Grip Equipment for Film and
Video production Illustratrated Dictionary
Edison plug - the familiar alternating current general use plug with
two vertical parallel flat blades, and a round pin for the ground. Most
film video location-used lights with a wattage of 2K or less have an
Edison plug. Studio lights may have other electrical connectors.
empty frames - also known as just "empties". These are
frames of various sizes, usually made from flat aluminum bars that have
no covering or filter... the center is empty. A variety of diffusion and
blocking materials can be mounted to the frame using double-sided sticky
tape. They are useful, light weight and easy to work with.
expendables - any material related to grip and lighting use that
is technically considered to be good for one use, then "thrown
away". Among other items, the expendables list could include: gels
and diffusion for lights, gaffers tape, screws and nails, paper
tape, duvateyne, black plastic for blackouts, window color correction
gels and a lot more!
eyelight - a small lighting instrument, usually mounted near or
right over the camera, used to fill in eye shadows. Done to the extreme,
it can create an eerie glowing effect on a face. But it can also be
barely strong enough to just put a spark in the eye. Barn doors, snoots
or black wrap can be used to create a slot, or bar, of light that falls
right across the actors eyes. Obviously more useful in fairly static
poses, or short shots for dramatic effect. If rigged right over the
camera lens, it is sometimes referred to as an "obie light".
eyeline - as in stay out of the actors eyeline, or field of view,
during a take. If you do get caught, freeze... and don't look directly
at the talent.