmmaker usually has to shoot a particular scene more than once in order to get the best performance and with different angles in order to get sufficient coverage. When he/she does this, it is crucial to maintain continuity. To maintain continuity is to maintain consistency with the appearance of a set/actors, dialogue, and physical state of props as scenes get shot over and over again. This may seem trivial, but you’d be surprised how many mistakes actually occur in movies. Check out http://www.movie-mistakes.com when you have a spare moment.