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The Clapper

1. Color Reference Stripes


These stripes serve as a standard color reference for the people who edit episodes of Andromeda,
so that they can make sure colors are true-to-life (unless they are intended to be otherwise).
Because the colors are always in the same place on the clapper (i.e., Red is always first, Blue is
always second, etc.), the editors will immediately know they have to fix something if the colors
on the clapper appear out of place.

2. Running Time Code


Each frame of film used in the making of Andromeda has a number assigned to it. The numbers
you see in the digital display on the clapper are the numbers being assigned to the frames of film
being shot as you watch. These frame numbers come in handy when directors, editors and other
behind-the-scenes folks leave notes for other Andromeda workers: They can indicate exactly
which piece of film they're talking about without having to resort to descriptions like "It's the
scene where Dylan fires his force lance." Frame numbers are much more accurate and get the job
done more efficiently.
3. Scene Number
In each episode of Andromeda, each scene has a number. The scene number is indicated on the
clapper so that the film being shot shows the same system of scene numbering as the script. In
the image above, scene 26 is being filmed.

4. Take Number
Each time the actors perform a given scene, it is called a "take." Take numbers are shown on the
clapper so the editors can understand the director's instructions when he or she indicates which
performance of a given scene should be used in the final cut of an episode. In the image above,
Take 1 is being filmed.

5. Camera Roll Number


This is just like the film you shoot in your camera on vacation: Sometimes you shoot so many
rolls of film, you have to number them in order to keep track of them. It's the same situation
here. Each physical roll of film (which can be used to shoot up to 20 minutes of footage) used to
make Andromeda gets a number. Most of that film is transferred to videotape and/or digital
format for editing into the final product. If, for some reason, a picture problem is spotted in
editing, the Camera Roll Number tells the editors can see exactly which roll of film to look at to
see if there was a bad spot in the film, or if the problem lies elsewhere.

6. Director
The name of the person directing the episode is shown on the clapper. The director oversees
every aspect of production and has final approval on many decisions made about an episode.

7. Director of Photography (D.O.P.)


Also often referred to as the cinematographer. The D.O.P. oversees the composition of each and
every shot used in an episode of Andromeda.

8. Date
Clappers used in production of Andromeda show the exact date on which any piece of film was
shot.

9. Episode Number (production)


Andromeda clappers also feature the production episode number. This number differs from the
numbers you eventually see in the Official Episode Guide because the shows are often filmed in
a sequence different from the order in which they are broadcast. So while production episode
#509 is the ninth episode filmed for that season, it may be broadcast as the fourteenth episode of
that season, making it broadcast episode #514. The Official Andromeda Episode Guide uses the
broadcast episode numbers to identify specific episodes.