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P&G: Performers who have a clean-cut, all-American look as commonly favored by Proctor & Gamble for its commercials or soap operas.
PA: Production Assistant, an entry-level producer position.
Pace: The tempo of the performance.
Pan: A shot in which a stationary camera turns horizontally, revealing new areas.
Pantomime: Mouthing words in a scene when there is dialogue being recorded as the action takes place.
Paper Tech: A meeting between director, designers, and stage management to define and record the series of technical events required to operate the production.
Par Can: A type of lantern which projects a near parallel beam of light, much used by rock bands. The lamp is a sealed-beam unit (like car headlights) fitted inside the "can". Available, usually, in 300W or 1kw power, they are sometimes known as parblazers, while lighting manufacturer Strand calls them "beamlights".
Parallel Editing: (See Cross-Cutting.)
Patch Panel: The board on which one connects circuits to dimmers.
Patch: To connect a circuit to a dimmer.
Pay or Play: A job for which an actor is guaranteed to be paid regardless of actual work.
Pebble Convex: A type of spotlight , with a harder-edged beam than a fresnel but softer than a profile . They have a convex lens with a pebbled rear surface. Strand call their PC lanterns "prism convex".
Per Diem: Set fee paid by producer on location shoots to compensate performer for expenditures and for meals not provided by the producer.
Perch: A place for hanging lanterns, on the side wall of the theatre auditorium.
Periaktoi: Three-sided flats that can be rotated to depict three different scenes.
Perspective: The way objects appear to the eye in terms of their relative positions and distances.
Phantom Power: A means of powering certain condenser microphones. A current of (usually) 48 volts is sent along the mic cable from the mixing desk or, where the mixer does not have phantom power facilities, from a phantom power box, into which the mic is plugged and which, in turn, plugs into the mixer.
Phono Plug: A type of connector used on some sound equipment, usually domestic HiFi or video gear.
Photo Double: To be photographed as the principal actor in a scene when the actors' face or look is not necessary.
Pick Up: An added take because of some type of problem with a scene or camera shot.
Pilot: The first or maiden show introducing the characters and series situations for a potential television series.
Pin Rail: A rail connected to the fly gallery used in the securing of fly lines. Also called the Fly Rail.
Pin Spot: Either a small (usually 100W) spotlight used for special effects (i.e. with a mirror ball) or, more usually in the theatre, a follow-spot with its iris diaphragm closed to its smallest diameter to illuminate, for instance, just a face.
Pit: The area below the front of the stage. May be used to house the orchestra. Also called Orchestra Pit.
Pixilation: A technique using cartoon methods to create movement by objects or people. For example, a man will stand with feet together and be photo- graphed, then he will repeat this action over and over, but move slightly forward each time; the result will show the man apparently moving forward (usually rapidly) without moving any part of his body.
Places: The request for cast and crew to take their positions for the start of the performance.
Plaster Line: An imaginary line that runs across the proscenium along the upstage side of the proscenium wall. This line is used by designers and technicians to position various technical elements in the theatre.
Plot: Lighting term: the actual brightness settings of each lantern and the LX cues. Also used to describe the process of setting the cues. Can also be used as an alternative for "blocking", i.e. setting the actors in their positions on-stage at an early stage in rehearsal.
Practical: Adjective used to describe properties or scenery which have to work as in real life when used; e.g. a practical ceiling light must actually light up when switched on by an actor.
Preppy Type: An Eastern prep school-casual appearance.
Preset: The ability, on a manual lighting control desk (as opposed to one which is computer-controlled) to set up a lighting cue before it is actually operated. Also the lighting state on a stage before the show actually starts.
Preview: A performance given before the official opening. Often these are rehearsals with an audience, and a time when new material is tested and tried. (Usually you get a discount for these performances.)
Prime Time: Network programming aired 8:00 to 11:00 PM Eastern and Pacific time zones and from 7:00 to 10:00 PM in Central Mountain-time zone.
Principals: The people who have speaking lines, a special bit or stunts in a scene.
Print: When the director has filmed a scene and wants to look at it later for possible inclusion in the finished movie. This is a good indicator that he/she will usually move ahead to the next scene.
Prism Convex: Another name for a Pebble Convex spotlight.
Process Shot: A shot coordinated with another image created by Rear Projection, making the resulting picture look like a single simultaneous shot. A typical process shot shows the faces of two people riding in a car; behind them (as seen through the rear window) moves the usual traffic of a city street. The traffic has been added by rear projection, creating a process shot.
Producer: The person who is responsible for all of the day-to-day business aspects of making and releasing a film.
Profile: A type of spotlight, with an optical system rather like a projector which produces a narrow, hard-edged beam of light.
Prompt (Side): The left side of the stage, as you face the audience.
Prompt Copy: See "The Book". The copy of the script in which all notes, moves, cues etc. are noted.
Prompt Script: The notebook kept by the stage manager that contains all paperwork necessary to the production of the play, including a script with blocking and cues. Also called a Prompt Book.
Prompt: To help an actor with his lines when he either asks or is stumbling.
Prompter: Amateur companies almost always have a prompter, someone who sits in the wings and prompts the actors if they forget their lines. There is no such position in the professional theatre pros should not forget lines! Neither should amateurs, for that matter, but it happens so, if a prompt is needed, it is given by whoever is "in the corner".
Prop Table: The table backstage on which props are laid out, usually in a mapped out order. Props or Properties All objects, except for scenery, used during a play. Categorized into hand props or set dressing.
Properties: Small items (a sword in an historical play, for instance, or a briefcase) which actors carry onto or around the stage. Also used loosely for "set dressing". Usually abbreviated to props.
Property Master: (or Mistress) Responsible for the obtaining and/or construction of the properties.
Props: Easily moved object, such as furniture and fake rocks used in a scene or as part of a set.
Proscenium: The outlining frame of the stage opening that separates the house from the stage. Also called the Proscenium Arch.
Pyropot: A safe container into which a pyro (see Pyrotechnics) charge is plugged.
Pyrotechnics: Usually abbreviated to "pyro". The use of explosions, flashes, smoke, etc. on-stage.

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