Film editors have an important role in the production of movies. They have the enviable task of stringing together several strips of films and transform it into a quality and entertaining movie. While the director is the one who conceptualizes, the film editor is the one who turns that idea into motion. The work that a film editor puts in can make a huge difference in making a movie a huge success. Are you an aspiring film editor? In this article, we shall delve closer into the challenging and rewarding job of a film or video editor,
Although you do not need to have a college degree to become a video editor, there are those who still pursue a bachelor’s degree related to movie production such as broadcasting or film. Colleges and universities offer film-making related programs such as videography combining practical training with theoretical learning. For the more experienced ones, it is possible to get employed even without a college degree.
A Day In the Life of a Film/Video Editor
A film editor works closely with the director ensuring that their vision is translated into documentaries, motion pictures, music videos, and others. They have regular meetings with the directors in order for them to fully understand the vision of the director for the project. In order to turn the director’s vision into reality, the video editor has a lot of tools available at their disposal. They should be proficient with linear editing software such as Avid Media Composer, Final Cut Pro, Adobe After Effects, and Adobe Premiere Pro. All these software can help in the editing, selection, and splicing together of content. They also come in handy during sequencing, music integration, and footage sync.
A video editor works in the office, in a booth, in a movie studio, or as an employee of a company offering video editing service. They cut and combine film and video strips and organize it into stories for television or big screen. Their work entails ensuring that the final product achieves its desired impact.
Day in and day out, the job of a video editor can be broken down into different tasks:
A video editor strives for perfection. They want to make sure that they are on the same page with the director and the entire production team in ensuring that the flow of the final product conveys the message that the director want to convey. They will work with cinematographers in making the flow of the movie smooth and organized. A video editor should be ready to adjust in case something unexpected and unpredictable happens.
Cutting Your Way to Success
In line with getting the perfect flow, film/video editors should know the right cuts. The process is not difficult as you would have to choose where to start and end. But it needs to be in the perfect time. Cut it too soon and the audience may end up wanting more. Cut it too late and you could end up with a shot that seems to take too long to drag.
The transition of the scenes can also make a huge difference in the overall impact of the movie to the audience. You would want the audience to remain glued to every scene. A video editor should know the proper timing when to jump from a dramatic to an action-packed scene. Video editing tools can help make the transition smooth and elegant. Again you would want to make sure that the transition of the scenes would not divert from what the director wants.
Many people think that film and video editing only involves the visual part but it is not. It may be true in a sense but it is not the whole story. A video editor should also learn how to tinker with the sounds and audio effects. The sound sets the mood and evokes emotion from your audience. For example, a horror movie should have the right sound effects to make your movie enticing to moviegoers. You do not want your audience get confused as to what is the real theme of your movie because you used the wrong sound effects.
In essence, a video editor is like the sidekick of the director and producer. However, video editing is just one of the many aspects that can ensure the success of your movie.