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blue film

A film that contains graphic sexual content. The use of "blue" to mean lewd or indecent dates from the mid-1800s, though the origin is unclear. A lot of kids at school got in trouble for trading blue films.
See also: blue, film

popcorn film

A film that is entertaining to watch but is generally not of a very high quality or rich in emotional or intellectual depth. A: "So what film do you want to go see later?" B: "I don't feel like watching anything too heavy or complex—let's just see whatever popcorn film is out."
See also: film, popcorn

tentpole film

A film with a very large budget and production value that is meant to provide substantial revenue to the production company. Big blockbusters used to be quite the rare cinematic event, but we've gotten to the point now where there's a tentpole film coming out nearly every weekend of the year.
See also: film, tentpole

film at 11

A phrase used in broadcast journalism during clips of news stories that are to be featured in greater detail later (when a news program airs, traditionally at 11 PM). Although it was once reserved for serious news stories, the phrase is often used now in a joking or sarcastic manner in conversation or news parodies. A five-alarm fire engulfs a historical landmark—film at 11. Ooh, Jill and Megan are fighting again! Film at 11!
See also: 11, film

film over

[for something] to develop a film on its surface. The windows had filmed over because of all the humidity. Her eyes filmed over with the cold.
See also: film, over

snuff film

n. a film that records an actual death or killing. Some of these snuff films have a loyal following of real sickies.
See also: film, snuff
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But there is also a film of a statue, and then recent filming in Greece.
Post-production on the new feature film, "What Goes Around" began in September 2001, after having wrapped up filming the previous month.
The film was sent to WRS after the first week of filming in late July 2001.
Starting today, qualified production companies will find a redesigned and improved online application form to request reimbursements for filming on public property in California.
The only one of its kind in the nation, this multi-million dollar program rebates filmmakers and production companies for filming in the Golden State.
Now qualified production companies are just a few clicks away from getting substantial rebates for filming in the Golden State.
The advantages of filming in Sweden will be presented in a series of seminars and symposia, networking receptions, film festivals and other major industry tradeshows.
RD: I have an advance from the Centre National du Cinema for a film that I'm supposed to shoot in the desert, and I really want to do it completely differently, to go back to my own way of filming, with a handheld camera.
Over the years, Depardon's initial idea of filming the "low points" of an otherwise highly charged event has been refined into a powerfully minimalist style where, in the seeming absence of artifice, the viewer is plunged directly into the world on screen.
A year ago, Amblin Entertainment proposed up to 80 days of preproduction and six nights of filming at the Agua Dulce Air Park, said Jim Annin, the air park's owner.
In return for their cooperation, the producers offered to give $18,000 to Agua Dulce Elementary School and provide temporary housing for residents and livestock disturbed by the filming.
But some residents said they were unwilling to put up with noisy wind machines and other inconveniences the filming would cause.
They were backed by the Town Council film committee, which insisted on strict adherence to restrictions easing the effect of location filming on residents.
That's a problem that will definitely raise a red flag about filming in Agua Dulce.