Film Editor: On its most fundamental level, film editing is the art, technique, and practice of assembling shots into a coherent whole. A film editor is a person who practices film editing by assembling the footage. However, the job of an editor isn’ t simply to mechanically put pieces of a film together, cut off film slates, or edit dialogue scenes. A film editor must creatively work with the layers of images, story, dialogue, music, pacing, as well as the actors' performances to effectively "re-imagine" and even rewrite the film to craft a cohesive whole. Editors usually play a dynamic role in the making of a film.
Film editing is often referred to as the "invisible art” because when it is well-practiced, the viewer can become so engaged that he or she is not even aware of the editor's work.
5 Year Goal: By the year 2016 I want to be living in California and working in Hollywood. I expect to be still working as an Assistant Editor on a regular basis but hopefully I’ll have a few Editor credits under my belt. I also want to expand my Editing Software proficiency into Avid Media Composer, Sony Vegas, and Adobe Premier. Outside of my career I hope to have starting filming and producing my own small works and web series.
“ Expect fierce competition for jobs. Although the number of film editor positions in the United States, which was at 25,500 in 2008, is expected to grow by 3,000 by 2018, the number of individuals hoping for a job in the motion picture and TV industries far outpaces the number of openings. Only the most skilled, persistent, and adept at using technology will land salaried positions or attract enough work to freelance full time.”
“ In 2009, film and video editors earned a median of $50,790 annually, with the top 10 percent earning six-figure salaries. Those who work for the motion picture and video industries are the most highly paid, earning a median of about $69,000 each year. Freelancers may see their earnings fluctuate considerably from year to year. As with many creative fields, pay can be low until you reach a certain plateau and outlast the competition ﾑ w hich can take years.”
“ Top jobs include work on major motion pictures or network TV programs, but there are also a lot of jobs at advertising agencies, local TV stations, and film and technical schools. Corporations increasingly need video editors for promotional spots or Web videos. To keep moving ahead, it helps if you're in New York City or L.A. and know a few insiders ﾑ o r have the kind of personality that helps you network your way into jobs.”
“ Moderate. Sometimes editors need to work long or irregular hours to meet production schedules. Deadline pressure is a given.”