Progression Opportunities within creative media sector

EDITOR

In the UK, the average salary for an Editor is £23,185 per year ranging between £18k and £25k. To be an editor, your responsibilities include receiving a brief and maybe an outline of footage and/or a shot list, script, or screenplay, assembling raw footage with camera shots recorded or transferred onto video tape before putting on computer, synchronising and storing files onto computer, digitally cutting the files to put together the sequence of the film and deciding what is usable, creating a ‘rough cut’ (or assembly edit) of the programme/film and determining the exact cutting for the next and final stages, reordering and tweaking the content of the footage. The majority of editors work as freelancers and are paid on a contract basis. It’s likely you’ll be able to do standard office hours but it will vary depending on the production. You may have to do some shift work if editing studios are booked at night. When there are deadlines to meet, long hours and overtime may be required. You don’t need a foundation degree, Higher National Diploma or degree to be a film or video editor, but it is important that you show commitment and determination to get into the industry.

You’ll need to be able to use specific editing software packages, such as Avid or Final Cut Pro. Knowledge of the latest technology will help you in the media industry. General computer literacy and an aptitude for working with digital equipment to achieve results are also important. You will need such skills as communication skills, ability to work under pressure and to deadlines, time management and organisational skills, keen eye for detail, creativity, passionate interest in film editing, teamwork, patience and concentration, self-motivation, commitment and dedication.

You’ll be expected to have pre-entry experience and will need to show evidence of having worked on film or video production or post-production, preferably an up-to-date and well prepared showreel. You’ll typically start as a runner or trainee before working your way up to a position as an assistant editor and then an editor.

Television Camera Operator

There are 3 main areas when working with a camera. The first is studio which is where you will be given a script which gives the order of shots. Then there’s OB (Outside Broadcast) which is working with a team to film live events such as sporting and ceremonial occasions and music performances. The last is called on location which is where there are likely to be more opportunities for creativity through suggesting shots to the director.

The tasks include assembling the camera, tripod, cables, lights, leads, monitors and headphones, offering advice on how best to shoot a scene, planning shots, practising the camera moves required for pre-arranged shots, studying scripts, finding solutions for practical or technical problems, being prepared to experiment ideas, working quickly,taking responsibility when there’s only one camera operator, up to date with filming methods and equipment, repairing equipment, awareness of health and safety and taking crew, actors and equipment to and from locations.

Working hours are generally unpredictable and long (ten to 14 hours a day) and can include evening, weekend and night shoots.

Camera operators often work on a freelance basis and rates of pay vary according to the type of production. Camera operators can earn an average salary of £35,000 a year. However for someone with low experience, they may earn a lot less.

Excellent hand-eye coordination and good hearing and colour vision are also vital.

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