5 Important Tips for Aspiring Film & Video Editors

Interested in being the next successful film or video editor?  Many have taken that path before you, including classmates, alumnae and professors, so be sure to learn what tools of the trade were important for their job search.  In the meantime, here’s a quick list of tips that Jordan Maison, a film/video editor with Solid Studios offered for recent graduates sprinkled with a few resources throughout American University.

1) Education your college courses at American University will teach you the fundamentals and offer techniques to edit efficiently.

2) Pick Your Platform – this is basically deciding on the type of program you will try to master, i.e. Final Cut Pro, Avid or Adobe Premier to be successful in editing.  This could be accomplished through internships or training.  Be sure to check out AU’s Office of Information Technology and the online learning library – Lynda.com. Schedules and links accessible through the AU portal.

3) Ask For Help –within the editing community by exchanging information with those that would love to assist you. Consider searching for alumni through the university’s InCircle website by inputting keywords or geographic locations.

4) Use the Internet/Continue Your Education – since the field is constantly changing, the Internet could assist you with staying current on editing trends in addition to networking with various organizations.  American University offers a complete listing of student organizations through the Office of Campus Life.

5) Learn When to Take Breaks – editors want fabulous results, so they can easily work from 4 hours to 12 hours on one editing project. Find ways to refresh yourself, even if it means stepping away from the project for a period of time.

Want to learn more?  Get a complete list of school specific resources through the Career Center’s website or schedule an appointment with your career advisor.