Ways of slate-ing in Hollywood

Uses of the clapper board

Helpful for production, tells the editor what shot is what

Starting point of when the filming is going to begin

Production – e.g name of the film you are creating

Scene – e.g of the scene you are about to film such as scene 1

(more than one shot) – note where the shot is being taken place (use the alphabet for the name of the different cameras/shots) (use letters to represent different cameras or different shots) e.g 31/1

try not to use I and O use something such as 32/1 or T/S

at the end of the shot hold the slate the other way round so the editor knows that certain shot take has ended

tale slate – used if set forgot to use the slate to make the same information

Take – What film take you are on (amount of tries until its perfect for the director)

Roll – For different camera mediums (camera a) and (camera b)

Date – What date the production is being shot

Sound –

sync – syncing the sound

mos – no sound being recorded

Production company – use for longer projects

Director – the name of the person director

Cameraman – the name of the camera man working on the camera on the day.

Pick up shot – Used to film the last scene again

Time code – Mirrors the audio and video together.

Clapper board is used to make sure that everyone on set is aware of the shot is being filmed

Director checks “Sound”

Sound mixer confirms “Sound ready”

Director “Camera”

Camera operator “Camera ready”

Others: “Quiet on set” “Actors ready” “Roll sound” “Sound rolling” “Camera rolling” “Slate it” “Action” “Cut” “Actors on break” “Set on break”

Slate jobs:

Make sure the slate is in the frame and in focus

It must occupy 1/3 of the shot

Can be read by the editor/set

Held still until closed

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