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#1 Matt Cabinum

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Posted 17 June 2009 - 08:35 PM

I was 2nding on a feature where one particular scene took place in the pouring rain and writing on the slates became a bit of a problem. The Dry Erase died immediately and the sharpie wouldn't stay on either, nor would the vis a vis marker, or the white gaff with sharpie on it. Just wondering if anyone knew of a good way to slate in the rain, or any place with lots of moisture.
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#2 Kar Wai Ng

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Posted 17 June 2009 - 08:48 PM

Having dealt with situations like this in a non-ideal fashion (plastic bags, slating under umbrella, etc) what I've done is taken an old scratched-up slate that doesn't erase very well anymore, and converted it into a velcro slate. I put patches of white adhesive loop velcro on the front of the slate, and covered the back of the slate in loop velcro. Then I made lots of 1" stick-on numbers and letters with a labelmaker and hook velcro, and put them on the back of the slate. So in a rainy situation, you can pull out the velcro slate, and just stick on new numbers as needed, without having to deal with a marker.

Unfortunately, since I've made this slate, I haven't yet been in another situation where I needed it...
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#3 Mike Thorn

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Posted 17 June 2009 - 11:45 PM

Having dealt with situations like this in a non-ideal fashion (plastic bags, slating under umbrella, etc) what I've done is taken an old scratched-up slate that doesn't erase very well anymore, and converted it into a velcro slate. I put patches of white adhesive loop velcro on the front of the slate, and covered the back of the slate in loop velcro. Then I made lots of 1" stick-on numbers and letters with a labelmaker and hook velcro, and put them on the back of the slate. So in a rainy situation, you can pull out the velcro slate, and just stick on new numbers as needed, without having to deal with a marker.

Great idea. I'll have to do that.
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#4 Patrick Lavalley

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Posted 18 June 2009 - 12:41 AM

Has anyone tried grease pencil/china marker? Might be kind of a pain to erase, but I think it would stay on. I think they even use grease pencils when scuba diving.
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#5 Annie Wengenroth

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Posted 18 June 2009 - 09:54 PM

Cool, my slate sucks now so I think when I have spare time (rare, haha) I will convert it to Velcro. Camera Assistant Arts and Crafts Time! Then we can make friendship bracelets! :-D
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#6 Chris Keth

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Posted 18 June 2009 - 10:23 PM

When you get sick of dealing with the rain, you can just move to LA. It renders this whole discussion obsolete. ;)
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#7 Ryan McGregor

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Posted 19 June 2009 - 01:34 AM

http://www.modular51...;products_id=56

I just bought this, same idea as velcro'ing up a dumb slate, but for a timecode slate.
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#8 Andy_Alderslade

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Posted 19 June 2009 - 04:34 AM

http://www.modular51...;products_id=56

I just bought this, same idea as velcro'ing up a dumb slate, but for a timecode slate.


I wonder how the old chalk-boards hold up in the rain, it feels like everyone has one knocking around!
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#9 Matt Cabinum

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Posted 19 June 2009 - 06:46 PM

Thanks everyone Velcro seems to be the way to go. Ryan, Thanks for posting that link, probably going to pick up one of those on the next "rain" shoot.
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#10 ian henderson

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Posted 25 June 2009 - 10:41 AM

i always just end up holding the slate upside down when writing on it so the front doesnt get wet, and i keep a towel in my back pocket to erase/dry off the slate each time, and make sure the marker doesnt get wet.
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#11 Jim Hyslop

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Posted 25 June 2009 - 05:58 PM

I wonder how the old chalk-boards hold up in the rain, it feels like everyone has one knocking around!

I would guess they hold up better than dry-erase or water-soluble, but would still be susceptible to running. Just a guess, though.
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