Script Supervisors Feel Cheated

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We are NOT "miscellaneous crew", but because IMDB calls us that anyway, our "known for" sections are a complete disaster.

As a script supervisor in film/tv, I have one of the most important jobs on set. Any entertainment industry professional can vouch for that. During production, it's me, the director, the DP, and the 1st AD who are right in the fire. Yet, on IMDB, script supervisors have always been listed under "miscellaneous crew" as if we're not all that important. It's bothered us for years, but with your recent changes to the "known for" section it's now a complete disaster. Now all of our IMDB pages look terrible because the "known for" list is chosen by highest department. I've worked on major motion pictures but now instead of showing those, my page shows no-name films from college because I happened to be a set dresser, casting assistant, or even a PA (why that would ever come before script supervisor blows my mind). Producers and directors constantly use IMDB for hiring and now we all look like we've done squat. IMDB has essentially destroyed our resumes.

I know users can change the "known for" section if they have imdbPro but that's literally the only reason a script supervisor would need pro and it's just not worth the money. I signed up for the 30 day trial to take care of it for now because it's that terrifying to have it look so bad as a freelancer, but please, I'm begging IMDB to either change the "known for" rules or finally fix our category. Make a "continuity" department and put it in the area of priority it deserves. Or even list us in an already existent category that's more appropriate. Otherwise, your website will be viewed as less valuable and less reliable in this industry, and will become obsolete to a big chunk of professionals who rely on it to quickly assess a contractor's experience.
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Emma Walz

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Bria Rose Wilk

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Yes this is rediculous . We need to have our department category
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Jenna Verchota

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Seriously!! Script supervisors are not miscellaneous crew, we are essential!!! We are the director's right-hand man and the editor's only voice on set!!! Our role on set saves production months of work and millions in reshoots because we solve so many problems before they happen. We ensure that all of the footage and performances are actually useable! PLEASE IMDB MAKE THIS CHANGE! MAKE A DAMN CONTINUITY DEPARTMENT. This error is damaging to our careers, to all the films shot without us as a result, and is frankly insulting.
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Amanda Alexander-McLean

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So so agree
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Sarah Willgrube

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We are a vital part of production and we should get rightful representation. Please IMDb, give us our own category!

~Sarah 
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I posted this same thing a while ago. I just looked? Woa... THAT WAS 3 YEARS AGO!!!  Locations was able to get their own category and here is the email I got when I reached out to Locations to see how they did it:

I guess the "not too distant future" is more than 3 years.... So really? What happened imdb?
Email: 

It took us a long time and a lot of work, but it finally worked out for us recently.  The good news for YOU is that I learned that there IS a plan to split you guys in the not too distant future.  I heard that the NEXT splits are most likely going to be:  Script Supervising, Electrical Department (which is mixed with Camera), and Production Office.  It used to be that these splits were many years in between, but it seems like they're going to be happening more often.

I hope it happens for you very soon!

Scott

 

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Claire Tanner

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Gah! Annoying. Thanks for sharing that! 
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Claire Tanner

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Please, yes, IMDB make script supervising/continuity a dept. 
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Sandra Montgomery

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Agreed.
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Hilde Gaska

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Agreed!
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Brendan

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It’s ridiculous that our earliest credits are now showing up as what we are ‘known for’ when in fact our best work is usually the position we’ve worked hard to attain.

IMDb friends, this has been ignored for too long.
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Jenn Durrett

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I honestly can't believe we've been categorized as "Miscellaneous" for as long as we have. Please change this!
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Jane Gruffydd

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Couldn't agree more.  It's degrading.
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Shelby Young

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Agreed!
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Tanner Wells

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Agree with all the above. This ABSOLUTELY needs to change!
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Lauren Johansson

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AGREED!!!
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Kimberley J Roper

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Absolutely positively agreed! We are not miscellaneous crew and this needs to change!!
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Roxane Neumann

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We are a department of one not some miscellaneous crew member. Script Supervisor needs to be an IMDB category, finally!
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Nikki Filippelli

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I think it is very important that we are considered a department not as a miscellaneous crew. Script supervisors are a crucial part to any production and a very key role in completing a film. We should have our own category since we are our own department.
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I think every one of my fellow script supervisors agree that it's fairly humiliating to see our position degraded in such a fashion. This problem would be so easy for IMDB to address. What would it take? One coder less than an hour to add a category? Perhaps less? I cannot understand why they've ignored our complaints for a decade or more.
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Emma Walz

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Absolutely. I'm sure it's probably more complicated than we think, especially to reorganize all the past credits, but it's definitely not too hard to be worth it. 
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Jill M. Davis

