Typically, the post-production phase takes longer than the actual shooting or recording. Similar to semifinals in sports. Cue up: Matching to time and speed, lining up an actor’s voice to the visuals or music. The three key parameters of a sine wave are its amplitude (“volume”), its phase (“timing”) and its frequency (“pitch”), all of which can be modified in accordance with a low frequency information signal to obtain the modulated signal. The engineer will accommodate you, as they don’t want to have to edit out paper noise. English Language Learners Definition of acting (Entry 2 of 2), See the full definition for acting in the English Language Learners Dictionary, Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for acting, Nglish: Translation of acting for Spanish Speakers, Britannica English: Translation of acting for Arabic Speakers, Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about acting. Demographics: The components that describe the target audience. Most of these terms are misused and can be hard to get your head around. She has to join AFTRA if she’s hired for another union job within 30 days. Level: To set a voice at the optimal point. Marking copy: Placing different marks above, below, around, in between and circling words on a script. An agent will clarify with the client whether doing a specific spot would put an actor in conflict. Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free! A microphone, sometimes referred to as a mike or mic, is an acoustic-to-electric transducer or sensor that converts sound into an electrical signal. Home Studio: A small, personal recording studio is sometimes called a project studio or home studio. You’ll get your paperwork and all that other stuff from the production assistants, but the assistant director normally is the first point of contact. Read: The style of reading an actor presents as a voice talent, or your performance, as in That was a good read. Best done in pencil, because direction or emphasis may change. Pace: The speed in which an actor reads copy. Such studios often cater to specific needs of an individual artist, or are used as a non-commercial hobby. This can be dramatic or comedic via any medium including radio, television, theatre, film and street theatre. PLAY. Used in film dubbing. Cut and paste: The act of assembling different takes into a composite, edited whole. A pause often indicates a thought change similar to a beat. These are the people that you normally would report to when you get on set. Copy: Also known as the script. This means it films through the night. Iambic pentameter: The rhythm common in a lot of Shakespeare’s work. The key to capitalizing on a niche market is to find or develop a market niche that has customers who are accessible, that is growing fast enough, and that is not owned by one established vendor already. Be the first to know about the latest happenings with KidsCasting – articles, events, casting calls, and more. Casting definition, the act or process of a person or thing that casts. IVR: In telephony, interactive voice response, or IVR, is a phone technology that allows a computer to detect voice and touch tones using a normal phone call. Paymaster: A payroll service that handles talent payments for the producer. Post-production occurs in the making of motion pictures, television programs, videos, audio recordings, photography and digital art. An air check is any recording of a broadcast radio program. It has grown so much in the past few years that some professional recording studios are turning to utilizing personal computers, ADAT or DAT systems (or the very popular Digidesign tools available on the market), Multitrack Recorders, vocal booths, and various instruments either acoustic or synthesized as opposed to the traditional console setup. Let’s do one more for safety, is a common phrase. MP3: The name of the file extension and also the name of the type of file for MPEG, audio layer 3. Filter: What engineers put on a mic to make an actor sound clearer. Re-use: What actors are paid when their spot is re-run. On mic/off mic: Either speaking or not speaking directly into the microphone. Histrionic. It might seem obvious, but when you’re on set and super nervous, even the most obvious acting terms can slip your mind. Once constructed IVR systems generally scale well to handle large call volumes. Plus ten: Refers to the contractual agreement in which the producer agrees to add an additional 10% to the actor’s payment for the agent’s commission. Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words? Spec: Short for Specifications, these are the directives given for a particular script, ideas as to how the client would like the commercial to be read, and will accompany the script, often on the same page, but sometimes as a separate page. Animatic: A rough version of a TV spot, usually with storyboard images set to music and voice-over, for client presentation of a concept. Also used to describe the chorus section of a song. It is considered to be the job interview for the performer. Conflict: Doing two commercials for the same kind of product. The key feature of the ISDN is that it integrates speech and data on the same lines, adding features that are not available in regular telephone systems. Cadence: How breaks are placed between words. The term often refers to a process applied to a recording, without necessarily referring to the recording itself. The only one you need to remember is SAG – Screen Actors Guild. If you have two pieces of copy and no stand, hold one page in each hand. Master: The original recording that all dubs are made from. Undercutting: Dipping down in a sentence and throwing a portion of it away. Also referred to as 13 weeks per spot per cycle. Beat:  A brief moment of silence indicating high stakes, a change of energy, or a change of thought. ADR is recorded during an ADR session. Air checks are generally used for archiving or as a demonstration (demo) for on-air talent. Actors should always have a target (image/focus) in mind when they are acting. This can be dramatic or comedic via any medium including radio, television, theatre, film and street theatre. It tells you everything you need to know. A business that focuses on a niche market is addressing a need for a product or service that is not being addressed by mainstream providers. Single: Also known as a monologue, or one-person copy. See also fluctuation. Cold reading: Reading a script for the first time in an audition or play reading situation. Hold: When a potential client likes an audition enough to hold some of an actor’s time for a possible booking–a step before the booking. A voice actor who is hired on a repeat contractual basis to represent a product or company. This includes mixing in SFX and music. When you sign up, you put all. New from Collins Quick word challenge. Mixing Board: An electronic device for combining (“mixing”), routing, and changing the level, timbre and/or dynamics of audio signals. Auditions: Readings before a director to determine casting of a play. A mixer can mix analog or digital signals, depending on the type of mixer. We’ve developed this glossary of voice acting terms to help send you on your way! We’re done with our day, done with the filming day, so at the end you’ll hear: “ All right everybody, that’s a wrap!”.