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PREP IN PRE-PRODUCTION
CONTINUITY, CONTINUITY, CONTINUITY...Scene Continuity, that is...is forever the main word that flows through your mind and in your veins during the production as a Script Supervisor.
You comb through every page in the script and note any physical props, any particular costume pieces that will be worn, how and where they will be worn or be handled, sometimes, literally, which arm? Which hand? Which finger?...So things flow from one shot capture to the next.
We naturally, as human beings, may not remember exactly when we pointed to the picture on the wall when we said a specific word in our sentence. Hey. What's the deal with that? Well. It's a big deal if, say, Jonie says "Hello, everybody" as she points to the picture of a globe on the wall in one take/angle. Then, the DP has to move the camera for another angle the Director will record. The actress who plays Jonie may walk to another room or haves someone approach her about something entirely different than what's in the scene during this transition. Okay, a few minutes later, she lines back up on the mark where she stood. Now, the camera is set with a different camera angle/set-up. Jonie says, "Hello, everybody" and AFTER she points to the same picture of the globe on the wall this time around.
When these shots are reviewed in editing, Jonie's hand will appear to take a double take. Sure...you can use just that one shot/angle, but let's say...on the other camera angle, where Jonie moved her arm on a different word, there is another character who moves in to jump on her back, but this shot cannot be included because the establishing shot was not continuous as the next shot captured. If this is confusing reading this scenario, how do you think it would be watching it?
Exactly! So, now you see some key reasons why it is important to have a Script Supervisor take avid notes on the set to make sure every scene consistently flows. With all of the varied angles and camera shots detailed...with his/her meticulous notes on each scene, page and take for actors' consistent actions, comments... Yes, for things such as, how the hat was tipped on a particular actor, how their hair was tossed back...their zipper moved up...in which scene and with which specific action at what time...etc.
ALL OF THESE MINOR DETAILS MAKE EACH CAMERA SHOT FLOW WHEN IT IS CONSISTENT FROM ONE CAMERA SHOT TO THE NEXT.