September 11, 2014 at 2:38PM

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How do you find jobs as an editor?

I’ve been dabbling in filmmaking a little for the past eight years as part of my job, but have always done everything myself, from shooting to editing. I’m starting to want to get more work in filmmaking and work on bigger projects. I feel my skills are strongest as an editor, so I’m wondering if anyone has any tips on where to look for work as an editor.

I’ve looked a little bit on Craigslist before but those are typically low or no-paying jobs. Does anyone here work full-time as an editor? How do you get your work? I’m guessing it’s a lot about who you know.

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I know quite a lot of people start working in news, editing dailies and stories that get aired on their local news. I realize that might not be what you want to do.

Do you have a portfolio? Example work you've done, if not - put something together.

Are there any production companies in your area? Find out, look into those. Send them your resume, put your name out there.

September 11, 2014 at 3:29PM

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Alex Smith
Documentary/Cinematographer
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Thanks. I’m working on putting a portfolio together. I’m actually living in Uganda for a few months and will be back in North America in December and I’m not sure where I’ll end up, so I can’t really research production companies in my area yet. Just wanted to get a head-start on this as it’s a bit of a new direction for me. I guess what I was wondering is if there were any online resources where people post projects they’re working on that might need an editor.

The local news idea is really good though. I hadn’t thought about that as you’re right it’s not quite what I had in mind, but it sounds like it would be a good way to get some more professional experience and a bit of a reputation to start out with.

Ryan Toyota

September 11, 2014 at 3:49PM

I've found luck working as an assistant editor on TV documentaries in order to meet filmmakers, observe and learn from veteran editors, and so on. And it's led to more editing gigs. At worst, assistant editing is a miserable experience of staying up all night solving obscure Avid or FCP errors and eye-matching archival footage. But at best, it's a front row seat to the production of a great documentary and most importantly, a look into the mindset and creative process of a good filmmaking team. Something to consider! But you do have to be very comfortable solving weird problems and answering obscure technical questions and advising on workflow. It's a different skillset in some ways from editing.

September 15, 2014 at 12:05PM

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Benjamin Reichman
Post Supervisor/AE/Editor
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In a strange way, even what you describe as miserable sounds like fun to me. Maybe it's my love of puzzle games. :P

Would you say that working with a friend by editing videos for his Youtube channel is an okay place to start? I'm already in the process of doing this, and I've just finished my first edit for him and it left me wondering whether I could use this sort of thing for a portfolio piece despite being fairly basic.

Anne Le Sauvage

September 22, 2014 at 7:33PM

Actually, staying up all night solving obscure FCP errors sounds kinda fun to me, as does solving weird problems, answering obscure technical questions and advising on workflow. :)

Thanks for the reply! Really appreciated.

Ryan Toyota

September 23, 2014 at 4:22AM

you have online companies that offering editors or jobs...

September 26, 2014 at 3:42AM

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Ragüel Cremades
Film producer and director
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I hope this doesn't come off as hack-y, but I'd direct you to my interview with "Earth to Echo" editor Carsten Kurpanek. He gave a ton of good advice, and his twitter is at the bottom if you'd care to directly make contact. Really great guy. http://nofilmschool.com/2014/07/earth-echo-editor-carsten-kurpanek-journ...

November 13, 2014 at 4:18PM

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Benjamin Dewhurst
Writer
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There are a lot of "preditors" (producers/editors) who shoot AND edit their films. A lot of shooters aren't comfortable with letting someone else edit their work, so I have been wondering how to find editing work, too. I hope others have suggestions and keep this thread going.

November 21, 2014 at 12:17PM

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David Patterson
videographer/editor
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I agree with Alex starting in news might be a good way to go.

November 24, 2014 at 4:24PM

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Michael Militscher
Director / Commercial Producer
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I found all my jobs via twitter, meet-ups, and craigslist.

The key is doing good work. I offered a trial edit to prove what I could do to most clients and then got more work from there.

Currently working staff as a full time editor and guess what??
We are hiring.

Any editors please submit name, info, reel or links to
seth.iamfilms@gmail.com

January 9, 2015 at 4:42PM

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Seth Evans
Editor
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