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Laugh Track Recorded audience laughter laid down in post-production
Lavalier A very small wireless microphone which can be attached to an actor
L-Cut When the audio edit kicks in before or after the video edit – not at the same time
Leitmotif A recurring theme which could be a piece of music, a repeated shot or a piece of dialogue heard more than once
Lensing Filming
Lewton Bus A horror genre term used to describe the technique when built-up tension is suddenly shattered by something that turns out to be non-threatening
Lighting Camera operator Responsible for lighting the set
Lighting Designer The person who creates the lighting and atmosphere for the production. Works closely with the director
Limpet Mount A device that uses suction to mount a camera onto a flat surface
Line Producer

A crucial hirer when crewing up and the main manager of the day-to-day running of the set and the shooting deadline. Can also be responsible for budgeting before a production starts. Also known as LP

Lip Sync Matching mouth movements to dialogue or song
Live The status of a show that has been recorded live, for example a chat show in front of a studio audience
Live Live A show that goes out with a very short delay of just seconds or minutes to allow the swift editing or censorship of mistakes or profanities
Live Live Live A production that goes out live, exactly as it happens in real time, such as the coverage of an event like a royal wedding or rock concert
Location Manager The person who researches and secures all the locations needed
Location Scout A person who finds specific locations, reporting directly to the location manager
Log Sheet The details recorded on a form each day about the individual shots, scenes and locations
Logline The screenwriter’s brief summary of the film used in pitching to executives or agents
Long Shot A camera shot in which a large object, typically a human being, is entirely within the frame, often used to set the object in physical context
Long Take A particularly lengthy or uninterrupted shot
Longform A TV production that is over an hour in length
Look Room

The distance between the edge of the frame and the actors, measured in the direction the actor is looking. Also known as look room. Also known as Nose Room

Look-Live Film shot deliberately to appear as if it is live footage
Looping The process of re-recording dialogue during post-production using one long length of film rather than short edited segments
Low Angle Shot A shot taken looking up at the object
LP

Line Producer - A crucial hirer when crewing up and the main manager of the day-to-day running of the set and the shooting deadline. Can also be responsible for budgeting before a production starts.

Lunch The meal served halfway through the shooting day even if it is the middle of the night
Lux A way of measuring illumination in which one lux is the equivalent to a specific-sized candle (0.09 feet) falling on a 1sqm surface