They’re a tribalistic filmaking ritual. Even in this digital age they are still ever present, a 100 year old filmaking tradition. It also seems these days there are a gazillion slate “apps” that all ape the original concept…. two bits of wood being banged together on a board made of slate that you can write on.
The slate, as much as the camera itself, has become an icon for representing filmaking in action. Even the general public know that they’re an intrinsic part of the process.
There is of course a serious and useful purpose to slates, but that original purpose has also grown and transformed as well.
So really, let’s consider, what IS the purpose of the slate ? Well, there are two primary reasons to slate.
The first is to provide a synchronisation reference for double system sound syncing. An audible clap with a visual reference so…
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