Amanda Alexander


 

Amanda Alexander is a professional script supervisor working in television production in Canada. She has collaborated with Louis for many years and on three different shows.

Amanda joined The Friends of Louis Ferreira with an exclusive interview in Ferreira Fest 72, which is also included below.
 
All photos on this page are © Amanda Alexander.
 
 
Stargate Atlantis goes to Osoyoos... It was so crazy dusty, and we got so dirty we scared people in the hotel elevator!
Stargate SG1 back in the days of being young...
 
 
Professional Credits
(adapted from IMDb and other sources)

 

Travelers (TV Series) (script supervisor - 4 episodes)
- Kathryn (2016) ... (script supervisor)
- Hall (2016) ... (script supervisor)
- Aleksander (2016) ... (script supervisor)
- Travelers (2016) ... (script supervisor)
 
Motive (TV Series) (script supervisor - 34 episodes)
- We'll Always Have Homicide (2016) ... (script supervisor - as Amanda Alexander-McLean)
- Chronology of Pain (2016) ... (script supervisor - as Amanda Alexander-McLean)
- Natural Selection (2016) ... (script supervisor - as Amanda Alexander-McLean)
- In Plain Sight (2016) ... (script supervisor - as Amanda Alexander-McLean)
- Remains to Be Seen (2016) ... (script supervisor - as Amanda Alexander-McLean)
- Foreign Relations (2016) ... (script supervisor - as Amanda Alexander-McLean)
- The Dead Hand (2016) ... (script supervisor - as Amanda Alexander-McLean)
- Interference (2016) ... (script supervisor - as Amanda Alexander-McLean)
- The Scorpion and the Frog (2016) ... (script supervisor - as Amanda Alexander-McLean)
- The Score (2016) ... (script supervisor - as Amanda Alexander-McLean)
- Index Case (2016) ... (script supervisor - as Amanda Alexander-McLean)
- The Dead Name (2016) ... (script supervisor - as Amanda Alexander-McLean)
- The Vanishing Policeman (2016) ... (script supervisor - as Amanda Alexander-McLean)
- Frampton Comes Alive (2015) ... (script supervisor - as Amanda Alexander-McLean)
- The Amateurs (2015) ... (script supervisor - as Amanda Alexander-McLean)
- Best Enemies (2015) ... (script supervisor - as Amanda Alexander-McLean)
- Pilot Error (2015) ... (script supervisor - as Amanda Alexander-McLean)
- The Suicide Tree (2015) ... (script supervisor - as Amanda Alexander-McLean)
- Oblivion (2015) ... (script supervisor - as Amanda Alexander-McLean)
- 6 Months Later (2015) ... (script supervisor - as Amanda Alexander-McLean)
- For You I Die (2014) ... (script supervisor)
- Kiss of Death (2014) ... (script supervisor)
- Abandoned (2014) ... (script supervisor)
- Pitfall (2014) ... (script supervisor)
- Dead End (2014) ... (script supervisor)
- Overboard (2014) ... (script supervisor)
- Raw Deal (2014) ... (script supervisor)
- The One That Got Away (2013) ... (script supervisor)
- Brute Force (2013) ... (script supervisor)
- Framed (2013) ... (script supervisor)
- Out of the Past (2013) ... (script supervisor)
- Detour (2013) ... (script supervisor)
- Pushover (2013) ... (script supervisor)
- Creeping Tom (2013) ... (script supervisor)

