This definitive handbook explains how a script is transformed into a motion picture or television program. Readers will learn the methodology and craft of the script supervisor, who ensures that the continuity of a film, its logical progression, is coherent.

The book teaches all vital script supervising functions, including how to:
.prepare, or "break down" a script for shooting
.maintaining screen direction and progression
.matching scenes and shots for editing
.cuing actors
.recording good takes and prints
preparing time and log sheets for editing

This revision of an industry classic has been updated to reflect changes in the film industry in recent years, including the use of electronic media in the script supervisor's tasks. While it is written for the novice script writer, it can serve as a valuable resource for directors, film editors, scriptwriters and cinematographers.

chapter 1|10 pages

Getting into the Act

chapter 2|32 pages

Dealing with the Script

chapter 3|10 pages

Prior to Principal Photography

chapter 4|10 pages

A Day on a Movie Set

chapter 5|8 pages

Camera Rehearsals

chapter 6|14 pages

The Slating Syndrome

chapter 7|10 pages

Getting the Scene on Film

chapter 8|8 pages

Timing Is of the Essence

chapter 9|10 pages

"That's a Wrap!"

chapter 10|20 pages

Continuity Script to the Editor

chapter 11|24 pages

Dynamics of the Camera

chapter 12|18 pages

The Concept of Coverage

chapter 13|12 pages

The Mastery of Matching

chapter 14|2 pages

Second Unit Filming

chapter 15|4 pages

Filming for Television

chapter 16|20 pages

Film Language