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Film Editor

Film editors tell a story by joining together film images, graphics and text, usually by following a script or working with directors or journalists. This is a vital part of what is known as the ‘post-production’ process of filmmaking.

Becoming a film editor requires both technical and creative skills. They need to be skilled in using editing software, and skilled in story telling. Because film editors work closely in collaboration with the film’s director to create the finished film editors need to be flexible and adaptable, and be good communicators.

When the shooting of film has finished, the film editor usually produces a rough cut of the form, combining all of the footage together to make a working model that can be altered by working with the director and producers until a final cut is created. A good editor will be able to help expose holes in the plot and highlight scenes that may need to be reshot to better to the story across to viewers.