Assistant Editor

What do Assistant Editors do?

Film and television Assistant Editors aid the editor and director in collecting and organizing all the elements needed to edit the film. When editing is finished, they oversee the various lists and instructions necessary to put the film into its final form. Editors of large budget feature films will usually have a team of Assistants working for them. The First Assistant Editor is in charge of this team, and may do a small bit of picture editing as well, if necessary. The other Assistants will have set tasks, usually helping each other when necessary to complete the many time sensitive tasks at hand. In addition, an Apprentice Editor may be on hand to help the Assistants. An Apprentice is usually someone who is learning the ropes of assisting.

Television shows typically have one Assistant per Editor. This Assistant is responsible for every task required to bring the show to final form. Lower budget features and documentaries will also commonly have only one Assistant.

The organizational aspects of a film or television Assistant Editing job could best be compared to database management. When a film is shot, every piece of picture or sound is coded with numbers and time codes. It is the Assistant's job to keep track of these numbers in a database, which, in non-linear editing, is linked to the computer program. The editor and director cut the film using digital copies of the original film and sound, commonly referred to as an "offline" edit. When the cut is finished, it is the Assistant's job to bring the film or television show "online." They create lists and instructions that tell the picture and sound finishers how to put the edit back together with the high quality original elements. Assistant Editing can be seen as a career path to eventually becoming an editor. Many Assistants, however, do not choose to pursue advancement to editor, and are very happy at the Assistant level, working long and rewarding careers on many films and television shows.

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Assistant Editor jobs which have appeared on the Media Match jobs board:

Editor + Animator
New York, NY (no/low paid/commission only)
08/17/17
Editor
Cedarhurst, NY
08/17/17
Editor
Seattle, WA
08/17/17
Editor
Phoenix, AZ
08/17/17
Editor
Los Angeles, CA
08/17/17
08/17/17
Editor
New York, NY
08/16/17
Assistant Editor
Redlands, CA
08/16/17
Editor
New York, NY
08/16/17
Editor/Producer
New York, NY
08/16/17
08/15/17
08/15/17
Avid Editor
Los Angeles, CA
08/14/17
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Job description sources include (but are not limited to) imdb.com, skillset.org and wikipedia.