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Walk Through Similar to that of a rehearsal or dry run
Walk-On Artists

A background actor or extra is a performer in a film, television show, stage, musical, opera or ballet production, who appears in a nonspeaking or nonsinging (silent) capacity, usually in the background.

Wardrobe Assistant A role providing support with costumes and accessories
Wardrobe Department The costume department
Wedges Pieces of wood used for levelling and stabilizing camera equipment and tracks
WGA Writers Guild of America
WGGB Writers Guild of Great Britain
Whip Pan A very quick camera pan that creates a blur on the screen
White Balance The process of the camera focussing on something white, such as a piece of paper, to restore the correct colour
Whodunnit A story dealing with mystery, frequently revealing the identity of a murderer at the end
Wide Angle Lens A lens that allows a camera to cover a wider area than a normal lens
Wide Shot When the camera is positioned to capture the majority of the action in a scene
Widescreen A letterbox picture format, typically with 1.85:1 or 2:35.1 aspect ratio
Wild Sound / Track The audio recording of the environment you’re shooting in with no dialogue spoken

A rough version of a film, used by the editors during the editing process. Such copies generally contain original sound that will later be cleaned up, stock footage can be used as placeholders for missing shots that maybe added later.

Wrap The point at which the shoot or a production finishes