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Racking: (See Focus-Through.)
Rake: Many stage floors, usually in theatres built for dance or variety, are higher at the back than at the front, to give the audience a better view. These stages are said to be "raked", and the "rake" is the angle of slope from back to front. In most modern theatres it is the audience seating that is raked, not the stage.
Reaction Shot: A shot showing one or more characters reacting to an action or statement. Rear Projection (back projection) The process of projecting an image onto a translucent screen from the back side rather than over the heads of the viewers as is usually done. Filmmakers use rear projection to film an action against a projected background, thus recording on film both the stage action and the rear-projected image. (See Process Shot.)
Read-Through: Usually the first rehearsal at which the company reads through the script.
Rear Elevation: The scale drawing that gives a back view of the set.
Rehearsal: Running through a scene without the camera actually filming the action to work out any unknown action, mistakes, or movement or for last second directions or instructions.
Release: In commercials, termination of use of a commercial.
Reprise: Musical term: to repeat, in whole or in part, a song which has already been sung in the show.
Rerun: Rebroadcast of a television program; in commercials, often called "reuse".
Residual: The fee paid to a performer for rebroadcast of a commercial, film or television program.
Resume: List of an actors credits, usually attached to an 8" x 10" photograph or composite.
Reverse Angle Shot: A shot of an object or person taken in the direction opposite that of the preceding shot (for example, a shot of the gates of a prison from within followed by a reverse angle shot showing the gates from outside). Rough Cut The initial assembling of the shots of a film, done without added sound.
Revolve: A stage or, more usually, part of a stage, which can revolve through 360 degrees.
Rewrite: Changes in a script, often using color coded pages.
Rig: A lighting term. To set the lanterns in position. As a noun, its refers to the actually positioning of the lanterns.
Rigging: The way in which mobile scenery is controlled.
Right: The right hand side of the stage as you look at the audience. Also known as the "opposite prompt" or "OP" side.
Rolling: Camera and sound are in motion and the action is ready to be filmed.
Rostrum: (Plural: rostra) A moveable platform.
Run: The total number of performances for a production.
Running / Reoccurring Part: In recurring role in a television series.
Running Crew: The backstage group of people who perform all the technical tasks during the show.
Running Order: The order in which a show's scenes and songs are performed.
Run-Through: To rehearse the show by performing from beginning to end without stopping.
Rushes: (also see Dailies) The lengths of footage taken during the course of filming and processed as the shooting of a film proceeds.

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