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.
- DOWNLOAD: Breakdown TemplateLecture3.1
- Reading then Re-Reading 09 minLecture3.2
- Breakdown Categories, Eighths, and ERT 06 minLecture3.3
- Timing (ERT) – Narrative Scripts 03 minLecture3.4
- Timing (ERT) – Commercials 03 minLecture3.5
- Distro Formatting (Google Drive/Dropbox Setup) 03 minLecture3.6
- Table Reads 03 minLecture3.7
- Breaking down the script quiz 4 questionsQuiz3.1
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.
- Dialogue 06 minLecture5.1
- Line! Corrections, Off Camera, and Readings 05 minLecture5.2
- Match Action 04 minLecture5.3
- Prop Continuity 03 minLecture5.4
- Hand Gestures 02 minLecture5.5
- Block Shooting 04 minLecture5.6
- Frame Matching 05 minLecture5.7
- The 180 Line 02 minLecture5.8
- Timing Takes 04 minLecture5.9
- Shorthand 02 minLecture5.10
- Continuity quiz 5 questionsQuiz5.1
These are in the order you'll be running them. and need to be uploaded every night after wrap.
- DOWNLOADS: Reports TemplatesLecture6.1
- Lunch Report 02 minLecture6.2
- Progress Report 02 minLecture6.3
- Editors Log 02 minLecture6.4
- Facing Pages 02 minLecture6.5
- Lined Script Pages 02 minLecture6.6
- Full Report/Photo Log 02 minLecture6.7
- Wild Track Log 01 minLecture6.8
- Secondary Reports 02 minLecture6.9
- Reports quiz 2 questionsQuiz6.1
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.
- Getting Materials 02 minLecture7.1
- Where to Set Up 02 minLecture7.2
- Prepping Materials 03 minLecture7.3
- Rehearsals & Blocking 03 minLecture7.4
- First Shot + Shot List 02 minLecture7.5
- Flipping the World 02 minLecture7.6
- Scene Complete & Owed Shots List 02 minLecture7.7
- Line Reading with Talent 02 minLecture7.8
- Circle Prints 03 minLecture7.9
- How to Take a Break 02 minLecture7.10
- Matching to Previous Scenes 02 minLecture7.11
- Dialogue, Alts, and Adlibs 04 minLecture7.12
- Lunch Report & First Shot After 02 minLecture7.13
- Daily Wrap Reports 02 minLecture7.14
- A Day in the Life Quiz 4 questionsQuiz7.1
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!
- Drawing a Floor Plan 02 minLecture9.1
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.
- Tips to Landing the Next Job 02 minLecture12.1
- How to juggle more than one job opportunity at a time 02 minLecture12.2
Some guidelines I like to use on set to effective get my continuity point across, without losing my cool.
- How to Effectively Communicate Continuity Errors 02 minLecture13.1
- Welcome! 01 minLecture14.1
- Breakdown 20 minLecture14.2
- Lunch Report 07 minLecture14.3
- Progress Report 10 minLecture14.4
- Editors Log 04 minLecture14.5
- Facing Pages 06 minLecture14.6
- Lined Script Pages 06 minLecture14.7
- Full Report (+ Photo Log) 02 minLecture14.8
- Wild Track Log 04 minLecture14.9
- Secondary ReportsLecture14.10
- You’re finished with the course! Now what?Lecture15.1
OPTIONAL: Tell me how you enjoyed the course 1
- Feedback on the course 6 questionsQuiz16.1
Timing (ERT) – Narrative Scripts
Timing a script is very important for production. It helps ADs with their daily scheduling, producers know how many shoot days the project will need, directors on how long a scene should run, and the editor for post. Your timings are essential to the project, so I recommend the rule of three: time each scene or storyboard three times, then choose the average of that number.
For narrative scripts such as features, shorts, and television shows, you should speak the dialogue out loud, and perform some action such as standing, walking across the room, or using a prop. Obviously, if the script is action packed, or vague on movement/blocking, this will be harder to do. Try your best to predict the length of these scenes using a stopwatch. This will become your Estimate Run Time (ERT).
What I usually do:
- Start my stopwatch
- Start the action
- Begin the dialogue
- Give some action a generic :05 seconds on my first read
- Refine for the second and third reads
- Average my timing for that scene
You can also judge a scene’s length based on it’s 8th count (as mentioned in the last lesson). But be wary of this, as some shorter 8ths are heavy action notes. Examples: storm the castle (measuring at 1/8th).
If you are unsure about a specific scene, or get drastically different times for each read through, you can bring this up at the All Hands meeting. Also, ask a producer for a table read if possible to get familiar with the cast’s cadence while speaking.
Bottom line: do your best to as accurate as possible on your timing. Then, once you’ve completed your eighths and ERT, total them up on your breakdown for easy reference.