Film Editor

It takes a high level of skill to take raw film footage and edit it into something that is ready to be viewed by the general public. Film editors are skilled professionals who know how to take a multitude of individual shots or “raw film” which may or may not have been taken on the same day or in the same exact location and compile them together. The end product is a feature film television show commercial or other type of film that is compelling and tells a story. A good film editor has the ability to make all edits so smooth and cohesive that they are nearly impossible to detect by the viewer. Becoming a successful film editor requires an artistic ability a desire to experiment with different film editing techniques and the drive to see a film editing project to its completion. Additionally film editors must be dedicated to learning the script of what is being filmed know the story line be able to work closely and collaboratively with directors and producers and thoroughly understand what the film’s producers are trying to accomplish with the finished product. It takes training to become a film editor. Most attend some sort of formal education program which is commonly offered at vocational schools photography schools and colleges and universities that have film schools or film departments. After graduating from an educational program most film editors complete apprenticeships before obtaining an assistant film editing position. According to most film editors are members of the Motion Picture and Editors Guild (MPEG). The website lists the salary range for a film editor as between $30610 and $74650 per year.

Education Required: Associate's Degree
Avg Salary: $52630
High Salary: $74650
Low Salary: $30610
Tasks: Assembles raw film footage.
Selects the most effective shot of a scene.
Collaborates with directors and producers.
Determines how and where to insert dialogue, music, sound, and special effects.
Also Called: Digital Editor
Video Editor
Movie Editor
Motion Picture Editor
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