A director who molds all aspects of filmmaking into a unified and distinctive artistic style.
A recurring theme linked with some aspect of a drama.
Causal Plot
A story in which each incident leads logically to the next with a clear cause-and-effect relationship.
Episodic Plot
A story in which many of the incidents are loosely connected and are not the result of cause and effects.
A cut backwards in time in a narrative film, often revealing something about the present.
Linear Plot
A story that is told in strict chronological sequence.
Nonlinear Plot
A story that is told out of chronological order- for example, with flashbacks.
The principal character of a drama, around whom the plot and theme unfolds.
The adversary in a drama who is in a conflict with the protagonist.
The time and place a story takes place in.
Period Film
A movie set in a defined historical era.
Categories based on similar stories and other conventions.
The art of taking moving pictures.
A theatrical term that refers to the visual elements of film, encompassing aspects such as lighting, costumes, and decor, the relationship of these elements to each other, and how they are photographed.
Point of View
The perspective of the camera eye.
The phase of filmmaking that occurs after the film has been shot.
An uninterrupted length of film.
The precise moment when one shot ends and another begins.
The alteration of shots from two or more sequences.
The relatively quick cutting of images that are related in some manner.
Any group of notes that can be perceived as a unit.
A recognizable melodic idea that recurs, thereby lending shape to a musical composition.
A resting moment in music.
In music, this is a small melodic unit that is treated as a theme or used to build a larger melodic idea.
The element of music dealing with the melodic lines and the combination of melodic lines in a composition.
A term for a musical texture dominated by a single melody with accompaniment.
A musical texture featuring a single melodic line with no accompaniment.
The art of combining two or more equal melodies together.
A type of contrapuntal texture in which two or more similar melodies are heard.
Sounds that are beautiful and restful to the ear.
The harmonic clash between pitches that creates tension.
The musical element that deals with the dimension of time and can refer to the relative length of notes.
The speed of beats in a musical compostition.
Recurring patterns of strong and weak pulses in music.
The element of music dealing with the colors or tone qualities produced by voices, instruments, and the various combinitions of voices and instruments.
The act of assigning instruments or voices to the various musical ideas.
A specialist in orchestration.
When the music contains a series of tunes from the film.
Music that precedes the beginning of the film.
Source Music
Music that has a logical source within the narrative of the film, such as a radio. Also known as diagetic music.
Music in film that does not emanate from a source seen on the screen. It is also known as non-diegectic music.
A passage of underscoring from its entrance to its end.
Wall-to-Wall Music
Music that plays almost continuously.
A new setting of a previously composed melody.
Thematic Transformation
When a leitmotif is altered to create variety and to give support to dramatic situations.
The borrowing of a substatial portion of an existing comoposition for use in a film score, yet the music remains recognizable though it can be adapted to suit the needs of the film.
Adapted Score
Film score that is substantially borrowed.
Compilation Score
Score that is a pastiche of borrowed music.
Eclectic Score
A musical score that contains a wide range of musical styles.
Mickey Mousing
The mimicking of physical action in film music to such an extent as to suggest cartoon music.
Sound Mixing
Technology that allows various recorded sounds to be combined during postproduction.
Musical Comedy
Make it up.
A form of expressionalism that maintains the style and sound of expressionalism through a systematic approact to composition.
Film Noir
A dark trend of American film, inlcuding features such as strong dark shadows, nighttime urban settings, and dark, twisted plots.
An electronic instrument that changes pitches as the player moves his hand closer or further from a central antenna.
A term associated with experimental artistic styles.
Electronic Music
Music created with the aid of electronic instruments that either manipulate existing sounds or generate new musical sounds through electronic means.
A film that costs an extraordinary amount of money to make, with the hope of producing a major box-office success.
Obsolete eighteenth-century keyboard instrument, used to recreate music from the past for a more authentic sound.
A movie that is based on the characters or plot of a previous movie.
Provided a highly developed sound system that was soon integrated into theaters.
An electronic instrument capable of generating and reproducing sounds. Controlled by a keyboard, it is capable of initating the sounds of acoustic instruments, replacing an entire orchestra, or creatinig unique new sonds.
A form of rock that became popular during the 70’s.
Plucked string instrument, ethnic.
Shakuhachi, Erhu, Pipa
Japanese ethnic instruments.
An instrumental ensemble from Java or Bali consisting of a variety of percussion instruments, flutes, stringed instruments, and occasionally singers.
Andean Flute
An ethnic instrument.
Layered Music
Layering several musical themes on top of each other while maintaining the their own distinctive sound.


Film makers began to cut a montage from a movie to a popular song from the movie to be broadcasted on MTV.
Jewish song
A;musical movement;in which short melodic, harmonic, or rhythmic ideas are repeated with little variation.

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A song made of electronic music, with different layers of music combined into one song.

Rap Music

Spoken words to a song.