Company: BBC Cymru Wales
Apprenticeship Role: Script Supervisor Apprentice
Location: Roath Lock Studios, Cardiff
About the Organisation
BBC Cymru Wales is the nation’s broadcaster, providing a wide range of English and Welsh language content for audiences across Wales on television, radio and on our websites
Roath Lock, is the BBC’s state of the art centre of excellence for Drama, a place brimming with new energy and talent. When the first productions moved into Roath Lock in September 2011, they fulfilled a BBC commitment to create a centre of excellence for Drama in Cardiff.
Located in Porth Teigr, Cardiff Bay, the 170,000 square foot facility, including nine studios and equivalent in length to three football pitches, is now the permanent,purpose-built home of four flagship BBC dramas – Casualty, Pobol y Cwm, Doctor Who – as well as new productions in the future.
What does a Script Supervisor Apprentice do?
The Script Supervisor’s role is to make sure that scenes follow each other in an understandable and smooth way because programmes are not usually filmed in order.
During pre-production they check the script for any errors and estimate the time it will take to film the scene. They develop summaries of the story and characters and they check the shooting schedule to make sure that the scenes needed will be shot and covered from all angles.
During the shoot, they work closely with the Director and they liaise closely about continuity with other departments. This means keeping detailed written notes and photographic records, action, costumes and props , all camera and lens details, all slate and scene number information. They closely monitor the script to check that no lines are missed and keep records of the previous day’s shoot and prepare all paperwork for post- production.
They prepare detailed Daily Continuity Reports, Editors’ Daily Log Sheets and Daily Production Reports. They provide production with records of the requirements for any outstanding shots or inserts.
Examples of the jobs a Script Supervisor Apprentice could do in the future –
- Script Supervisor
What kind of person do I need to be?
- Focussed and meticulous about detail
- A Good communicator
Key Skills include:
- Exceptional skills of observation
- Have a meticulous and methodical attention to detail
- Have stamina to remain alert and focused during long filming days
- Be able to take precise and detailed notes quickly and efficiently
- Possess a good sense of visual composition, perspective and movement
- Have excellent organisational skills and a practical approach to work
- Be able to think on your feet and respond quickly to changing circumstances
- Have good communication skills and show diplomacy and sensitivity when working with artists and crew
- Be able to remain friendly and calm in challenging situations
- Understand the requirements of the relevant health and safety legislation and procedures
- Be able to collaborate and work as part of a team
- Teamwork – Highly effective team player; works for the benefit of the whole
- Managing Relationships – Able to build and maintain effective working relationships with a range of people.
- Communication – The ability to get one’s message understood clearly by adopting a range of styles, tools and techniques appropriate to the audience and the nature of the information
- Influencing and persuading – Ability to present sound and well-reasoned arguments to convince others. Can draw from a range of strategies to persuade people in a way that results in agreement or behaviour change
- Planning and organising – Is able to think ahead in order to establish an effective and appropriate course of action for self and others. Priorities and plans activities taking into account all the relevant issues and factors such as deadlines, staffing and resources requirements.
- Creative Thinking – Is able to transform creative ideas/impulses into practical reality. Can look at existing situations and problems in novel ways and come up with creative solutions.
- Resilience – Can maintain personal effectiveness by managing own emotions in the face of pressure, setbacks or when dealing with provocative situations. Can demonstrate an approach to work that is characterised by commitment, motivation and energy.
- Drive – Demonstrates commitment, motivation and energy.
- Self-Development – Demonstrates personal strengths and development needs, and continually seeks to improve performance by learning new skills and behaviours.
- Flexibility – Adapts and works effectively with a variety of situations, individuals or groups. Is able to understand and appreciate different and opposing perspectives on an issue, to adapt an approach as the requirements of a situation change, and to easily accept changes in one’s own organisation or job requirements.
Whilst working for BBC you will be completing a 12-month Level 3 Apprenticeship in Creative and Digital Media.