A script supervisor performs a key role when it comes to ushering the footage you get into its final form as a well-edited video or film. Even if you aren’t working on a big-budget production, it’s crucial to have someone perform this role. The script supervisor keeps an eye on what’s being shot, looks out for continuity issues with wardrobe and other items, and takes notes on the script as the shoot moves along.
Your script supervisor makes sure that each shot that’s needed is captured in a satisfactory way. And they keep notes about which takes have the best versions of certain lines or which scenes might require “pickups,” or reshoots, to blend one take into another.
“When I served that role, I would record notes like, ‘Take three was better than take two, but we need a pickup because they screwed up this one word. So we’re going to use take three with take four as a pickup starting at this point,” says Monnin. “You note all of that as you go to make sure that not only did you capture it, but you captured a good, usable version of it.”