What Does A Film/Video Editor Do?

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.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • 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.

SKILLS NEEDED

  • 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.

SALARIES

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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16 Comments

  • Jels kadasira June 9, 2018 at 6:24 pm - Reply

    Am interested in joining you
    I got a D+ but l want to pursue film and video production
    And l also love the school

    • Shephard mburu July 2, 2018 at 9:05 am - Reply

      Hi Jels. Kindly check your email as we have sent you the application procedure and requirements

  • Anitah Wangui July 7, 2018 at 8:30 am - Reply

    hey am interested in in pursuing flim and tv production ( acting optional).can my C- do a diploma in it.send me the fees structure and all what is need in it.
    thank you in advance.

    • Shephard mburu July 9, 2018 at 7:39 am - Reply

      Hi Anitah. Yes with a C- you can enroll for the diploma. Kindly check your email for more information and the application form.

  • James Tsuma July 15, 2018 at 8:26 am - Reply

    Hey, I want to join AFTTTI soon to persue Diploma in Film and TV Production. How can I get the application form?

    • Shephard mburu July 18, 2018 at 8:50 am - Reply

      Hi James. You can download it right here on our website through the admissions page. Otherwise, you can check your email as we have sent you the application form.

  • Daniel kiio January 9, 2019 at 5:50 pm - Reply

    Hi am daniel i wamt to persue film and video production i attained a mean grade of of D

    • Shephard mburu January 10, 2019 at 10:02 am - Reply

      Hi Daniel. With a D plain you can enroll for a certificate course that will takes 6 months (equivalent to 2 semesters) at a cost of Ksh 70,000 per semester. We have sent more information via your email address.

  • Lenny Kimeli January 12, 2019 at 6:30 am - Reply

    Hi my name is Kenny and I would like to join your school I got a c- kindly send me the few structure and requirements of diploma

    • Shephard mburu March 26, 2019 at 8:31 am - Reply

      Hi Lenny. Thank you for your interest in studying with us. We have sent you an email with the fee structure. Our May intake is on and we look forward to registering you.

  • Brian April 3, 2019 at 8:38 am - Reply

    Hi my name is Brian, I had a D+ and would love to join your school to pursue film and TV production

    • Shephard mburu June 20, 2019 at 9:28 am - Reply

      Hi Brian. With a D+ you can pursue a certificate course in Film & TV Production with us. Our intake is ongoing. You can call us on 0729653365 or download the application form from http://www.afttti.com/admission/

    • Shephard mburu August 9, 2019 at 8:29 am - Reply

      Hi Brian. With a D+ you have qualified to do a certificate course. We will send you an email with an application letter before the end of the day. Thank you.

  • Mitchelle Wafula June 6, 2019 at 2:24 pm - Reply

    I’m really interested in joining AFTTI,I had a D+ and I was hoping to pursue film and tv production

    • Shephard mburu June 20, 2019 at 9:29 am - Reply

      Hi Mitchelle. With a D+ you can pursue a certificate course in Film & TV Production with us. Our intake is ongoing. You can call us on 0729653365 or download the application form from http://www.afttti.com/admission/

    • Shephard mburu August 9, 2019 at 8:28 am - Reply

      Hi Michelle. With a D+ you have qualified to do a certificate course. We will send you an email with an application letter before the end of the day. Thank you.

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