A to Z Guide to Film Terms

An insider's guide to the terms and phrases used by the people who make movies and tv shows. If you want to work in the "biz," or just enjoy movies and how they are made, then this book is for you. Initally released in 1995, the print edition has sold over 20,000 copies. Written by location scout Tim Moshansky, this book contains terms spoken on film sets by actual crews. A must for film buffs More

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About Tim Moshansky

In 1995 I became a member of the Director’s Guild of Canada. This same year I also began work as a location scout. I have since scouted hundreds of locations for dozens of Feature Films, TV movies, TV series, TV commercials and other projects.

Also in 1995 I self-published the A to Z Guide to Film Terms, a pocket sized film terms dictionary that has gone on to sell over 20,000 copies and is now in its 5th edition. The book has since become a standard in the industry, and is used by film schools and training facilities throughout North America.

In 1999 I began acting training with David Jones, ongoing until 2001.

In 2002 I received a scholarship from the DGC to attend the Part Time Director’s course at Vancouver Film School.

I recently created and developed a half-hour TV series concept called the A to Z Film Guide, based on material from my book.

I have given many seminars on “Location Scouting,” and “How To Get Into the Film Industry and Stay In,” at Capilano College in Vancouver and at the Victoria Motion Picture School.

I am currently still working as a location scout for various TV and Feature Film productions in the Vancouver, BC area.


Director of Photography
The Director of Photography (DP), or Cinematographer is responsible for creating the mood of a film through lighting, camera and lens choices, framing and camera movement. When all of these elements are combined, "movie magic" happens.

Movie Lighting 101
Tim, along with his lovely assistant, show you how using just one light can create a variety of dramatic lighting for film.


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