Author: Mary Cybulski

Mary Cybulski

Mary Cybulski is a script supervisor with more than twenty years’ experience. She has learned and invented techniques that have made her one of the most skilled and valued script supervisors in the US. She is the first call for many of our most inventive directors: John Sayles, David Mamet, Jane Campion, M. Night Shyamalan, Ang Lee, Charlie Kaufman, Michel Gondry, and Tony Gilroy. She has worked on numerous A-list films such as Life of Pi, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Michael Clayton, Syriana, and The Ice Storm. During these years she has developed her craft by both learning and creating professional techniques.

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Fig. 3.4 Measuring 1/8th pages; first in inches, then in 1/8ths of a page.

The Mathematics of Your Script


Scene Count Format the cells in the scene count column (at the right of the “Total” block) for plain numbers. This option is found in the Format menu. Go to Cells, then chose the category Number. This will prevent the program from turning your numbers into dates, decimals, etc. Add a 1 in the scene…


What’s So Good About Being a Script Supervisor?


I am a script supervisor, outside, on location. It’s 4:30 in the morning. I’ve been up for 20 hours. The sun will rise before we can finish the scene, which is making everybody grumpy. It’s so cold that my hands hurt. I’ve needed to pee for the last three hours. It starts to rain. I…

Mary Cybulski

How to Think About Grammar


Directors and editors generally like unobtrusive cuts. The less attention the mechanics of film production take, the more attention goes to the story. The basic rules of film grammar are designed to further this goal. Following the basic rules will provide smooth transitions and a neutral flavor to the craftsmanship of your story. This general…

Fig. 5.12a The wildtrack log from Sunshine State.

Tallies Gone Wild


Wildtrack Tally A wildtrack is a piece of sound that has no picture associated with it. We use wildtrack for things like voice over dialog, room tone, sound effects and atmospheric sound. We note wildtrack on the lined script, the facing pages, the editors’ daily report and the script supervisor’s production report. We also list…

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