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ProQuest digitization update: No CHICAGO TRIBUNE. No update of APS ONLINE. LOS ANGELES TIMES to 1932, but still no "cheeseburger" or corndog" or "taco."
LINGUISTIC CONFUSIONS OF STUDIOS DECIPHERED
Los Angeles Times (1886-Current File). Los Angeles, Calif.: Jun 22, 1930. p. B7 (1 page):
Action--A commodity which the production office prays for.
Alibi--A form of buck-passing; see buckle, light valve.
Amplifier--An electrical device for making a tenor sound like a basso.
Art--A form of alibi when box-office returns are low.
Author--A person who sells magazine stories with one eye on the movie producers.
Booth==An overgrown refrigerator used to keep cameramen in a ripened condition.
Breakaway--A trick device that always works in rehearsals, but never in scenes.
Broad--A lighting device used to heat the back of player's neck.
Buckle--Mysterious camera ailment. See alibi.
Bungalow--Form of camera booth for Singer's Midgets.
Cameraman--Any individual who connects the motor with the camera and lets the motor do the work.
Cutter--A film editor in the process of hatching out.
Cutting Room--A padded cubicle furnished with trash bins and several pairs of scissors.
Daily Room--A small dark room where the bad news comes to light.
BEFORE AND AFTER
Dialogue--Perfectly intelligent speech before passing through microphone.
Dubbing--Process used to making two sounds grow where one grew before.
Electrician--Individual who enlivens an otherwise dull scene by throwing down pieces of (illegible word--ed.) from the light platform.
Fade-out--Device for cutting footage without shock to natives.
Focus--Game played by cameramen with lenses and pieces of old lace curtains.
Frameline--A dividing line over which unidentified noses, ears and microphones appear.
Gaffer--A socially eligible electrician.
Gamma--A Greek letter used by sound technicians to confuse the listener.
CLOTH HIDES SET
Gobo--A black cloth hung over the set to prevent the visitors from seeing anything.
Grip--A general utility man who enlivens rehearsals by vigorous hammering.
Horn--The device by means of which the sound department's efforts reach the cash customers.
Hot--a reference to temperature. (2) A term of admiration.
Interlock--A plaintive wail used promiscuously as a form of lung exercise.
Lines--What actors are supposed to remember.
Lyricist--A high-ahtted song writer.
Make--A highly technical term.
Mike--Excuse for a lot of easterners to come west.
Mixer--A form of overhead.
Option--Prelude to a one-way rail journey.
Pan--To rotate a camera about the center; (2) to enthuse about a coworker.
Parallel--An elevated platform for the afternoon siesta.
Playback--Device used to find out whether the recording crew is really working.
Practical--Any device that really works. (Does not include cast.)
HOW TO SAVE MONEY
Preview--A swell way to save 65 cents.
Projection Room--An attractive form of hideaway.
Press Agent--Semiretired publicity man.
Props--Small knick-knacks to be taken home to furnish the living-room.
Release Date--A date always four days prior to the time humanly possible to have a picture finished.
Retake--Outcome of huddle.
Schedule--Eighteen days' work in ten days.
Spot--A hypothetical mark where an actor is supposed to stop in order to be in focus.
Stage Control--A young man who counts loudly into the microphone for no good reason.
Synchronization--A contributory cause to an outburst of profanity.
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