Superman the Movie
Travelling Matte Unit Clapperboard
Categories: Clapperboards, Production
Date Sold: 22/08/1970
A travelling matte unit clapperboard from Richard Donner’s superhero film Superman. The travelling matte unit was responsible for masking moving objects during special-effects photography, particularly when Superman (Christopher Reeve) was seen flying.
This slate is made of black-painted wood with a clapper that is attached via metal hardware. The clapperboard shows white paint which divided the piece into sections for production: director, camera, slate, take and date. Though the paint has faded due to production use and age, ‘Superman’, ‘R. Donner’, and ‘A. Thomson’ are legible under ‘Prod.’, ‘Dir.’, and ‘Cam.’ The slate also shows rust on the clapper hardware. However, the piece remains in fine overall condition. Dimensions: 38 cm x 36 cm x 1 cm (15” x 14” x 1/2”)
Estimate £4,000 – 6,000