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Getting A Job As An Editor – Where To Start

If you’re looking at getting a job as an editor you may be surprised at how many options there are available to you.

post productionOne of the best places to get a job would be at a post production house. These companies specialize in editing, special effects, sound design, etc. If you don’t have any experience many companies will take you on as an assistant editor, or a visual effects editor. As an assistant you will be responsible for working with the editor to prepare the footage. This means labeling, organizing and sorting the footage in a way that makes the editing process quick and painless. Visual effects editors work with the visual effects team to make sure the the visual effects are cut into the film at the appropriate length and with the correct content. Some VFX editors will also be responsible for creating temporary visual effect shots that the editor can use to get an idea of the pacing. This will also be used as a foundation for the final visual effect.

Sometimes the competition is still quite stiff and getting a job with no experience can still be quite difficult. However, many companies will still take on interns for a 3 to 6 month trial period. Interning as a film editor is great way to “get your foot in the door”. Being in an industry environment, meeting people and most importantly learning the trade are invaluable skills. As I mentioned before, during my time film editing at MarketME video production San Francisco, we had many interns come and go, I still speak to a number of them and they have found success in the SF film and television industry.

If working in an office isn’t your style you can always go freelance. This flexibility give your the option of working remotely and on any project your desire. With that being said the work may not be as consistent as working at the post house. There are plenty of places to find clients. One good place is to check online in the digital video forums. Although the competition may be stiff at times being a part of a community may help you join with other editors and even share projects and techniques. It’s always a good idea to set your rules and limitations in the contract before you take on a job, we’ve all worked with clients you can be demanding. Having a set list of iterations will ensure that your don’t bite of more than you can chew. Extra iterations should always be billed for, it’s important a client knows this.

For information on film and tv internships you can check out and SF internmatch

Feel free to check my blog post on freelance vs. full time work, if you’re still unsure about which direction you want to go.

Using light leaks in your next project

Adding digital effects in post production is a great way to give your films personality and a unique look that will stand out from the competition.¬†Whether you’re producing wedding films, home videos or even travel films, adding light leaks and lens flares are a great way to “up” the production value of your films.

So, how do you get these effects? There are a number of ways you can achieve these effects in camera either while shooting on location or in post production. While on location, adding objects in-front of your lens will create interesting artifacts on the right angle and in the right light. Because these objects are out of focus the reflection and refraction of the light caused by these images will create interesting results. Another way to create unique effects for your films is to detach your film lens from the body of the camera, allowing light to leak into the chamber. This excess of light will fill the sensor, over-exposing parts of your images.

light leaksFurthermore, all of these effects can also be filmed in a controlled environment such as a studio, garage or in a dark room of your house. By using lamps and flashlights you can shine lights into your camera. The trick is to film against a black surface so only the colour effect stands out. Once you have a range of effects you can now add them your project in post-production.

light leaksMost video editing programs have simple modes that can overlay your effect directly on your footage. The most common term for this is called “blending modes”. By setting the blending mode, also known as composite mode, to one of the settings you will instantly see the results on your footage. The next time is to get creative! Slow down the footage, play with the colour, change the scale and even the intensity. The results may surprise you!

Finally, you can also purchase pre-made light leaks effects at Www.LightLeaks.Me. These High Definition effects work will all types of footage in a variety of programs. So if you don’t have the time to create the effects yourself, get them from someone else!¬†For more information on light leaks try this wiki link.