Continuity or Script Supervisors

Needed competencies and skills

  • Directors rely heavily on Continuity Supervisors' keen observation during filming in order to ensure that each scene is shot accurately, both technically and creatively.
  • Because filming is extremely intensive, and shooting days are usually long, Script Supervisors require stamina and must be dedicated to their work. 
  • The ability to keep precise and detailed notes quickly and efficiently is vital.  Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are also necessary in order to explain any continuity errors, and to liaise effectively with Directors, Actors, Assistant Directors, Production Office, and other technical departments during production. 

Key Skills include:

  • Ability to keep precise and detailed notes quickly and efficiently
  • Good sense of visual composition, perspective and movement
  • Good organisational skills
  • Must be dedicated to their work
  • Practical approach to work
  • Ability to trouble shoot and respond quickly to changing circumstances
  • Meticulous and methodical attention to detail
  • Observant
  • Excellent communication to explain any continuity errors
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Liaise effectively with Directors, Actors, Assistant Directors, Production Office, and other technical departments during production
  • Ability to collaborate and to work as part of a team
  • Diplomacy and sensitivity when working with artists and crew
  • Ability to be amiable and calm in difficult situations
  • Ability to concentrate
  • Good memory
  • Require stamina
  • Knowledge of the requirements of the relevant Health and Safety legislation and procedures

Career Progression and Training Opportunities

Although no formal qualifications are required to become a Script Supervisor, it is recommended that Continuity Supervisors have some higher level qualification in Film Studies or Film Production. There are no tailored training programmes currently on offer in Ireland. However a short training course for suitably qualified professionals is available from the London Film School. Knowledge of the theory and grammar of filmmaking and, in particular, of editing, is essential in order to understand the craft of constructing scenes out of individual shots. Relevant industry experience is essential.  A full driving licence is useful.

More information (links to materials)

http://www.lfs.org.uk/courses/workshops/ssupervision/wsscriptsc01/index.php

http://www.iadt.ie/en/ProspectiveStudents/SchoolsCourses/SchoolofCreativeArts/BAHonoursinFilmandTelevisionProduction/

http://www.dcu.ie/prospective/deginfo.php?classname=MTV&originating_school=60

http://mediastudies.nuim.ie/degreeprogrammes/maradiotelevision

Post-leaving Certificate Courses:

http://applications.bcfe.ie/course-ITC-Television_And_Digital_Film.html

http://applications.bcfe.ie/course-IFH-Higher_National_Diploma_In_Film.html

http://applications.bcfe.ie/course-IPC-Presentation_and_Performance_Skills_for_the_Media_(TV_Presentation_and_Showreel_Creation).html

http://www.dife.info/course_pages/art_design_tech/mmedia_year_01.htm

http://www.dlcfe.ie/FEBrochure.pdf

http://www.careersportal.ie/courses/plccoursesectors.php?job_id=161&sector_id=20