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Film Editor

Overview: Film editors critique and edit TV video tapes, sound tracks and motion picture films by determining which scenes to edit or eliminate. They make decisions based on quality and entertainment value. They can specialize in news, music or drama.
Duties: They analyze film, videotape or sound track to evaluate the quality of the scenes and dialogue. They determine what parts of the materials should be cut out because of poor quality.

They search the material to identify repetitive or redundant scenes or dialogue that distract the audience's attention from the major theme of the production.

They decide what kind of background music or sound effects should be added or dubbed into the production to create the desired audience mood or emotion.

They determine what scenes must be refilmed and what new musical themes, narrations and subtitles must be produced to achieve the quality and effects desired by the producer.

Degree(s): A.A.S. Digital Art and Design 
A.A.S. Internet Technology 
A.A.S. Music Production 
Job Outlook: Employment of film editors is expected to grow as fast as average through 2018. Competition will be keen and those with technological and computer skills will have the best prospects.
Salary Range (National Average): $26,000 to $30,000
Education Level: Training for this occupation generally requires an Associate Degree from a 2 year or community college.
Additional Training/Education: A college degree in fine arts with an emphasis on cinematography and music is the ideal preparation for this occupation. An associate degree can qualify you for technical assistant entry positions. Specialized courses in TV operation, film editing, audio-visual techniques and computer-based graphics and digital imaging will strengthen your credentials.
Recommended Skills:
  • Weighing out the options in a situation or a problem and logically choosing the best course of action.
  • Identifying the most appropriate equipment and tools needed to get a job done.
  • Painting, drawing, crafting, sculpting and creative designing.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Allocating and budgeting your time for different tasks so that things get done when needed.
  • Using mathematics and/or statistics to solve problems.
  • Watching gauges and any other types of indicators to make sure equipment is running properly.
  • Operating equipment and machinery.
  • Talking, giving speeches, or speaking in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.
  • Analyzing the symptoms of a problem and deciding what actions should be taken to resolve the problem.
Recommended Values:
  • Having the ability to work with equipment or material things.
  • Being able to express creative ideas through the arts.
 

* National data collected by the Department of Labor between 2008-2012.
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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.