Cedar Cove (TV Series) (script supervisor - 34 episodes)  2013-2015
- Getting to Know You: Part Two (2015) ... (script supervisor)
- Getting to Know You: Part One (2015) ... (script supervisor)
- Engagements (2015) ... (script supervisor)
- The Good Fight (2015) ... (script supervisor)
- Runaway (2015) ... (script supervisor)
- Batter Up (2015) ... (script supervisor)
- Civil War (2015) ... (script supervisor)
- Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (2015) ... (script supervisor)
- Something's Gotta Give (2015) ... (script supervisor)
- Hello Again (2015) ... (script supervisor)
- Resolutions and Revelations (2014) ... (script supervisor)
- Stand and Deliver (2014) ... (script supervisor)
- Secrets and Lies (2014) ... (script supervisor)
- Point of No Return (2014) ... (script supervisor)
- Something Wicked This Way Comes (2014) ... (script supervisor)
- One Day at a Time (2014) ... (script supervisor)
- Trials and Tribulations (2014) ... (script supervisor)
- Starting Over (2014) ... (script supervisor)
- Old Wounds (2014) ... (script supervisor)
- Relations and Relationships (2014) ... (script supervisor)
- Letting Go: Part 2 (2014) ... (script supervisor)
- Letting Go: Part 1 (2014) ... (script supervisor)
- Homecoming (2013) ... (script supervisor)
- A New Life (2013) ... (script supervisor)
- Stormfront (2013) ... (script supervisor)
- Conflicts of Interest (2013) ... (script supervisor)
- Old Flames, New Sparks (2013) ... (script supervisor)
- And the Winner Is... (2013) ... (script supervisor)
- Help Wanted (2013) ... (script supervisor)
- Free Spirits (2013) ... (script supervisor)
- For the Sake of the Children (2013) ... (script supervisor)
- Suspicious Minds (2013) ... (script supervisor)
- Reunion (2013) ... (script supervisor)
- A House Divided (2013) ... (script supervisor)
 
Mr. Miracle (TV Movie) (script supervisor) 2014
 
After All These Years (TV Movie) (script supervisor) 2013
 
She Made Them Do It (TV Movie) (script supervisor) 2013
 
Hitched for the Holidays (TV Movie) (script supervisor) 2012
 
It's Christmas, Carol! (TV Movie) (script supervisor - as Amanda Alexander-Mclean) 2012
  
 
Barricade (script supervisor - as Amanda Alexander-McLean) 2012
 
Smart Cookies (TV Movie) (script supervisor) 2012
 
The Music Teacher (TV Movie) (script supervisor) 2012
 
Duke (TV Movie) (script supervisor) 2012
 
R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour (TV Series) (script supervisor - 3 episodes) 2011
- Scarecrow (2011) ... (script supervisor)
- The Hole (2011) ... (script supervisor)
- Bad Feng Shui (2011) ... (script supervisor)
 
Trading Christmas (TV Movie) (script supervisor - as Amanda Alexander-Mclean) 2011
 
SGU Stargate Universe (TV Series) (script supervisor - 28 episodes) 2009-2011
- Gauntlet (2011) ... (script supervisor - as Amanda Alexander-McLean)
- Blockade (2011) ... (script supervisor - as Amanda Alexander-McLean)
- Epilogue (2011) ... (script supervisor - as Amanda Alexander-McLean)
- Common Descent (2011) ... (script supervisor - as Amanda Alexander-McLean)
- The Hunt (2011) ... (script supervisor - as Amanda Alexander-McLean)
- Seizure (2011) ... (script supervisor - as Amanda Alexander-McLean)
- Hope (2011) ... (script supervisor - as Amanda Alexander-McLean)
- Alliances (2011) ... (script supervisor - as Amanda Alexander-McLean)
- Twin Destinies (2011) ... (script supervisor - as Amanda Alexander-McLean)
- Deliverance (2011) ... (script supervisor - as Amanda Alexander-McLean)
- Resurgence (2010) ... (script supervisor - as Amanda Alexander-McLean)
- Visitation (2010) ... (script supervisor - as Amanda Alexander-McLean)
- Malice (2010) ... (script supervisor - as Amanda Alexander-McLean)
- The Greater Good (2010) ... (script supervisor - as Amanda Alexander-McLean)
- Cloverdale (2010) ... (script supervisor - as Amanda Alexander-McLean)
- Pathogen (2010) ... (script supervisor - as Amanda Alexander-McLean)
- Aftermath (2010) ... (script supervisor - as Amanda Alexander-McLean)
- Intervention (2010) ... (script supervisor - as Amanda Alexander-McLean)
- Incursion: Part 2 (2010) ... (script supervisor - as Amanda Alexander-McLean)
- Incursion: Part 1 (2010) ... (script supervisor - as Amanda Alexander-McLean)
- Pain (2010) ... (script supervisor - as Amanda Alexander-McLean)
- Human (2010) ... (script supervisor - as Amanda Alexander-McLean)
- Divided (2010) ... (script supervisor - as Amanda Alexander-McLean)
- Justice (2009) ... (script supervisor - as Amanda Alexander-McLean)
- Earth (2009) ... (script supervisor - as Amanda Alexander-McLean)
- Light (2009) ... (script supervisor - as Amanda Alexander-McLean)
- Air: Part 3 (2009) ... (script supervisor - as Amanda Alexander-McLean)
- Air: Part 1 (2009) ... (script supervisor - as Amanda Alexander-McLean)
  
