“Film editing is now something almost everyone can do at a simple level and enjoy it, but to take it to a higher level requires the same dedication and persistence that any art form does.”
– Walter Murch
The first editing I ever did was my reels for my acting work. It was purely mechanical but I enjoyed cutting things together. Since starting to edit for storytelling I have gained a different appreciation for the art form. I am new to editing but have found that many of the skills I acquired as an actor are useful in the world of editing. It’s all about timing for one. In the case of editing you can control timing down to 1/24th of a second (or 23.976 I suppose one could argue). Another key element – reaction. So much of a story is told through reaction and listening. I continue to gain insight about editing sound and images and seek to learn more by editing my own projects and projects of others – and gaining experience as an assistant editor.
I have edited for the past two years using Adobe Premiere and just started working in Avid while interning at Full Circle Post.
My work as a paralegal will help me as an assistant editor. So much of my work as a paralegal was about file and data management, similar to the experiences I have thus far as an assistant editor. Summarizing depositions helped teach me key skills for summarizing footage. I hope to continue to utilize those skills as an assistant editor and gain experience for working in the world of editing – dedication and persistence it is.