Call Sheet: A list of cast and crew with the day’s filming schedule.
Call Time: The time by which someone has to be on set.
Wardrobe Fitting: An appointment where actors are trying out wardrobe and costumes prior to the shoot.
Extra: A non-speaking role in the production that is used in the background to create the atmosphere of a scene.
Featured Extra: When an extra is clearly visible on camera and is not just a blur in the background.
Casting Director: The person responsible for casting.
Featured: Second to the lead role in a shoot, similar to the support acts in a film.
Roll Over: After a contract expires the client has the option to renew the contract for an additional term meaning additional funds will be paid to the client. This continuation of the contract is called a roll over.
On HOLD: A casting director will put you ‘on hold’ when you are wanted by the client for the job but are not formally hired yet. You are required to not take any other jobs that would conflict with the production dates during this time.
Call: The amount of time required on set e.g. 4 hour call, 6 hour call, 8 hour call.
Casting/Audition: The process of actors being chosen (cast) for the role, done by the Casting Director. This process is unpaid.
Availability Check: A client may want to check a talent’s availability before we as an agency present them for the job. This isn’t a confirmation but rather an availability check to ensure the talent if chosen is available and interested.
Stand-Ins: Performers used in the place of the lead actors while production are adjusting cameras and lights.
Upgrade: Like getting a raise or promotion, for example: an upgrade is when an individual is moved from being an extra to a featured extra. Upgrades also provide higher pay rates.
Take: A shot that is being taken.
VO: Abbreviation for ‘Voice Over’: a term used to indicate off-camera directions, narration, commentary etc.
Wrap: The end of the filming for the day or the whole production.
Improvisation: Setting out to do a scene with a pre-planned or written idea.
Rolling: The verbal cue for the camera film and audio tape to start rolling.
Set: The immediate location where the scene is being filmed.
Sign in Sheet: A sheet at the shoot where talent will sign their name, agency, phone number and the time they arrived and left the shoot.
Call Back/Recall: A second round of auditions for the same role that the performer initially went for (this is a shortlist). Talent will be paid a small fee for their time.
Usage: The usage is where the promotional material will be used and how long the promotional material will be used.
Back-up: Back-up talent normally applies to babies and toddlers in case the hero or lead child is either sick or not performing on the day. Back-up talent may or may not be used on set.
Hero: The lead role.
100%: A speaking role is known as 100%. This is normally placed next to your character role if your character requires dialogue.
Director: A film director is a person who directs the making of a film. A film director controls a film's artistic and dramatic aspects and visualises the screenplay (or script) while guiding the technical crew and actors in the fulfilment of that vision.
Producer: A film producer is a person who oversees the production of a film. Either employed by a production company or working independently, producers plan and coordinate various aspects of film production, such as selecting the script; coordinating writing, directing, and editing; and arranging financing.