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Birns & Sawyer Economy Production Slate with Black and White Clapper Sticks for Dry-Erase Markers

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The Birns & Sawyer Economy Slate is an affordable production slate designed to be used with dry erase markers. The slate is made out of pressboard material and has standard black and white clapper sticks. The slate measures 7.25 x 11".

Note! Marks-A-Lot Markers recommended for use with all BirnsGear Slates.

Writing Surface Masonite
Dimensions (HxW) 7.25 x 11"
Clapper Black and White

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Birns & SawyerEconomy Dry Erase Production Slate
 
3.8

(based on 42 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (34)
  • Highly compatible (13)
  • Improves performance (10)
  • Professional quality (10)
  • Compact (8)

Cons

  • Poor design (6)

Best Uses

  • Independent films (30)
  • Home movies (22)
  • In the studio (20)
  • Complex projects (13)
    • How long have you owned it:
    • A month or less

       

      One-to-three months

       

      100% 

      (4 reviews)

      Three-to-six months

       

      More than six months

       
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Film student (18), Business owner (11), Professional artist (10), Enthusiast (8)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (10)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

A breeze to use, and easy to clean.

There are no major concerns with the clapper board's one moving part. Ease of use is evident upon first writing on the board. My students and I have used it for several shots and...Read complete review

There are no major concerns with the clapper board's one moving part. Ease of use is evident upon first writing on the board. My students and I have used it for several shots and things have become infinitely easier at the editing stations - students get into the habit of making their shots count, organizing their clips, and keeping equipment clean - including the board.

Very economical, and highly durable for even the toughest high school students.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Basic slate, but best deal for the money

I run an independent film production company, which for anyone who doesn't know, means that we're ALWAYS out of money. But there was something I just couldn't stomach about seeing my shots slated...Read complete review

I run an independent film production company, which for anyone who doesn't know, means that we're ALWAYS out of money. But there was something I just couldn't stomach about seeing my shots slated on a piece of notebook paper, so I broke down and spent the money on this slate. Most slates (as with all film equipment) are absurdly over-priced, but this one was about the right price for what you get. Granted - it's very basic: just black and white clapper sticks on a loose hinge (the top clapper has to be held up; it won't support itself). And while the front is white marker board, the back is brown pressboard, meaning you can't use the back of this slate to white balance. But overall -- especially if you're shooting digital -- these are fairly minor inconveniences. There are certain pieces of equipment that you just need to spend the money on to aid to the professionalism of your set, and this is definitely one of them.

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5.0

Great, Standard Clapper

By UTULSA

from Tulsa, OK

About Me Film Student

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Easy To Use
  • Highly Compatible
  • Improves Performance
  • Lightweight
  • Professional Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Complex Projects
    • Home Movies
    • Independent Films
    • In The Studio

    Comments about Birns & Sawyer Economy Dry Erase Production Slate:

    Students at our university use this clapper during film shoots. Easy to clean, standard, professional, fun to use.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    What a fantastic slate!

    By Bobby Stultooga

    from Richmond, VA

    About Me Professional Artist

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Highly Compatible
    • Lightweight
    • Professional Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Complex Projects
      • Home Movies
      • Independent Films
      • In The Studio

      Comments about Birns & Sawyer Economy Dry Erase Production Slate:

      It is cheap for the what it is...i guess. IT WORKS!!! It doesn't feel like it's going to fall apart. The only reason you would have to fear it falling apart would be if you threw it across a room or decided to break it over your knee. The clapper makes a clapping noise. The dry erase board works. Good deal.

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      • No

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      2.0

      Weak construction

      By Syd

      from Olympia, WA

      About Me Film Student

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Fragile

      Best Uses

      • Independent Films

      Comments about Birns & Sawyer Economy Dry Erase Production Slate:

      Everything is fine about this item except one thing. The clapper hinge is basically held together by a flimsy piece of particle board. I haven't broken it yet but expect to soon.

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      • No

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      4.0

      Does the job.

      By The King of The Next Shot

      from Las Vegas, NV

      About Me Film Student, Professional Artist

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Improves Performance
      • Lightweight
      • Professional Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Complex Projects
        • Independent Films
        • In The Studio

        Comments about Birns & Sawyer Economy Dry Erase Production Slate:

        I needed a simple slate that does everything and I think I have it. And for the price, can't beat it.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        2.0

        Weak Applause for Clapper

        By OakMan

        from El Cerrito, CA

        About Me Business Owner

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Pricey / Poor Value

        Best Uses

        • Complex Projects
        • In The Studio

        Comments about Birns & Sawyer Economy Dry Erase Production Slate:

        The product works for synching audio to video. It produces an audible clack, and dry erase markers can readily be wiped off the white surface. Overall construction is on the weak side, given the price. if the unfinished back side were painted white, it could be used in a pinch for white balance, and more importantly, would protect the clapper's rear pressboard side from water damage.

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        • No

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        4.0

        Simple and Easy

        By Super Cat

        from Canada

        About Me Professional Artist

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight
        • Professional Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Independent Films

          Comments about Birns & Sawyer Economy Dry Erase Production Slate:

          It is a very simple one and it is good enough for what I need. No battery need, eco friendly, why not.

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          • No

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          4.0

          Great Slate!

          By IndieCajun

          from New Orleans

          About Me Film Student, Professional Artist

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Easy To Use
          • Highly Compatible
          • Improves Performance

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Independent Films
            • In The Studio

            Comments about Birns & Sawyer Economy Dry Erase Production Slate:

            This slate met all of my expectations and performed as needed! Definitely the best slate in this price range!

