12 votes
Accepted

What's the proper term for individual TV episodes that feature multiple episodic storylines?

These can be referred to as anthology episodes, in which the episode consists of several shorter, potentially unrelated stories. The stories are often connected by an overarching plot, setting, or ...
user avatar
6 votes
Accepted

Is Leslie Nielsen's distinction between a comedian and a comic actually insightful, or is he just telling a joke here?

Time magazine did a story about Michael J Fox appearing on the TV show Spin City. The essence of the article was that Fox understood what it meant to be a comedic actor, as opposed to the explosion ...
user avatar
  • 206
5 votes
Accepted

What is it called when an actor plays themselves in a movie?

I have most often heard/read this as "Spoof", as they are typically making fun of, on some level, themselves. Another great example is Last Action Hero (1993), where Arnold is clearly ...
user avatar
  • 57.6k
5 votes
Accepted

Is there an industry-specific term for the animated logo that precedes a movie studio’s films?

As per Wikipedia: A production logo, vanity card, vanity plate, or vanity logo is a logo used by movie studios and television production companies to brand what they produce and to determine the ...
user avatar
  • 46k
4 votes
Accepted

What is the section at the beginning of many TV series episodes called where clips from the last episode are replayed?

It's called a recap sequence, though many would call it a 'catch-up', or 'Previously…' The term 'catch-up' these days could be slightly confusing, since the proliferation of streaming services where ...
user avatar
  • 45.7k
4 votes

Is there an industry-specific term for the animated logo that precedes a movie studio’s films?

“Logos” or “film studio logos”. See https://www.filmsite.org/titles-studiologos.html
user avatar
  • 9,307
2 votes

What's the term for some sequel where we see the characters in the original but much older?

While this may not fit each and every one of your examples, I think many of these kinds of spin-offs are often referred to as "revivals". Unlike spin-offs, in which a television network ...
user avatar
  • 22.2k
2 votes
Accepted

Is there any common name for this type of shot?

It's a regular close-up. The 'shot' comes from the actor's performance, not from camera work.
user avatar
  • 109
2 votes

What is the term for video quality that is intentionally made to look old or degraded?

Retraux. Steampunk is also used but involves settings that are false retro, while retraux involves VHS quality, Antiquated linguistics, or Silence is golden. It can also “mimic” according to decade ...
user avatar
1 vote

What is the term for video quality that is intentionally made to look old or degraded?

Image Noise and Film Grain Overlay are two common techniques used to do this. They help to mimic the grain/texture in film, which happens randomly from the silver halide particles that are suspended ...
user avatar
  • 318
1 vote

What is it called when an actor plays themselves in a movie?

It's called a cameo appearance, or just cameo nowadays. The term originated in the 20's, when a "cameo role" meant a small character part that stands out from the other small parts. The ...
user avatar
  • 7,262

Only top scored, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible