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    I made this clapboard for my upcoming shortfilm and thought it was ok posting it here.

    It cost me zero $ 'cause I had all the needed materials but I think it is pretty cheap to make and surely most of the materials are easy to find in any home.

    I used:

    1 piece of Methacrylate.
    2 pieces of wood.
    3 screws with nuts.
    1 paper with the template printed.
    Black and White paint.



    I'm a big fan of keeping the bugdet of a film at the lowest cost possible, so I`ve used what I had, cheapest paper for print, mixed glossy with matte paint, etc.

    The methacrylate piece was a leftover for another project.

    I hope you like it.


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    Good job!
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    thanks!


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    Dude,
    make as many of these you can and sell them on Ebay. I paid Birns and Sawyer about $50 for the same thing. You can cut into their business for sure!!
    "The enemy of art is the absence of limitations"
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    "To me the great hope is... people that normally wouldn't be making movies will make them and suddenly some little fat girl in Ohio will be the new Mozart and will make a beautiful film using her father's camera-corder and the "Professionalism" of movie making will be destroyed forever and it will finally become an art form."
    -Francis Ford Coppola.


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    very good job.. however, i don't see: nor do you mention magnets.. good clapper boards have a little magnet at the end of each stick to make the click loud enough and a very visible spike in the audio waveform.
    might cost you another $2 ;)


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    Quote Originally Posted by utako.o View Post
    very good job.. however, i don't see: nor do you mention magnets.. good clapper boards have a little magnet at the end of each stick to make the click loud enough and a very visible spike in the audio waveform.
    might cost you another $2 ;)
    They also keep it shut when it's supposed to be shut ;)

    Yeah... it looks really good though.


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    Quote Originally Posted by utako.o View Post
    very good job.. however, i don't see: nor do you mention magnets.. good clapper boards have a little magnet at the end of each stick to make the click loud enough and a very visible spike in the audio waveform.
    might cost you another $2 ;)
    thanks for the comments!

    Yeah I know that, but the sticks are made of a real hard wood, so when it claps the sound is very clear and strong.
    Please remember this was made using zero $, if I found some magnets laying around I'll try that.


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    Here's another shot with my panny.



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    haha, v nice


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    I am shocked at how much these things cost. I've never seen one for less than 40 beans new, but usually they are even more.

    Ikan was selling them for 20 at NAB, so we scooped up a few.

    That one looks great though.


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