Figure 1.3 Joseph Darcey-Alden as the ghost in a scene from Pranks.
Working with Reports and Logs
Now that you're familiar with the story and characters, the next step is to review the continuity paperwork.
Good continuity notes save an editor time (and, therefore, the production money) and allow the editor to make a
number of informed decisions during the edit. These notes are provided by the script supervisor, who is re-
sponsible for taking detailed notes of everything that is shot during a film's production. This includes
everything from matching the actors' eye lines to wardrobe, makeup, and the position of props. It's done to en-
sure that the continuity of the film matches from shot to shot. The script supervisor also notes clapper informa-
tion for each shot, any technical issues that arise, and the director's preferred takes.
The script supervisor's work is especially important because movies are usually shot out of sequence and each
department looks to them for answers when questions of continuity arise on the set. The script supervisor essen-
tially ensures that the recorded shots match and cut together after they're assembled, so his work is indispens-
able to an editor.
In the Documentation folder on the DVD, you'll find the continuity shot list and continuity script for
Pranks. These documents provide useful information about the rushes that you have to work with, which you
can refer to as you work on the film. Let's take a closer look at both documents.
The continuity shot list
At first glance, the continuity shot list may look like a jumbled set of words, numbers, and abbreviations, but
it's actually a treasure trove to an editor. The continuity shot list is like a detailed map of the shoot, which tells
you the scene order in which the film was shot, the location in which the scene takes place, and what occurred
on set during the recording. These details provide an accurate reference of what took place—good or bad—in
each scene during the shoot, and help reveal any changes that might have occurred between takes.
The shot list provides an exhaustive list of all the relevant details from each take and helps the production main-
tain continuity so that the editor is able to cut the final film. Whether it was an unwanted daily visit on set from
any one of the numerous cats in our location, a fantastic performance by the cast, or a change in props, clothing,
or weather, these useful points are all noted in a well-documented continuity shot list.
Our script supervisor in charge of continuity on set was Yvonne Craven, who did a brilliant job of keeping track
of anything that was worth noting during the recording on her page-per-slate notes. She then typed up a continu-
ity shot list from these notes during the course of the shoot. The continuity shot list works hand in hand with the
continuity script, which we discuss in the next section.
So, running through the headings in the continuity shot list, you'll see Mag, Slate, and Take (see Figure 1.4).
Historically the Mag number refers to a magazine of film roll, but here, Mag actually refers to the numbered di-
gital flash cards we used during filming. These were downloaded to the hard drives at the DIT workstation be-
fore being reused again (Figure 1.5).