What does a Film and Video Editor Do? Where does a Film and Video Editor work? ACR takes a look:
About Film and Video Editors
Film and video editors edit footage for television shows, films, and music videos. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, use of digital filming has changed the work of a large number of editors. Today, nearly all editing work is done on a computer and editors often are trained in a specific type of editing software. In addition to editing skills, today’s film and video editors have experience in sound effects, special effects, and animation.
Film and Video Editor Jobs
Film and video editors guide the pace and telling of a story. They select the best takes of scenes and splice them together to create the most entertaining finished piece. They use a variety of editing software to achieve the goals of the piece. Some of common types of software used in the film and video-editing industry include Avid Media Composer, Final Cut Pro, Adobe After Effects, and Adobe Premiere Pro.
Film and video editors may work in film production studios, editing studios, post-production studios, radio and television broadcasting, advertising and public relations agencies, web companies, in mobile technology, gaming studios, and animation studios. However, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, film and video editors (around 47 percent) work primarily in the motion picture and video industries. Around 24 percent are self-employed.
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Film and Video Editor Salaries
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that median annual wages for film and video editors are $51,300. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $25,660, and the top 10 percent earned more than $119,250. Salaries may be higher or lower depending on everything from experience and industry to education and geographic location. For example, California-based film and video editors average around $92,840 per year—the highest average salary in the industry, while Florida-based editors average $34,540 per year—one of the lowest average salaries.
Further, at an average salary of $83,650 per year, the employment services industry offers the highest average salary for film and video editors, followed by the motion picture and video industries at $76,230 per year, independent artists, writers, and performers ($74,350), computer systems design and related services ($70,230), and advertising, public relations, and related services ($65,460).
Becoming a Film and Video Editor
A bachelor's degree in film, broadcasting or a related field is the minimum requirement to become a film and video editor in the motion picture and video industries. If you are interested in working at an animation studio, you will need a bachelor’s degree in animation or film and video with an animation focus. Most employers prefer a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college, university, or art and design school.
Entry-level positions may only require internship experience or experience in a support position (in addition to a degree), while advanced positions will require a minimum of two years’ professional experience. It is important to keep in mind that major studios that work on large-scale productions may require an advanced degree and more than five years’ experience in the industry.
Job Trends for Film and Video Editors
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that employment of film and video editors is expected to grow one percent for the 2012-2022 decade. This is slower than average for all occupations. Fortunately, there are ways to increase your chances of landing a position in the industry. According to the Bureau, although competition is strong, “job openings are projected to be in entertainment hubs such as New York and Los Angeles because specialized editing jobs are needed there. Those with more experience at a TV station or on a film set should have the best prospects.”
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