Love your blog! I'm still a newbie in the continuity field. What are some of your favorite phrases to ask a director (so as not to make him feel defensive) on continuity errors, coverage, shot lists, preferred takes, etc...
Thanks so much! Keep scripting!
This is a brilliant question! And one that deserves some discussion! Since we are a department of ONE and rarely get to model our "style" after another...I hope other scripty's give their take on this question too!
I have to admit I really try NOT to talk to directors. I prefer to talk to every other department. For example if I see a wardrobe issue..I'll discuss it with wardrobe. A hair issue...I'll talk to hair...shot list, I'll talk to the AD and so on...
So much so that if I actually bring something up to the director he/she will be trained early on that when I speak it's important. And so far in my career this strategy has worked very well.
As far as what to say when I hit that "I have to discuss this with the director" I tend to speak softly and typically start with "Excuse me, but Actor A & B have been changing up their actions each take on the master, is there one take we should match for coverage?" This typically and hopefully hits the director and he/she realizes that he/she must remind the actors to match their actions or it's going to be a cutting nightmare in post. Or the director likes the mismatched action and is waiting to see which one they will ultimately match to for coverage. Or I'll get the answer many scriptys hear all the time "It doesn't matter". (remember to roll your eyes in your mind on that one!)
Now, sometimes, I work with directors that like to talk. They like to shoot the breeze in between takes, or challenge me to see who can put a war head candy in their mouth and not make a face. Sometimes childish, sometimes fun, but I guess I always take the directors lead on conversations. I have heard of many scripty's getting fired because they were asking the directors too many questions and or fighting over every potential continuity concern that they became just a pain in the butt.
And I would tend to believe that not being a pain in the butt might get you more work!
Any other scriptys care to comment on how you work with directors?