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
Table reads are great to learn the cadence of the cast while they speak. This will give you a much better timing per scene as well as overall.
Things to bring:
- Computer or notepad
- Water/drink of choice
Be ready to get asked to read the action notes, but if possible, give this task to the writer. You have enough to do during the table read.
Start your stopwatch at the beginning of each scene, or if a few scenes are continuous, keep it rolling for those and get an overall timing. Chances are, if a few scenes work in unison/continuously, they will most likely be block shot together. Having an overall timing for those scenes will be important for scheduling and overall pacing.
Write the actor’s name next to the characters name as well to start getting familiar with the cast. You’ll be working closely with them for an extended period of time and it’ll be nice to know their names as soon as possible.
If there are a few trip ups during the scene, ask if they can start the scene over to get a better timing. Be nice about this, as some people are self-conscious about their ability to read out loud.
Once the table read is over, total up your time and update your breakdown. Adjust any scene timings you did during your prep, but remember that this is only the timing of the dialogue. Scenes with action will still need more time.