Passing out the latest draft of a script, I often wonder, who really cares? I’m not saying the script doesn’t matter; I’m saying it doesn’t really affect most people.
The camera guys, the grips, the electrics– they’re just gonna show up where and when the call sheet tells them to. They’ll set up where the DP tells them to set up. What the actors do doesn’t really matter all that much. The same goes for hair, make-up, costume, pretty much anybody.
If there’s a big change that actually affects the work, the department heads usually know well in advance. Our construction coordinator told me, “If the first I hear of a new set is in the latest draft of the script, then something has gone horribly wrong.”
I was talking about this with our sound guy. (Who, by the way, is always referred to as “the sound guy.” What is his actual title? Sound mixer? Isn’t that done in post? On every set I’ve ever been on, people always call the sound department the boom operator and the sound guy. What’s up with that?)
The sound guy tells me he actually reads every draft, but skips over the dialogue. That surprised the hell out of me. “Don’t you mean you only read the dialogue?”
“Hell, no, I don’t care what they’re saying. Are they walking? They need pads on their shoes. Are they driving? Are they going to be on a process stage, or actually riding down the road in a tow car? If so, are the windows open? All of that stuff that effects how we record is in the description. The words don’t matter.”
So, the sound guy hears everything, but doesn’t actually listen. I suppose it’s analogous to the camera operator, who’s making sure the frame is right, and doesn’t notice if the actor flubs a line.