In this lesson, we learnt about slating. We learnt how it works and the different functions for it. After that we did a practical using the clapboard showing our understanding on using them.Once that was done we had sync the audio that we recorded and the video together. More detail be below.
Slating is when you tell when you tell the cameraman, the actors and sound person that you are starting. So you have a clapboard, with the information written. These information are as follows.
You have the name of the production. You then have the scene. So if you are taking a particular scene, for example Scene 4, you would write the Number 4 on where it is labelled Scene. The other thing it would say on the clapboard is Take. This means the number of time you have taken the scene. So at first you would say take 1 and if it did not work, you would write take 2. Roll means that if you have multiple cameras filming, you would write Camera A, Camera B etc…
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If the scene comprises of multiple shots. You would have different camera shots but you would write it differently. For example one camera could be 4A and the next one could be 4B,so that it is clear which camera has filmed which bit. When you change the set up, you have to add a letter to indicate it clearly. Then you have the name of the director and cameraman, so that it helps the editor afterwards who filmed the scene.
To slate helps ensure that everyone is alert and board during the shoot. It gives the actors a moment to take a deep breath before stepping onto the scene.
Step By Step on how to slate:
- The Director, the cameraman and the person who takes care of the sound makes sure that they are ready
- Once everyone is ready the person who holds the clapboard shouts the scene and take and claps it in front of the camera so that the editor,later on,knows which scene and take it is
- The person who held the clapboard will then move out-of-the-way without disturbing the others.
- Once the scene is finished, the clapboard person will slate again in front of the camera to stop the scene, while the director says CUT.
The different ways of slating
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On our practical lesson, we had to take different very short videos, practising on using the clapboard doing the different slates. The 4 types of slating we had to do was head slate, tail slate, one with no sound and one with an angle.
For each slate, we had to film the actor which is Kyle saying which type of slate we are doing. The person holding the slate which was Kai had to walk in the frame saying which scene it is and the number of takes. The person recording the sound which was me had to record what was being said. The director which is Lydia would tell me when to record as well as the camera so that we start it together. At the end, Lydia says CUT which means that I have to stop recording and that Sara who is filming stops filming.
At first, the practical went wrong because we did not know when to slate at the right time and there were some miscommunication within the ‘crew’. On our 2nd try of the practical, me and Kai changed roles, so I was doing the sound. I was then able to participate well. We managed to have done the videos much quicker. Although when it came to the audio, we had to re-do the whole thing again. This time today, we did do everything correctly.
We then synched the videos and audio together on Avid for each videos.
Head Slate 2, LeFrenchBlog, 2016
Tail Slate 3, Le FrenchBlog, 2016
No Sound 2, LeFrenchBlog, 2016
Different Angle, LeFrenchBlog, 2016
In the practical for lighting, we looked at lighting for the 2nd time but in a different way. We learned about the different lights. Soft Light and Hard Light.
Hard Light is when the light shines onto an object and creates sharp and clear shadows.
Soft light is when the light shines onto an object, but this time, the shadows are softer than when using the hard light
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We also recapped on 3 Point Lighting. That Key light is the strongest light, the fill light fills the shadows on the other side and back light to create the outline.
In the practical we used LED lights with the reflectors and coloured filters. We had to take a photo of each member of the group using the filters and the back light. We also had to use reflectors to bounce off the light to the subject. We used the filters to give more of an effect when we look back at the photos. Here are a few examples of those photos.
These are the pictures using the LED lights as the key light and one as a back light. The reflector was used as a fill light. We clearly see the outlines for most of the photos taken. In the photo with Kai, me and Sara, we used the gold reflector as the fill light to give a clearer detail on the other person’s side.
These next photos are when we used the red and blue filters. When taking the pictures, for most of them, these looked better than we expected.
Using Blue Gels
Using Red Gels
The 2 filters we used could have a different meaning to the mood.Blue could could mean that we are sad, or that we feel anxiety.Anything that makes us feel bad. Red is different. It can give us a mood of evil, or a mysterious person. So different coloured filters can tell us different ways of telling the character what they feel like. This practical worked really well. We used the 3 point lighting effectively without the gels. When it came to the gels, there were some of the photos where it was the blue filter especially was making the photo too bright. This was because we did not fold it. On the red filter, it was bright in some of the photos but they worked well, so it did not overpower the shot as much. For this, we did not use the back light at all, so that it gives a darker mood onto the picture.
Battle For Champions Resort, Available at: battle-for-champions-resort.wikia.com/wiki/File:Clapboard.png, Accessed on 07/11/2016,
LeFrenchBlog,(2016), Different Angle 2, Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=06Y8yDN0YbM&feature=youtu.be, Accessed on 08/11/2016
LeFrenchBlog, (2016), Head Slate 2, Available at:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hionCQN6wl0&feature=youtu.be, Accessed on 08/11/2016
LeFrenchBlog, (2016), No Sound, Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9VTfAECs3g&feature=youtu.be, Accessed on 08/11/2016
LeFrenchBlog, (2016), Tail Slate 3, Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EMBxpqLC9Xc&feature=youtu.be, Accesssed on 08/11/2016
Mastering Film, No Date, Available at: http://www.masteringfilm.com/slate-the-head-of-your-shots/, Accessed on 07/11/2016