A Complete Glossary of Basic Film Terms Part 2 (D-E)

This Article is the Second part of Film Techniques Glossary. Before starts reading this basic film terms Glossary Part 2 you should read its first part for an easier understanding.

List of Film Glossary Terms- Part 2


  • Day-for-Night shot- A technique for using shots filmed during the day to appear as moonlit night shots on the screen, by using specific lighting setup and underexposure.


  • Deep focus A technique in which objects very near or far from the camera are in focus at the same time. It provides great depth of field.


  • Depth of field It implies the depth of composition of a shot. In a frame, where there is a foreground, a middle-ground, and a background, it refers to the area in which the elements are focused.
  • Diegetic Sounds- They are sounds whose source is visible within the frame or whose source is part of the narrative sphere or the film’s world. Examples- Dialogues, ambient sounds, foley sounds, music which is coming from a source that is visible like radio.
  • Diffusion– The softening of the intensity of light achieved by using a diffuser in front of the light source to cut down shadows.
  • Direct Sound Sounds that are recorded simultaneously with the image.


  • Dissolve An editing technique between two sequences, shots or scenes, in which one shot or scene gradually fades out and is replaced by fade in of another shot or scene. It is often used to suggest the passage of time.


  • Dolby Stereo It is optical stereo sound format where in a 35mm film, 2 channels of audio was printed which contained encoded information for 4 channels (Left, right, centre & surround) in the same space that earlier had one mono optical channel of audio which made DS compatible with older mono playback equipments.


  • Dolly shot- A shot taken from a moving vehicle to get a smooth movement of the camera. Also known as Tracking Shot.


  • Double Exposure A single frame is exposed twice so that elements of both images get superimposed.

Related Read: Film Lighting Techniques and Tips 

  • Dubbing the addition of a new soundtrack (of dialogue, sound effects, or music) after filming, to match the action and lip movements of already-filmed shots.


  • Dutch Tilt A camera angle where the camera films the subject from a diagonal angle.


  • Editing The process of Splicing and Joining different shots to make up a scene and different scenes to make up a sequence.


  • Establishing Shot A long wide-angle shot at the beginning of a scene which gives the audience an overview of the location and time for the scene.


  • Extreme close-up– An extreme close-up of the subject which shows a minutely detailed view of it.


  • Extreme long shot– A view of an exterior location filmed from a great distance.


  • Eye-level shot– The placement of the camera such that it corresponds to the height of an observer on the scene.


  • Eyeline Match a cut between two shots that creates the illusion of the character, in the first shot, looking at an object, in the second shot.


Related To: Film Terms Glossary, Basic Film Terms, Film Terms Technical Names

Related Topics:

  1. A Complete Glossary of Basic Filmmaking Techniques | Part 1
  2. Film Direction Technical Terms and Definition | Part 3 (F-L)


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