Glossary Of Film Making Terms - G



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Gaffer’s Tape – Cloth tape specifically for use on film shoots, usually 2 inches wide in black or silver. The nice thing about gaffer’s tape is that, unlike duct tape, it is designed not to leave a sticky residue behind.

 

Gate – The opening on a camera or a projector just behind the lens, through which a single frame is exposed (in the camera) or projected (in the projector).

 

Gauge – The size, specifically the width, of a film format: 16mm, 35mm, Super-8 are gauges.

 

Gel – A large sheet of transparent tinted plastic used as a filter for a movie light, or to cover a window. There are two basic types: ones that will covert one color temperature to another (such as C.T.O. and C.T.B.), and others that come in a wide variety of colors.

 

Gobo – see Cookie.

 

The Groundglass – A flat surface of etched glass in the viewfinding system of a camera that is the same distance from the lens as the film plane.

 

Guillotine – A type of tape splicer which uses unperforated splicing tape.

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