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By Wendy

We speak a certain language in the art world, like any small community (tombstone: wall label with bare-bones information about a work of art). Hip-hop, too, invented a special vernacular (word to your mother: true). Advertising/marketing types  throw around terms that make little sense to outsiders (snipe: strip of late-breaking news in a print advertisement, often placed in the upper-right or upper-left corner).

We should not have been surprised, then, to run into some weird lingo last weekend during filming of a UNC-TV documentary here in our galleries, Collecting Matisse and Modern Masters: The Cone Sisters of Baltimore.
Some of our favorites:

Dead cat: boom microphone covered in faux fur
Beach: sandbag used to weigh down equipment
Stinger: extension cord
Sticks: legs of a camera tripod
Keystone: distorted picture that is too narrow at the bottom
Cookie: light can
C47: clothespin
Gobo: paper with holes to create a dappled light effect in the background
Solid: Black screen used to cut down reflection
Abby Singer: the second-to-last shot of filming
Martini Shot: the very last shot of filming
Strike: Time to pack up the equipment!

IMAGE: Mike Milstead, Dolly Grip (left), and Mike Burke, Director of Photography,  film the 30-minute documentary, Collecting Matisse and Modern Masters: The Cone Sisters of Baltimore, that will air on UNC-TV during the week of Thanksgiving. Photo by Wendy Hower Livingston. BACKGROUND: Paul Gauguin, Vahine no te vi (Woman of the Mango), 1892. Oil on canvas, 28 ¾ x 17 ¾ inches. (73 x 45.1 cm). The Baltimore Museum of Art: The Cone Collection, formed by Dr. Claribel Cone and Miss Etta Cone of Baltimore, Maryland, BMA 1950.213. Henri Matisse, Large Seated Nude, cast 1930. Bronze, 30 3/16 x 31 5/8 x 14 inches (76.7 x 80.3 x 35.6 cm). The Baltimore Museum of Art: The Cone Collection, formed by Dr. Claribel Cone and Miss Etta Cone of Baltimore, Maryland, BMA 1950.255. © 2012 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
SPECIAL THANKS
Thank you to the crew from UNC-TV, North Carolina’s public television network: Scott Davis, Director and Executive Producer; Steve Price, Lighting Director; Mike Burke, Director of Photography; Gregory Winters, Director of Photography; Mike Milstead, Dolly Grip; Christine Harrigan, Associate Producer; Nick Kepple, Lighting Assistant.

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