Thread: ACRONYMS
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Old July 4th, 2005, 12:54 PM
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Default Re: ACRONYMS

Some acronyms are unintentionally funny, and made more so when they "stick" for generations and become part of an accepted lexicon where people seldom question the origin.

In motion picture and video production, when a shot is to be made with no accompanying soundtrack recorded, it is slated and logged on the camera sheet as "MOS." Why?

At the dawn of the talkies, the great director Eric von Stroheim was about to do an insert shot which did not require recording audio. When the assistant asked how it should be logged, the answer was "MOS."

"What does that mean?" asked the assistant.

"Mit Out Sount," declared the great man, and so it is to this day.
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