16 Wishes (TV Movie) (script supervisor) 2010
 
Beyond Sherwood Forest (TV Movie) (script supervisor) 2009
 
Stargate: Atlantis (TV Series) (script supervisor - 10 episodes) 2008
- Vegas (2008) ... (script supervisor - as Amanda Alexander-McLean)
- Infection (2008) ... (script supervisor - as Amanda Alexander-McLean)
- Remnants (2008) ... (script supervisor - as Amanda Alexander-McLean)
- Outsiders (2008) ... (script supervisor - as Amanda Alexander-McLean)
- The Lost Tribe (2008) ... (script supervisor - as Amanda Alexander-McLean)
- First Contact (2008) ... (script supervisor - as Amanda Alexander-McLean)
- The Queen (2008) ... (script supervisor - as Amanda Alexander-McLean)
- The Shrine (2008) ... (script supervisor - as Amanda Alexander-McLean)
- The Daedalus Variations (2008) ... (script supervisor - as Amanda Alexander-McLean)
- The Seed (2008) ... (script supervisor - as Amanda Alexander-McLean)
  
Samurai Girl (TV Series) (script supervisor - 1 episode) 2008
- Book of the Sword: Part 1 (2008) ... (script supervisor)
 
Kyle XY (TV Series) (script supervisor - 7 episodes) 2007
- Leap of Faith (2007) ... (script supervisor)
- Hands on a Hybrid (2007) ... (script supervisor)
- Ghost in the Machine (2007) ... (script supervisor)
- Free to Be You and Me (2007) ... (script supervisor)
- Come to Your Senses (2007) ... (script supervisor)
- Balancing Act (2007) ... (script supervisor)
- The Prophet (2007) ... (script supervisor)
  
