One of the things that makes us different is that we come from a script supervisor’s perspective. A script supervisor has the pleasure to work with every department on set as well as keep it organized. While script supervisors work with every department just as a director and producer, what makes script supervisors different is that they are in the same union as the crew so they are in a managerial position, but are also crew members.
Script supervisors must ensure the quality of the production and support the overall vision of the director. They are the eyes and ears for the editor and are there to make sure the footage is to the quality (matching and screen direction and coverage) the editor needs to cut the film together.
A great script supervisor can save a lot of time and money for production, whereas a bad one costs the production quite a bit in time and money. A lot of AD’s have the pleasure of working with the crew but not all of them ensure that the crew is doing a quality job – most are ensuring that the job is getting done on time and within budget, not how well it is getting done. The script supervisor understands what each job does on set and how to make sure it is done in a way to ensure the film is of editable quality.