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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

cult film

A film that has a passionate fan base despite lacking critical acclaim, box office success, and/or mainstream interest. "The Rocky Horror Picture Show," "The Big Lebowski," and "Plan 9 from Outer Space" are often cited as examples of cult films. A lot of cult films are considered to be "so bad they're good."
See also: cult, film

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

To begin to display a film, a thin membrane that can develop on the surface of some things. Ew, don't eat that soup—it's been sitting out so long that it's filmed over.
See also: film, over

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

snuff film

A film that shows the actual murder or death of a person. Although snuff films are illegal, they are still widely circulated on the black market. The death scenes were so realistic that the director and producers were actually arrested at one point for making a snuff film.
See also: film, snuff

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 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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Another means has been the turning of the lens on the camera's turret while filming or positioning the lens so that its curve is visible in the frame.
The film, set in 18th century Japan, began filming in Taranaki, a sleepy town in New Zealand's North Island, this January.
ANSI/AIIM MS23-xxxx Practice for Operational Procedures/ Inspection and Quality Control of First Generation, Silver Microfilm of Documents describes, in detail, how to inspect silver-based film images of camera original microfilm for various types of filming and other defects.
While Haskell Wexler was filming Latino in Nicaragua in 1984, at the same time we were shooting Destination Nicaragua, he had film confiscated by customs officials which, when finally returned, was blank.
Filming the most recent 3-D IMAX film - Across the Sea of Time, a story about a Russian boy's adventures in New York City-took plenty of footwork.
CC: Getting to this question of invisibility: one of the things a documentarian has to do, of course, is to make themselves as invisible as possible while they're filming, to be as limited as possible in their intrusiveness, correct?
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.
His most important discovery was famously serendipitous: one day while Melies was filming a funeral procession, the film jammed inside his camera; after developing it, he watched in amazement as a carriage turned into a hearse.
Bill Davidson and Norman Klenman had both worked for the NFB and discovered a shared interest in filming dramas.
The style of acting in the film only became completely apparent to me after I began editing it, because when we were filming it I thought we were aiming for a certain naturalistic style.