Film terms: M

Macro
Extreme close-up shooting.

Mafer
A type of clamp often used with magic arms.

Magazine
Celluloid film is loaded into magazines and then locked onto the camera.

Magic hour
The period immediately after sunset lasting for around fifteen to twenty minutes where there is still enough light to see by and therefore shoot, take photographs and so on. Beautiful golden light. Nothing to do with casting spells or harry potter.

Majors
Any of the major Hollywood studios

Martini
Last shot of the day.

Master shot
This is a shot which covers all the important action in a scene or sequence and establishes spatial relationships between characters. If you’ve got this shot then an audience will know what’s going on (even if you have nothing else) and then you can cut in and out to more specific shots.

MCS
Medium close up.

Minus green
Magenta coloured gel used to balance excessive green spike in fluorescent lighting.

Mise-en-scene
From the French “putting in the scene”. This describes all the physical aspects of the set (lighting, blocking, camera movement) and the objects within the frame (props, dressing, costume) and how they are used/interpreted.

Mix
Mixing sound tracks together into a seamless whole.

MLS
Medium long shot

Montage
A quick sucession of shots designed to create the impression of time passing and character development without taking up too much screen time.

MOS
‘mid’ out sound. Just write mute goddamnit!

Motif
A meaningful theme, image, symbol or idea that recurs throughout a film or story.

Motivation
An actor’s purpose or goal that spurs her character to act. For crew it’s mealtimes.

Motivated lighting
Creating lighting effects to mimic windows, tables lamps etc.

Moving shot
Moving the camera to follow the action or to create movement in an otherwise static shot/scene.

MS
Medium shot.

MUTE SHOT
A shot without sound.