Film editing is an interesting career option for those who feel they can make a movie scene look better, sharper, and shorter even though it has not been shot well. If you love movies and wish to be a part of them this profile on film editing will be of special interest to you.
The main job of a film editor is to assemble the footage of a film into a seamless end product. You will manipulate the plot, score, sound and graphics to make the parts into a continuous and enjoyable whole.
A film editor plays a crucial role in making or marring a film. In most cases, the film editor is chosen much before the cast. Your job begins from the moment the film has been completely shot and lands at the editing studio. As an editor, you will cut the footage so as to give the entire film a smooth flow and trim the unwanted parts, which add to the duration of the movie. You will also mix the music. This edited version is then handed over to the dubbing studios with the rough sound.
If you have a good rapport with the director, you can work simultaneously with him/her as the movie is being shot. You will work on the footage as and when you get it - in bits and pieces. Many editors stay removed from the project during the film itself so as not to steer the director away from his concept of the film.
Your job as an editor may stretch from a few days to months, depending on the length of the movie and the number of people involved in the job. Generally as an assistant, you will get to cut the chunk of the footage. Your boss – the editor will only give his final touch and cut the important scenes in the film. In short, he polishes the rough edges and makes the film watchable.
In this field the hours are long. Film editors spend a long time perfecting and honing their craft, just as directors do. They work with computers, Kems and Steenbecks, Movieola Flatbeds and Revis Splicers for sound. Beginners work on four- or six-plate Steenbecks as they learn their craft.