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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

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

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

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

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

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
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) :-)
what do you call them?
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.<br />
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. <br />
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?"
Loc line is commonly used for Aquariums, they moved it to their Aqua section, I&nbsp;updated the link<br />
&nbsp;The website URL might have changed,or the website closed.Please stop shouting.

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