Dexter season 8 preview! The final season!

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Anyone that’s followed me for a while knows how much I love working on Dexter with their amazing cast and crew. I’m so very sad this is the final Dexter season. It has been an amazing show for 7 seasons so far and now on June 30th it’s the beginning of the end. Here’s a preview of the season released last week.

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Lindsey’s Jewelry: Hard Wear by Lindsey (Awesome stuff)

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Rusty J’s Music Site

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Filming in San Pedro

Yesterday I got to work near home, which is awesome 🙂 and I get to work Bones today, but I wanted to share some photos from our day shooting in San Pedro, ca yesterday with a wonderful Cast and Crew

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It was a beautiful day!

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Rusty J’s Music Site

Warner Bros Studio

Today I got to work on one of my favorite shows and they were shooting at Warner Bros Studio Lot. I love this cast and crew (I’m not going to say which show, just that I’ve talked about it before and they do not usually shoot at WB.) Before today I had never filmed at WB before. I had been there once for a screening but that was all.

20130311-235558.jpgTaken by my friendTyler today at work.

I love this lot, I mean Friends shot there (my all time favorite show)!!

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It was also the Main Street from Gilmore Girls and many famous TV shows and movies.

You can read all about Warner Brothers’ company history.

From their website:

The Warner Bros. Lot:
Physical production facilities on the historic 110-acre lot include 29 soundstages (including one of the tallest in the world that also has an in-ground tank with a two million gallon capacity), plus a 20 acre backlot that can double as almost anywhere, be it a jungle in the rainforest, Mainstreet USA or a bustling metropolitan city.Source.

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20130311-232941.jpgSource This looks like one of the houses in “Warner Village” that I walked through today.

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Lindsey’s Jewelry: Hard Wear by Lindsey (Awesome stuff)

Rustified.com – Lifestyle Inspirations from a Renaissance Man (I love his blog- 365 page book for this year, recipes, & daily inspirations)

Rusty J’s Music Site

Breaking Down a Script

As a script supervisor part of my job is done in prep or pre-production.

Yesterday I spent the afternoon breaking down a script for a short film shooting next week. After I finished it I found out that I have a new scheduling conflict and had to replace myself on it sadly. So a friend of mine will actually be working the show. But either way I did the breakdown and I want to share the process with you!

Every script supervisor has a different order they do these things but here is my order.

1- Count your scenes. (So you know the totally scene count for the script.)

2- Breakdown your pages into eighths and figure out the page count for each scene. i.e.: Sc 4 = 1/8 or Sc 17 = 2 2/8.

3- Using this count up your total page count for the script. (I use the scriptE software so it does my scene and page counts for me, though I always double check the accuracy)

4- Now it’s time to go through the script scene by scene and enter a brief description of every scene. (This takes awhile)

5- Then i go through scene by scene again to notice any and all details.

What I’m looking for:

• what story day it is. (Very important)

• things that we need to see in evidence in a room, because it plays a part at some point.

• props, tracking them through the story line. (i.e.: the character has a flask at the house, hands it to another character in the car, then has it when they arrive at the next location.)

• Hair, make-up, & wardrobe notes: If there’s anything in the script pertaining to this, i.e.: the character falls and gets dirty, gets bloody, cries, etc. If things like this happen I need to note it so in the following scenes we make sure to match the dirt, blood, tears, etc.

• Anything contradictory so I can ask the writer or director for clarification.

Once we are shooting this breakdown is invaluable to me and other departments to help us keep everything in continuity since everything is filmed out of order!

Please comment below with and questions or comments!

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Rusty J’s Music Site

Super Clyde and Teen Wolf

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(Top of the parking structure this morning)

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Recently I got to sit in on the table read for a CBS pilot starring Rupert Grint! I was covering for a friend, so I am not working on it past the table read but the cast and crew are incredible!

Check out its FB page: here.
And what Rupert has to say about it: here.

It’s a great pilot!

Yesterday I got to go back to Teen Wolf (on MTV) for the day, very fun show to work on! I love the cast and crew here as well! Hopefully they will need more 2nd unit and I can be with them on a semi regular basis

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Also check out:

Filmmaking & Cookiebaking’s Instagram

Sister site: Craft Making and Drag Racing

Lindsey’s Jewelry: Hard Wear by Lindsey (Awesome stuff)

Rustified.com – Lifestyle Inspirations from a Renaissance Man (I love his blog- 365 page book for this year, recipes, & daily inspirations)

Rusty J’s Music Site

Film Industry Jargon – Part 1

In the film industry (like a lot of industry’s) we have jargon, some of it makes sense some of it is just odd and random, slowly over time I want to share some of it with you! Here are the first few! 20130225-194944.jpg
New girl call sheet.

