364MC: Professional Practice #10 – Research & Development: Editor #1

Alongside looking at how to become a camera operator for this module i’m also going to go into detail about going down the route of becoming an editor both freelance and in the media industry. In the last ten years a huge amount of editing software has been made public for industry and non industry individuals to use in their homes and on their personal computers with the high end editing software costing roughly £500+ for a license (but you can also get monthly subscriptions for £10-20 a month).

Not only can you buy editing software their are multiple websites and companies that offer a basic free to use software, for example if you have a Youtube account they offer to their users a basic editing software to use via their website. Also windows introduced a free software that came with any of their products called ‘Windows Movie Maker’ & Apple followed suit with ‘iMovie’.

With the rise in editing software so did the rise of individuals who wanted to become editors either in their own time making vlogs, video games or short films, i remember the first software i used was windows movie maker with no knowledge of film, media or editing at the time it was ridiculously easy to operate, now their are tutorials via book and video form to help individuals become a pro with editing. So what does a editor do?

  • Working closely with the Director to craft the finished film
  • Working in an edit suite for long hours
  • Running a team of assistants and trainees on big productions

(Creativeskillset.org, 2017)

If theirs one thing i’ve learnt over the past six years of editing different project’s is the amount of time editing can take up of your production schedules, having to piece together the timeline of the edit, then fine tuning the final edit along with colour corrections, timings and editors notes, it sounds like an easy and laid back process from the outside but once you undergo a edit for the first time you’ll realise it takes a much effort as working on the production yourself.

If you want to become an editor you don’t have to study at higher education, you can start by shadowing other editors who either work freelance or in the industry but from my own experience doing three years of media production at college gave me an insight and the basics into operating industry standard software and other skills e.g. organisation skills, time keeping and working to deadlines.

(eHow, 2009)

Trying to find videos that discuss becoming a film editor they are all very outdated with many just talking about the specifications of becoming a editor and now what you should do to follow your career in editing. A friend of mine said “editing is a lot like dancing, you can know the routines but you won’t be able to dance unless you dance”, and i agree with that statement, even if your not doing upcoming projects get some stock footage and play around with it in edit, try the different effects they have to offer, understand how the programme works and trouble shooting without looking for help online.

Also if you want take editing as a career can you ask yourself these questions and answer them truthfully?

  • Have technical aptitude
  • Have wide experience of the post production process
  • Be familiar with a variety of computer editing equipment
  • Understand dramatic storytelling to create rhythm, pace and tension
  • Be creative under pressure
  • Have imagination and an understanding of narrative
  • Have excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Have highly developed aesthetic visual awareness
  • Be able to lead a team
  • Have patience and attention to detail
  • Have good organisational skills
  • Understand the requirements of relevant health and safety laws and procedures
  • (Creativeskillset.org, 2017)

The websites below are a good place to start if your looking for editor jobs both paid and voluntary.

To conclude, editors are a vital part of a production no matter if it’s a hollywood film or a independent production, with the media industry and other industries becoming more and more flooded with aspiring media students refining your skills and gaining valuable work experience is a major factor behind becoming a successful editor in the future for multiple platforms like television, film, online productions and animation.


Creativeskillset.org. (2017). Editor | Creative Skillset. [online] Available at: http://creativeskillset.org/job_roles/2940_editor [Accessed 17 Mar. 2017].

Creativeskillset.org. (2017). Editor | Creative Skillset. [online] Available at: http://creativeskillset.org/job_roles/2940_editor [Accessed 17 Mar. 2017].

eHow, (2009). How To Become An Editor. Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FtH943gpx5k [Accessed 17 Mar. 2017].












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