Who Tells You It’s Time to Leave - Producers, Owner, Creative Director...when you hit “your time”, who do you check in with so you won’t leave the company hanging when some last minute notes comes in.
Who Knows Their “Process” - How are Projects organized? Where do the SFX Live? When they say “export”, what are the settings? What is the process? Same As Source out of the FCP? Do you need to bring it through another Program, MPEG Stream Clip, Toast, etc? When they say “post it”, what does that mean? On the server, onto an FTP? What are the password? These answers usually lye with an A.E., Coordinator, or an Editor.
Who’s Your Problem Solver - If your Producer is difficult, angry and has a list of demands you don’t really understand, who can help you decode what s/he said? If there’s a notes on you list written in Chicken Scratch, how do you know what to do?
A great company will have all questions sorted and unnecessary. Maybe they’ll have an Editor Handbook that explains the Procedures and Process. Or they’ll Coordinators that are informative, helpful and friendly. But these places are few and far between and it’s best to find these answers early when things are calm and peaceful. If you wait too late, it might be 11pm on a Friday with the client waiting and nobody around.