Episode Seventy-Three: Script Supervisor Veda Semarne from The Office

May 25, 2011 by  
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The script supervisor has one of the most important and difficult jobs on set: making sure what’s in the script ends up in the can (or in the case of The Office, the plastic tape case). The script supervisor, also known as the scripty, rarely has a free moment on set as she or he is constantly taking notes for each take, timing each take, and supervising the continuity of the script including actor’s lines, props, wardrobe and much more! Join us as we discuss the duties and responsibilities of this valuable position with Veda Semarne of The Office.

Veda Semarne- Script Supervisor

Veda Semarne received a Ph.D. in Art History from Yale, writing her dissertation on the Lumière brothers and the first films in France.  She taught film history, theory, and screenwriting at Yale University, Trinity College, and Long Island University until 1996, when she moved to L.A. to explore the world of film production first hand.  In 1997, she took a script supervising course at the American Film Institute and has been working as a script supervisor ever since, on feature films and television series.  She has worked in many genres, but comedy is her favorite.  She just completed her seventh season on the NBC’s The Office.  Her feature projects include Cedar Rapids and License to Wed.  She has had the honor of working with many fine directors, among them Ken Kwapis, Paul Feig, Miguel Arteta and Harold Ramis.

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Lynda Lopez- Producer

Lynda Lopez started her career in film as a Production Designer working on student films with friends from art school where she was a Graphic Design major. She then went on to assist some very talented Production Designers on studio films while still working in various capacities on short films and indie films. Due to her fascination for all aspects of filmmaking, she has become more involved with the Production side of things working as a Director’s Assistant and Producer.

Lynda is currently working on a charity project for All Hands Volunteers, a non-profit organization that provides hands-on assistance to survivors of natural disasters around the world. For more information about Lynda’s project to help this organization please visit Film Method’s Facebook page.

For more information on All Hands Volunteers visit their website at http://hands.org/

Jenna Edwards- Producer, Film Method Co-Host

For more information about Jenna Edwards please visit the About page.

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Episode Nineteen: The Script Masters

November 18, 2009 by  
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Episode19_photoIn 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

Elaine_DriveThruA 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_ArterAmy 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

Jenna_ResizedFor more information about Jenna, see the About page or click here.

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