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Directors Tell the Story, 2nd Edition by Mary Lou Belli, Bethany Rooney

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Glossary

#1: The first actor listed on the callsheet, generally the highest-paid and highest-billed

50/50: (Fifty-fifty); shot in which the two characters face each other

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A side: In editing, the part of a shot right before the cut

“A” story: The basic plot of the show

Abby Singer (the Abby): The second-to-last shot of the day

above the line: The producer, writer, director, and actors who are above the dividing line in a budget

act: The formal division of the parts of a play, teleplay, or screenplay; in TV, the segment between commercials

act-in: The beginning of the next segment after a commercial

act-out: The end of the segment before it goes to commercial

action: The command that indicates to the actor when to begin

actor’s director: A director ...

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