You know how sometimes life just takes over! Especially around the holidays…. Parties, shopping, eating, sleeping, and then throw in some work on top of that! Yikes.
The only humorous work related thing that happened recently was that a low-budget movie called me to work on the their project. We talked briefly...not about pay and then they promised to send me the script.
Then the following day, a production assistant called me saying she'd been offered a movie and wanted to know how to Script Supervise. So, I called her back and told her what I tell most newbie Scripty’s. Pay me a lot of money and I’ll tell you how I do my job.. JUST KIDDING!! I said, well, it’s a pretty complex job to explain to someone over coffee. Just talking about screen direction alone can take up gobs of time. What I recommend you do is buy the book Script Supervising and Film Continuity by Pat Miller. It covers the WHOLE job and has a great section on screen direction!. I have even recommended it to newbie D.P.’s who are wondering about shot progression and screen direction..(Comment if you agree or disagree on her book)
Being curious I ask her what job she is working on ....and it's the same people who called me the day before to do their movie! I get it they are getting options.
The next day I get a .pdf of the script and it was bad....I mean it was quite possibly the worst script I have ever read! There was really no story but what made it bad for me was that it looked to be written by a 6 year old! Now, all you production people that are script savvy realize the humor in a scene description like this "This scene introduces the character Missy" and at the end of one scene it says "Make sure we get a good shot from the top of the house looking down" and at least NINE references to "Insert Montage here", and my personal favorite "She closes her eyes (very Yoda like)” I nearly fell off my chair! Very Yoda like! How is that exactly?
The kicker is that when they pitched the movie to me they said that Fox had expressed interest in it. If that's true, gosh darn it, I’m gonna write me a script too and I’ll be a famous soon!
I find out later that it's a first time director/writer,(Duh) and a camera guy from the local T.V. station. How cute, they have NO idea how to make a movie, and they want a P.A. to be their Script Super! Best of luck to you guys, I hope that that Fox really has an interest in your movie and that they can afford to pay for post!.....But that's just the ego in me flaring...and in this business... you never know what will happen. It might be next summer's hit movie!