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Job Description

Editors have overall responsibility for the finished item - weather it is a film or a video. Working with the director and production designer to change the footage into something that has been envisaged by them both and bringing together the pictures and sound to produce something that is ready to be shown on screen.

Entry Requirements

There are no set entry requirements, but you’ll usually need experience of editing software like Final Cut Pro, Media Composer or Premiere Pro.

You could:

  • do paid or unpaid work experience at a production company or edit suite
  • create and edit student, charitable or community film productions
  • move into video editing from an entry level role like TV production runner

A ‘showreel' or online profile of productions you’ve worked on would be helpful.

It might help you get in if you do an HND, foundation degree, degree or postgraduate course in film and television studies, or film, video and media production.

Career Path and Progression

Once established, you might use an agent to find work and negotiate your fees.

You could set up your own company.

Related careers you may be interested in:

  • Data entry clerk
  • TV or film camera operator
  • TV or film sound technician
  • TV or film production runner

National Government Policy states that all students should have achieved at least a Grade 4 or C Grade in English & Maths at GCSE.  Achieving this minimum grade in these subjects will increase the opportunities open to you, support your future career development and prospects.

Students who do not meet this standard will be supported to continue to study English and Maths through full-time education or an Apprenticeship.

Required Skills

A keen eye for detail, patience and good concentration skills, excellent written and verbal communication skills, flexibility and adaptability, good organisational skills, a high level of self motivation, the ability to listen to others.

Starting Salary

£18,000 to £45,000

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