In Summary - Script Supervisor - TV / Film
Script Supervisor - TV / Films typically work in the following Career Sectors:
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The Work - Script Supervisor - TV / Film
The work of a Script Supervisor involves breaking down the script and timing each shot and sequence. A Script Supervisor is responsible for the continuity of a film. It is a senior technical grade and there is generally only one Script Supervisor on a production.
Appointment of Script Supervisor is by the Director - in some cases Production Manager. The work of a Script Supervisor would include one or two weeks pre-production work plus working throughout the shooting schedule. In most cases Script Supervisors contract would end on completion of the filming/shooting.
The work of a Script Supervisor in pre-production includes, Timing Breakdown, Page Count (breakdown down the script into 1/8 pages), Scene Count, Synopsis of script, Continuity breakdown. When a production is being filmed (i.e. during the shooting schedule), the work of a Script Supervisor is divided into two parts; which are
Script Supervisors are responsible for making sure that what the film crew production unit shoots can be put together by the Editor in such a way as to ensure continuity of action. Although every department is responsible for its own continuity she/he is ultimately responsible for the continuity of: -Wardrobe, Make-Up, Props, Set Dressings, Eyelines of the cast (in conjunction with the Camera Operator), Action movement of artists/vehicles. Although camera set-ups is the concern of the Lighting Cameraman Script, Supervisors would check that each set-up matched those already shot.
The Script Supervisor will see that the correct dialogue is spoken and would note any changes. He/She would time the action of each shot and be responsible for the overall screen time of the production. He/She would keep a record of each shot and scene with timings - written notes beside each take and a record of the technical details of each shot/scene. In other words she/he would keep a complete record of the production. A marked up script together with these details are sent daily to the Editor.
The Script Supervisor is also the link between the film crew and the Production Office and on feature film production this is vital. She/he will pass on daily to the production office a Progress Report stating daily diary time of the Unit
Most commonly reported Work Tasks
- Write and edit news stories from information collected by reporters and other sources.
- Coordinate the activities of writers, directors, managers, and other personnel throughout the production process.
- Research production topics using the internet, video archives, and other informational sources.
- Review film, recordings, or rehearsals to ensure conformance to production and broadcast standards.
- Monitor postproduction processes to ensure accurate completion of details.
- Conduct meetings with staff to discuss production progress and to ensure production objectives are attained.
- Perform administrative duties, such as preparing operational reports, distributing rehearsal call sheets and script copies, and arranging for rehearsal quarters.
- Resolve personnel problems that arise during the production process by acting as liaisons between dissenting parties when necessary.
- Hire directors, principal cast members, and key production staff members.
- Arrange financing for productions.
Most commonly reported Work Activities
- Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
- Thinking Creatively Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
- Interacting With Computers Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
- Making Decisions and Solving Problems Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
- Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
- Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
- Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
- Communicating with Persons Outside Organization Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.
- Performing for or Working Directly with the Public Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.
- Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
Interests - Script Supervisor - TV / Film
This occupation is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests:
Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their most productive under supervisors who give clear guidelines and while performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.
They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.
The Linguistic's interests are usually focused on ideas and information exchange. They tend to like reading a lot, and enjoy discussion about what has been said. Some will want to write about their own ideas and may follow a path towards journalism, story writing or editing. Others will develop skills in other languages, perhaps finding work as a translator or interpreter. Most Linguistic types will enjoy the opportunity to teach or instruct people in a topic they are interested in.
A Script Supervisor must be hard working with good organisational and communication skills. He/she should be adaptable and flexible. IT competancy skills are essential.
Entry Requirements - Script Supervisor - TV / Film
Pay & Salary - Script Supervisor - TV / Film
Salary Range (thousands per year)* 24k - k
Last Updated: March, 2013
* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.