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.
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.
Breaking down the script 8
Everything you need to do to prep for a shoot.
Kit and Supplies 3
Let's talk about what supplies you'll need in your kit.
How much is covered under continuity, and what you need to watch for.
These are in the order you'll be running them. and need to be uploaded every night after wrap.
A Day in the Life 15
From arriving at call time, to running your wrap reports, this is a day in the life of a script supervisor.
Floor plans 1
Get ready to draw some bird's eye view layouts of the scene you're shooting. It's a lot of fun!
Contracts and Forms 3
How to manage your freelance income.
Pay Rate 4
Daily vs Hourly, Union vs Non, Project type
Networking and landing a job 2
It's all about who you know, your reputation, and how to keep the momentum going when you're a freelancer.
Some guidelines I like to use on set to effective get my continuity point across, without losing my cool.
OPTIONAL: Tell me how you enjoyed the course 1
Reading then Re-Reading
This might sound like an obvious thing to say, but make sure to read the script with your full attention. Find a space you can work in that helps you concentrate and that’s free of distractions.
Key items to look for:
- Plot shifts in dialogue
- Key props needed for story
- Time of day and locations
- Complex lighting changes/wardrobe/makeup/set dec/action moments
- Continuity of specific items such as: blood, dirt, hair, clothing, props, etc
- Pacing and timing of script
- Continuity that’s not mentioned throughout, but still necessary to carry through scenes
These are all things to be aware of during your initial reading. Once you’ve read it through twice, you can begin a breakdown. Start back at scene one.
If you are breaking down a commercial, make sure to ask for the storyboards and pre-pro book (PPB) ahead of time. Then time each board by speaking the dialogue out loud, and timing the action as best you can. Total the spot up, and see if it will fit into the :60/:30/:15 second spot.
Things to remember for commercials:
- Leave a :03-:06 second buffer for end tags, logos, text on screen, and complex action
- Be honest with your times
- If no dialogue, try to time out the action the best you can
- Look through the whole PPB document (it’ll have info about location, wardrobe, casting, etc)
- Notate if any boards can be switched around in the order they currently are in
While commercials are much shorter to prep, they are just as demanding on set. Your timings are imperative to making sure the spot will cut. Dialogue usually needs to be verbatim as well, so get familiar with it before arriving on set.