If you work on a scripted production, whether it is a commercial, television show or movie there will be person on set called a Script Supervisor, or a Scripty.
This person I think is an invaluable member of the production crew.Â The scripty is the one that is checking all the continuity of your project, and they are the eyes and the ears for the editor on set.
If you still don’t get what I am talking about think about the movie Ocean’s Eleven the remake with George Clooney and Brad Pitt.Â There is a scene where Julia Roberts is walking downstairs and Brad Pitt and Matt Damon are watching her.Â As the scene cuts back and forth between Julia and Brad, Brad is holding different food items each time it cuts back to him.Â This is a continuity error in the film.Â This is bad because it takes the audience out of the story.
Now do you see why a scripty’s job is so important?
If you ever have had a chance to look at a scripty’s notes there are usually a ton of lines and squiggles marked on their script making it look like a child decided to draw on their papers.Â These squiggles and lines actually provide very specific information to them and the editors.
Check out the video below where the Script Supervisor from Numb3rs explains her notes.