Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Takes and double takes

Take. The filming of a scene without interruption.

In filmmaking, a ‘take’ is a scene shot without interruption.

On the other hand, a double take is a delayed reaction to an unusual remark or circumstance. For example, if you walk down the road dressed as Darth Vader, a passerby might glance at you, continue on their way, and then a second later, stop and turn around in surprise.

Double takes are used as a comic device in the cinema. In the clip above from Dinner at Eight, when Jean Harlow mentions she's reading a book about the future, Marie Dressler does a fabulous double take.

An interesting variation on this is a spit take, in which the double take causes the character to spit out whatever they are drinking, like this talk show host.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010


Courage. The quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, or pain without fear, e.g. it takes courage to stand up for your rights.

Saturday, October 2, 2010


Boulevard. A wide, usually tree-lined road in a city, often used as a promenade.

Monday, September 13, 2010


Fuss. 1) a state of agitation especially over a trivial matter.
2) a display of affectionate excitement and attention.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Do good

Do good. Be beneficial for. e.g. People should exercise regularly. Exercise does you good.