Wrap (filmmaking)

phrase meaning "the end of filming" used by a director in the early days of the film industry

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Wrap was a phrase used by the director in the early days of the film industry to signal the end of filming. Since the 1920s, filmmakers have been using this phrase when principal photography is concluded and the film is ready to go into post-production.[1][2] At that point, it is traditional to hold a wrap party for the cast and crew of the film.[3][4] This marks the end of the actors' collaboration (except for possible dubbing or pick-ups) on the film. They may be called in to promote the film when it is about to be released.

The term "wrap" is sometimes said to be an acronym for "Wind, Reel and Print", although this is disputed, and most likely a backronym.


  1. ^ Kirby, Ben (30 January 2014). "Film Studies 101: On-Set Jargon Explained". Empire. Retrieved 5 February 2020.
  2. ^ Safire, William (27 February 2005). "'It's A Wrap'". The New York Times. Retrieved 5 February 2020.
  3. ^ Selcke, Dan (1 July 2018). "Scenes from the Game of Thrones series wrap party". Winter is Coming. Retrieved 5 February 2020.
  4. ^ Watts, Halina (28 September 2019). "'Really drunk' James Bond star Daniel Craig's emotional wrap party speech". mirror. Retrieved 5 February 2020.

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