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Film & Video Editor Job Description

Summary

Responsible for cutting and editing film footage until it meets a director's approval. Rearranges and splices scenes that have already been shot, determines if scenes need to be reshot, and inserts music, sound, or optical effects.

Primary responsibilities

  • Edit film until it meets director's specifications.
  • Watch scenes and determine which will end up on cutting room floor.
  • Rearrange scenes.
  • Work with and manipulate raw camera footage, dialogue, sound effects, graphics and special effects.
  • Determine which camera angles to use.
  • Insert music, sound, or optical effects.
  • Use nonlinear digital editing systems to edit clips.
  • Work with work prints to organize the scenes and transitions that make up a film.
  • Create edit decision lists to correspond to the edge numbers.
  • Edit film for commercials, station identification, and public service messages on television films and tapes.
  • Check films for damage.
  • Purge damaged or old tapes.
  • Work on feature films, television programs, music videos, corporate training videos or advertisements.
  • Reorder and tweak the content to ensure the logical sequencing and smooth running of the film/video.
  • Input uncut rushes and sound.
  • Determine exact cutting for final stages.
  • Work with director to achieve desired end result.

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