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Use Clothespins Like a Professional

Clothespins are used throughout the television and film industry to aid in lighting scenarios.

Seeing clothespins on a television or film set is so common that it’s easy to forget that they are intended to hang clothes. In fact, in the film industry they are often referred to as C47s, instead of clothespins. Figure 2-19 shows a bucket full of clothespins, waiting to be used as C47s.

Clothespins, or C47s as they’re known “in the biz”
Figure 2-19. Clothespins, or C47s as they’re known “in the biz”

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There are a few explanations why clothespins are referred to as C47s, but no one knows for sure. Some say that C47 was the part number used by the military, others claim it was a bucket number where they were stored in a local lighting shop, and still others claim it’s an old accounting code. We’ll probably never know, so at this point, you can make up your own story…


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