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Have a Cast and Crew Screening to Go to

Posted by Rena Sternfeld on February 1, 2016 in On the set |

    I received an invite for a screening of a movie I worked on 2 years ago. I am curious about this movie, how it came out? why it was delayed, but… what the hell, I want to see how things cut together, and if you can really light a scene with 2 candles… […]

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Emmy Awards 2013 – What the Hell Happened?

Posted by Rena Sternfeld on September 23, 2013 in The search |

A huge congratulations to Gail Mancuso for taking home the Emmy for directing comedy. Even the announcer couldn’t resist noting that is has been 20 years since a woman won in this category. And that woman was Betty Thomas,  for directing “Dream On”.   But what the hell happened to the 65th Emmy awards show? Well, CBS certainly […]

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Stick Your Nose in the Script and Shut Up!

Posted by Rena Sternfeld on February 15, 2013 in On the set |

This line was directed toward me, late one night, in a field outside Wilmington, North Carolina. It was a big production. The biggest this studio has made at the time. It involved a few units: The main unit – shooting the plot with the actors The stunt unit – shooting things that did not involve the actors […]

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Why Accurate Script Timing Can Save a Lot of Money

Posted by Rena Sternfeld on February 14, 2013 in The search |

  Being a television director, aside from answering thousands of questions a day and making decisions left and right that will impact the quality and the look of the episode, you are constantly fighting the clock. 12 hours don’t pass as quickly in any other profession I know.  If you want to continue working you have to […]

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Polone: The Unglamorous, Punishing Hours of Working on a Hollywood Set

Posted by Rena Sternfeld on June 22, 2012 in It makes me MAD, On the set |

A week and a half ago we had an unusually long shooting day on the show I’m currently producing, Jane by Design. The crew call time was at 7 a.m. and we wrapped at 10:46 p.m. — fourteen hours and 45 minutes after subtracting our one-hour lunch break. And some had an even longer day: […]

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Being Script Supervisor II – The End

Posted by Rena Sternfeld on September 1, 2011 in It makes me MAD, promises |

  All’s well that ends well. Late one evening I got a call from the producer. “I’ve got the money for you,” He said triumphantly, “In cash.” “Cash??” “I went to a restaurant in Beverly Hills where he usually eats dinner and asked for the money in cash. In front of his friends, he reached into […]

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Being Script Supervisor II

Posted by Rena Sternfeld on August 30, 2011 in It makes me MAD, promises |

From time to time a script supervisor is asked to time a script.   Usually it means a producer is considering producing that movie. Since every shooting day is very expensive, they ask for the script to be timed – meaning estimate how long the movie will be if it was shot as written. If the […]

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Being a Script Supervisor

Posted by Rena Sternfeld on July 21, 2011 in promises, The search |

Consider a profession where you are a carpet bagger. Have tools, will travel kind of person. You start a new job every 3-4 months; you work with a new group of people; you get them to trust you, and appreciate your work… then poof – the job is over. This is on the outside. On […]

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