Film Friday – The Film Slate

Seconds before hitting the sticks.

Seconds before hitting the sticks.

Mindful of direction and armed with sense memory, the actor readies himself for the start of his scene.

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A tool for matching sound and movement, the film slate or clapperboard provides visual and auditory documentation. For the actor it is the starter pistol or opening bell; a signal to release the character and give it bearing.

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The character emergence is a palpable moment.

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Nuances are adopted. Expressions are honed. The process repeats.

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