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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Ally B

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Agree 100% on this. As well IMDb, please give SS our own category.
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Anna Ilyse

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Let’s make this change! Enough is enough!
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Susie Struth

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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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IMDB is a professional tool used by those in the industry and should reflect the industry as such. Continuity is its own department, has its own union. We are department heads and IMDB should respect that. What good is IMDB if they don't represent their industry accurately? Change please.
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Open your eyes: IMDb is not (only) a professional tool for the Californian industry. Never forget it is primarily a movie data repository for cinematographies all over the world.
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What Vincent says is true. And makes it even more important that this be fixed. We are all grateful for IMDb and its convenience, but because of that convenience, it's absolutely imperative that we all be credited accurately, and not shuffled off as miscellaneous crew when our very livelihood now depends on it.

I don't know who the powers that be and IMDb are, but if it's really that big of a challenge that they can't get to the change, I bet there are people (possibly even among the script supervisors who have posted here) who would be more than willing to make the (simple?) change requested.

I'm sure it's not as simple as it is in a database like iTunes, but I'm sure it's more about the right person deciding to do something about it.

As Vincent says, this is a movie data repository for cinematographies all over the world. Kudos for creating it IMDb powers, and now we look forward to this long-awaited change!
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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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We are a Department Head. We are a Department of one. Just because you don't know where to put us, doesn't mean we don't belong. I have been recognized in the film community as having one of the most important jobs on set, yet IMDB (which some view as a Movie Bible) lists my job as one of the least important. If giving us our own category (like the rest of the industry does) is not possible, then at least put us in a category that makes more sense... camera or editorial, for example, is where scrolling credits tend to put us if we don't have our own line. If you want us to fork out the money for a PRO account, then recognize us as the pros we are.
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THIS
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Ingrid Urich-Sass

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We are instrumental to the production!
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Claire Tanner

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I wonder if we got Directors, and DP's who we work closely with to voice our importance to the production, if then they might listen.
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Claire Tanner

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Can we get 871 and 161 on this? 
What's the next big step?
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UPDATE: It looks like IMDB has changed their "known for" algorithm in some way because now they're at least listing script supervised projects again. Still not perfect, and we still aren't in the category we deserve, but little wins :)

IMDB, please don't forget the other issues.

Thanks everyone!
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I posted this on my network recently. It was to defend another script supervisor who was having to explaining his job duties to someone who "IS IN THE INDUSTRY?".


"We are Department Heads that are logged under Miscellaneous Crew on IMDB. Why is it that there are so many people in our industry that are either ignorant or turn a blind eye to the complex duties and stressful demands our jobs as script supervisors require?

My mentor, Robert Gary, is mentioned in this first article.

https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=19201451

https://nofilmschool.com/2017/03/what-is-a-script-supervisor

I hope this helps."
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Jeorj Euler

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I wonder of the above drawing (found in Jon Fusco's article) is copyrighted. Regardless, I would like for it to appear in this thread.