Role Of The Film/Video Editor-The Good & The Bad Side!

The Fun & The Ugly Of Editing

The Role

The final film has the magic work of an editor to thank for. The editor is the creative force in postproduction. They review raw footage & sound, organize, assemble, correct and add visual effects to come up the final film.
 
The Good
 
1.    Demand
The key benefit is that good editors are on demand. Video is expanding & increasing the ability of people to produce video affordably in the form of events, short films, music etc making competent editors highly sort after.
 
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2.    Low Cost Of Entry
That’s right! If you have a P.C. you can start editing right away, just install free editing software and as you grow your trade you can upgrade to industry big boys toys like Mac machines, Final Cut/ Adobe/ Avid Software. Compare a P.C cost to the cost of a pro camera and you can see what we mean.
 
3.    Work from home
Setting up an editing system at your home is easy. Compare this to setting up a studio that requires space & expensive equipment. As long as you can deliver great final products within the deadline, editing gives you flexibility of working from home & at odd hours-As they say most editors work at night…weird!
 
The Bad
 
1.    Time Consuming:
Reviewing hours of footage, trying to fix bad footage or even stitching the footage to make a coherent story takes up a lot of time. Actually if you are the kind of person that works with ‘moods’ you may find yourself stuck dreading to start a project.
 
2.    Requires A Heart Of Steel:
In most cases you will be working for a director or a producer and in this arrangement you will edit so many drafts before the final is approved.
 
You need a strong heart to accept changes especially when you think that your idea is the best. This calls for lots of patience.
 
Check out the article on Qualities of a good editor for more.
 
3.    Fixing Bad Coverage:
A big nightmare to a majority of editors is when there is not enough footage covered during the shoot to help the edit, also when the shoot is poor and everyone is looking at the editor to ‘fix it in post.’  This drains the creative juice of most editors.
 
Like most creative careers, you are most likely to succeed in editing if you have a passion for it. Make a point of keeping yourself updated with trends in the industry & expand your network to guarantee jobs.
 
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