What is a Script Supervisor, and how do you become one? First, take a quick quiz to see how much you know about this department. Then I'll introduce the job, and what to expect from this course.3
Find out what types of projects a script supervisor can work on, tips on interviewing with a director, and what to expect at an All Hands meeting. Then take a quiz to see what you learned.4
Breaking down the script
Everything you need to do to prep for a shoot.8
Kit and Supplies
Let's talk about what supplies you'll need in your kit.3
How much is covered under continuity, and what you need to watch for.11
These are in the order you'll be running them. and need to be uploaded every night after wrap.10
A Day in the Life
From arriving at call time, to running your wrap reports, this is a day in the life of a script supervisor.15
Get ready to draw some bird's eye view layouts of the scene you're shooting. It's a lot of fun!1
Contracts and Forms
How to manage your freelance income.3
Daily vs Hourly, Union vs Non, Project type4
Networking and landing a job
It's all about who you know, your reputation, and how to keep the momentum going when you're a freelancer.2
Some guidelines I like to use on set to effective get my continuity point across, without losing my cool.1
OPTIONAL: Tell me how you enjoyed the course1
Essentials for the Handwritten Script Supervisor (New)
Handwritten notes are the traditional way to script supervise. I believe every script supervisor should start on paper to learn the basics of this craft. Here’s what you’ll need to get yourself started:
Paper copies of each report (10x-20x) in your binder:
- Daily progress reports
- Editors log
- Facing pages
- The script
- Wild track report
- Misc/secondary reports: floor plans, shot lists, etc
- Your breakdown
- Any reports from production (crew/cast list, etc)
As you work throughout your day, you’ll be filling in each one of the reports listed above, and referencing the documents as well. I’ve provided a downloadable copy of each one. In the “reports” section I’ll go over how to fill out each one.
You will also need these items in your overall kit. I suggest getting a backpack with lots of pockets and sections, or a wheely bag that’s easy to bring on all terrains (since you’ll be shooting on locations all over the place).
In your kit:
- Mechanical pencils
- Multi-colored pens
- Black ink pens
- Post its
- Phone charger
- Mini stapler
- 3-hole punch (the portable kind that goes into binders)
- Clear tape
- Duct/heavy duty tape
- Heavy duty eraser
- Name tag stickers (optional)
- Binder clips (1″-2″)
Feels like an inventory list for Staples, right? It’s a lot to stock up on, but trust me when you need something, you’ll be prepared.
*Regarding the eighth counter (green accordion-folded paper): To clarify, each fold measures one-eighth of a page, so eight folds equal one full page. You’ll need this to measure the length of each scene. Once you get enough practice down, you’ll be able to eyeball the eighths.
I have a stand from Guitar Center that I’ve added velcro to (it’s technically a conductor stand). Then I put velcro on the bottom of my binder and clipboard, for secure, non slip use. I use my binder clips to hold down my binder + notepad pages when shooting at a windy location. I also have a pen holder that’s clipped onto the lip of the music stand, which is flattened out and the lip is on the far side from me (so I can write on a flat surface). It acts as a nice ledge for clipping this and other things I need secured to my stand.
I really like this stand set up since it’s easy to carry around, affordable, durable, and secures all my items for uneven terrain.