Script Supervision and Continuity for Film and Television
Duration 3 month course
Next intake September 2021
Application deadline 06 May 2021
This full time course is delivered in partnership with the BBC and designed to thoroughly train participants in becoming a key member of a filmed drama or television production team.
"This course has given me the confidence to pursue script supervision as a career." - Michelle Dunne, 2019 graduate
Participants will learn from practical hands-on workshops and through on set and in studio experience on a range of drama and entertainment projects. This will ensure that participants leave the course with the practical experience for starting out in the professional world.
The Script Supervisor’s role is an exciting, varied and demanding job requiring many skills for being part of the production team, working closely with directors and producers, interacting with performers and programme participants, and providing accurate information on location, in the studio gallery and for the edit suite.
All NFTS students can attend Masterclasses. Recent guests include David Fincher (Fight Club), Greta Gerwig (Little Women), Steve McQueen (12 Years A Slave), Edgar Wright (Hot Fuzz), Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag), Ben Wheatley (Free Fire), Rapman (Blue Story), Louis Theroux, Debra Granik (Winter’s Bone), Denis Villeneuve (Bladerunner 2049), Lynne Ramsay (You Were Never Really Here), Sam Mendes (1917), Asif Kapadia (Senna), Joanna Hogg (The Souvenir), and Russell T Davies (Doctor Who).
What you will study
"The course taught me so much more than I expected. It is very hands-on and keeps you busy. The tutors are great, kind and very helpful. There were lots of opportunities to work on shoots and connect with students from other courses to build lasting relationships. I did not want to leave." - Pia Schuster, 2019 graduate
The Script Supervisor is a key member of the production team, preparing and providing scripts, running orders, camera shots and information, prior to a rehearsal, recording or shooting day. In the studio, they keep the production team informed through cueing, timings, shotcalling, liaising with presentation, and maintaining an accurate log. They support the director and producer and are responsible for getting live transmission programmes on and off air. On single camera shoots they are vital for continuity, keeping track of takes, timings and shooting set-ups essential for the editor, as well as checking correct dialogue, actions, costume, make-up and props.
This 12-week course has been developed due to industry demand and combines practical experience on film shoots, and on TV entertainment shows, using the recently refurbished 4k multi-camera television studio gallery. Included in the course are lectures on how to use ScriptE and BBC Scriptwriter, how to work on different genres of programmes, guest speakers, and site visits to TV companies and film studios.
We are looking for people who are enthusiastic, keen to work hard as part of a team and quick to learn. You should have a good general education, but no other specific educational requirements are needed for this course. Previous experience working in the film or television industry would be an advantage, or knowledge gained from an alternative production activity, for example, a University or College media course project.
If you are not an EEA National, you must already be in possession of a UK visa valid for the duration of this course. We are unable to accept your application if you do not.
If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to apply
Application deadline: 06 May 2021
Applications open 4th January 2021.
We are happy to receive applications from 4th January until the midnight of the application deadline date.