One thing I loved about Vancouver Film School is that their makeup program included set etiquette, where we learned the common slang terms used on set and why.
Listen to many, speak to a few
I have worked on set with other makeup artist, who had recently graduated from reputable schools, but were never taught any film lingo. They were often unsure what the crew was talking about doing next. As a makeup artist you don’t need to say much, but you do need to pay close attention to what is being said.
Set slang word of the week:
Abby Singer – Second-to-last shot of the day. Named for a crew member who would always alert his crew of the second-to-last shot of a setup, scene, or the day.
“Abby Singer” is one of my favs because it means I will be leaving set soon and I like the way it rolls off the tongue.
You can find this & more set slang on www.theblackandblue.com:
It’s a blog about film making tips for camera assistants, but it has some valuable information for anyone on set. Knowing the language can save you time and embarrassment. No one wants to look like a newbie on set, even if you are one. 😉
Do you know Abby Singer?
Even people who know what the term Abby Singer shot means, don’t know that Mr. Singer is a real person.
Check out the DGA Quarterly’s website with a wonderful article entitle simply, “Abby Singer“, written by David Geffner, and dedicated to Mr. Singer himself. It’s worth the read!
READ. COMMENT. CONNECT!
What new lingo have you learned on a film set? I would love to hear from you! Please feel free to leave comments and let me know what you are thinking.