Walk by any camera cart or snoop inside any camera assistant’s toolkit and you’re guaranteed to find at least one thing: camera tape. And you’ll find it in various sizes, styles, and colors.
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Have you ever tried to use a piece of camera tape outdoors to mark an actor? It isn’t easy. Often the ground is uneven or the texture not well-suited for adhesive tape. Luckily, 1st AC Brian Andrews has a brilliantly elegant — and cheap! — solution.
When it comes to marking actors, the process is fairly straightforward. However, sometimes it can actually end up being quite confusing: for instance, suppose two actors, with two different colors of paper tape, have to end up on the same mark at separate times in a scene.
Marking is fairly straight forward, especially when there are multiple colors of paper tape available to assign to each actor. There are, however, some situations where two actors are marked with the same color. How do you deal with this?
About 20 years ago, Michael Caine, one of the more talented and prolific actors of modern times, made a video called “Acting in Film” that was aired on the BBC. While in school, a professor showed me the hour-long workshop and I was inspired by Caine’s knowledge of not just the abstract concepts but the detailed acting techniques that are also important.
Having tabbed paper tape makes things much easier when clearing or moving actors’ marks on set (especially with a tagboard.) Unfortunately, tabbing tape can be a tedious process if you rip a piece, tab it, then place it. In this quick “how to,” I will show a more efficient way to rip and tab tape at the same time allowing for fast application of it on set where time is crucial.
There are various types of ground marks that one can lay, such as sandbags, but they are often expensive and heavy. When you are traveling, weight can cost you money. So here’s a simple, cheap, do-it-yourself solution.