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 This page Film still is part of the film series.  Illustration: screen shot from L'Arrivée d'un train en gare de La Ciotat
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This page Film still is part of the film series.
Illustration: screen shot from L'Arrivée d'un train en gare de La Ciotat
A film still from the Great Train Robbery, a robber shooting at the projection screen.
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A film still from the Great Train Robbery, a robber shooting at the projection screen.

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A film still, sometimes called a publicity still, is a photograph taken on the set of a movie or television program during production, used for promotional purposes. Generally, a still photographer is present on the set, shooting alongside principal photography, but a print could also be made from a frame of a production reel. The latter option is usually less desirable, as the smaller negatives of cine film produce grainier images than do larger stills negatives, and the slow shutter speed used in motion-picture photography (typically 1/48th of a second) produces still images that are more prone to blur.

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