An Editor works as the lead of the editing department in close collaboration with the director to achieve their artistic vision for the production. In preproduction they define the timing of storyboards to animatic with audio in order to give a good sense of timing to the animation team. Once all animation and compositing is done they must work picture editing, tightening up the timing of the shots and matching with sound editing, sound effects, music and so on, both at the production and post-production stages. They must work on a project through pre-production, and post-production to shape and tell the story in an engaging way. Providing the audience point-of-view in putting the production together. They must read and break down the script to fully understand the story and characters and communicate closely with the Directors of the production.
They must be in the editing room assembling footage created, watching it as it is synced, and providing feedback on any technical or other issues. They are responsible for cutting shot scenes according to the script, editing in sound, and ensuring that script timings are accurate. They must suggest dialogue or scene cuts if appropriate. They must work closely with the director to create the director’s cut, before working towards final cut. They must offer suggestions and feedback at grading and sound mixing once the picture has been locked down.
To succeed at this job, you need:
Strong understanding of story and structure and a passion for storytelling.
Great management and organizational skills in planning post-production workflow.
Good communication and interpersonal skills. Ability to stay calm and focused on a busy and demanding schedule.
An open and creative mind and excellent decision-making skills.
Excellent interpretive skills and the ability to preempt potential issues and offer solutions.
Ability to listen well, give feedback and explain editorial decisions.
Career Path to Editor: There are no usual career paths for the Editor, often they would have worked their way through the Editing Department. A qualification in Film Studies can be useful.
Career Path from Editor: Director, Episode Director, Writer, Head of Editing Department, Technical Director.
Education Routes: Editors often have a degree in Animation, Film or Visual Effects.
Entry-level role available at Junior Editor roles. Show reel and experience are very important.