We have written an article on How to Use a Film Clapboard. Also known as a Clapperboard or Clapboard Slate.
In this article we explain how to use the Film Clapboard and what you should be writing on it to make the post production process easier.
One of the questions I am asked the most is, “I want to label the Film Clapboard with some type of lettering, what should I use?”
What we have used with success is with removable vinyl letters and numbers from 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.
You can find them online at places like Amazon.com or at most office supply websites or store. These letters are great for labeling the name of the Production, the Directory, the Camera operator and the Date.
For the Roll (also known as Tape or Media), Scene and the Take, you should use a vis-à-vis Wet Erase Pen, instead of a dry erase pen. Even though the white Film Clapboards say you can use a Dry Erase pen, we have found that some brands will stain the Clapperboard. This is why I prefer to use the Wet Erase Pens that we sell on the page with all of our Film Clapboard Slates.
If you are using the Clapboard as a decoration for the wall, which a lot of filmmakers and Videographers do. Then in addition to using the ¾ inch letters, also pickup some 2 inch letters and number to use in the Roll, Scene, Take areas.