Script Supervisors: Unsung Heroes of Film & TV

Script Supervisors: Unsung Heroes of Film & TV

This podcast is a backstage pass to the process of filmmaking from one of the most difficult, little-known, and historically female department head positions on a film crew. Working alongside the director all day, script supervisors have a unique and enlightening view of what it’s really like behind the scenes and on the front line of all the action on set. Each episode features a short interview as well as a topic like Why You should Stop Calling Us “Scripty,” or What really happened with that Game of Thrones coffee cup? Compiled from conversations with over a dozen opinionated masters of the craft of script supervising with experience from low-budget independent films and commercials all the way to and including multiple Academy and Emmy-Award winning films and television shows. This script supervisor podcast is for anyone who loves catching continuity errors, is fascinated by the process of filmmaking, or works in - or aspires to work in - the entertainment industry. Hosted by Caryn Ruby, a professional Script Supervisor, as well as award-winning dark comedy writer and comedian.

Episodes

October 4, 2022 25 min

In the final episode of this series, we discuss all the ways the coffee cup could have ended up on screen, why it most definitely is NOT the fault of the script supervisor, and then learn what really happened.

But first, we talk to  SHARON WATT.  In addition to being one of the Administrators of NYSSN - the New York Script Supervisors Network, Sharon has worked on many Golden Globe and Emmy award-winning films and TV shows such as B...

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This episode we hear some fun and fascinating anecdotes about the history of our craft and some ideas about how we can make the future better for the next generation of script supervisors.

But first, we talk to HANNAH DRISCOLL in another in-person interview from before the pandemic. Hannah has been a full time Los Angeles based Script Supervisor since 2015 and has worked on everything from the Emmy-Award Nominated series Pen 15 and ...

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September 21, 2022 27 min

At our best, script supervisors are filmmakers and key members of the crew – yet the belittling nickname “scripty” remains incredibly pervasive. We discuss where it came from, and why we all should stop using it. 

But first, we talk to Robert Goodwin. He is an incredibly supportive and super helpful member of our community as well as one of the Administrators of LASSN (Los Angeles Script Supervisor’s Network). His credits include th...

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This episode addresses some of the misconceptions and misunderstandings around joining and the benefits of being in the union. In addition to our usual group of script supervisors sharing their thoughts and experience, this episode features a special guest from Contract Services who lays out exactly what it takes to get qualified for the union roster.

But first, we talk to Shadia Sepehrnia in another in-person pre-pandemic interview...

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Sure, you can find script supervisors on all kinds of productions, but what do we do differently depends on the media! Plus - what can producers expect from our department?

But first, we talk to Nick Robinson. With experience in over a dozen departments, filmmaker Nick Robinson’s script supervising credits include commercials starring A-list talent, the SXSW Documentary “For Madmen Only”, and top-tier festival features Bad Turn Wors...

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In this episode we take a deep dive into negotiating and advocating for yourself. What are the best practices to make sure you’re not getting less than someone else who is just as experienced and skilled? 

But first, an interview with multi-talented Roe Moore that was recorded IN PERSON before the pandemic. Roe scripted on the Fresh Prince of Bel Air Reunion Show, Emmy-award winning RuPaul Drag Race, Sundance Film Festival winner En...

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This episode digs into the working relationship between script supervisors and actors. Not just the person to shout lines upon request, script supervisors often serve as the Director or Writer’s ambassador in giving (sometimes unwanted) feedback to actors. Listen in for *lots of tips* on how to handle.

 

But first, we talk to Margery Kimbrough – an absolutely delightful and funny lady who counts Academy Award Nominees and Emmy and Go...

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Connecting the shots: Continuity matters

Continuity is so much more than matching cups and hands. You’ll begin to see that in this topic where we take a deep dive into what it means to manage continuity on set. But first, we have an interview with absolute ICON, and hands down the perfect person for this episode, Mary Cybulski.

Mary Cybulski’s impressive credits include multiple Academy Award-winning films Life of Pi, Michael Clayton...

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Script this, supervise that…what it’s really like being the Script Supervisor
(All of the responsibilities, none of the glory)

In this episode, we take a closer look at what it feels like to be a script supervisor, and how our work on set also helps out in post. Plus, master script supervisor Mary Cybulski shares a revealing BTS story from the film “Life of Pi.” But first, we have an informative interview with the incomparable Dawn G...

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August 3, 2022 27 min

What the heck is a Script Supervisor? 

 Can you describe the job of the script supervisor on a film set? In this first episode of the series, we do our best to define this expansive role - sometimes referred to as Continuity Supervisor, or even just “Continuity” - that is so widely misunderstood. Today’s topic section includes clips from interviews with Randi Feldman, Sharon Watt, Hannah Driscoll, Shadia Sepehrnia, Beatrice Bellino,...

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Launching August 2022, new podcast “Script Supervisors: Unsung Heroes of Film and TV” is a backstage pass to the process of filmmaking from one of the most difficult, little-known, and historically female department head positions on a film crew. Working alongside the director all day, script supervisors have a unique and enlightening view of what it’s really like behind the scenes and on the front line of all the action on set. Ea...

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