Whether you're fresh out of college or a self-taught novice with a little experience under your belt, landing a job as an assistant editor might be one of the best ways to prepare yourself for a bright future. It is a unique role and an opportunity to learn that is often unmatched in other film industry career paths. Generally, assistant editors are considered as the workflow overlords of the film world. They ingest, prep, and then export the raw footage so as it's ready for the editor to work.
Being an assistant editor, generally, your core duty is to aid the editor and director in collecting and organizing all the elements needed to edit the film. You may manage the editing department, maintaining an environment that allows the editor to devote his/her time and energy to the creative process of editing the film. After completing the editing, you may oversee the various lists and instructions necessary to put the picture in its final form.
To become an assistant editor, most aspiring assistant editors hold a bachelor's degree in a subject related to film and television, media, or communication studies. However, earning advanced education in a similar field and experience and working with video editing software may boost your job prospects.
To be successful, you must have a thorough understanding of editorial processes and extensive knowledge of various editing software. Typically, you may work full-time, spend your day labeling sequences, reviewing hours of raw footage, organizing clips, and solving technical issues.
A career as an assistant editor may open up big chances for you - using the opportunities afforded to you and honing your editing skills may take you to an editor or post-production role.