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5 Ways the Camera Department Can Help Avoid “Fix It In Post” Headaches

Evan Luzi covers 5 ways that the camera assistant can make the editorial process as simple as possible. Have you looked around on a film set lately? You might notice that production and post-production are beginning to merge. Walter Murch, the “Yoda of editing,” often talks about how he doesn’t think editors belong on set. He thinks Read MoreRead More

Deciphering the Film Slate (Part 3): Twelve Examples of a Completed Slate

Evan Luzi compares the slating techniques from 12 Films. You want to be a slate superstar? A champion of the clapperboard? A maestro of the marker? If you want to be a slating pro, reading about it is only going to take you so far. What will help you learn the most is doing it — putting marker Read MoreRead More

Deciphering the Film Slate (Part 2): Pickups, Plates, MOS, and More

Evan Luzi continues the discussion on Film Slates with all those other little details that go onto a slate. The film slate hasn’t existed for so many years — adapting to the ever-changing filmmaking landscape — without developing nuances and best practices for a few non-conventional situations. For instance, how do you slate if a Read MoreRead More

What to Write on a Clapperboard

Evan Luzi breaks down the sections of a slate and discusses what goes where when your called to prepare the slate for a take. Slating: it’s a staple of filmmaking, it’s an art, and it requires a certain amount of subtlety. It’s also one of the most recognizable duties a 2nd Assistant Camera (AC) is expected to fulfill. There’s a Read MoreRead More

Five Tips for Holding the Slate Properly When Marking a Shot

Evan Luzi discusses the finer points of holding a slate – another tip: You don’t need to slam the clapper. It’s over in only a few seconds: ”Mark it!” *CLAP*Yet slating — clapping the sticks on a slateboard to mark a scene — is more important than the time it’s given on set. It helps crew in post-production Read MoreRead More

The Digital Slate that’s also an Assistant Editor

Digtal Slates for iDevices have been around for a while now. But now, through an innovative use of QR Barcodes, the metadata that’s on the slate can be attached to the video clip itself. With QRSlate for iOS and a Desktop Importer for Mac OS, QRSlate allows you to automatically import and embed metadata included on your movie slate into your clips, as well as find the slate clap, lay down markers, and more!Read More

iPad DSLR Slate app + Canon 7D

The first slate designed specifically for the DSLR filmmaker, DSLR Slate provides unique inputs like ISO, Aperture, Shutter Speed, Lens, White Balance, and many more. The biggest standout feature is the “quick burst” mode which flashes not only the most common but ALL your data to the camera within about 2 seconds just before the A/V sync. This app was designed for the iPad but retains 100% functionality on the iPhone and iPod Touch.Read More