CMP Terms

Advance Trip
Review of venue or production space prior to performance.
Creative Pitch
The attempt to sell, promote or win approval for a creative idea
DESIGN ELEMENTS
Any creative/technical choices that support the show concept or vision. Design elements include any choices relating to staging, scenic design, lighting, audio, video and wardrobe.
PERFORMANCE RIDER
A comprehensive list of all the A/V, staging, security and hospitality requirements for a musical group’s performance.
CALL SHEET
A listing of which cast members will be required for which scenes and when they will be required to be present
STAGE DIRECTIONS
Directions are given according to Stage Right and Stage Left. Performer’s left and right as he/she faces the audience.
SPIKING
Marking a position on the stage.
STRIKING
The breakdown process of a camera position, location, or set
FLY SYSTEM
A series of cables, pulleys and counterweights that enable scenery drapes, or lighting equipment to fly in and out.
GRID
The metal framework at the top of the fly loft just below the stage roof. Everything that flies is suspended from the grid.
FLY LOFT
The space directly above the stage where draperies and lighting instruments are hung. Ideally, the height of the fly loft is three times as high as the proscenium arch.
SECTION
A side view of the stage, drawn to scale, drawn through the center line of the theatre. Usually used to show relative trim heights of flown pieces.
DYNAMIC RANGE
The range of signal levels from lowest to highest. A program with wide dynamic range has a large variation between the loudest and quietest parts.
WIND SHIELD
A cellular foam microphone cover used to prevent plosive blasts from reaching a microphones diaphragm. A wind shield generally negatively affects the microphone’s high frequency response
POP SHIELD
A screen used to stop plosives (p’s and b’s) from having a negative impact on a microphone’s frequency
FEEDBACK
Signal from the output of system returns to the input producing unwanted oscillation that can cause severe damage to speaker components
FOLDBACK
Signals returning from the house console to the stage. Foldback becomes a monitor system when a separate console is used to control onstage monitors
SNAKE
A multi-channel audio cable intended for use with microphone level signals and/or line level signals (Audio/Visual/Electronics)
LIGHT (Lamp) PLOT
A ground plan of the stage on which all lighting instruments are drafted, showing where each instrument is hung, what type it is, what dimmer it is patched into, and what color it is gelled.
SPECIAL
A light performing a particular function
SPILL
Light that is escaping from the sides of a lighting unit, or any light that is falling where it is not wanted
GEL
A thin, tinted plastic-lie sheet placed over a light to change the color of the projected light
SCRIM
A metal “window screen” that can be placed in front of a lighting unit to decrease lighting intensity by a predetermined amount
TAKE DOWN
Reducing the light on an object by means of nets, scrims, dimmers or wasting light
FRAME RATE
The frequency at which film or video frames run (i.e. 24 frames per second; 29.97 Hz in NTSC; 25 Hz in PAL (Phase Alternating Line) European Format)
BOOM
Telescoping arm for a camera or microphone available in a variety of sizes and shapes
SMPTE (Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers) Time Code
SMPTE time code is also known as longitudinal time code. High frequency signal that allows accurate locking of film audio and video equipment. Locator information is displayed as members
DUTCH TILT
A shot composed with the horizon not parallel with the bottom of the frame
WILD TRACK
Audio elements that are not recorded synchronously with the picture
SINGLE
Shot with only one subject in the frame
TWO-SHOT
A medium close-up shot of two subjects, usually framed from the chest up
NTSC
National Television Standards Committee that sets American Broadcast and videotape format standards for the FCC (525 lines/frame – 29.97 frames per second)
LAYBACK
Transfer of finished audio mix back onto the video edit master
MEETING REQUEST
Request for a meeting via phone, video or in person to discuss business
MEETING AGENDA
A detailed plan or outline of pertinent matters to be discussed in a meeting
TASK LISTS
A “To Do” list detailing what tasks need to be accomplished, by whom and in what time period
LINE-ITEM BUDGET
A budget including distinct entries or accounts on separate lines
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
An overview of the main points of a business plan or proposal
CHECK REQUEST
A request or approval for accounting services to pay a vendor
BID FROM VENDOR
A written statement of services provided by a vendor for a specified price
PRO FORMA
Hypothetical financial figures based on previous business operations
PER DIEM
Daily living allowance paid while traveling in connection with a production
CONTACT LIST
List of pertinent production personnel and their contact information
SCHEDULE MATRIX
Graph or Chart representing tour schedule or crew schedule
PRO FORMA
Hypothetical financial figures based on previous business operations
CALL SHEET
A listing of which cast members will be required for which scenes and when they will be required to be present
DAY SHEET
List of day-specific travel, hotel and venue information distributed to all cast and crew. Typically distributed the night before.

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