These are just a few of the terms used in this guide. See the right-hand column for a collection of online filmmaking glossaries.
deal memo - Outlining what two parties want from the deal. Often done in the form of a one-two page letter and as a precursor to a full contract, but can also stand alone as an agreement.
distribution - Getting your film seen by more than your family. Distribution refer to any form of distribution such as, having a film print made, internet streaming, or festival screenings – any way that you can get it out there is distribution.
exclusivity - Used in terms of rights and gives the buyer of the rights the exclusive use on the work.
grading - A grader will go through your film and correct each scene to achieve the exact colour and tonal qualities that you want.
in perpetuity - Used in terms of rights and licensing, meaning forever.
outline - The plot structure to your story, avoiding unnecessary embellishments.
post-production - Everything that takes place once the film has been shot. Including editing, grading, music, visual effects.
synopsis - A brief description of the overall story.
treatment - Describes what happens in the story, following the plot structure and looks in detail at what happens. Normally does not have dialogue