The slate operator is crucial to filmmaking. They make sure each piece of film is labeled with the scene and take number, plus codes for different camera angles. The loud clap is a marker to synchronize sound. A good slate operator will make each take easy to find for editing. A great one will make it memorable.
Argentinian slate operator Geraldine Brezca has worked with Quentin Tarantino many times, and this compilation shows how she made each snippet of the raw film on Inglourious Basterds memorable. Notice how she uses a word to correspond with the board information. Some of those words are NSFW. -via Kottke
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