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Film & Television Dictionary – Letter D
Dailies: The raw footage, usually viewable the day after shooting. Viewed by the Director, Cinematographer and Producer to insure they are getting the correct images.
Dance Floor: smooth wooden flooring laid down for dollies
Day for Night: Shooting during the day, but shooting in such a way that the footage looks like night
Deal Memo: Paperwork filled out by crew member outlining payment and crew member information
Deep Focus: Focus pulled deep into a frame
Deferral: Usually refers to payment or rates. Often used in addition to a lower rate as an incentive. Often a warning sign that the production might not be up to par or that you will never get paid.
Depth of Field: The area within the frame that is seen as in focus.
D.G.A.: Directors Guild of America
D.G.C.: Directors Guild of Canada
Diffusion: White paper or cloth put in front of lights to soften light quality.
Director’s Cut: The version of a film’s edit that best shows the Directors vision for the film
Director: Main creative force behind film or project
Director of Photography (DOP): The person in charge of the overall look of the film when it comes to camera and lighting.
Dissolve: The gradual transition from one image to another.
Distribution: The process in which a film is being made available to watch.
Ditty Bag: Bag used by a department or crew member to keep and carry tools.
Diving Board: The front board of a dolly.
Dolly: A four wheeled vehicle that rides on dolly track and is used to move camera.
Doorway Dolly: A lighter dolly made of wood which has 4 tires and is narrow enough to travel through a doorway.
Dolly Grip: Grip in charge of camera movement. They set up dolly, lay track and work with DOP to create camera movement on a dolly. Key grip often times acts as dolly grip on smaller sets.
Dolly Track: The track on which a dolly sits and movies. Usually comes in 4foot, 8foot and various curves.
Donut: A ring that is placed around the lens to seal gaps between the matte box and lens.
Dot: A small round flag.
Double: A net or scrim that reduces amount of light by 1 full stop
Dress: Dressing is when the art department arranges materials on a set, such as furniture and artwork.
Dry Run: The rehearsal of a scene of shot where camera does not roll.
Dubbing: Replacing the audio on a project with a better quality sound mix. Dubbing also refers to replacing dialogue with an alternate language for international releases.
Dulling Spray: spray used to dull reflections on set.
Dutch Angle: A crooked angle often used to show tension in a scene
Duvetyne: black cloth used to block light. Cloth flags and large blacks are make of.