As a video editor, you’ll be responsible for assembling 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. This is a key role in the post-production process and your skills can determine the quality and delivery of the final product. You’ll usually work closely with the Creative Director, Art Director and Motion graphics team to achieve the desired end result.
Your work as an editor will involve:
- receiving a brief, and maybe an outline of footage and/or a shot list, script, or screenplay
- assembling all raw footage, with camera shots either recorded or transferred onto videotape in preparation for inputting into the computer
- inputting uncut rushes and sound, and synchronizing and storing them into files on the computer
- digitally cutting files to put together the sequence of the video and deciding what’s usable
- creating a ‘rough cut’ (or assembly edit) of the video and determining the exact cutting for the next and final stages
- reordering and fine-tuning the content to ensure the logical sequencing and smooth running of the film/video.
Additional tasks may include:
- overseeing the quality and progress of audio and video engineering and editing
- experimenting with styles and techniques including the design of graphic elements
- writing voiceover/commentary
- suggesting or selecting music.
- a keen eye for detail and a critical mind
- creativity and a passionate interest in film and video editing
- patience and concentration
- the ability to listen to others and to work well as part of a team
- a high level of self-motivation, commitment, and dedication
- organizational and time management skills
- the ability to work under pressure and to deadlines
- communication skills, both written and oral.
You’ll be expected to have pre-entry experience and will need to show evidence of having worked on the film or video production or post-production, preferably via an up to date and well-prepared showreel.