Where to buy a clapperboard?

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stuart621
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Sorry if this is OT but does anyone have any idea where I can buy a clapperboard (preferably a white, wipe-clean one)?

Thanks.

gerry roffey
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The widescreen centre in London (don't have exact contact details to hand)

John Willett
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Optex?

John
 
A picture tells a thousand words, but sound tells a thousand pictures.

DAVE M
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I probably sound as if I work for them.. (I don't)
I assume that you mean a slate, not a clapper board.

Composite Video
do what you're after for £19.00 +vat
product code 2063071

7 x 9" white PVC with pen.

020 8641 4044

They also do Film Clappers,
£25 (10 x 8 wood)
£59 (9.5 x 11" Acrylic)

The other option is to either get a piece of white Perspex and write on it with a permanant pen, using a dry wipe for the Temporary details,
or knock up soething on a PC, print it out to paper / card and visit a copy shop. They could laminate in a pouch laminator and you'd stick it to a bit of wood / metal ...

Alan Roberts at work
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Unless you want one of the really smart ones with a time-code display in it, I'd make my own. It can't be hard. Making your own, you get the chance to customise it. Opaque white perspex is the way to start, you can get that in sheets from people like Transatlantic Plastics (there's a shop in or near Kingston), or Lakeland (shops in many High Streets) etc. Acrylic paint should mark it permanently for the patterns and other stuff, then use a white-board pen for the wipe-off bits and away you go.

stuart621
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Many thanks for all the suggestions. If any of you had ever seen my attempts at DIY, you would realise why I didn't try to make my own. :)

Might give it a go, though.

Alan Roberts at work
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The basics you'll need:

Two bits of wood, hinged together at one end. This makes the actual clapper, so put the hinge across the end. About 25mm square should be ok. Glue/screw/whatever the bits of plastic to the wood. Doing it this way gives you handles to hold it by from behind so you can operate it with one hand. Then you can ram the top bar into a back pocket until the next take, all still using just one hand.

The designs on the front are up to you, all you actually require is some markings that will be clearly visible even when badly lit and out of focus. That way you can judge impact. Everything else is entirely personal, whatever you want/need.

Go on, be a devil, get the glue out and deprive the professionals of a customer. You know it makes sense

simonphw
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this is a cheap way to do it.i use a kids blackboard(a small one) which even has has white plastic on the bag so if the chalk dissapears i can write on the back with pen then rub it of.of course you dont get the clap that you get from a clapperboard but it does the job for showing me what the clip is.

simonphw
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quote:Originally posted by gerry roffey:
The widescreen centre in London (don't have exact contact details to hand)

is this the one http://www.widescreen-centre.co.uk/cine.html

Alan Roberts at work
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The clack of the board closing is an important piece of discipline. Hearing it happen on set makes all those present realise that the shot is under way. And it helps to make sure that sound sync doesn't go off, and is vital if you're recording on more than one recorder (i.e. multi-cameras or separate sound).

chris thomas
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I've just had a good root around the widescreen centre's website, but I can't find clapper boards...

Chris Thomas. http://cptv.co.uk - over 30 minutes of streaming video to bore yourself with!

Stuart B-M
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Hi,

Couldn,t get a link to a picture but might be worth a phone call?

Scroll down to "clapperboard". http://www.exult.co.uk/noframes/Accessories%20-%20Miscellaneous.html

Regards

Regards all.

demon of dirt
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that site has the most props ever!