(written from a Production point of view)
Dawn Gilliam is a script supervisor whose most recent project was 2009's Star Trek, produced and directed by J.J. Abrams. She was responsible for maintaining the film's internal continuity and for tracking the production unit's daily progress in shooting the film's screenplay, as written by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci.
Gilliam previously collaborated with J.J. Abrams on his television action drama series Alias and on the 2006 film Mission: Impossible III. On both occasions, she worked with scripts written by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. She more recently worked with Abrams on his short-lived television comedy series What About Brian and the upcoming HBO pilot Anatomy of Hope.
She began working as a script supervisor in the 1990s, beginning with filmmaker John Singleton's acclaimed 1991 drama Boyz n the Hood (featuring John Cothran, Jr.). Gilliam again collaborated with Singleton on his films Poetic Justice (starring Lori Petty and featuring Clifton Collins, Jr. and John Cothran, Jr.) and Higher Learning (featuring Michael Buchman Silver).
Gilliam's other film credits include Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit (starring Whoopi Goldberg), Wes Craven's Vampire in Brooklyn (starring Eddie Murphy and Joanna Cassidy), Nothing to Lose (starring Michael McKean and featuring Randy Oglesby), Senseless (featuring Cyia Batten, Ivar Brogger, Brad Dourif, Alexander Enberg, Jenette Goldstein, Manu Intiraymi, Richard McGonagle, and Jack Shearer), Men of Honor (featuring Leon Russom), and Deuces Wild (cinematographer John A. Alonzo's last film). She also worked on the Emmy Award-winning biographical made-for-TV movies The Tuskegee Airmen (starring Daniel Hugh Kelly and Christopher McDonald and featuring Graham Jarvis, Tim Kelleher, Ed Lauter, Janet MacLachlan, and Ned Vaughn) and The Rat Pack (featuring David Andrews, Brad Blaisdell, Scott MacDonald, and Dey Young).
In addition, Gilliam worked on the short-lived television series Philly and For the People. She more recently collaborated with Star Trek: Voyager regular Robert Duncan McNeill when he directed the pilot for the hit comedy series Samantha Who? McNeill's Voyager co-star, Tim Russ, is a regular on this series.