Balloon Tires, Lewinsky’s & Snowshoes!

2 Apr

Like most specialized professions, the film world is chock-full of jargon.  Even everyday items like extension cords and light bulbs are called something else.  Luckily, film producer Tony Bill decodes some common words and phrases in his great little book, Movie Speak: How to Talk Like You Belong on a Film Set.

For today’s post, I thought it would be fun to take a break and share some amusing and, perhaps, racy terms from Mr. Bill’s book:

  • Balloon tires: Circles under an actor’s eyes.
  • Kiss: Just a gentle touch of a light or a camera’s frame on an actor.
  • Lewinsky’s: Kneepads used by stuntmen.
  • Love: Electricity.  Plugged in.  Rather than ask for the electricity to be turned on or plugged into a light or other device, some crews request “Gimme some love.”
  • Martini: The term for the last shot of the day, the origin of which might seem self-evident – but it’s not.  The martini actually refers to the saying that “The next shot is in a glass.”  Get it?
  • Perrier meeting: A meeting that lasts only until one’s water glass is empty.
  • Snowshoes: When someone trips over a wire, kicks a plug out, disturbs a light, etc., they may be asked to take off their snowshoes.

For more “movie speak,” check out Mr. Bill’s book! And please share any film terms or phrases you may know in the comments section…



3 Responses to “Balloon Tires, Lewinsky’s & Snowshoes!”

  1. Miguel N. April 2, 2010 at 12:14 pm #

    Let’s get some professional C-47s for your shoot :)

  2. Chuck Norton April 2, 2010 at 10:56 am #

    Ha – I love this book. Have a copy (which you gave me actually) & read snippits from it all the time! ;-)

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