What does the editor do in the film production process?
Film editing is the section of film making which bring the film to life, it is a creative post-production process, which takes all the clips that have been filmed by the camera operators and strings them together on the computer, they add any necessary effects onto the film, such as transitions, brightness, voiceovers ect.

What is required of the editor for each stage of the film production process? T
here is not much required of the editor in the early stages of the production process. In the pre and during production, the editor can be planning which cuts they will use and practicing the techniques they will be using and researching any other things that they will need or be using. It isn’t until the post production that the editors job comes into place, the editor will do 3 cuts of the film. The “Editors cut”, “Directors cut” and the “Final cut”. The editors cut is just a overall rough assembly of the clips that have been shot and one that has been done the director will sit down with the editor and explain to him exactly what he wants and will work side by side with the editor to add more detail into the film. At last the final cut will be put into place, this involves the editor working with the producer to make any last minute changes that are necessary.

What other roles collaborate with the editor?
The Director, Producer and Foley Artist work very closely with the Editor to ensure that the film is up to scratch and is including everyone’s ideas. The director, will make sure that the editor is including all of the aspects that he wants in the film, the producer will overlook the making of this also for the same purposes and to look for any mistakes. The foley artist will work with the editor to include any sounds that need to be added, eg, car screeches, thunder, screams.

What training is required to be an editor?
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of filmmaking is often helpful for apprentice Film Editors. Although film school is useful, it is not a strict
requirement for Editors. Work experience in a university film department is also helpful. Film and Video Editors should be creative, communicate well, and have good judgment. Normal or corrected vision is needed. Beginners receive on-the-job training in all basic editorial skills. Swinburne University offers a course in film editing, the course is over 3 years which runs at Swinburne Lilydale.

What equipment is required to be an editor?
These days all your need to edit is a computer. Your computer will generally have to be pretty speedy to keep up with all the clips that are being played with. Popular editing programs for amateur film editors are Sony Vegas or iMovie.


Who are some famous film editors and which films have they worked on?

Robert Richardson - (Salvador, JFK, The Aviator, Platoon, Wall Street,
A Few Good Men,Natural Born Killers, Casino, Kill Bill Vol 1 and 2,
The Good Shepherd, Inglourious Basterds, Shutter Island)

Janusz Kamiński - (Munich, Catch Me if You Can, Saving Private Ryan, Jerry Maguire, Schindler's List)

Are there any changes in editing due to development of technology?

Today, most films are edited digitally (on systems such as iMovie or Sony Vegas) and bypass
the film positive work print altogether. In the past, the use of a film positive (not the original negative)
allowed the editor to do as much experimenting as he or she wished, without the risk of damaging
the original. Before the spread of non-linear editing systems, the first editing of all films was done with a positive copy of the film negative called a film workprint by physically cutting and pasting
together pieces of film, and threading the film on a machine with a viewer.


- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Film_editing
- http://www.swinburne.edu.au/
- http://www.learner.org/interactives/cinema/editing2.html
- http://www.joyoffilmediting.com/

By Josh Jackson