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Macro A lens that focusses on extreme close ups, usually to capture very small subjects
Magazine Format A programme format that consists of several feature stories, often shot in a variety of styles
Major Often refers to one of the eight major film studios - Warner Bros., Universal, Paramount, MGM, Sony, 20th Century Fox, Dreamworks and Disney
Master The original recorded footage, also referred to as Master Tapes
Matte Painting

A painted representation of a landscape, set, or location that allows filmmakers to create the illusion of an environment that is nonexistent in real life or would otherwise be too expensive or impossible to build or visit.

McGuffin

A plot device in the form of a goal, desired object, or other motivation that the character pursues, often with little or no narrative explanation.

 

MCU

Medium Close Up - A type of shot usually framing a person from the shoulders up

Medium Close Up A type of shot usually framing a person from the shoulders up
Medium Shot A camera shot between a long shot and close up, usually including just a person’s head and shoulders
Mic Microphone
Mickey Nickname for Redhead
Mini-Dv A tape format commonly used in consumer camcorders
Mise En Scene All the elements included in a shot, from the actors to props
Money Shot A shot that gives the most impact to the audience
Monopod A one legged camera supporting device
Montage Several shots of sometimes varying space and time cut together
Morphing An effect morphing one subject into another subject
Motion Capture Capturing movements or expressions of people to help create character models digitally; used heavily in films such as James Cameron’s Avatar (2009)
Motion Effects Making an image move by manipulation, such as zooming or rotating
Motion Pictures Experts Group

A group that develops standards for digital audio and video compression

Mouse House Another name for the Walt Disney company
Mp3 A method for compressing video and audio
MPEG

Moving Picture Experts Group - A group that develops standards for digital audio and video compression

MS

Medium Shot - A camera shot between a long shot and close up, usually including just a person’s head and shoulders

Music Licensing Getting permission from the copyright holders of music to allow it to be featured in a project