A Dog's Breakfast (script timer - as Amanda McLean) 2007
 
Stargate SG-1 (TV Series) (script supervisor - 59 episodes) 2000-2006
- Camelot (2006) ... (script supervisor - as Amanda Alexander-McLean)
- Crusade (2006) ... (script supervisor - as Amanda Alexander-McLean)
- Off the Grid (2006) ... (script supervisor - as Amanda Alexander-McLean)
- Stronghold (2006) ... (script supervisor - as Amanda Alexander-McLean)
- Ripple Effect (2006) ... (script supervisor - as Amanda Alexander-McLean)
- Prototype (2005) ... (script supervisor - as Amanda Alexander-McLean)
- Babylon (2005) ... (script supervisor - as Amanda Alexander-McLean)
- Beachhead (2005) ... (script supervisor - as Amanda Alexander-McLean)
- The Ties That Bind (2005) ... (script supervisor - as Amanda Alexander-McLean)
- Origin (2005) ... (script supervisor - as Amanda Alexander-McLean)
- Avalon: Part 2 (2005) ... (script supervisor - as Amanda Alexander-McLean)
- Avalon: Part 1 (2005) ... (script supervisor - as Amanda Alexander-McLean)
- Reckoning: Part 2 (2005) ... (script supervisor - as Amanda Alexander-McLean)
- Reckoning: Part 1 (2005) ... (script supervisor - as Amanda Alexander-McLean)
- Citizen Joe (2005) ... (script supervisor - as Amanda Alexander-McLean)
- It's Good to Be King (2005) ... (script supervisor - as Amanda Alexander-McLean)
- Prometheus Unbound (2004) ... (script supervisor - as Amanda Alexander-McLean)
- Endgame (2004) ... (script supervisor - as Amanda Alexander-McLean)
- Affinity (2004) ... (script supervisor - as Amanda Alexander-McLean)
- Icon (2004) ... (script supervisor - as Amanda Alexander-McLean)
- Lockdown (2004) ... (script supervisor)
- New Order: Part 2 (2004) ... (script supervisor - as Amanda Alexander-McLean)
- New Order: Part 1 (2004) ... (script supervisor - as Amanda Alexander-McLean)
- Inauguration (2004) ... (script supervisor)
- Heroes: Part 2 (2004) ... (script supervisor)
- Heroes: Part 1 (2004) ... (script supervisor)
- Chimera (2004) ... (script supervisor)
- Fallout (2004) ... (script supervisor)
- Grace (2004) ... (script supervisor)
- Birthright (2003) ... (script supervisor)
- Enemy Mine (2003) ... (script supervisor)
- Lifeboat (2003) ... (script supervisor)
- Orpheus (2003) ... (script supervisor)
- Fragile Balance (2003) ... (script supervisor)
- Prometheus (2002) ... (script supervisor)
- Allegiance (2002) ... (script supervisor)
- Shadow Play (2002) ... (script supervisor)
- Nightwalkers (2002) ... (script supervisor)
- Descent (2002) ... (script supervisor)
- Revelations (2002) ... (script supervisor)
- Menace (2002) ... (script supervisor)
- Last Stand (2002) ... (script supervisor)
- Summit (2001) ... (script supervisor)
- 48 Hours (2001) ... (script supervisor)
- Wormhole X-Treme! (2001) ... (script supervisor)
- 2001 (2001) ... (script supervisor)
- The Tomb (2001) ... (script supervisor)
- Rite of Passage (2001) ... (script supervisor)
- The Fifth Man (2001) ... (script supervisor)
- Ascension (2001) ... (script supervisor)
- Double Jeopardy (2001) ... (script supervisor)
- Entity (2001) ... (script supervisor)
- The Light (2001) ... (script supervisor)
- 2010 (2001) ... (script supervisor)
- The Curse (2000) ... (script supervisor)
- Beneath the Surface (2000) ... (script supervisor)
- The First Ones (2000) ... (script supervisor)
- Window of Opportunity (2000) ... (script supervisor)
- Crossroads (2000) ... (script supervisor)
  
Man About Town (script supervisor - as Amanda Alexander-McLean) 2006
 
Blade: Trinity (script supervisor: car chase unit - as Amanda Alexander-McLean) 2004
 
Hellraiser: Hellseeker (Video) (script supervisor) 2002
 
Glory Days (TV Series) (script supervisor - 5 episodes) 2002
- Clowning Glory (2002) ... (script supervisor)
- Everybody Loves Rudy (2002) ... (script supervisor)
- The Lost Girls (2002) ... (script supervisor)
- Death, Lies and Videotape (2002) ... (script supervisor)
- Grim Ferrytale (2002) ... (script supervisor)
 
Children of the Corn: Revelation (Video) (script supervisor) 2001
 
Blacktop (TV Movie) (script supervisor) 2000
 
Nothing Too Good for a Cowboy (TV Series) (script supervisor - 13 episodes) 1999-2000
- No Bull (2000) ... (script supervisor)
- Home Is the Hero (2000) ... (script supervisor)
- Witness for the Extradition (2000) ... (script supervisor)
- For Better or for Worse (2000) ... (script supervisor)
- Anything Goes (2000) ... (script supervisor)
- Guest House Ghost (1999) ... (script supervisor)
- A Deal with the Devil (1999) ... (script supervisor)
- Mrs. Mowat (1999) ... (script supervisor)
- Fools for Love (1999) ... (script supervisor)
- Three for the Road (1999) ... (script supervisor)
- Peace in Our Time (1999) ... (script supervisor)
- Deja Vu All Over Again (1999) ... (script supervisor)
- The Cowboy, His Wife, His Partner and the Nude (1999) ... (script supervisor)
  