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            • No

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            1.0

            not impress

            By mcruzdvm

            from redding, ca

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

              • Poor Design
              • Poor Performance

              Best Uses

                Comments about Birns & Sawyer Economy Dry Erase Production Slate:

                poor quality, got a better one from b and h

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                4.0

                Great clapboard for the price!

                By Andy

                from Stockton, CA

                About Me Film Student

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use

                Cons

                • Poor Design

                Best Uses

                • Home Movies
                • Independent Films
                • In The Studio

                Comments about Birns & Sawyer Economy Dry Erase Production Slate:

                Sure it's not digital, technological, or fancy by any means, this gets the job done. Easily the cheapest clap-board available, this product actually WORKS. It's made out of dry-erase board, so you can easily change all of the information whilst on-set. It's very simple in design, as to be expected.

                On the down-side, it's a tid-bit flimsy and, if not properly cared for, the white board can get messy. Though it often feels like it's ready to fall apart in your hands, I haven't had a single problem with it at all.

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                • No

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                3.0

                OK

                By The Rundown

                from San Jose, CA

                About Me Business Owner

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use

                Cons

                • Build Quality

                Best Uses

                • Complex Projects
                • Independent Films
                • In The Studio

                Comments about Birns & Sawyer Economy Dry Erase Production Slate:

                It is a clapper to sync audio and video in post. The build is O.K. but I don't think it will hold up to years of use without the need for repairs, but other than that it is a straight forward purchase.

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                • No

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                4.0

                Recommended

                By Jenn

                from Orlando, FL

                About Me Film teacher

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact Design
                • Easy To Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • In The Studio

                  Comments about Birns & Sawyer Economy Dry Erase Production Slate:

                  Seems to be a sold product that will get the job done. Durable enough to use in classroom setting.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  3.0

                  Does the Job

                  By Oppidian

                  from Chicago

                  About Me Business Owner, Hobbyist

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home Movies
                    • Independent Films

                    Comments about Birns & Sawyer Economy Dry Erase Production Slate:

                    I bought this item not expecting much. It is a clapper and dry earse board. It's not fancy but should do the job.

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                    4.0

                    it works

                    By Russ

                    from Colorado

                    About Me Film Student, Hobbyist

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use

                    Cons

                    • Poor Design

                    Best Uses

                    • Home Movies
                    • Independent Films

                    Comments about Birns & Sawyer Economy Dry Erase Production Slate:

                    It definitely works, but seems rather cheaply made for the price.

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                    4.0

                    Great Product

                    By Zion Multi Media Studio

                    from Tampa, Florida

                    About Me Business Owner, Film Student

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact Design
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Highly Compatible
                    • Improves Performance
                    • Professional Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Independent Films
                      • In The Studio

                      Comments about Birns & Sawyer Economy Dry Erase Production Slate:

                      I used it for my documentary film "Tenacity" and my short film "That's Life", I like using this product. It is my first production slate and the price is very good.It get the job done.

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                      4.0

                      Works just fine

                      By Salt Apparel and Design

                      from Lincoln, CA

                      About Me Business Owner, Hobbyist

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Home Movies
                        • In The Studio

                        Comments about Birns & Sawyer Economy Dry Erase Production Slate:

                        This gets the job done just fine. It is definitely an economy slate, but it does its job. If it dies, I'd buy the same one again.

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                        3.0

                        "Economy says it all"

                        By studiomayer

                        from Normal, IL

                        About Me Professional Artist

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact Design
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Highly Compatible

                        Cons

                        • Poor Design

                        Best Uses

                        • Home Movies

                        Comments about Birns & Sawyer Economy Dry Erase Production Slate:

                        Overall kind of flimsy build quality, but if price is your main concern, it does what it needs to do.

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                        1.0

                        Expensive for the quality

                        By James

                        from Clay Center, KS

                        About Me Hobbyist, Professional Artist

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Highly Compatible

                        Cons

                        • Poor Design

                        Best Uses

                        • Home Movies

                        Comments about Birns & Sawyer Economy Dry Erase Production Slate:

                        This slate is very cheaply made: the clap feels like balsa wood. It would make an ok prop, but don't expect it to hold up under daily use.
                        Save your money and make your own - wish I had.

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                        1.0

                        Emphasis "Economy"

                        By Jesse

                        from Wisconsin

                        About Me Media Specialist

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                          Cons

                          • Low Quality Materials
                          • Poor Design

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Birns & Sawyer Economy Dry Erase Production Slate:

                            This does what it claims, but it is made of very low quality products. I haven't used it on a production yet and I hope that it doesn't break before that time! The pressboard and clappers feel very weak.

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                            5.0

                            Sturdy, Affordable Slate

                            By Cinema Jase

                            from Memphis, TN

                            About Me Professional Artist

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Sturdy

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Complex Projects
                              • Independent Films
                              • In The Studio

                              Comments about Birns & Sawyer Economy Dry Erase Production Slate:

                              I just needed a simple slate and here it is. Affordable, sturdy and gets the job done.

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                              3.0

                              Not as sturdy as I thought

                              By Frank

                              from Jackson, MS

                              About Me Teacher

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Inexpensive

                              Cons

                              • Hinge is a little flimsy

                              Best Uses

                              • In The Studio
                              • Student film projects

                              Comments about Birns & Sawyer Economy Dry Erase Production Slate:

                              For teaching students filmmaking this works, but it won't last long with repeated student use.

                              Knowing how students still have a ways to grow in terms of responsibility and maturity, I'm guessing this slate will last maybe two or three years before it will need to be repaired. What part will need to be repaired? The top clapper board which snaps down on the rest. The hinge will most likely give out in a few years. If you are even a little bit handy with wood and tools you will be able to repair it.

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