I started post-production supervising by accident. Most of us do. This is because producers of indie projects will often hand over the responsibilities of post-supervising to the the editors their projects. The smaller the project, the more true this is.
In the future we are likely to see more jobs created in the industry which combine the role of editor and post-production supervisor, especially as expectations of an editor’s technical knowledge increase. Other jobs in this industry have had similar consolidations. The first that comes to mind is the preditor, or producer + editor combination.
This article addresses two main points. First, that editors need to acquire at least some post-supervisor skills if they wish to remain relevant in the industry. Second, that technical expertise encompasses only a small part of what post-supervisors do. In actuality, post-supervising involves a variety of different skills in the same way that a good soup needs more than just the broth.
The Ingredients of “Post-Soup”
I’ve created a formula to help guide producers in deciding whether to hire a separate person to post-supervise or to hand over those responsibilities to the editor. I’ll use experience points (“EXP”) to measure a post-supervisor’s essential skills because I think it’s funny. If the editor’s ‘s skills add up to greater than +100EXP, the producer should feel comfortable allotting post-supervising responsibilities to them. If the editor’s EXP points fall short, the producer should hire a separate post-supervisor: Read more…