WHAT WE DO
WHEN WE MEET:
- LASSN meets the 1st of every month. Locations and times vary.
WHO CAN ATTEND:
- Our meet-ups are open to script supervisors and their guests, as well anyone interested in learning more about script supervising.
HOW TO ATTEND:
- An email is sent detailing the specific location & time of our meet-up each month. Please RSVP at least 2 days prior to the 1st to ensure enough seating is provided.
WHAT TO EXPECT:
- Our gatherings vary from organized trips, to casual get-togethers, to informative sessions. No matter the situation, the main purpose is for our community of local Script Supervisors to know (and be a resource for) each other. These meetings are always fun and friendly!
MODERN SCRIPT SUPERVISOR TRAINING
Due to the liability associated with an inexperienced person assuming the role, new/aspiring script supervisors are responsible for learning the craft through modern pathways.
Many veteran script supervisors have replaced the old production-funded training programs, operating as teachers of certified training courses & private instructors.
Some script supervisors unable to attend those courses have used a combination of public learning materials & practice on “low-risk” projects.
These “low risk” projects = low/no pay offers. Productions understand “you get what you pay for,” thus low/no pay, non-union offers (as with internships) exists where Production acknowledges & accepts liability for the sub-professional job performance of an inexperienced/ under-skilled script supervisor in exchange for hands-on, low-expectation practice.
HOW CAN WE HELP YOU?
"Hello! I am a..."
I.) NEW and/or ASPIRING Script Supervisor
II.) LOCAL, PROFESSIONAL Script Supervisor
NEW/ASPIRING SCRIPT SUPERVISORS
Note to Newcomers:
Due to the highly specialized nature & impact of our department, it is imperative to thoroughly understand the responsibilities & skillsets of the role. Before you decide you want to work as a script supervisor, and before you accept your 1st job, you may use the resources on this website as a personal gauge for when & how you should dive in.
Tips to Get Started
a.) Learn what the position is & how it functions in different mediums: Film vs. TV vs. Commercials vs. Live-action vs. Multi-cam, etc. (See our Home Page as a starting place.)
b.) Connect with working, professional script supervisors to gain perspective.
c.) Learn the skills of the craft! (see our learning materials & resources section).
d.) Learn the standards of the industry & your local network.
a.) Ensure you’ve completed enough training & studying to understand the basics of the role.
b.) Be upfront with production about your experience level.
c.) UnPaid/Volunteer 1st Job: These jobs are a great way to practice your skills without pressure. Use them to establish a workflow, get comfortable with the responsibilities of the job, make mistakes & grow.
d.) Paid 1st Job: Ensure you understand the method of payment. The amount of pay should match your skill-level, (know the standards of the industry in your area: day rates, kit fees, prep/wrap standards, etc). Likewise, tailor what you offer to the amount you’re paid (ex. If you’re pencil-paper & production won’t pay for a kit fee, ensure they print all the documents you need).
Learning Materials & Resources
- “Script Supervising and Film Continuity” — Pat Miller
- “Beyond Continuity: Script Supervising for the Modern Filmmaker” — Mary Cybulski
- “The Five C’s of Cinematography” — Jsoeph V. Mascelli
- “In the Blink of An Eye: A Perspective on Film Editing” — Walter Murch
RESOURCES FOR LOCAL, CAREER
- IN PERSON: Join us at our local meetups. See the above info for details!
- FACEBOOK: Numerous public script supervisor groups exist to connect: “Script Supervisors!“, “Skarratt Using Digital Script Supervisors“, “(ScriptE) Digital Script Supervisors“, “Non-Union Script Supervisors“
- BE A GUEST SPEAKER: If you’d like to join our roster to present at a local film schools or production companies to teach others about our craft, contact us for details.
- BE A MENTOR: If you’d like to be a mentor or resource for new script supervisors, contact us for details.
Photo: Ari Halpern (Script Supervisor) on set of “The Goldbergs”
What to Call Your Script Supervisor?
Did you know some of the early labels for script supervisors included “Script clerk”, “Script girl”, or simply “Script”? While “Script” is the only neutral term still heard in modern use, a new term, “scripty” has been controversial and divisive. The term is seen by some in the craft as derogatory while some don’t mind it. The best answer? Check with your script supervisor on their preferred moniker.
FOR FILMMAKERS & FILM SCHOOLS
SERVICES FOR FILMMAKERS
Need a script supervisor for an upcoming project? Send the information out to our members via our “Find A Script Supervisor” section.
If you’d like to learn more about the role of script supervisors, be sure to review our homepage overview & resources, “What is a Script Supervisor”.
You can also invite a guest speaker to your next event!
SERVICES FOR FILM SCHOOLS
Veteran script supervisors are available for presentations and Q&A’s regarding the vital role of script supervising. If you’d like to invite a Script Supervisor to present on our craft at your next event, feel free to reach us through the Contact Us section.
Photo: Jordan Peele (Director) & Emma Danoff (Script Supervisor) from set of “Us”