A Film and Video Editor is a highly skilled film industry employee who edits movies or videos. The success or ultimate
failure of the production lies in their hands. The final production must be a coherent project that incorporates the
storyline and personality of the starring actors.
A Video Editor is the professional responsible for editing the raw footage shot during the making of a movie. Video
editors had to physically cut and splice certain scenes together. Today, however, the majority of video editing work is
done with digital footage and computers. Video editing career requires being abreast with the latest technological
developments happening in his/her profession as newer technologies are being introduced quite regularly.
The job duties of film and video editors are numerous. An employee might find himself studying scripts to
understand the storyline and collaborating with directors, producers and film staff regarding the script and director's
goals. Throughout the filming, the film editor will examine tapes for editing purposes, looking for errors, segments
that run long or parts that do not match the story or go with the storyline. He will work with others adding sounds,
voices and music that match the script and place them in the appropriate place.
Employers for Film and Video Editors include television stations, cable companies, and film and video companies.
Another arena of employment is in independent studios. Video editors work in the film industry but are also
employed by broadcasting and advertising companies. A video editor will usually sit down with the Directors, and
sometimes the producer, and watch hours and hours of raw footage.
Film and Video Editors spend a large portion of time in projection rooms, cutting labs or computer rooms, editing the
films alone. Workers in the film industry find that they are sometimes required to work long hours, especially during
movie post-production. Those working in TV studios find the work hours are more traditional.
Entry Level Education
- Bachelor’s Degree in Film Studies or Production.
- Bachelor’s Degrees will usually be good enough to secure an entry level position as a video editor’s assistant.
- Internships and Apprenticeships preferred.