To begin as a film editor one must have the industry calling card which amounts to a small reel of film do display talent.
This visual resume can be as short as 30 seconds and often the shorter the better.
A film of such length often has a simple story: a beginning, middle, and end. In pursuit of this project one should seek input form all sorts of media.
A good editor will know the industry and be a consumer of art.
Additionally a good editor must have strengths that all film industry professionals have: active, collaborative, like-ability, a thick skin, uniqueness, and flexibility.
- To become a film editor, it’s important to start where you are comfortable, and with content you’re comfortable editing.
- The best way to start your film editing career is to create a commercial as it’s a short term story with a start, middle and end.
- Get as much world experience as you can. The more information and research you have, the more points of view you will have and that will aid your editing thought process.
“Start out small. It doesn’t have to be a 5 minute short film – that’s a huge undertaking at first. Make a 30 second film or commercial to see if you can wrap your narrative brain around the task at hand.”