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Psychologist - Clinical

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Script Supervisor - TV / Film

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The Script Supervisor attends rehearsals to note and time the actor's delivery of dialogue and informs the Director if it's not consistent with the original timing of the script.

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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

    • Observation


  • Paperwork/Administration

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

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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.

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Organisation: Irish Film and Television Network
Address: First Floor, Palmerstown Centre, Kennelsfort Road, Dublin 20
Tel: 01 6200811
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Organisation: SIPTU (Film & Entertainment Branch)
Address: Liberty Hall, Dublin 1
Tel: (01) 858 6412
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