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SCRIPT SUPERVISING

YOUR DETAILED TALENTS IN PRODUCTION 

With the numerous camera set ups in each and every scene, for intriguing effects and keeping attention as the story progresses, your task is so important to make sure everything stays continuous and consistent in EVERY SHOT on each and EVERY SET UP and EVERY TAKE.  Even note how many takes per scene and per shot, how many characters, which direction they are facing, which costumes are they wearing, how is their hair styled?  Are there any accessories they are wearing at the time?  For instance, someone with long hair, was their hair in a ponytail or worn down and straight in a particular part of the scene?  Which line did they take the band out of their hair?  This needs to stay consistent for editing purposes.

With your Script Supervising notes clearly organized and noted, you are making sure the audience is not double-taking when they view scenes on the screen.  We've seen it happen before.  Let's say, two people are sitting at a table and talking to each other, but, in the midst of their conversation, one person drinks soda out of a drinking glass. When they speak and they set their drinking glass down, the glass is half-full and when the person on the other side of the table speaks, the person’s glass on the first side of the table is completely full when the other camera responds in that same scene!

We've seen this before. How did that happen?

Is the soda confused and going down and up by itself?! NO!  It’s a continuity issue! 

You, wonderfully detailed Script Supervisor, definitely are needed to make sure that everything that the characters physically handle, WHEN THEY SPEAK a particular line...that it’s consistent in every single take, at the same exact time.

If they break a pencil to express their disappointment, they must do so every time they end or begin that word or line so that it can be redone in the next camera angle with the same intensity and timing.

Say a car sits outside in front of a house, in the driveway or on top of the house in a particular scene. You all break for lunch and leave that location. Say, on this particular day, during lunch time, the Director finds out that an emergency filming needs to be picked up in another part of the city. You all need to move your operations there now. This emergency scene takes longer than expected and you wrap at this second location for the day. Then, the following day you return back to the scene you began recording with the car the day before. But now, you have to place the car back in the same spot and direction it was in the day before. But now, yo have to place the car back in the same spot and direction it was in the day before...This time, instead of one character walking in the house where the scene was last recorded, you all have to pick up where another character exits the house, in film time, seconds after the first character walked in the house. In that scene's 'real' time, the car is supposed to still be parked in the same spot. But say you did not mark down where the car specifically was the day before, before you went to film the emergency scene? Now, you're not certain. You place the car back where everyone thought it was. But, when the second character, in the scene's 'real' time, walks in that same path, the car is facing the reversed direction this time! This can cause the audience to laugh uproariously and the scene was not meant to be comedic. 

Using a POLAROID or DV camera to confirm/capture the exact physical placement and direction of items in each scene can eliminate unappreciated audience responses.


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