Monday, April 29, 2013

Spring/Summer Training Schedule NY and LA Training


ScriptE Summer Training and Trade Show Schedule - REGISTER TODAY AND SAVE 
 
   MAY 18-19 - NYC 2 DAY INTENSIVE SCRIPTE TRAINING 
    * RESERVE YOUR SPOT - REGISTER NOW      
    * all participants receive $100 discount on ScriptE for Mac or PC or $100 credit towards ScriptE Select back up, retrieval, and emergency phone support service
MAY 25-26 - LA 2 DAY INTENSIVE SCRIPTE TRAINING 
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    * all participants receive $100 discount on ScriptE for Mac or PC or $100 credit towards ScriptE Select back up, retrieval, and emergency phone support service
MAY 31-JUNE 1ST - CINEGEAR SHOW AND EXPO 
    * REGISTER FOR YOUR FREE PASSES NOW     
JUNE 2 - LOCAL 871 - 2 HOUR FREE DEMO AND Q&A - PIZZA PARTY -  11am-1pm at Local 871 Hall 
* event open to 871 Members only  
* RSVP to Heidi Nakamura
heidi@ialocal871.org  

MAD MEN's Sue Swindle - Featured ScriptE of the Month

Featured ScriptE of the Month - Sue Swindle
ScriptE for AMC smash hit MAD MEN 
Sue Swindle
* HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN SCRIPT SUPERVISING?  

I've been a scripty for about 16 years now.
* WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR RECENT GIGS?

My most recent gig has been the 6th Season of "Mad Men".  Last summer I worked in Brownsville, TX on "A Night In Old Mexico" starring Robert Duvall & Jeremy Irvine.  I also worked on the Marlon Wayans film "A Haunted House", which was a laugh a minute to shoot.
* ONE OF YOUR FAVORITE DIRECTORS?

One of my favorite directors is Jennifer Getzinger, because she used to be a script supervisor, in fact she was script supervisor for the first 2 seasons of "Mad Men", so she keeps me on my toes.  She's also a super nice person who's a joy to be around.
 * FAVORITE JOB?

'can't really put my finger on a show that is my most favorite because they all have their own distinct flavor and each has taught me something I've been able to use on other shows.
* UNION SHOUT OUT (WHICH LOCAL HANDLES YOUR PENSION & WELFARE?) 

I'm currently a member of IATSE Local 871, in SoCal.
* HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN USING SCRIPTE? WHAT FORMAT DO YOU USE - MAC, PC, or iPAD? 

I've been using ScriptE (Mac version) for about 5 years.
* HOW HAS SCRIPTE CHANGED THE WAY YOU DO YOUR JOB?

I chose ScriptE over other means of doing the job digitally because it's the only program I need to have open.  It does it all.  No need to switch between a PDF of the script, a spreadsheet, a word processor, a photo grabbing app, etc.  ScriptE does everything I need and then some.  My favorite part is being able to get the daily report done within 10 minutes of wrap so I can get those numbers to the AD Dept for their use, and I can get home to do the rest of my "homework" in my jammies.  I then email all reports to the office, post, and any other party that needs my notes.  No standing around waiting for a crappy copy machine that may not work or will jam more often than it will copy.
* LONGEST SHOOT DAY EVER?

My longest day on-set was a 21 hour Day 1 that followed a 20 hour day that wrapped a previous show.  The new show was using the entire crew from the previous show so we were all sleep walking thru that first day on the new show.  Luckily those situations don't happen very often!!!
* STRANGEST LOCATION?

The strangest place I've shot was in the middle of a stream in Fiji.  The shot was of some folks walking in a stream in the jungle.  There was too much vegetation along the banks for me to be with a clipboard and/or my book (I was still paper/pencil) so I stood knee deep in the middle of the stream with my book on a rock.
* BEST MEAL ON A JOB? 

Of all the meals I've had on-set, not a one really stands out as superior.  But then, a lot of times I skip lunch so I can take a walk or nap, so maybe I've missed out on something spectacular.
* ONE PIECE OF ADVICE FOR A LONG AND HAPPY CAREER?

Among the bits of advice I've gotten over the years I think the two best are:

1) even if you're on a crap show, be grateful for the work for that job will end, but the way you performed on the job will be remembered;

2) don't argue with people who disagree about eyelines, matching or alterations of dialog, but do make lots of notes about what you said and who decided to go with the shot regardless of it being wrong so that if/when someone asks about it, you can share the details of exactly what happened. 

In fact, those two bits of wisdom are what I tell others trying to work in TV and/or film.  In addition to perseverance, being able to move on when things aren't going as well as hoped is important.  Every job ends, but you don't want to earn a rep as being someone who yells, is combative or is a chronic complainer.