On a film set, the clapperboard (also called a slate) is one of the most iconic pieces of movie gear. After calling shots, a crew member (usually the 2nd AC or the 1st AC) s responsible for slating shots. This video tutorial will examine how to slate shots and how to use a slate, including slating etiquette: second sticks, soft sticks, MOS, tail slates, etc.
- One of the most iconic pieces…of filmmaking gear is the clapperboard,…also called a slate.…There's actually quite a few rules relating to the slate.…It's fascinating!…Now, in the old days of film, cameras couldn't record audio.…Audio had to be recorded separately from the camera…and then synced together with the video in post-production.…So, they needed something that would make…a very brief, and distinct noise…that could be easily matched up with the clear visual.…That's all you really need for a slate.…(slate claps)…Sometimes I'll an app, that just has a flashing light,…that also makes a noise.…And if there's no slate or app,…you can even just clap your hands.…
(claps) Does the same thing.…Just make sure that could always see the slate clap,…especially in tight shots like this one.…One of the benefits of an app, or a physical slate,…over something quick and dirty like a hand clap,…is that you can write key information at a glance.…The date, the director, the scene information,…the camera operator, frame rate, and so on.…
Find the rest of the courses in the series—on everything from script writing to directing—on Chad's author page.
- Understanding the role of different crew members
- Sending out call sheets
- Using a slate
- Keeping continuity with a script supervisor and production photographer
- Keeping the crew fed, happy, and safe
- Rescheduling shoots
- Dealing with wardrobe for a large cast
- Using special effects makeup
Skill Level Intermediate
Creating a Short Film: 05 Directingwith Chad Perkins2h 27m Intermediate
Creating a Short Film: 03 Pre-Productionwith Chad Perkins2h 13m Intermediate
Video Foundations: Cameras and Shootingwith Anthony Q. Artis2h 58m Intermediate
"The Assurance"7m 43s
1. Common Crew Members
2. Film Production Basics
4. Keeping the Crew Happy
5. Our Big Resets
6. Working with Props
7. Preparing to Shoot
8. Special Effects Makeup
Final thoughts1m 33s
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