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Terms you’ll hear on set

Action: When you hear the director call, “Action,” it’s time for the principal actors to perform.

Assistant director: The assistant director, or AD, helps the director stay on schedule and on budget by tracking daily progress and logistics.

Back to one: Return to your first position and standby to start your action again.

Background: When you hear the AD call, “Background,” it’s time for you to perform. Never look directly into the camera. And remember exactly what you were doing in a scene, so you can repeat your actions each time.

Call time: This is the time when you are expected to be on set. Remember early is on time, on time is late and late can mean you’re fired.

Craft services: These kind people provide meals and snacks to workers on set.

Extras holding: This is an area where extras report for work and spend most of their time when they’re not needed on set.

It’s a wrap: Filming is finished for the day. Time to return costumes, get signed out and go home!

Pantomime: If the AD calls “Pantomime,”  perform your actions without making a sound. Pretend you are talking, laughing, clapping, cheering, etc.

Pay voucher: This is a form you fill out when you arrive. Casting signs you out when you leave. This form is how you get paid.

Pictures up: Filming is about to begin. You should stand by for your cue.

Production assistant: A production assistant, or PA, is a crew member who helps with various tasks on set, including extras wrangling.

Quiet on the set: When you hear the AD’s call for “Quiet on the set,” don’t make any sound. If one person is talking, it may sound like a whisper. If a group is talking, it sounds like a roar.

Rolling: Film is moving through the camera. Do not move yet. Your cue is coming next.

Video village: This is where a bunch of monitors are located.