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Tab Dressing: Light on the House
Tabs (see "Tabs") before the curtain goes up and during the
Tabs: Curtains. The curtains which close across the proscenium arch are
called "House Tabs".
Taft-Hartley Act: A federal statute which allows 30 days from first
employment before being required to join a union.
Tag: An introduction or ending to a commercial or television show
to identify the sponsor or production company's or dealer, address, phone
Take 5: The announcement of periodic five minute breaks.
Take: A single uninterrupted action of a camera as seen by a filmmaker.
A take is unedited footage as taken from the camera, while a shot is the
uninterrupted action left after editing.
Technical Rehearsal: The rehearsal or series of rehearsals in which
the technical elements of the show are integrated with the work of actors.
Also called Tech.
Telephoto Lens (See Long Lens): A lens with an extremely long focal length
capable of making distant objects appear nearer and thus larger. (A telephoto
has greater power of magnification than a Long Lens.)
Teleprompter: the brand name of a device which enables a broadcaster to
read a script while looking into the camera lens.
Thrust: A type of stage which projects out into the auditorium
and has audience seated on three sides.
Tilt Shot: A shot taken by angling a stationary camera up (tilt-up)
or down (tilt-down).
Tracking Shot (traveling shot, trucking shot): Any shot using a mobile
camera that follows (or moves toward or away from) the subject by moving
on tracks or by being mounted on a vehicle.
Trades: Newspapers and periodicals featuring entertainment news
Trailer: A short segment of a film or television program that is
used to advertise/promote that particular film or television show.
Trap: Removable area of the stage floor that allows access to the
area underneath the stage.
Traveler: A curtain that can open to the sides of the stage.
Trim: The height to which a piece of scenery or stage equipment
will be flown.
Truck: A rostrum or platform on wheels, on which scenery can be
mounted so that it can be rolled into any position on-stage.
Trucking Shot: Any moving shot with the camera on a mobile mounting,
but chiefly a moving shot taken with a camera mounted on a truck.
Turntable: Portion of the stage that revolves.
Two Shot: A shot of two people, usually from the waist up.
Typecasting: Categorizing performers based on their "look".