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CLAPPERBOARD

And, ‘Lights, Camera,Action’ – the words usually preceding the clap of the clapperboard on a recording set. Although many people don’t use the clapperboard these days, because it’s not as essential as it used to be, it’s still good practice on large shoots or multicamera work – essentially the clapperboard was there to log the take number and details of the shots, as well as to create a sound to sync up the sound track with the ‘clack’ being the key point. We still use a clapperboard on complex shoots but also use a digital board on our iPad – not quite so pretty to look at but it does allow us to easily send an electronic version of the shot list back to base.


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