Millennium (TV Series) (script supervisor - 12 episodes) 1998-1999
- Via Dolorosa (1999) ... (script supervisor)
- Seven and One (1999) ... (script supervisor)
- Darwin's Eye (1999) ... (script supervisor)
- Saturn Dreaming of Mercury (1999) ... (script supervisor)
- Matryoshka (1999) ... (script supervisor)
- Borrowed Time (1999) ... (script supervisor)
- Omerta (1998) ... (script supervisor)
- Skull and Bones (1998) ... (script supervisor)
- Somehow, Satan Got Behind Me (1998) ... (script supervisor)
- Anamnesis (1998) ... (script supervisor)
- Siren (1998) ... (script supervisor)
- The Pest House (1998) ... (script supervisor)
  
Welcome to Paradox (TV Series) (script supervisor - 1 episode) 1998
- Alien Jane (1998) ... (script supervisor)
 
Rupert's Land (script supervisor) 1998
 
Alien Abduction: Incident in Lake County (TV Movie) (script supervisor) 1998
 
I Know What You Did (TV Movie) (script supervisor) 1998
 
North of 60 (TV Series) (script supervisor - 1 episode) 1996
- Bushman (1996) ... (script supervisor)
 
 

 
 
 
AN INTERVIEW WITH AMANDA ALEXANDER
 

 
 
FF – Hi, Amanda. This is Bea from Ferreira Fest and we’re so happy to have you with us this month. Welcome!
 
AA – Oh, thank you so much, I’m so happy to be here.
 
FF – All right. Let’s start with something really simple. Who is Amanda Alexander and what gets you up in the morning?
 
AA – Oh my goodness. Well, usually work gets me up because I have to work. But I do enjoy it. I also am a mother of two. I have a thirteen year old and a nine year old, and a wonderful husband who allows me to do what I love to do, which is work in film.

FF – Wonderful. So you are, currently, the script supervisor for Motive. How did you get to be a script supervisor, and who helped you along the way? How did you get into this business?

AA – Well, many, many years ago, in high school, you had to decide what you wanted to do, and I knew from a really young age that I wanted to get into film or television. And, I decided to go to film school. I went for a two year program. And when I graduated, in order to get into the business of film, you needed to join the union. And that's when it gets a little complicated.
 
So, I looked into it, and I found out that in my local, where I lived, which was in Calgary, Alberta, there was one script supervisor in the union. And I thought, well, they need more than one. So that’s really how it started for me, was simply to get in the union.
 
FF – Yeah.
 
AA – And I ended up meeting the one script supervisor in Alberta who was kind enough to say to me that she would take me on and train me. And the rest is kind of history. I trained with her for about a year and a half on a television series, a Canadian show, called North of 60. And she ended up leaving the show and I took it over. And twenty-four years later, here we sit.

FF – That’s amazing. So you saw a need and an opening and an opportunity to make a difference and you took it. That’s fantastic.

AA – Exactly, exactly.

FF – That is great.
 
AA – It worked out very well for me.
 
FF – Yeah, who needs another one of a thousand whatever is already there when you find one place where there’s only one.
 
 

In New Mexico for SGU with Andy Mikita, me, Rohn Schmidt, Billy Mizel
Atlantis goes to Vegas. Working hard on set.
AA – Yes. And script supervising now is a lot more well-known. People know what we do more. Back then, it was kind of a position that nobody really knew much about. There was no place to go and learn it. They didn’t teach it in school. If you wanted to learn anything, you had to go check out the one book that was available.

FF – Right.
 
AA – So, there wasn’t a lot of people around doing it, or at least where I was there wasn’t. So, yeah, it kind of worked out really well for me.
 
FF – That’s fantastic. Tell us a little bit about what a good day on the job looks like. What’s the holy grail for a script supervisor? When everything goes like, "yes, I’m top of the world and I’m the queen of all script supervisors". How does that work?
 
AA – There’s no day like that. Because every day is new and every day is different. And I’m learning something new every day. A good day, though, for me would be just basically having everyone on set trust you. Because if you say something to them, they have to trust that you know what you’re talking about. That goes all the way from the actors to the director to the director of photography to the gaffer. When you speak, you have to know that what you’re saying is absolutely true and right. And have all those people also believe that for you.
Me and John Lenic on the SGU New Mexico set, 
Alamogordo, New Mexico


If we speak, everybody just kind of groans because they know we either have to do the take again, or something has happened that we have to fix. And so you have to be the person who can fix the problem quickly and keep moving. And you have to have everyone trust that that’s exactly what you’re going to do.
 
