MOVIE/ FILM EDITOR
A film editor assembles recorded raw material into a finished product that’s suitable for broadcasting. The material may include camera footage, dialogue, sound effects, graphics and special effects. Film Editors play a key role in the post-production process and their skills determine the quality and delivery of the final product. They cut and edit film footage to meet the director’s approval, rearranges and splices scenes that have already been shot, determine if scenes need to be reshot, and inserts music, sound, or optical effects.
- Manipulate and edit film pieces in a way that is invisible to the audience
- Take a brief to grasp production team’s needs and specifications
- Review shooting script and raw material to create a shot decision list based on scenes’ value and contribution to continuity
- Trim footage segments and put together the sequence of the film
- Input music, dialogues, graphics and effects and create the voiceover text and other commentary for the video.
- Create rough and final cuts
- Ensure logical sequencing and smooth running
- Consult with stakeholders from production to post-production process
- Continuously discover and implement new editing technologies and industry’s best practices to maximize efficiency.
- Demonstrable video editing ability with a strong portfolio
- Thorough knowledge of timing, motivation and continuity
- Familiarity with special effects, 3D and compositing
- Solid experience with digital technology and editing software packages (e.g. Avid Media Composer, Lightworks, Premiere, After Effects and Final Cut)
- Creative mind and storytelling skills
TRAINING & CAREER DEVELOPMENT
Completing a diploma in a relevant subject, such as animation, photography, or film studies, might increase your chances of securing an entry-level position.
Gaining relevant work experience is essential. Many people get their break as a film/video editor after working in another role in the industry, such as runner or production assistant.
Getting involved with students in filmmaking projects at college can be a great way of getting hands-on experience and putting together an impressive show reel.
To stand a chance of breaking into such a competitive line of work, you will need evidence that demonstrates your ability to use the right software. Indeed, you won’t get far without proving that you have experience of packages such as Final Cut Pro, Avid Symphony or Montage Extreme.
The majority of your training will be done whilst on the job under the supervision of a senior editor. It’s essential that you keep up-to-date with all the latest industry developments and advances in technology.
Once you’ve taken your first tentative steps into the world of film and video editing as an assistant editor, you will progress into a fully-fledged film/video editor role. If you work in-house for a large media organization, there may even be scope for progressing into a senior editor position.
Otherwise, most people explore freelance opportunities or move into other areas of the film industry, such as directing, production or script reading and script editing.
Most film/video editors are employed on a freelance basis, working on short-term contracts for post-production studios, television companies and corporate employers. Consequently, wages are dependent on one’s ability to find regular work.
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