Career as Film Editor

Film Editor

What do film editors do?

Usually films are not shot in a proper sequence and thus an editor after fully understanding the vision of the director and needs of the audience puts the scenes together in a cohesive manner. They are involved in the post production process and puts all the ingredients like the visuals, visual effects, sounds, songs, voice-overs etc in proper sequence. Film editing is an art its not just about cutting and pasting scenes and dialogues, it is basically about picking the right scenes and sounds and creatively putting them together so that a story comes out which can hold the audience for 2-3 hours at a stretch. These days editors use various editing software and technology for their work.

Courses & Eligibility

There are some reputed film institutes in India which offer certificate, diploma, and postgraduate diploma level courses in editing. These courses impart skills concerning all aspects of all aspects of film editing, such as non-linear editing, professional editing, etc. For undergraduate courses, 10+2 students are eligible and graduates in relevant stream are eligible for postgraduate diploma courses.

Course Fee

The fee for certificate courses is around Rs.30,000, for Post-graduate programme in editing it is Rs.40,000 in first year and Rs.20,000 per year for other 2 years.

Where to Study

  • Film and Television Institute of India, Law College Road, Pune 
  • Course: Post Graduate Diploma in Film Editing
  • Duration: Three years
  • Digital Academy, Plot C-3, Street no. 11, MIDC, Andheri East, Mumbai
  • Course: Non-Linear Editing
  • Duration: 6 months
  • Flash Frame Visuals Academy of Film and Video Editing, 5/1, 1st floor, Sri Krishna Temple Road, Indira Nagar 1st stage, Bangalore
  • Course: Professional Editing with Avid Media Composer
  • Duration: Part time
  • CRAFT: Center for Research in Art of Film and Television, Sector-7, Rohini. New Delhi
  • Course: Diploma courses after 10+2, Non linear editing (film and TV)
  • Duration: 1 Years
  • International Institute of Mass Media, New Delhi, Certificate course in editing. (3 months)
  • Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute (SRFTI), Calcutta 3-year (Full time), Postgraduate Programme in Cinema with specialization in Editing
  • AJK Mass Communication Research centre, Jamia Milia Islamia, New Delhi. Offers two year MA programme in various aspects of film making
  • Whistling Woods International, Mumbai
  • Asian Academy of Film and Television, Noida

Pay and Remuneration

The starting salaries are not very high, usually in the range of Rs.1.5 to 1.8 lakhs but passouts of reputed institutes get good remuneration. A creative and experienced editor can earn between Rs.4 lakhs to 12 lakhs. One can also work freelance and get remuneration on the basis of project that one takes.

Career Prospects

India has one of the largest film industries in the world and thus scope is very good. Also, other than commercial films there is scope in TV programme editing, and documentaries etc.

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