I assist the Director in maintaining details of story continuity (as shooting progresses) as well as creating and maintaining the Script Supervision Notes.
This is done by making sure everything looks the same from one shot to the next. The script supervisor makes sure that actors’ positions, the costumes/clothing, background, and much more is the same from one shot to the next to avoid inconsistencies. For example, if an actor has a backpack. The script supervisor makes sure that in the next shot, that actor still has a backpack.
Weeks and sometimes months can pass between the shooting of back to back scenes in a story. Keeping continuity ensures that all wardrobe, hair, makeup, props and camera angles from Scene 24 shot today, match those of scene 23 which was shot 3 weeks ago.
In addition to these duties, as a script supervisor, I also give the 2nd Assistant Cameraman (AC) as well as the Sound Mixer a scene and take number to ensure that the post house will be able to easily find the right piece of film to go with its matching sound.
- To determine which “script day” each scene takes place on – how many days/nights we see in the film
- To determine scene and page count of script
- To provide breakdowns of flashbacks, progressions of injuries, etc, as needed
- To provide script notes to editor
- To provide daily progress report to A.D.’s and editor
- To determine what scene number, camera/sound rolls, scene description for each setup
- To time each take from action to cut circle the takes the director likes, inform sound and camera of circled takes
- To track all continuity during filming of each scene