It sounds bad, but its actually a phrase used by film crews when theres a need to remove a one kilowatt spotlight from a movie set and switch off a two kilowatt quartz light.
The violent-sounding slang is just one of the offbeat film terms featured in Strike the Baby and Kill the Blonde (Three Rivers Press), a book by cameraman Dave Knox that gives a behind the scenes look at film set lingo.
Other unsettling slang terms used on film sets include choker, which refers to an extremely tight close-up and a lookie-loo, which is a gawking passerby who might potentially ruin a shot being filmed.
Meanwhile, the term in the can refers to when the intended shot or scene is completed to everyones satisfaction and the completed film is literally placed inside a tin can.
Finally, two tees is how a director asks for a close-up shot of an actress cleavage.
Strike the Baby and Kill the Blonde hits stores this month.
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