LEARNING A NEW SKILL
One day last year, the Producer came to me before a readthrough and asked if I would fill in for the Script Supervisor for a Second Unit shoot (ed. note: The crew that films the main actors/story is known as Main Unit. If footage is needed that doesn't require the main actors and there isn't enough time on the schedule for Main Unit to pull it off, it is filmed by the Second Unit). Thing is: although my position is Script "Coordinator", that has absolutely nothing in common with what the Script "Supervisor" does. Or vice versa.
Wanting to be known as a team player, I replied (very slowly) "ohhh...kay" -- and ran down to the Script Supervisor to ask her how the heck she does her job. The above were my notes over the course of the 15 minutes she had time to give me. I'm not even sure what they mean, and I was there when I wrote them.
So I'm sure you're not surprised to hear how very R-E-L-I-E-V-E-D I was that they found someone else. Phew.
Phew, right up until this year... when TWICE I was asked to fill in for the Script Supervisor. (be very careful about wanting to be known as a team player -- people may take you up on it) And... twice I did.
Production Fave #3: Being In Over Your Head and Living To Blog About It