Justine is an editor and script supervisor based in Chicago and her reel boasts of various indie films, documentaries and music videos. We worked together on various films some of which you can see at the end of this post. In this blog post she tells us about the important, complex job of a script supervisor. A crew member most of us forget about. Read, learn and share your thoughts!
|Justine on the sets of “Medows of Heaven and Hell” (2010)|
Imagine what a set would be like if there was no Script Supervisor. I think it would be more chaos than it already is. The Script Supervisor can answer the questions: What take is this? Which hand was the coffee cup in? Will this cut together? Line?!
|Example of a Lined Script.|
At the end of every shooting day, a Script Supervisor compiles a report to give to the 1st or 2nd AD to say what was shot that day and what still needs to be done. Copies of these reports, lined scripts, and facing pages along with camera and sound reports get shipped with the footage to the editor. The Editor who is hardly ever on set uses the Script Supervisor’s notes to figure out what everything is and what the director likes so they can start assembling the film.
|The Script Sync feature on AVID|
I come from an editorial background so getting into Script Supervising was easy for me. I already knew what I liked as an editor and what general shots can cover a scene. Script Supervising is very demanding but a great way to work with and meet a lot of talented people. Many people have told me that they couldn’t do the job, that they don’t have the patience or attention span for it. Script Supervisors are always in demand because every shoot needs one. Although Script Supervisors don’t get awards and not many people know they exist, they are extremely essential to making sure a film goes smoothly from pre- to post-production.
Hope this was informative enough for beginiers who’ve always wondered what a script supervisor really does. It’s a complex but very, very important job. Below is a music video I directed that Justine was script supervisor on. This video is a script supe’s delight, it requires a lot of attention from a person other than the director because of the complex shot list and repetitions in narratives. One last thing, a scripty’s job is more than just looking at the continuity, so let’s not limit them to being just continuity ADs!
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Junkyard Groove – “Let You Go” Music Video from Mihir Desai on Vimeo.