Essentials for the Handwritten Script Supervisor (New)
Handwritten notes are the traditional way to script supervise. I believe every script supervisor should start on paper to learn the basics of this craft. Here’s what you’ll need to get yourself started:
Paper copies of each report (10x-20x) in your binder:
- Daily progress reports
- Editors log
- Facing pages
- The script
- Wild track report
- Misc/secondary reports: floor plans, shot lists, etc
- Your breakdown
- Any reports from production (crew/cast list, etc)
As you work throughout your day, you’ll be filling in each one of the reports listed above, and referencing the documents as well. I’ve provided a downloadable copy of each one. In the “reports” section I’ll go over how to fill out each one.
You will also need these items in your overall kit. I suggest getting a backpack with lots of pockets and sections, or a wheely bag that’s easy to bring on all terrains (since you’ll be shooting on locations all over the place).
In your kit:
- Mechanical pencils
- Multi-colored pens
- Black ink pens
- Post its
- Phone charger
- Mini stapler
- 3-hole punch (the portable kind that goes into binders)
- Clear tape
- Duct/heavy duty tape
- Heavy duty eraser
- Name tag stickers (optional)
- Binder clips (1″-2″)
Feels like an inventory list for Staples, right? It’s a lot to stock up on, but trust me when you need something, you’ll be prepared.
*Regarding the eighth counter (green accordion-folded paper): To clarify, each fold measures one-eighth of a page, so eight folds equal one full page. You’ll need this to measure the length of each scene. Once you get enough practice down, you’ll be able to eyeball the eighths.
I have a stand from Guitar Center that I’ve added velcro to (it’s technically a conductor stand). Then I put velcro on the bottom of my binder and clipboard, for secure, non slip use. I use my binder clips to hold down my binder + notepad pages when shooting at a windy location. I also have a pen holder that’s clipped onto the lip of the music stand, which is flattened out and the lip is on the far side from me (so I can write on a flat surface). It acts as a nice ledge for clipping this and other things I need secured to my stand.
I really like this stand set up since it’s easy to carry around, affordable, durable, and secures all my items for uneven terrain.