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If the option was available, maybe we could go back and change our own past credits? Regardless, it would be nice. We're not miscellaneous on set or on call sheets...  :)
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J. Timothy Hunt

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I'm sure most of us would be happy to go back and change our own past credits if it was an option. I don't think anyone's asking IMDB to go back through a hundred years of cinema and correct every script supervisor's past listings. Just make us our own category.
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David B Jacobs

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Yes!! This!!
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Ana

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I don't know how IMDB can expect or think they'll get 'enough attention ' for a single person department in order to make the change?? What is 'enough attention' how many comments? 5000? 10000? We are a single person department! & therefore we don't stand a chance... we must have our own category & however small it may be it does not deny its existence. I wonder if we have a leg to stand on if we started a suit of some kind as they are violating our privacy by using our names is a misrepresentation for a credit that is a public domain but ONLY when listed as a SCRIPT SUPERVISOR!
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Hayley

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Why there isn't a separate department section to acknowledge script supervisors - a vital HoD position - is beyond me. It seems whoever set up IMDB clearly hasn't spent any time on set and has no understanding of how integral the role is. The fact that people have been voicing their concerns about this for years and it hasn't been addressed is hugely disappointing and a big disservice to many. 
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Erica Orosco Cruz

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Horrible!
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled PLEASE GIVE SCRIPT SUPERVISOR'S THEIR CORRECT/DESERVED DEPARTMENT LISTING AMONGST....

I know this issue has been raised many times before, but as a paying IMDB Pro member, a paying union member, a professional-working script supervisor & department head that's a very integral part of the crew and production process - as all script supervisor's are - can IMDB PLEASE create a proper category/department listing for us and remove script supervisors from the "miscellaneous crew" listing that it has us in now? Can we please be listed in a proper & deserved department category as script supervisor/continuity? For all the work that we do and all that is needed from us by a production, it's a great injustice and a huge insult to improperly list us as "miscellaneous crew." We may only be a department of one, but we are a department nonetheless. Personally, I don't believe the "miscellaneous" category should exist at all for any paid crew member, but that's an entirely different battle. I know this issue has been brought to the attention of IMDB in the past, I know that various petitions have been created & signed in regards to this, yet IMDB has ignored all of them. However, I still feel the need to request this change in the hopes that IMDB will PLEASE take this issue seriously, not making excuses and change, address and resolve this issue promptly. As a paying IMDB member and a working, professional script supervisor, I ask that you give us what we deserve with the work we do on-set and what we are paying IMDB for, which is an accurate department head listing amongst the crew breakdown. Thank you... looking forward to IMDB making this well-deserved change for us VERY SOON without excuse.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Continuity section for Script Supervisor.

Please create a seperate Continuity section for Script supervisor. Not long ago locations department was also in "Misc crew." Suddenly it has its own section.

The same needs to be done for Script supervisor. We are our own department QUITE different from production assistants which you lump us into with this credit.

As a scripty, I am a department head and on set given the respect I do not get from IMDB. Please change this.
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Please IMDB we've been asking and signing petitions for a number of years now to get our department acknowledged and to lift us out of the Miscellaneous Crew section .. If you are not sure what we do .. come on to a set, any set and watch. Maybe then you might understand what we do and why we deserve our own section. Thank-you 
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Hi, script supervisors. Please continue to working getting more eyes on this subject matter. You might also want to consider contacting IMDb through conventional mail in addition to all the means encouraged by the website. Also, if you can get enough attention, then you might garner help from the press or television/radio news outlets. By the way, I don't know much of anything about script supervising, so you have to make sure that people like me understand the role of your profession in the creative industries of cinema. Thanks, and good luck.
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Hey all,

I've just posted a community update around Script & Continuity credits which might be interesting! 

You can find it here:

https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topics/changes-to-script-continuity-credits

Thanks all,

Joel 
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Not saying everyone should have their own category, but Production is the most central and key department on any production, and do deserve to have a category!
Alphabetical listing is not going to help in any way whatsoever - IMDB is a tool - if I'm trying to find out who worked on a certain film and don't know their name, I won't be able to find them!!
Seems that last year you shared the same view:
https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topics/production_dept_should_be_separate
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Ed Jones(XLIX)

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Consistency is necessary.
A well structured and organized listing is the only way.
And your not talking to an outsider.
https://pro.imdb.com/name/nm8529286?ref_=hm_nv_mp_profile

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Seems you are an outsider. 
Not trying to create "silly little Idaho", but recognising the key department and make IMDB the useful tool that it should be. 
There is a reason why end credits on any film are done in departments not alphabetically
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Ed Jones(XLIX)

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You are selfish and want to be ahead of others. I s that what I'm hearing?
S for Script is too far down the list on the alphabet?
Jeez!
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