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#1 Cristian Carceller

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Posted 10 January 2010 - 01:41 AM

I took a video production class and i found a love for editing. my teacher loved all the projects i did and i am wondering how to become a professional editor.

Is it hard to become one, is the pay good and is a struggle

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#2 Brian Drysdale

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Posted 10 January 2010 - 05:07 AM

It's not an area I've up to date with, although one of my friends is an editor on BBC dramas. One of the things that he's obsessed with is is how story is told and he has read a few of the scriptwriting books, particularly those that help solve problems in the script.
This lifts you above the people who think it's just about pushing keys on a computer.

The level of difficulty of becoming one depends on the level you wish to work at and probably to get in at the higher end may involve trying to get one of those increasingly difficult to find jobs as an assistant. Certainly for high end work you should learn how to use AVID and everything in this industry involves a struggle unless you're lucky and/or have loads of contacts. You should check out film school courses that allow you to specialize in editing.

There are a number of book on film editing.

Technique of Film Editing, by Karel Reisz, GAVIN MILLAR

In the Blink of an Eye: A Perspective on Film Editing by Walter Murch
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