Episode Nineteen: The Script Masters
In our first episode of Season Two we talk to two heroes of pre-production: 1st AD and script supervisor. These two positions are crucial to the pre-pro phase of making a film. As we learn in this episode, the better prepared these two are for your production, the smoother the gears will run.
Episode Nineteen Guests
Elaine Gibson- 1st AD
A born and raised Californian, Elaine was raised in a family of photographers, painters, and writers, so her passion for the arts started early on. An adventurer since birth, Elaine has traveled the globe seeking out the new and unknown in art, which has taken her to 4 different continents. Though she spent her freshman year of college at Iona College in New York, a fateful 3-month trip to China soon landed Elaine in UCLA’s School of Film and TV. Despite studying to become a director, her constant need for a challenge and the joy of organizing choas lead her to assistant directing her peers’ films. She graduated UCLA TFT in 2005, with an award in socially conscious film making, as well as numerous films as an AD under her belt. After working for the likes of Scott Rudin and John Daly, Elaine decided her passion really lies with independent film. Elaine’s addiction to the unbridled energy of Indie sets, and the belief that working through challenges only make movies better, has time and again drawn her to the 1st AD’s seat. Elaine currently works as 1st AD and Producer on independent films.
Amy Arter- Script Supervisor
Amy Arter grew up in San Diego. After studying at San Diego State University, Amy, who had always loved film but never thought there was a career in it for her, took a job in the art department on the set of Pirates of the Caribbean 2 where fate placed her work station directly behind the Script Supervisor. After a week watching the Script Supervisor work and finding out what the job entailed, Amy was hooked. She immediately researched the job and was lucky enough to study under veteran Script Supervisor Robert Gary.
Soon after her training, Amy started working as a Script Supervisor and has been working consistently ever since. She has been a script supervisor on over 45 different productions in the film, tv, internet and commercial world.
Jenna Edwards- Resident Producing Advisor
For more information about Jenna, see the About page or click here.