How Do I Become a Post-Production Supervisor?

Dan Cavallari

If you have a strong interest in film or television, as well as a solid grasp on accounting and team management, you may want to become a post-production supervisor. This job focuses on managing a team of post-production professionals who will complete the steps necessary to finish a show or film once primary production has taken place. You do not necessarily need a college education in order to become a post-production supervisor, though training in accounting, management, or business are all assets that will improve your chances of getting hired.

Post-producers put the final touches on movies once filming has wrapped.
Post-producers put the final touches on movies once filming has wrapped.

Regardless of whether you have a college education or not, you will need to get a job within the film industry and learn about the various positions and processes therein before you can become a post-production supervisor. You can take on an internship in post-production, during which time you will work with the current supervisor who can teach you the basic skills and processes necessary to complete the job effectively. After your internship, you may be able to secure a position on a post-production team, working as an assistant to the supervisor or in another capacity related to the field.

Training and experience are the most important considerations if you want to become a post-production supervisor. A formal education is certainly a good bullet point on a resume, but most employers will be looking for extensive experience within the industry instead of, or in addition to a formal education. As an assistant to the supervisor, you will be able to develop your skills and strengthen your resume so you will be more likely to become a post-production supervisor in the near future. Familiarize yourself with all aspects of the filmmaking process, and develop a keen interest in all elements of the post-production process in particular.

You will work directly with the film's director in many cases, as well as with the producer. Post-production supervisors are responsible for monitoring the budget of the project and suggesting changes for keeping the film within budget, so a solid grasp on mathematical concepts, as well as an ability to communicate complex ideas, will be necessary. You can develop such skills on the job, or by taking part in training programs at colleges or universities; math courses, accounting courses, and communications courses are all exceptionally valuable and will better prepare you to become a post-production supervisor. Be prepared to work long hours as well, as the job can be very demanding if the film is on a tight schedule.

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