RAM Board

Heavy cardboard rolls that production will lay down to protect the floors at a location or in a studio.


The negotiated amount that a client pays for your services or goods. This rate can be paid as a day rate, an hourly rate, or a flat fee as a project rate. The general rule is not to discuss your rate with your fellow crew members unless you’re working for a union shop.


The production, which re-creates a historical or past event for educational, documentation, or entertainment purposes.


Short for ‘reconnaissance.’ A couple of members of the crew – usually the Producer and the DP – will head to the location before the shoot to figure out logistics of lighting, power, access, parking, etc. This isn’t always needed but it does speed up the shoot.

Release Forms

A release form is a legal document that a person who is filmed or documented in some way will sign so that it gives the filmmaker the rights to film them and use that footage in their project.


Similar to an export. When a motion graphics project is exported, the file is known as a render. Some editing software requires a ‘render’ (without export) for smooth playback. You’ll hear us referring to renders and rendering a lot.


As a noun, rigging is a structural system of equipment on which lights, scenery, and contraptions can be hung and manipulated. As a verb, rigging is the action of installing equipment. Riggers are the people who work with rigging. See Specialty Electric Riggers.


Refers to when the camera is actually filming or capturing footage.

Rough cut

The first version of the unfinished video. This often includes a sample voiceover and music, placeholder graphics, and indicative of the direction of travel. Should resemble the agreed approach. Not usually for public viewing. Still malleable. This is the moment to consolidate any feedback for the edit to proceed into the next pass. The producer will guide you through this.


The raw, unedited video files, that come straight from the camera.