February 27, 2012 by Kate Chaplin
I’ve made a living doing Script Supervisor work since 2009. I’ve been asked to use logs that the producers/editor created, I’ve paid money for the standard industry forms, and I’ve made my own forms based on the request of directors/editors/producers.
I’ve come to realize that a large proportions of independent producers/directors don’t know what a SS does and doesn’t do. Even industry standard forms and the script markup are confusing to some. I won’t bore you with the details of what a SS actually does because there are many more great websites for that, but I do recommend that those who know and don’t know what an SS does check out this great interview http://therumpus.net/2011/07/whats-a-script-supervisor-the-rumpus-interview-with-andrea-manners/
It wasn’t still I was deep into editing that realized what a pain the paperwork for a editor can be. I had the SS log, a sound log, and notes on each film clip about performance, shot, etc. Most times I referenced all three logs and thought “can’t there be a better way of having all the information an editor needs on one document?
For my next gig “Gamer Chick: Season 3” I made a new log, combining the industry standard form and adding/subtracting what fields are actually referenced in independent film productions.
For example, I used to write down what lens size and F stop for each shot. This documentation is designed for reshoot info, but some of the productions I work on won’t have the funds for reshoots so they need to get it now or fix it in post. The field for lens, though helpful, wasn’t being used. Where as adding a “Sound File” field was more likely to be used to pair the visual film clip with the separate audio file.
I recommend that a SS fills out this log with pencil so an editor can correct sound/clips file names as needed and continue to have one log for reference.
I offer this form free of charge. Download it, edit it for your specific needs. I don’t need any credit for it, I just hope it helps.
Download here: Script Super Log