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Old August 3rd, 2011, 12:16 AM   #16
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Re: Meaning of 'chiron'

Yeah, jargon can make everyday stuff seem special. Like these terms:

* A spring clothespin with the wooden bits turned around - a C47.
* An extension cord - a stinger.
* A branch used to cast a shadow - a branchasaurus.
* Something that "goes between" - a gobo.

And on and on... :)
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Old August 5th, 2011, 12:31 PM   #17
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Yeah, jargon can make everyday stuff seem special. Like these terms:

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* A branch used to cast a shadow - a branchasaurus.
...

And on and on... :)
I think you mean "branchaloris", which is a combination of branch and cucoloris, which is more commonly known as a "cookie" - a sheet of wood or foam core with cutouts, used to cast patterns of light.

I like the idea of a branchasaurus though - sounds like the kind of thing my nephew would come up with (he's in a bit of a dinosaur phase right now!)
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Old August 5th, 2011, 12:48 PM   #18
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Hehehe. We're a bit naughty when we're on location. When I shoot with the regular crew we have a few in house expressions that sound really grand but actually mean very banal things! As a couple of my clients hang out here I will keep them to myself ;-). We use C47 a lot - that one always makes me giggle.

On a (pretty much completely) unrelated note. When we do sound checks involving attractive ladies, we are VERY bad people. We ask them to say a couple of words which are particularly sibillant or plosive (and we explain what this means to add technical credance), like 'yes' and 'baby'. We explain that it's important to check volume as well so we ask the speaker to say each word three times with increasing volume. I leave the rest to your imagination . . .

I have no doubt that in this age of ridiculously over-sensitive political correctness, one day we will lose a customer (or our liberty!) as a result. Meanwhile, we giggle like drains every time we do it. I'm nearly 50.
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Old August 5th, 2011, 03:14 PM   #19
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* An extension cord - a stinger.
STRINGER, isn't it?
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Old August 5th, 2011, 03:34 PM   #20
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Stinger/stringer - that could be another regional thing. I've certainly only heard them called stingers.
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Old August 5th, 2011, 04:04 PM   #21
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I recently dug up an old promo tape for Chyron, circa 1984. 2 fonts! 4 typeface sizes! Can do drop shadow and borders! I should upload it to youtube. lol
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Old August 5th, 2011, 06:07 PM   #22
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"Stinger" on all the TV and Film sets I've ever worked. But yeah, could be a regional thing.
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