production value

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production value (plural production values)

  1. (film, performing arts) A method, material, or stagecraft skill used in the production of a motion picture or artistic performance; the technical quality of such a method, material, or skill.
    • 1969, Toby Haggith, "Face the Music," Film Quarterly, vol. 22, no. 4, p. 11,
      Soon the novelty of all-talking pictures wore off and incidental music began to make a comeback. It was, after all, an added production value.
    • 1994, Mark S. Miller, "Helping Exhibitors: Pressbooks at Warner Bros. in the Late 1930s," Film History, vol. 6, no. 2, p. 189,
      The New York publicity people asked the studio people if the films were to be shot in colour or not so as to decide if whether to feature that production value in the promotional campaigns.

Usage notes[edit]

  • The plural form—"production values"—is much more common than the singular form.