Introduction: French Flag / Freedom Flag

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A french flag is the nickname given to a camera tool used to block unwanted light from hitting lens usually resulting in a lens flare, or makes dirt more apparent on the lens. I wanted to replicate the French flag found on filmtools.com

Step 1: The Stuff You Need

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18 inches of 1/2" Loc line for the adjustable tubing / Arm.
1/2" Loc Line elbow
Pony clamp
Rubber Washers and Metal Washers 1/4" screw hole
One 1/4" spring nut
One 1/4" by 1" bolt
One 1/4" by 1 1/2" bolt
Pipe Banding in picture.
9x11 sheet of black ABS

Tools:
Drill and 1/4" Drill Bit
Sand Paper
#11 wrench

Purchased Loc Line at  http://fish-supplies.fosterandsmithaquatics.com/
Purchased ABS plastic sheet at http://www.coloradoplastics.com/
Everything else is at the Hardware Store.

Step 2: Grip Clip / Pony Clamp

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Drill a 1/4" hole in the grip clip use 1 1/2" by 1/4" bolt
Drop a washer and 1/4" nut down one end of the Loc Line piece
Assemble according to picture.
This will secure the loc line to the grip clip

Step 3: Layout of Flag Mount

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Cut a small piece of the metal banding, drill a hole as needed, fold it into an arch so it can fit into the round opening of the loc line, leaving room for the 1/4" nut to be placed under it.

Use a piece of sandpaper to dull the ABS plastic to give it a matte finish, so it will not reflect as much light.

See next step for a better idea of what it looks like put together.

Step 4: Assembled Flag Mount

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Now its together, snap all the loc line back together, this can be a challenge, just takes a little muscle.

Step 5: Find a Camera to Clamp It To

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Become an Assistant Camera Operator in Hollywood or somewhere. Would probably look best clamped to a Panavision or Arri. Perhaps you can use it to create some shade over your camera assistants manual while you sit in the sun.

Step 6: Build One and Send Me a Picture to Place Here.

Build one and use it on a production send me a picture!

If you have any movie/film related questions
Check out Cinematography.com forum

Comments

DarkStarPDX (author)2008-07-15

Working in television and video production since the early 1990s I had no idea those were nicknamed "French flags". You learn something new every day! (or maybe it's just an East Coast/California thing) :-)

jsnandrsn (author)DarkStarPDX2008-07-17

what do you call them?

karossii (author)jsnandrsn2009-10-13

Not sure what he calls them, but in all the studios I've ever worked in, they were referred to as either shades or scrims. Scrims can be a diffuser, or they can be solid and block light.

jsnandrsn (author)karossii2010-05-27

my intention was to make a camera shade what I call a french flag, but I have used it attached to a light as well, perhaps I will update my keywords.

nerddroid (author)2009-06-03

hOW COME THE LOC LINE LINK DIRECTS ME TO A DOG SITE? AND WHEN I SEARCH LOC LINE IT SAYS "I CAN'T PURCHASE THAT ITEM THERE?"

jsnandrsn (author)nerddroid2010-05-27

Loc line is commonly used for Aquariums, they moved it to their Aqua section, I updated the link

paperclip32 (author)nerddroid2010-05-27

 The website URL might have changed,or the website closed.Please stop shouting.

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