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    common marker

    Could you please help me out with some movie terminology. I looked everywhere and wasn't able to find what is the meaning of "common marker".


    Camera Assistant says: "Scene J, four cameras, common marker, take two."

    Thanks a lot!

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    Re: common marker

    Not sure about this one. I had a look here and here but there's no mention of it.


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    Re: common marker

    Thanks for the links!
    I've also tried to find it on the internet, but there seems to be no definition (although it is mentioned).

    Maybe somebody else knows?


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    Re: common marker

    Quote Originally Posted by lukre View Post
    Could you please help me out with some movie terminology. I looked everywhere and wasn't able to find what is the meaning of "common marker".


    Camera Assistant says: "Scene J, four cameras, common marker, take two."

    Thanks a lot!


    Perhaps a marker in common to all four cameras? They can't really have clapper boards for each camera in use.

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    Re: common marker

    And in this context marker would be like a signal for all cameras to start filming at the same time? Have I got it right?
    If I were to paraphrase it, it would be: (all cameras start) on the same signal?

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    Re: common marker

    Quote Originally Posted by lukre View Post
    And in this context marker would be like a signal for all cameras to start filming at the same time? Have I got it right?
    If I were to paraphrase it, it would be: (all cameras start) on the same signal?
    Probably; I'd made a note to ask my brother, who was a Camera Assistant many years ago - though I fear the technology may have changed so much that he may not know. The clapper-board synchronizes the soundtrack with the images; I don't think they would have had four cameras all running together in his day! (Although, now I think of it, they did have several cameras running for the fire scene in Gone With the Wind; expensive and/or destructive scenes/stunts call for more than one camera-angle.)

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    Re: common marker

    Oh, so your brother would probably know than!
    If it's not to much bother, please ask him!

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    Will do - I don't see him very often though.

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    Re: common marker

    A common marker (also called a "common slate") is when one slate (that board with the clapper on top) is used for several cameras. The slate won't have the individual camera information written on it. Here is some info I found on some Cinematography message boards, if it is of any help:

    Cinematography.com :: Professional Motion Picture Camera People, News and Resources

    1. Bump each camera, that is shoot the slate with each camera separately. This is just so the editor knows the correct scene and take number.
    2. After cameras are rolling do a common marker (say it- “common marker”). Make sure to face the blank side of the slate toward the camera. This tells the editor that this slate is for syncing only.
    3. Wait for camera operators to call “set”
    4. Action

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    A and B Cameras
    If there are two or more cameras, sometimes a common slate is used. Both the slate and the verbal slate must make this clear.

    Using a common slate is not good because it can be confusing. With a common slate, there is no camera number ("Camera A" vs. "Camera B') and no film reel number. Therefore, each camera should have its own slate. The slate information for one camera must never be seen by the other camera. The same rule applies for showing the clapper closing. Therefore, when one camera is slated, someone puts their hand over the lens of the other camera to block the view of the other camera's slate.

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