Using a Clapboard Preview

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This module is one of 12 modules in the

Cinematography Technique Course

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ABOUT THIS MODULE

The clapboard is one of the most recognizable tools used in the film industry, but also one of the most misunderstood. In this module, we’ll show you the purpose of a clapboard, how to properly use it and more importantly, how not to use it.
 

IN THIS MODULE

  • 11:04 video that teaches you proper slate techniques
  • Complete companion guide

LEARN

  • How to properly use a slate
  • Smart slates vs. dumb slates
  • How to properly mark a slate
  • How to mark MOS shots
  • How to mark sync sound shots
  • How to tailslate
  • How to mark a series
  • What are softsticks
  • What to do if you don't have a clapboard
"This would be an excellent way to support a production course — and it gives students a way to easily review basic concepts."
 
   - Richie Sherman,
     Pennsylvania State University
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