Professional Clapboard with Color Bars
This is our most popular Clapboard. This a Professional Clapboard with color bars on the clap sticks. This film slate measures 9.75" x 12"
and it a white acrylic, dry erase clapboard. This is the most popular among film makers and professionals
videographers. It is made from 1/8” acrylic and it can be back-lit for night shots.
The sticks feature color bars to help match colors during editing when color correction maybe applied. The sticks contain a small magnet to
keep the sticks together when transporting. They are hinged by rigid steel plates and screws to insure continued, rigorous use by professionals.
The writing area is 8" x 12"
You can use either Dry Erase or Wet Erase markers.
Please note, some dry erase markers may stain the board. So we recommend using ONLY the Expo Vis-a-Vis Pen Wet Erase. They are use with overhead projectors. It wipes off easily with a
damp paper towel or damp cloth. You can order these directly from us. See the Clap Pen Below.
This is a quality built Clapboard or Film Slate. This same board sells in Hollywood for around $98. Be careful of
cheap clapboards, they have problems with the paint coming off the clap sticks, they don't use a high quality 1/8" acrylic board, they are
generally only a 1/16" plastic board and the overall construction is not very good.
We have sold our
White Director's Clapboard to TV and Film production companies, indie film makers and videographers around the world.
Note: You may find other Clapboards or Movie Slates that look like this
model, however, they are not a full size Clapboard. They are a
much smaller size.
Works with all of our Clapboards
A Short History on Film Slates or Clapboards
The first movie clapperboard, as shown below, was made from a wooden chalkboard with a hinged clap sticks mounted on the top. The chalkboard was the
slate where they wrote information about the space or location, the scene and the take.
Over the years, the clapboard or movie slate has
evolved from using chalk to using a whiteboard slate with the clap sticks mounted on top.
A crew member will use a wet erase or dry erase marker, instead of chalk, to write on the clapboard or clapperboard.
Using a white board style clapboard or clapperboard allows the board to be read easier, even with minimal light. Today, almost all
independent filmmakers and videographers use the whiteboard movie slates or clapboards, as shown below.
In the above photo, the cameraman is pointing his camera directly at the white director's clapboard.
Clapboard Slate or Film Clapboard
While the white type of clapboard will work with most Dry Erase pens, we
really don't recommend them. The reason is they can stain the
clapboard. We strongly recommend using the Clapboard Wet Erase Pen
that is sold on the left side of the screen.
Besides writing in the name of the Production, Directory, Camera and the
Date. You can always use removable vinyl letters and numbers. The ones
we have used are made by Chartpak and are called Pickett Design Vinyl
Numbers/Letters Stickers, 3/4", Black. You can get them in other sized,
but the 3/4 inch ones fit the best.
Using Clapboards, Film Slates,
White Director Slates and Clapperboards.
A Clapboard is know by several names such as, a Clapper Board, Film Slate, Director Slate and several other names.
The most popular types of film slates or clapboards used by filmmakers and videographers are the white acrylic type. While you will still
see some of the chalk type boards, the black boards with white lettering being used, they are simply not as popular any more. However, they
are popular as a decoration item.
A clapboard or film slate performs two functions for the videographer or filmmaker.
First, by writing on the clapboard or film slate, you can identify the shot with information for scene, take and roll. While roll is to
identify the film roll, with todays filmmakers and videographers shooting on digital media, roll is now used to identify the digital
media card that is being used for the shot.
By identify the each shot and using a shot log, when you go to edit your project you will know which shots were good and which shots were not so
good. This saves you a lot of time during the editing process, as you can skip the shots that you logged as bad shots.
Second, is audio and camera synchronization. If you are using a separate audio recorder to capture your audio, like a lot of DSLR
filmmakers do. You will need some way to sync your audio in post productions.
When you clap the sticks together, this will give you both a visual cue and a audible cue, so you can sync up the video with the audio for each scene.
If you are shooting with multiple cameras, you can use the clap sound to sync up each camera for the shot. This helps during post
productions to keep the video from each camera synced.
Sometimes a clapboard or film slate will be used at the end of the take and the clapboard or clapperboard will be held upside down. This is
primarily done when the clapboard or film slate was not used at the beginning of the take, due to the camera placement.
You want to use clapboard or film slate during all shots, so each take can be easily identified.
On some clapboards you will see labels such as:
Day - You circle this for a day time shot.
Nite - You circle this for a night time shot.
Int - You circle this for a interior shot.
Ext - You circle this for a exterior shot.
Mos - You circle this for a "motor only shot". I will explain this below.
Filter - If you are using a filter on the lens, you mark that after the work filter.
Sync - Circle this for a Sync shot. I will explain below.
Mos - This stands for Motor Only Shot. This means, that no audio will be recorded with this shot. You will be adding audio, music
or sound effects later in post production with a Mos shot. When a slate is used in a MOS take, normally the sticks are held half open.
However, you may see the film slate sticks closed,
Sync - When you circle this label, you are indicating that the clapboard is being used to
synchronize cameras with the clapping sound from the sticks on the clapboard.
Note: A clapboard is also known as a Clapboard Slate, Film Slate, Movie Slate, Director's Slate, Production Slate, Clapper Board,
White Director Slate, Scene Slate, Clapper Slate, Clap Board, etc.
For more detailed information on how to use a Film Clapboard
you can read this article.