The skills that one needs to have as an editor, are essentially being patient, being communicative and being caring (of course we need to be good at editing, know our editing programs and being professional at our work ethic. Those are bottom line). I see those traits are skills because they are extremely important especially when all your other competitor editors are good at editing, know their editing programs and being professional at their work ethic. Directors ask for revisions all the time and it make sense. This is how we make films and I'm also a director I know it so well. I've been hearing student editors or unprofessional editors complaining about their directors how many time they ask for a new cuts. Don't ever complain about that because that's our job. The directors are way more vulnerable than editors can imagine. So we need to be patient and caring to them. Keep communicative is also a universal rule for all steps of filmmaking. So needless to say how important it is to editor.
Former Editor at The Recording Academy (The GRAMMY Awards)
about 2 years ago
I have found you AT LEAST need these things: - Gearwise, you need the software required and a computer decent enough to handle whatever work may come your way (that doesn’t necessarily mean some big custom pc) - ability to listen, organize, and work on the fly efficiently with a quick turnaround. - Put in the time. It doesn’t get done overnight even when it’s due the next day. - Just saying yes and putting yourself in the situation forces you do come through and leads to more work. - People like it when you really know the footage. Go through all of it and use o let the best. - Asking friends and alumni for work and advice actually gets you somewhere.
Former Stage Manager at In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre
10 months ago
For me, I believe the biggest skill one can have is being consistent with your work. And I think that's with anything you do. Having the confidence and motivation to keep going even when things are hard is important. Though you may not think you are going in anywhere or learning through each project, after a year or two you will realize how much work you've actually put in and how much you've learned and grown. And now you have a portfolio of work to show people that you can do this and you've develop this muscle memory because of that consistency allowing you to go into any given project more confident and more aware of your abilities.