A person who “stands in” in front of the camera for focus and lighting for the talent until they arrive.


A brand of camera stabilizer mounts for film and video cameras, invented by Garrett Brown and introduced in 1975 by Cinema Products Corporation. It mechanically isolates the operator’s movement, allowing for a smooth shot, even when the camera moves over an irregular surface, whether handheld or on a camera dolly.

A balanced camera rig that lets the Camera Operator capture smooth tracking shots without any of the shake and wobble that comes with handheld filming.

Steadicam Camera Op / Steadicam Op

A person who operates a Steadicam.


Video files are huge, and projects can be hundreds of gigabytes. Production companies store them on hard drives and servers.


A series of still images to help you imagine what the film will look like.

Stream / Live Stream

A video that is not recorded, but broadcast directly to the viewing platform.


A room where the light can be controlled and the sound is acceptable for filming.

Style frame

A still image – usually a mockup of one frame of an animated film – to help you decide on the final style. Similar to a mood-board.