Jump to content


Photo

slates in the rain


  • Please log in to reply
10 replies to this topic

#1 Matt Cabinum

Matt Cabinum
  • Basic Members
  • PipPip
  • 13 posts
  • 1st Assistant Camera
  • Los Angeles, CA

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.
  • 0

#2 Kar Wai Ng

Kar Wai Ng
  • Basic Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 127 posts
  • 1st Assistant Camera
  • Toronto, Canada

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...
  • 0

#3 Mike Thorn

Mike Thorn
  • Basic Members
  • PipPip
  • 64 posts
  • Grip
  • Cleveland, OH

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.
  • 0

#4 Patrick Lavalley

Patrick Lavalley
  • Basic Members
  • PipPip
  • 91 posts
  • 2nd Assistant Camera
  • Portland, Oregon

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.
  • 0

#5 Annie Wengenroth

Annie Wengenroth
  • Basic Members
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 653 posts
  • Sound Department
  • Brooklyn, NY

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
  • 0

#6 Chris Keth

Chris Keth
  • Sustaining Members
  • 4427 posts
  • 1st Assistant Camera
  • Los Angeles

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. ;)
  • 0

#7 Ryan McGregor

Ryan McGregor

    New

  • Basic Members
  • Pip
  • 8 posts
  • Cinematographer

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.
  • 0

#8 Andy_Alderslade

Andy_Alderslade
  • Basic Members
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 1055 posts
  • Cinematographer
  • London, UK

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!
  • 0

#9 Matt Cabinum

Matt Cabinum
  • Basic Members
  • PipPip
  • 13 posts
  • 1st Assistant Camera
  • Los Angeles, CA

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.
  • 0

#10 ian henderson

ian henderson

    New

  • Basic Members
  • Pip
  • 7 posts
  • 1st Assistant Camera
  • Los Angeles/ New Orleans

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.
  • 0

#11 Jim Hyslop

Jim Hyslop
  • Basic Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 213 posts
  • 2nd Assistant Camera
  • Toronto, ON, Canada

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.
  • 0


CineTape

Aerial Filmworks

Technodolly

Wooden Camera

New Pro Video - New and Used Equipment

rebotnix Technologies

The Slider

Visual Products

Broadcast Solutions Inc

Tai Audio

Gamma Ray Digital Inc

Metropolis Post

CineLab

Ritter Battery

Abel Cine

Media Blackout - Custom Cables and AKS

Rig Wheels Passport

Willys Widgets

FJS International, LLC

Glidecam

Paralinx LLC

Gamma Ray Digital Inc

Aerial Filmworks

Glidecam

Willys Widgets

The Slider

Tai Audio

rebotnix Technologies

Technodolly

Visual Products

CineTape

Metropolis Post

New Pro Video - New and Used Equipment

Wooden Camera

Media Blackout - Custom Cables and AKS

Abel Cine

FJS International, LLC

Ritter Battery

Paralinx LLC

Rig Wheels Passport

CineLab

Broadcast Solutions Inc