How to Hire Freelance Special Effects Supervisor?

The special effect supervisor must be highly experienced in both the technical aspects of the industry as well as an effective leader. While this supervisory role requires the ability to oversee the special effects team to ensure that high-quality work is turned out, the individual should also feel comfortable enough to jump in, if needed.

When you hire a special effects supervisor, look for an educational background in computer science, industrial design and/or animation. Other helpful educational backgrounds include mechanical engineering, television and film production and electrical engineering.

Look for These Strengths

As an important supervisory role, look for the following strengths in those you interview for a special effects supervisor role:

An emphasis on safety

An emphasis on safety

Excellent communication skills

Excellent communication skills

Ability to work with the art direct, production designer and set director

Ability to work with the art direct, production designer and set director

Experience in photography is strongly encouraged

Experience in photography is strongly encouraged

5 Questions to Ask When Hiring

What is your favorite project that you've worked on and why?

What is your favorite project that you've worked on and why?

The answer to this question will enable you to determine if the person's style is a match with your own.

Are you prepared to

Are you prepared to "wow" your audience with a presentation during this interview?

It's important to know if the special effects supervisor you hire has the ability to highlight the most important elements of a projects.

What is your safety record like? What precautions do you take to ensure safety on the set during your tenure there?

What is your safety record like? What precautions do you take to ensure safety on the set during your tenure there?

The safety of the actors and crew is a top priority. Because many special effects can be dangerous, knowing that the special effects supervisor has a well-thought-out plan is crucial.

Do you envision yourself still being a special effects supervisor in the next five years? Ten years?

Do you envision yourself still being a special effects supervisor in the next five years? Ten years?

This answer gives you insight on whether the person has the passion for the job.

Name a project that you wished that you handled in a different way.

Name a project that you wished that you handled in a different way.

This is a good time for the candidate to detail how he or she learned new techniques and implemented them.

Are you ready to hire a special effects supervisor? Now you know how.

Other Creator Resources

There are currently over 666 freelance special effects supervisors on the 90 Seconds platform.

Last month special effects supervisors billed over 66 hours to clients all over the world.

Brands and agencies save on average $3000 by hiring through 90 Seconds vs traditional video production methods.

90 Seconds has special effects supervisors in 70 different countries, offering round the clock support for your project.