The script supervisor, sitting at the right hand of the director, is a critical player in any form of successful filmmaking. This one-week workshop is for aspiring script supervisors on feature films, television series and commercials. All of the script supervisor's responsibilities, including paperwork, software, tools, and procedures are covered. In lectures, discussions, script breakdowns and on-set work, students learn the proper procedures for timing, reports, and script notes. The class covers instruction on the most important relationship of the script supervisor — that with the director, and how to relate to the actors, producers, the story, and the accuracy and reality of the film production. Students learn about continuity and matching, what to watch for during filming, and why script continuity is a major contribution to the quality and effectiveness of a film, especially in editing. The class reviews films for flaws in continuity, and learns how to read a script and prepare for each day's work on set.
Judi Townsend was born in the North of England and trained at BBC London before coming to the U.S. where she worked for Public Television in San Francisco, editing documentaries and TV series. Eventually she moved to Los Angeles where she trained in script supervision at UCLA Film school under Bonnie Prendergast. Her credits include "Ground Hog Day", "Addams Family Values", "Two Days in the Valley", "Flight Plan", and "Wild Hogs." She currently resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she is a member of NM Women In Film and has mentored script supervisors at the Duke City Shootout. Since teaching her first workshop last year, she has worked on the pilot of "Breaking Bad" and the films, "I Know What Boys Like", "The Game" and "Twilight".