New Mexico: Me and Andy Mikita
So, when something happens on set that you need to fix, to walk into that and be able to say what you need and have everybody go, “Yep, okay, no problem,” and just do it, is the best feeling ever.
 
FF – Yeah.
 
AA – Because you know that you have everyone’s trust. 
 
 

 
 
FF – So, you’re on set with the film crew and you’re sitting there with a script, and what exactly is it that you do, during the shooting?
 
AA – Well, that is a very complicated answer. The best, the quickest way to describe the script supervisor job would be a liaison between the director and the editor. So everything that happens on set, our job is to make sure that it seamlessly gets put together by the editor. That the editor isn’t going to have to try and find something to make it work. We work with everybody, we work with the actors, we work with the director, we work with lighting. There isn’t a day that goes by that a script supervisor doesn’t talk to pretty much everybody on the set.

On the set of a Movie called Love Me in Calgary with Rick Bota directing

And the first thing you have to do when you first sit down at a job is to get the director’s trust and the actors’ trust. And once you have that, your job can be pretty easily done.
 
FF – So, it’s all about continuity, for you?
 

Robert Cooper and me, Alamogordo, New Mexico
AA – Yes and No. I’ve been doing this job a really long time and for me, continuity is important. It’s very important because you don’t want to take an audience away from something because something’s off, that it doesn’t match. You want it to go seamlessly. Nothing is seamless, though. And actors, when they’re acting they’re doing their thing and they don’t necessarily want to think about their continuity. Because they’re in a moment.
 
So for me, having done this job for so long, the most important part, is the acting and whether or not I believe it. If I can believe it, I can forgive a continuity error. Does that make sense?
 
FF – Yes. Absolutely. 
 
AA – And so for me I would rather not go in to try and correct an actor on a continuity error if I think it’s going to screw up their performance. Because some actors, it gets in their head then and they start thinking too much about what they should be doing as opposed to just letting it live.
 
So that’s something I’ve learned over the years. Continuity is very important, but it’s not the most important thing. The most important thing is that the story is awesome, and that you believe the actor.
 
FF – On the opposite end of the spectrum, what kind of day makes you want to run screaming into the night? 

Billy Mizel, 1st Assistant Director, SGU
 

More Osoyoos... sitting with Robert Cooper and John Smith
 
AA – When they have six cameras and 10 cast members in a scene, and every other person on set has extra help, except you. You’re a one person department, all the time. And you have a director who is difficult to deal with, who doesn’t necessarily like to listen to what you have to say. The same goes for actors, too, you can have some actors who don’t want you near them. And so those days can be very difficult and challenging, to say the least.
 
FF – You deal mostly, on the job - I’m guessing here - you deal mostly with other people’s scripts. Are you a writer as well? Do you do any writing?
 
AA – I don’t. I’m not a blank page writer at all. And I would never profess to be one. It’s a really difficult job, that’s not my skill set. What I am really good at is fixing problems. If something’s on set and it’s not working, which happens all the time, actors having trouble with dialogue because it just doesn’t fit in their mouth, or doesn’t seem to fit the character, I’m really good at quick fixes. So I can rewrite things quite quickly and make them work. That is something that I’m actually very good at.
 
FF – Fabulous. You’re working on one show after another and I know you’re sort of alternating between Motive and Cedar Cove, right? Just depending on when they’re shooting?
 
AA – Yes.
 
FF – What makes working on Motive different from other shows that you’ve worked on?

On the set of Cedar Cove with one of my favorite people and Directors Gary Harvey

AA – Motive is a completely new situation and it’s unlike any show I’ve worked on before. The actors are amazing. A joy to watch. And the style of Motive is a very different. There’s no rhyme or reason to how we shoot. We kind of just let it happen. Which can make my job very, very difficult.
 
When every time we roll the camera we’re shooting something new and something different. It makes my job a big challenge because I have to figure out what’s important, what I definitely need to make sure matches, and how it’s going to flow together, because we shoot so organically on that show that sometimes you kind of get lost in it. And I’m the only one on set who has to keep track that we’re getting everything we need and that the story is coming through and it’s all making sense. It’s a very fast paced show.
 
