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
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
Drill and 1/4" Drill Bit
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!
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