[Editor's Note: IMO this is very basic information. If you don't know any of this stuff you've either never been on set or you're probably not qualified to be an on-set VFX supe. I'm only including the article here for my noob readers]

(Source: vfxstuff.com)          As a VFX supervisor on set you need to take notes, measures, stills, and keep an eye on tracking marks, chroma colors and a lot of other stuff.

Measuring device. (I prefere a laser-based unit. Like this one)

Squarepaper/graphpaper for drawing the set and measures on.

Pen and paper to write slate data, camera data. (The most important is lens, focus and shutter. Next you need position and angle. (I recommend a pen with several colors like this)

If the camera isnt locked off, draw the tracks and measure the distance the camera traveled. You don’t want the matchmoving guys to go like “eh..what? You didn’t measure??”

Tracker marks. Use whatever you want as long as it stands out and doesn’t leave a mark. If you use tape, be sure to bring different colors as well. Like red/white or black. Please read this checklist when shooting for chroma.

Calculator (I use my signifikant laser measure tool. It can even do angels ? )

Digital camera. For visual reference to a specific shot/effect, or just for textures or fun. I met a guy once who used his palm (zine) to take pictures, and then he drught the measure-date right on top with a pen. It sound neat, but i prefere the good old pen and notebook. That way i can sketch if i get boored during the shooting. Long days ?

Laptop with previzes. Always be prepered. Try and get a feed from the camera, always cool to testcomp and look at the shots later back at the hotel.

Mirrorball and greyball for lighting reference and HDRI photograph. Buy a sea-stand and a magic-arm from one of the grip companies. Comes in handy when dont want to move the rig. Like this one.

Good shoes. Your back will thank you some day ?

-Other tips
Take pictures of your notes at the end of a day, for personal backup.
Dont take shortcuts, its expensive.
Get some respect, if the greenscreen istn lit properly, let the lighting guys know.
Dont be afraid to say no. Most times the crew dependes on your knowledge.
Avoid the temptation to think that problems on set can be “fixed in post.”
Everything that can be done in front of the camera should be done on set.
Make sure the time allocated for postproduction is used to enhance the final outcome instead of fixing mistakes done when shooting.



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