Continuity or Script Supervisors

Continuity or Script Supervisors work as part of the Camera Department on Feature Films and Television Dramas. They ensure that, despite the fact that films are shot entirely out of script sequence, they eventually make continuous verbal and visual sense.

The Continuity Person is responsible for ensuring the consistency of the scenes, either in films or TV programmes. For instance, if a scene is shot before dinner and then continued after dinner, the continuity person should ensure that nothing has been moved on the set and that the actors are wearing exactly the same clothes, have exactly the same style of hair and the same make up when shooting resumes.

The role of the Continuity Supervisor entails checking on and keeping detailed records of dialogue, action, costumes, props and set design, so that when different takes and scenes are finally edited together, the fictional world of the film is not disrupted by continuity errors which may distract the audience. Script Supervisors closely observe every shot filmed, and take extremely precise and detailed notes, in order to provide an authoritative reference point should any doubt arise about how a previous take or scene was filmed. These reports provide an invaluable resource for Directors and Editors enabling them to assess the coverage, including how many shot options there are for each scene of the script, and exactly how each shot was filmed. Script Supervisors are involved during preproduction and principal photography.

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. 

Job/task description

  • Break down the script according to production requirements
  • Check the script for any errors and/or inconsistencies
  • Check continuity requirements for each scene to be shot
  • Responsible for maintaining the consistency between scenes
  • Develop story synopses and character breakdowns
  • Prepare estimated running times
  • Check the shooting schedule to ensure that all the required scenes are shot and adequately covered from all required angles, distances, etc.
  • Work closely with Directors to anticipate and solve any potential problems
  • Taking pictures on set in order to make sure that everything is kept the same when the shooting resumes
  • Take extremely precise and detailed notes

  • Keep detailed continuity notes and photographs or sketches of each actor and camera position for each shot
  • Checking on and keeping detailed records of:
  • dialogue, action, costumes, props and set design
  • all shot timings and camera movements, including jibs, pans, zooms, etc; whether the scene is shot during the day or at night
  • any scene changes, and their implications
  • all slate and scene number information
  • any inconsistencies, errors or other comments
  • all camera details including lenses, focal distances, filters, etc.
  • Observe every shot filmed
  • Closely monitoring of the script to check that no dialogue is overlooked during filming
  • Cue actors where necessary
  • File reports and photographic records for the previous day's shoot on each day of principal photography
  • Prepare all paperwork for post production