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FILM AND VIDEO EDITOR
Key Skills

WHAT SKILLS WILL I NEED TO HAVE TO DO THIS JOB WELL?


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Amit Kulkarni

Amit Kulkarni is a video editor. He has worked on quite a few projects in his 5 years as an editor. His project “TVF Bachelors” was awarded the best webseries of 2017 at the News18 reel awards.

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Here are some essential skills that you need as a film and video editor:


TEAM WORK

You should be a good team-player. A film set has many people working together at the same time. It includes artists, light men, camera operators, director, and others. So, as a film and video editor, you need to work together with all of them.


INTERPERSONAL SKILLS

A film and video editor needs to have excellent interpersonal skills. You should be able to understand what other people, like the director is saying. You need to interact with the crew on a frequent basis. So having good interactive skills is a plus point here.


TIME MANAGEMENT

You will be working on several projects at a time. You should be able to manage your time accordingly to avoid last minute rushes.


SOUND REASONING AND PERSUASION

In case there is any problem or difference of opinion, you should be in a position to solve it. For example, editing a scene may seem right to you but not to the director. In such cases, you should offer sound reasoning and try to persuade them to agree with you.


COMPUTER SKILLS

Most of the editing work is done digitally these days. You must be able to balance multiple digital softwares as well as send and receive your work online. Being extremely tech-savvy and having a knowledge of the latest technology is key to succeeding.


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