What Is a Script Supervisor
Script Supervisors ensure that the creative film-making process has continuity. They provide the principal means of communication between physical production and post production. Script Supervisors file formatted reports and photographic records of each day’s shoot. They also ensure that continuity is maintained: between takes, between camera moves, and even over time as the production is executed. Videos are rarely shot in script order. “Scripty”s closely monitor the written script to make certain that the actors are delivering the correct dialogue. They can even cue actors if necessary. They keep detailed continuity notes, photographs and even sketches of each actor and camera position. They also record shot timings, camera movements, and all camera-related details, like lenses and focal length.
Script Supervisors work closely with other departments. These departments can including the costume, hair, makeup, art, props and lighting. They also ensure that the details on the slates are correct for each and every take. Again, this is for communication with post production. They also detail the director’s preferences for any given take. These “circled takes” are the first piece of content an editor will select, as they assemble a rough cut. Sometimes Scriptys retype scripts to reflect real-time, on-set changes to the dialogue. They also work closely with the Director, the Assistant Directors and Director of Photography.
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