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Orange sticks, what did camera operators use them for?

Richard Swearinger

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I was reading the year 2000 edition of the Kodak cinematography field guide and among the essential supplies for a ditty bag it listed orange sticks, which I believe are thin, 4- or 5-inch long sticks used by manicurists. They have tapered ends.


Is that what Kodak is talking about? If so, does anyone know how camera operators and cinematographers used them? Do they have any relevance today?


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Well; when you think that film is "deposited" on top of the base-layer as "some gunk" in essence; it can happen. But; man, those were the days. I miss hearing "good gate moving on."

Also we used to lube the film pressure plate/gate with the grease from the inside of your eyes/nose area ;) Or so the ACs I've had in times past have done.

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