Script Supervisors are in demand!
Are you looking for an important, well-paid job in the film and television industry? Are you meticulous about details? Do have a talent for extreme multi-tasking? Are you calm in a crisis? Do you like being referred to as an “unsung hero?” The Script Supervision Masterclass might lead you to a perfect career.
- Currently, the pool of available Script Supervisors is surprisingly small while demand is at an all-time high.
Producers are begging for qualified script supervisors and continuity applicants. Become this rare commodity yourself!
Script Supervisors (aka, Continuity Supervisors) are responsible for making sure that all aspects of the filmmaking process are performed flawlessly from script to screen. As a “department of one” the script supervisor keeps the production on track and records all the infinitesimal details of the process to create a bible the editor uses to assemble the film.
Who should take the course?
This script supervision masterclass is an intensive two-day introduction to the key skills required to become a Script Supervisor. The course’s comprehensive overview of the technical aspects of film-making is not only a perfect introduction to anyone new to the industry, but to aspiring directors, editors, producers and screenwriters, as well. Anyone wishing to know more about how movies are made will benefit from this course.
What you’ll learn
The script supervisor’s job is to create a bible – a detailed record of every single detail of the shoot. from the start of the process where the director makes pre-production notes – to the rigors of the shoot.
Saturday – Day One 10am – 5pm
Instructor J. Timothy Hunt will take you through a systematic step-by-step process to help you understand the role, the relationships on the set and the importance of being organised. He will also show you how to cope no mater how much paperwork is thrown at you.
- Film Continuity defined
- When continuity goes alarmingly, hysterically wrong
- Script/Continuity Supervisor’s many roles
- Tools of the trade
- The script breakdown process
- What is a “story day?”
- The continuity of story time
- The continuity of story logic
- Timing a script
- Scene counts and scene numbering conventions
- Page count: Learn to think in 1/8ths
- Preparing a Script Breakdown Report
You’ll have ample time to question J.Timothy Hunt and learn from his experience as a professional script supervisor. After lunch you are going to get a whirlwind tour of film theory – something that you as a screenwriter, film director or producer will find invaluable. After all, the Script Supervisor is the individual that makes sure your vision gets turned into pictures. Knowledge is power!
- A whirlwind crash course in film theory
- The concept of coverage
- Shot sizes
- The Axis of Action / 180° Rule
- Screen direction
- Ramp, Rack & Dutch
Sunday – Day Two 10am – 5pm
Today J. Timothy Hunt is going to get you up to speed with the specifics of the shoot. You will be given detailed instructions of how the paperwork flows and what is expected of you.
- Call sheets
- Who’s who on set
- A typical day on set
- What goes on the slate and why
- When the cameras start rolling
- Continuity Notes
- How and why to “line” a script
- Actors and matching
This is your chance to catch your breath. Digest all the information you have received so far. Make sure you ask questions about anything you are unclear or unsure of.
You’ll wrap the paperwork in this final session, and then be led in a frank discussion of where and how to find work.
- End of day reports
- Lined Script and Facing Pages
- Daily Progress Report / Top Sheet
- Editor’s Log / Camera Log
- How to find work
- Union basics
It’s a wrap for the script supervision masterclass!
No Raindance course is finished until we sojourn to the nearest pub to relax, unwind, and firm up friendships developed over the weekend. [optional networking drinks]
About J. Timothy Hunt
J. Timothy Hunt is a sought-after Script Supervisor in the Toronto film and television industry. He’s worked on feature films and TV shows including “Orphan Black,” “Bitten,” “Odd Squad,” and “Anne of Green Gables.” Currently he is the Script Supervisor on OMNI-TV’s cop show “Blood and Water.” Tim is a recent graduate of the Raindance Postgraduate Program with an MA in Film Studies. Timothy is regularly employed as a script supervisor in his native Toronto.