“Cut!” While credit for a film’s success may go to the director, it’s often editors who turn hours of raw footage into an enjoyable blockbuster movie. Film and video editors select and cut film and video footage of actors and settings and arrange it into stories with a clear sequence and meaning or to achieve certain emotional or psychological effects. These film professionals often look closely frame by frame to ensure that the final product achieves the desired impact. An editor might work at a Hollywood studio… spending hours alone in the editing booth… or in an office producing video content for a media company. Many editors work in motion picture and video industries or in television broadcasting, and some are self-employed. Editors need creativity and the ability to work collaboratively with producers and directors to achieve a common vision. Most jobs require a bachelor’s degree in a field related to film or broadcasting. As in most industries, technology has had a profound impact. Today, most editing is performed digitally using specialized software. Film editors typically choose to specialize in one type of software, and some employers offer training in the type of specialized editing software they use. Internet-based video creation services have provided additional platforms and opportunities for editors.
What they do:
Edit moving images on film, video, or other media. May edit or synchronize soundtracks with images.
On the job, you would:
Organize and string together raw footage into a continuous whole according to scripts or the instructions of directors and producers.
Edit films and videotapes to insert music, dialogue, and sound effects, to arrange films into sequences, and to correct errors, using editing equipment.
Select and combine the most effective shots of each scene to form a logical and smoothly running story.
Arts and Humanities
music, dance, visual arts, drama, or sculpture
Engineering and Technology
computers and electronics
product and service development
Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
manufacture and distribution of products
listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
listen and understand what people say
communicate by speaking
Ideas and Logic
order or arrange things
come up with lots of ideas
People interested in this work like activities that include creating, designing, and making your own rules.
They do well at jobs that need:
Attention to Detail
You might use software like this on the job:
Video creation and editing software
Adobe Systems Adobe AfterEffects
Apple Final Cut Pro
Web platform development software
Hypertext markup language HTML
Graphics or photo imaging software
Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator
Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop
bachelor's degree or associate's degree usually needed
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