Film terms: N

A sound recording unit using tape. Once the standard recording device for sound recording on a film set.


The original film used in camera. Every light area will appear dark and vice versa. For Example: NIGHT INT or NIGHT EXT.

Fine nets used to cut down the intensity of light beams or part of it.

Neutral density filter
Dark looking filters or gels that cut the intensity of light and not its quality. Example: neutral density would be put over a window to reduce the over-exposure caused by the sun streaming in.

A script convention indicating.. night time.

Night for night
Shooting night scenes during the daytime.

Shots used in interview situations, mainly in news, where an interviewer is seen nodding as if in response to a valid point made by the interviewee. These are usually shot after the interview and cut in to shorten the length or cover different segments.

Snow-like effect on footage which may be underexposed. If you use high-gain in low light situations you will see more ‘noise’.

Non-linear editing
Editing on a mac or p.c. using software such as final cut pro, or Adobe premiere. Shot footage is digitised into data and stored on the hard drive. This allows you to create different versions of scenes and move backwards and forwards through footage. This can lead to massive indecision and hair-pulling and/or fist-fighting.

Noise reduction
Minimising system noise through recording and playback.

Nook/Nook light
A small 1K open face light.

Normal lens
A lens that matches our normal visual sense of the world. For 35mm film a normal lens is 50mm and for 16mm film it is a 25mm lens.

North Light
A large soft source.

National Television Systems Committee. Television standard used in America, Canada and Japan.