Getting the Scene on Film

At the completion of a satisfactory dress rehearsal, the director signals the 1st A.D.: “We're ready to roll,” or “Ready to shoot.” The 1st A.D. makes the announcement public. It is the signal for all concerned personnel to get to their appointed posts. The actors remain on set, and the 1st A.D. calls in the wrecking crew—an affectionate term for the makeup, hairdressing, and wardrobe people, who will enter the set to give last-minute finishing touches to the actors: the hairdresser smoothes a lock of hair; the costumer adjusts a wrinkle in a garment; the makeup artist mops the actors' perspiration, retouches their makeup, and, finally, removes the white tissues (if any) from the actors' collars.


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