 

 
 
FF – That’s awesome. You’ve worked with Louis for almost four years, on Motive. And before then you’ve worked with him on Stargate Universe for two years and you also worked on that one episode of Millennium that he was in, The Pest House. So, do you have any special or funny memories of working with him?
 
AA – Oh, Louis is one of my most favorite, favorite actors to work with. He comes prepared like no other actor I know. He knows exactly what he needs, and what he needs to do for the scene. It’s a joy to work with someone like that.
 
He’s very warm and giving and he allows me to be part of his process, which is huge. I get to give him my opinion on things when he’s either stuck on something or something’s not working for him.
 
He allows me to have a dialogue with him to help him get to where he needs to be or pull him back from where he’s going because sometimes it’s not working. And he really trusts that I know that. And for me, working with actors like that is phenomenal. It just heightens my job to the next level. And he does that for me.
 
FF – Any special moments that you remember?
 
AA – Any special moments? You know, when we did SGU, which was still a pinnacle in my career, one of the best experiences I’ve ever had on a film set, I remember him and Bobby Carlyle were kind of the adults among the actors, and they kept everyone straight. And, when you have two lead actors who are so professional and so sweet and so prepared all the time, it filters down to everyone else.
 
And I remember that about Louis, that he would come in and, because he was playing our commander, he had to be in charge of everyone. And he kind of did that even amongst the crew when we weren’t rolling the cameras. And I remember just watching him keeping everybody together and keeping the set really light and fun, because a lot of times the subject matter that we were shooting on SGU was pretty heavy stuff. And so he would always be the voice of comedy and of fun and I really remember that about him.
 

New Mexico: John Lenic, Brian Smith, Andy Mikita, me, Robert Cooper
FF – That’s great.
 
AA – And he’s still that way today.
 
FF – Yeah, and you know what, it’s funny, but it really does show when you watch it on screen. You do notice that ensemble feeling. Very, very much.
 

New Mexico again, with some very cool ladies of the AD team
AA – Completely. And like I said, SGU and Motive are two of my favorite jobs. Motive has a great crew and a great cast. And, you know, when you work with people for twelve to fourteen hours a day every day they become your family. And it’s "instafamily '. And you either have it or you don’t. And both those two shows had it in spades.
 
And to this day I’m still in contact with most of the cast from SGU. We became friends and  we’re interested in each other, and what we’re doing outside of work. Which is fantastic.
 
FF – Right. That’s great.
 
So now, here comes the tricky question. If you could describe Louis in four words, what would they be?
 
AA – Oh boy. It’s not that hard actually.
 
Definitely energetic. Sweet. Okay, maybe it’s a little hard. Because those two words just encompass him so much.
 
Powerful. I would say powerful. And prepared.
 
FF – Those are great words, Amanda.
 
AA – I have a different perspective on Louis, than I think a lot of people, because of how we work together, so...
 
FF – Yeah. You are on Twitter. Is that the best way for people to keep up with you?
 
AA – I try to do Twitter as much as possible. Yeah, I’m always checking it out and seeing if anybody’s contacted me and wants to know anything about what I’m working on and all that kind of thing. I use Twitter pretty much for my professional life, but occasionally I’ll put something personal on there but most of the time it’s about the shows I’m working on. So if anybody’s interested in anything that I’m on or have worked on, yeah, Twitter’s a great way to get a hold of me and ask any questions they might have.
 
FF – All right, fabulous! Thank you so much for your time, Amanda. It’s been an adventure getting you on the phone but it was totally worth it.
 
AA – Thank you for being interested in me, it’s kind of nice!
 
FF – Thank you so much for your time. And we’ll talk to you again soon.
 
AA – All right, thank you so much.
 
 
 
Thanks to Casey for the transcript, and to Amanda for the edits!
 
 
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Q: What does a script supervisor do when she needs a lanyard for her stopwatch and there isn't a piece of string for miles around?
 
A:

Problem solved.
 
  (from a still photographer's "where my feet are" series)
 
 

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