In the last couple of weeks I have received several e-mails from students wanting to interview me for their school project. And I just have to say, thanks for choosing a script supervisor to interview!!!
First of all, I would recommend interviewing a live scripty as well, and here is a little tip on how to find one...
It's very easy. If you are in New York, L.A., Paris, or Vancouver you can click on the link to their union. (conveniently found on the right hand side of my web site) If you work in another state let's say for example... Montana. Google Montana film office then click on crews and support services, then production crew by category choose script supervisors then you have to click that choice again...duh...and voila! Script Supervisors in Montana rinse lather repeat for whatever state you are in.
Call the nice script supervisor and ask rather politely if you can conduct a brief interview for your class project. Maybe you could do a bit of brushing up by reading the script supervising articles I have posted (again see the right hand column of my site) so you get a clear idea of the job before you compose your questions.
Here is a nice e-mail I received recently:
I am writing to ask you about being a . I am currently a junior at , studying film. As an assignment we were asked to find someone in the industry with a specific position. If you have time it would be great if you could answer some questions about your job.
What are the specifics to what you do?
Wikipedia has it pretty well covered.
What made you want to become a script supervisor?
See this post
How long have you been in the industry?
What are some of the best projects you've worked on?
The best jobs I have worked on are often not the ones that resulted in being a box office smash. For me it comes down to the best on-set experience. But by far my best experience was working with Walter Matthau on one of my first big budget movies. Everyday I walked on that set I was in utter awe of all things around me...it's really a wonder how I did my job (I was the 2nd unit script supervisor). Then one day, the 1st unit scripty got sick and they asked me to step in. Walter was on set, I was not only VERY green (being a newbie) but looked very green thinking I would pass out..., thankfully the camera guys held me up from fainting and helped me finish the shoot day without making a mess of things!
Any best projects you'd like to share?