The Role of the Script Supervisor


The Script Supervisor's duties can be divided into two broad categories. The first is to serve as the eyes and ears for the editor. The script supervisor takes detailed notes about each shot and take. This would include the type of shot (e.g. medium shot, tracking shot, close-up, etc.), the length of the shot (timed with a trusty stopwatch), comments from the director about the take (e.g. too slow, boom in shot) and any other notes the editor may need to find the right pieces of film to cut together.

The second category of responsibility for the script supervisor is continuity. This involves keen observation and an awareness of film techniques to make sure that the scenes will connect together properly, without actors abruptly jumping from one side of the screen to the other, looking in the wrong direction or wearing a scarf in one shot and not in the next.

The Wikipedia entry provides a helpful overview: Wikipedia Entry

MovieMaker Magazine has a great article about the job of the script supervisor:
Becoming the Director's Right Arm and Left Brain




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