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Basic Film Industry Trivia

Posted by DreamSharer on February 5, 2012

1. Let’s begin with a genre question. If a film’s objective is to shock, disgust or repel its audience, what genre is it most likely associated with?

A. Gangster

B. Horror

C. Musical

D. Western


2. Which of the following can generally be used as an example of non-diegetic material?

A. Special effects

B. A main character’s monologue

C. Set and costumes

D. A film’s closing credits


3. What is the difference between what the term ‘long take’ and ‘long shot’ refer to?

A. Long shot – duration between cuts; long take – distance between camera and subject.

B. There is no difference; they both refer to duration between cuts.

C. There is no difference; they both refer to distance between camera and subject.

D. Long take – duration between cuts; long shot – distance between camera and subject.


4. Alright, so who the heck is the ‘best boy’?

A. He’s a friend of the producer’s who hangs out on set but doesn’t have a particular responsibility.

B. He’s the assistant to the gaffer (who is the head electrician).

C. He’s the assistant to the make-up artist, but is particularly concerned with the male lead’s needs.

D. He’s the overseer of the clapper boy (who operates the clapboard identifying each take).


5. What is a master shot?

A. The first take for every shot.

B. A moving shot that pans the room in 360 degrees, establishing geography and spatial relationships.

C. The first shot used in a film.

D. A wide angle or long shot that establishes the spatial relationships of all of the elements in the frame and orients those elements in a particular place.


6. Which of the following films is NOT paired with the movement it was a part of?

A. ‘Rules of the Game’ – French Impressionism

B. ‘Battleship Potemkin’ – Soviet Montage

C. ‘The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari’ – German Expressionism

D. ‘Umberto D’ – Italian Neorealism


7. What is true of panning or tilting?

A. In panning, the camera is rotated side to side horizontally and the point of view remains the same.

B. In tilting, the point of view is fixed and the camera is just turned on the horizontal axis.

C. In panning, the camera moves up and down and the point of view is mobile.

D. In tilting, the point of view is mobile and the camera is moved on the horizontal axis.


8. In three-point lighting, which of the following is NOT one of the lights used?

A. sub

B. fill

C. back

D. key


9. A theoretical discovery in the 1920’s showed that an audience does not perceive individual shots separately from those around it, that in fact there are constant inferences made by the collision of images on the screen. An example of how this might work: a man’s face is shown; cut to a shot of a woman storming out of a door with a suitcase; cut back to the exact same shot of the man’s face. An audience seeing sequence would infer an emotional situation, probably that the woman is leaving the man (perhaps her husband?) and the audience would believe the man’s face to be different the second time they see it even if it is the exact same shot printed twice in the film. What is the name by which this phenomenon is known?

A. Kuleshov Effect

B. Psyche Interpretation

C. Theory of Inference

D. Eisenstein Principle


10. What is looping?

A. The process of setting up the projector for showing a print.

B. The use of wires and harnesses for stunts – literally looping the stars to scaffolding.

C. The process of re-recording the dialogue for a film.

D. The act of a camera rotating back on itself to film the space it came from.

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