Call sheet: The paper we get everyday to tell us the details of the following day. Including:
•What scenes are being shot.
•Where we are working.
•Where to park.
•What time cast and crew are supposed to arrive.
•What special items are needed for the scenes.
•Names of all crew members.
• How many background actors are working.
• The schedule for the following two days.
• The weather (yes seriously, very helpful when getting ready for a day work outside)
• the nearest hospital.
• Important phone numbers.

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Those silks up in the sky were put up by my father and his grip crew for the show Bones. I stepped out of where I was working on the Fox lot and saw them working.

50×50 silk: Used to diffuse and soften sunlight over a large area. As you can see they used more than one to cover the area necessary. (They come in other sizes as well.

Also pictured above is a backlot….

Backlot: The part of the studio that is facaded to look like a city street. (If you’ve ever been on a studio tour you’ve seen this)

There’s also:

Best-boy: this is the second in command in both the grip and electric departments, ie: Best Boy Grip (this is often my fathers job) or Best boy Electric.

Ten-one: Means going to the restroom. When I go to step off set for this I tell them “I’m ten-one” and they know I’m running to the restroom but I will be right back.

The last one i’ll share today is, video village.

Video Village: This is the area where the director, script supervisor (me), writers, and producers sit to watch what is being filmed.

That’s all for now! If you have any questions or comments please feel free to comment below!

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Filmmaking & Cookiebaking’s Instagram

Sister site: Craft Making and Drag Racing

Lindsey’s Jewelry: Hard Wear by Lindsey (Awesome stuff)

Rustified.com – Lifestyle Inspirations from a Renaissance Man (I love his blog- 365 page book for this year, recipes, & daily inspirations)

Rusty J’s Music Site

Back to Bones

Yesterday and today for the first time since November I am back with the Bones Crew! So glad to be back working with an amazing cast and crew.

We are still shooting Rusty J’s music video but I’m MIA for these two days. Nicolle and Rusty J will continue with out me, which is great, I cannot wait to see the footage later this week!

I can’t show photos of anything confidential but here’s a peek into my world today20130129-101336.jpg

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One of my favorite things about this studio is how many friends I run into, I even get to run into my father here some days!

Also check out:
Sister site: Craft Making and Drag Racing

Lindsey’s Jewelry: Hard Wear by Lindsey (Awesome stuff)

Rustified.com – Lifestyle Inspirations from a Renaissance Man (I love his blog- 365 page book for this year, recipes, & daily inspirations)

Rusty J’s Music Site

My IMDB page

Rather than try to fill you in on what I have done as a Script Supervisor I want to share my IMDB page. This is definitely not a complete list of all the projects I have worked on but it’s a good start. This is an ever updating list and I will continue sharing what I am up to long before it appears on IMDB.

Just for fun here’s a few random photos from different shows.

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What a Script Supervisor does

So when I first started this blog I said I would explain what a Script Supervisor does and I realized I have failed to do that!

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I learned to script supervise from the late Robert Gary in 2005. He was an incredible man that had an amazing career. I’m so thankful to have had the opportunity to learn from him.

So here is what I do:

1- Create a log for the editors and assistant editors to use when cutting the media together.

2- Make notes on the script page to show what has been covered and how much coverage there is.

3- Work with the actors to get the dialogue as close to the script as possible. And help track dialogue changes from the writers.

4- Supervise all of the continuity. (ie: correct clothes, correct props, etc)
But most especially the continuity within the scene.
(ie: what the actor/actress is holding, when they stand, when they take a drink, etc.)

5- Provide the scene number for the camera and sound departments for the slate (aka Clapper).

6- Provide the editor with notes from the director. (favorite takes, what shot the scene should start with, etc.)

This job holds a lot of responsibly and great attention to detail. It certainly isn’t for everyone but I love it. The hours can be brutal, our standard day is 12 hours but i have worked anywhere from 6-23 hour days!! This week I am only working 8 hour day which feels weird and short, But It is really nice to be able to work and have a life at the same time.

I’d love to answer your questions about what I do and this crazy business! Ask away.