Whether you’ve ever been on a professional set or not, I’m sure you’ve seen the boards that snap together before yelling action. The slate or clapper is almost an icon of moviemaking. You can easily construct a slate (see figure 19-1) for your own use whether you’ll be recording to film or direct to video.
While there are many reasons a slate is used, a few of the most important include:
• Editing information Written on the slate is information specifying the film roll (or DV cassette number), the scene number, the take, and other information that can be imaged for later use during the post-production process.
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