FILM ED­I­TOR Cut­ting edge


Hindustan Times (Delhi) - HT Education - - Front Page -

CLOCK­WORK “The job of a film ed­i­tor is flex­i­ble and de­pends on the film’s re­lease date. For in­stance, UTV Mo­tion Pic­tures’ Barfi! was set for a Septem­ber re­lease, so the fi­nal edit­ing work be­gan in April. And from April till Au­gust, we worked for 16-18 hours a day,” says Akiv Ali, ed­i­tor of the film. 11am: Reach the stu­dio 11.30am: Go through the plans, pro­pos­als re­lated to edit­ing, and the footage of the scenes to be edited that day Noon: Meet the di­rec­tor for fur­ther dis­cus­sion on the film 3pm: In­ter­act with peo­ple from other tech­ni­cal teams 4pm: Work on the film’s edit­ing 2am: Call it a day

THE PAY­OFF Pay scale is de­ter­mined by the bud­get of the film, the scale of the A film ed­i­tor does the sec­ond writ­ing for a film and stitches to­gether a story for it. He is re­spon­si­ble for pre­sent­ing the di­rec­tor’s vi­sion of a movie. Cer­tain flaws in the film’s script can be cor­rected at this stage. An ed­i­tor has to main­tain the flow and cor­rect length of a film and en­sure that it achieves a sense of pace. Be­ing a good ed­i­tor can be a great as­set if one wants to be a di­rec­tor. Film­mak­ing is a busi­ness of not just en­ter­tain­ing the au­di­ence, but also keep­ing them en­grossed. A film ed­i­tor plays a ma­jor role in en­sur­ing that the au­di­ence is kept en­gaged. He/she has to gen­er­ate im­pact from the footage given by the di­rec­tor who al­ways is the best judge of an ed­i­tor’s work. A film ed­i­tor in charge of the post-pro­duc­tion work of a movie. If you are work­ing on more than one project at a time, you have to be ex­tremely cre­ative as you may have to deal with dif­fer­ent gen­res such as ro­mance, ac­tion and com­edy in one go film and one’s ex­pe­ri­ence. It could range from R3 lakh and R25 lakh per project SKILLS/TRAITS You should be will­ing to work hard and for long hours Film edit­ing re­quires a lot of pa­tience It is an ex­tremely cre­ative process based on in­di­vid­ual as well as col­lec­tive opin­ions You have to re-work a lot on your edit­ing so you need to have the per­se­ver­ance to deal with it and en­sure a great re­sult

GET­TING THERE A film ed­i­tor should have ba­sic knowl­edge of the soft­ware. What you learn at a train­ing in­sti­tute may be dif­fer­ent from what you ac­tu­ally do as a film ed­i­tor. You have to be a lit­tle “film lit­er­ate,” your ba­sics have to be strong and you should

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