Picture Editor

What do Picture Editors do?

Editors are one of the key heads of department on feature films, responsible for first assistant editors, and on bigger productions, second assistants and trainees. The way a story unfolds and grabs the attention of the audience is one of the most important elements in filmmaking. To ensure that the story flows effortlessly from beginning to end, each shot is carefully chosen and edited into a series of scenes, which are in turn assembled to create the finished film.

This highly creative, challenging and rewarding job is the work of the Editor, who works closely with the director, crafting the daily rushes into a coherent whole. Editors work long, unsociable hours, often under pressure, in an edit suite or cutting room. They are employed on a freelance basis by the producer (sometimes with the approval of the film's financiers), based on their reputation and experience. Editors often work on television drama, as well as on feature films.

What is the job?
Editors work closely with the director before shooting begins, deciding how to maximize the potential of the screenplay. On the first day of principal photography, Editors begin work in the cutting room (sometimes on location), looking at the previous day's rushes which are developed overnight at the film lab and synced-up (synchronized, the alignment of sound and image) by the assistant editor.

Editors check the technical standards, as well as the emerging sense of story, and the actors' performances. Because scenes are shot and edited out of sequence, Editors may work on scenes from the end of the film before those at the beginning, and must therefore be able to maintain a good sense of how the story is unfolding. Editors select the best takes and edit them together to create scenes. In some cases, an improvised line or an actor's interpretation of their role may create some on-screen magic that can be developed into a new and exciting scene. By the time the film wraps (shooting is completed) Editors have spent hours reworking scenes and cutting them together to create a rough assembly.

During the post production period, the Editor and the director work closely together, refining the assembly edit into the director's cut, which must be approved by the producers, until they achieve picture lock or fine cut (when the director and/or executive producer give final approval of the picture edit). Editors usually work in a supervisory role during the subsequent music and track laying, and sound mix.

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Job description sources include (but are not limited to) imdb.com, skillset.org and wikipedia.