PREPARE MOTION PICTURE SLATES AND CAPTIONS
Describe various types of slates and captions.
Given information and diagrams about slates and captions.
Demonstrate competency of the task skills and knowledge by correctly responding
to 80 percent of the multiple-choice test covering slates and captions.
Learning Event 1:
Motion picture slates are a very important part of filming.
used to identify motion picture scenes may take any one of several forms. In
emergencies, cameramen on news assignments have written scene identification on
a scrap of paper and photographed it before shooting the scene.
instances, however, the slates used are more formal.
They may be made up to
show whatever information is considered necessary, such as the title or project
number of the film, the name of the cameraman, and the number of the scene and
Some slates also identify the camera, the lens used, and the
exposure. The date and even the time of day are sometimes shown. If you are
part of a large organization employing a number of crews, the unit number of
the name of the director or supervisor of the crew might be included.
short, the slate should contain all the information required for proper
identification of a scene.
a. In all cases the following information should be included: name of
cameraman, visual information facility or unit, subject, date of exposure,
locations, film roll number, special symbols or markings, project number, if
applicable, and camera and its identification number, if applicable.