Introduction: $1 Clapboard
If you need a way to know what takes and scenes work when you are editing, you need a clapboard. A clapboard helps in the editing room a lot by taking time off editing. Most the time, proffesional clapboards cost in the $100+ range. This is a simple, cheap, and effective clapboard that can help out a lot with your next production.
Step 1: Materials
Small Dry-Erase Board ( I got mine at Dollar Tree)
Dry Erase Marker (mine came with the board)
Step 2: About the Board
My board was only a dollar, so of course it wasn't going to be of great quality. But it is of good quality. It is made of cardboard and has magnetic strips so it can hang in a locker. It also comes with a dry-erase marker. But that too, is not of great quality. So do not keep dry-erase writing on it too long or else it might become permanent.
Step 3: Write
I used an image of a clapboard fom online to know what to write and where to write the words. I have provided that image for you guys so you don't have to look. I wrote what it said in permanent marker on the dry-erase board. I didn't need where it said director (since I am always the director) or where it said camera. I also didn't need where it said date, but I thought it could be helpful. For the date I put two slashes with a space in between each one and after the second slash I put "20" since I probably won't be alive, filming and/or using this in 2100+. This does not apply to you if you live in the 2100s, 2200s, etc.
Step 4: Helpful Advice
If you get a piece of paper and write down which takes worked in which scenes, it can help a lot in post. You can delete the takes that didn't work on your computer (to save camera battery power on set).
Step 5: That Is It
That is all you need to do. Let me know what you think of this in the comments.
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