YAFTA INTERVIEW LISA KOS

Job Title & What You do:SCRIPT SUPERVISOR

A script supervisor is a member of a film or television crew who maintains the stability of the script during pre-production, filming and postproduction. This person serves as a script liaison between people working on the set. The process can involve making continuity suggestions to help with script interpretation or taking notes between the actors, directors and production personnel. To ensure continuity between the script and what’s being filmed, the script supervisor may advise on a variety of production details, such as costumes, props, sets and makeup.

What does a typical day at work involve for you?

Script supervisor duties include maintaining a detailed log of daily scene shots slated for production with accompanying production notes and continuity suggestions. These logs may also include shot numbers, director comments, camera settings and production statistics, such as the shot date, time and reel number. When filming is complete, these daily logs usually go to the postproduction and editing staff. Movie scenes may not be recorded in the order that they’re written, so a script supervisor may also coordinate the activities of the camera crew on a scene-by-scene basis to maintain scene consistency.

What’s the best thing about your job?

It’s a varied and interesting role. No day is ever the same and it keeps me on my toes.

What’s the worst thing about your job?

Most departments excluding the Director and Script Supervisor have teams. Sometimes it can be quite a lonely job and there’s no room for mistakes as you are the only one doing it.

How did you end up doing the job that you do?

I did a Media Studies degree at University then was able to get work experience as a Runner on Emmerdale. It’s taken me ten years to get to my level going through the assistant director route.

What advice would you give to someone wanting to work in production?

Work Experience is key. TV and film industry isn’t easy to fall into, sheer hard work and determination can get you there. Be prepared to work ridiculous hours, but loving your job is reward enough.

From a script supervisor’s perspective, do you have any advice that you can offer to YAFTA students to help them in their acting careers?

In my experience, getting a decent agent, portfolio and showreel is key to starting out in the acting world. Without this you will not get the auditions.