This is another great post to help get the most out of the clapperboard.
Blogged by Evan Luzi at http://www.theblackandblue.com/2012/11/05/deciphering-film-slate-1/ Accessed on December 11 2015
Other thoughts include:
- The clapper must be in focus to be readable.
- The board must not move until the clap is completed.
- It should be perpendicular to the ground.
- No clapping off camera.
- Clean clap (otherwise you get a call for 2nd sticks (i.e. repeat)).
- Soft claps near actors (hearing).
- Shot letter spoken phonetically and created for ever different shot (e.g. pulling out, zooming would be Scene 1 Apha, take 1 and Scene Bravo, take 1 and recorded on the shot list as 1A 1 and 1B 1.
- Tail clap with clapperboard upside down to show the end point.