If you ever forget to slate at the beginning of a shot, or simply can't for whatever reason, keep your camera and sound recorder rolling at the end of your take. Slate at the end, but turn the clap board upside down. That way you still have a label and a reference for your scene, and a way to sync your audio. You also won't get confused when going through your footage quickly, since the upside-down slate will let you know it's a tail slate, and not a head slate.
Here's a handy tip if some bozo ever accidentally writes on your slate with a Sharpie instead of a Dry Erase marker - If you draw over the Sharpie with a Dry Erase marker, and then erase it, the Sharpie ink will come off as well. It will still take a lot more elbow grease than regular dry erase ink, and you may have a bit of residual Sharpie image, but it's certainly much better than leaving the Sharpie on there for eternity.
Great tips! Thanks for sharing.
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