What is a film editor?
Capable film editors select and cut film footage of actors and settings for the purpose of arranging scenes into cohesive stories with a clear sequence and meaning in order to achieve certain emotional or psychological effects. Film editors, many of whom can be found on Upwork, participate in reading scripts and visiting set locations in order to understand the vision of the director as well as collaborate with sound editors, special effects editors, and cinematographers.
How do you hire a film editor?
You can source film editing talent on Upwork by following these three steps:
- Write a project description. You’ll want to determine your scope of work and the skills and requirements you are looking for in a film editor.
- Post it on Upwork. Once you’ve written a project description, post it to Upwork. Simply follow the prompts to help you input the information you collected to scope out your project.
- Shortlist and interview film editors. Once the proposals start coming in, create a shortlist of the professionals you want to interview.
Of these three steps, your project description is where you will determine your scope of work and the specific type of film editor you need to complete your project.
How much does it cost to hire a film editor?
Rates can vary due to many factors, including expertise and experience, location, and market conditions.
- An experienced film editor may command higher fees but also work faster, have more-specialized areas of expertise, and deliver higher-quality work.
- A contractor who is still in the process of building a client base may price their film editor services more competitively.
Which one is right for you will depend on the specifics of your project.
How do you write a film editor job post?
Your job post is your chance to describe your project scope, budget, and talent needs. Although you don’t need a full job description as you would when hiring an employee, aim to provide enough detail for a contractor to know if they’re the right fit for the project.
Job post title
Create a simple title that describes exactly what you’re looking for. The idea is to target the keywords that your ideal candidate is likely to type into a job search bar to find your project. Here are some sample film editor job post titles:
- Film editor needed to refine story continuity of short film
- Corporate video series in search of film editor to ensure company message resonates
- Director looking for film editor to help me bring my vision to life for independent film
An effective film editor job post should include:
- Scope of work: From scene editing to refining special effects, list all the deliverables you’ll need.
- Project length: Your job post should indicate whether this is a smaller or larger project.
- Background: If you prefer experience with certain industries, software, or genres, mention this here.
- Budget: Set a budget and note your preference for hourly rates vs. fixed-price contracts.
Film editor job responsibilities
Here are some examples of film editor job responsibilities:
- Oversee all editing responsibilities as well as editing software updates
- Work closely with the director and special effects editor to ensure continuity of story
- Create trailers for all short films
Film editor job requirements and qualifications
Be sure to include any requirements and qualifications you’re looking for in a film editor. Here are some examples:
- Minimum five years experience editing independent films
- Excellent communications skills with directors, writers, cinematographers, and special effects editors
- Experience using Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere and Adobe Photoshop