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What is this slating method? (I have not seen it before)


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I was looking at BTS pictures from a British tv show I really enjoyed (‘This Is Going To Hurt’ by Lucy Forbes) and I couldn't understand the slates.

I am used to using ‘Scene, Slate, Take’ in Britain but also am familiar with the lettering that US productions do but have not see
n this method before..

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Scene is written like a fraction, the slate has a very high number on it such as 912 etc.

 

could someone please enlighten me?

 

Thanks!

 

 

 

 

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I’m guessing the fraction is the scene number over the set-up number for that scene, then the larger number is the total set-up number at that point?

But if that were true then both slates were for Scene 1 in the script… plus one slate is March 3 and the other is April 17, which has the 1/1 so my guess can’t be right…

Maybe it’s a series so the 1 above is the episode number and the number below is the scene number?

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18 minutes ago, David Mullen ASC said:

I’m guessing the fraction is the scene number over the set-up number for that scene, then the larger number is the total set-up number at that point?

But if that were true then both slates were for Scene 1 in the script… plus one slate is March 3 and the other is April 17, which has the 1/1 so my guess can’t be right…

Maybe it’s a series so the 1 above is the episode number and the number below is the scene number?

Thanks David.

 

It is a mini series with 7 eps so think that ep/scene is plausible but not sure what the slate number would be referring to 🤔

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9 hours ago, David Mullen ASC said:

Maybe it’s a series so the 1 above is the episode number and the number below is the scene number?

Yes.

I've correlated stills with the call sheet on my last show and the fractions match- episode/scene number.

"Take" is just that, the take number for the setup.

("Ipcress File". The scene with the Steenbeck was cut🙄)

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