Can you name these common pieces of TV and film equipment?

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“Lights, camera, action.”

The three behind-the-scenes words echoed by directors in the television and film industry for decades.

An inside look at how a set is created, the expensive equipment used and what actors do while the bright lights aren’t on has been a way to further engage fans in a hit TV series or their favorite movie for years now.

There are endless behind-the-scenes details to any TV show or film, from lingo to crew members. Also included is equipment, and plenty of it! We want to see if you can point out some of the basics!

Can you name these items that are commonly seen on a typical film and television set?

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  1. The camera in this Western set can be seen on top of what piece of equipment?
  2. Generally used in television news, this is an older version of what piece of equipment, allowing talent to read word for word, rather than memorize lines?
  3. What is this movie and television staple called?
  4. What type of microphone is hanging over these two actors?
  5. This type of cable is commonplace on any movie and television set. What are they called?
  6. This piece of equipment allows camera operators to roll heavy and expensive cameras on a track with ease, all while filming and maintaining a steady shot. What is it called?
  7. This lanky piece of equipment allows a camera to capture a wide range of shots, including up close, without a person holding the camera, while keeping the shot steady. What is it?
  8. An actor in a studio can seemingly be anywhere in the world if they stand in front of what device that allows for easy background changes?
  9. What did these vintage pieces of film equipment store?
  10. What member of the crew is most likely to be sitting in this type of chair?

Can you name these common pieces of TV and film equipment?

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JeffPaul76 12 months ago
"You got 9 out of 10" ---"Cut!" "Was this quiz a wrap or do we need to take it from the top?" I got number 7 wrong. I said it was an arm, but it was a jib instead.
Moverfan 20 months ago
In #9, did anybody notice they're asking what the reels held...and the one on the right is full of film?
JeffPaul76 Moverfan 12 months ago
Yes I did. And probably a lot, or some others did too.
AlbertHanson 20 months ago
10/10--One of the easier quizzes.
flyhawk3131 20 months ago
My wife was in the business for 25 years
Dario 21 months ago
9 out of 10. 😁😁😁😁😁
RichLorn 21 months ago
No questions about the catering van?
JKMallaber 21 months ago
9/10. Missed the stupid "clapperbbox" one, or whatever they claimed that was. I was looking for slate, ended up choosing action-board.
TSeym22 21 months ago
8/10 Could have been perfect if I hadn't overruled my first instinct on 5 and 7.
dodgebob 21 months ago
6/10, Cut, let's run that again from the top....... Action
TlorDagama 21 months ago
You got 8 out of 10
“Cut!” Was this quiz a wrap or do we need to take it from the top? Missed 5 and 7
LarryBell 21 months ago
9/10 I missed the one about the type of cable shown
hippie22 21 months ago
I shoulda been in pictures! 9/10!
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