A motion picture or television production is given final form in the hands of the editor. It is this individual who takes photographed material and edits it together to tell a complete story. It is not a simple matter of tacking one scene to the next.The film editor plays a dynamic and creative role in the storytelling process.

Role of film editor defined:

Film editor. "A film editor splices separate takes into a coherent film. It is not a simple matter of tacking the scene inside the house on after the scene of the man walking up to the front door. In the film industry the editors play a dynamic and creative role. Source: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia."

Broadcasting/film/video editor in close-up. "The film or videotape editor works in the post-production editing suite putting together, as a sequence, the final product, which consists of related shots from the raw camera footage. Working closely with the director to meet his or her requirements it is the skill of the editor that determines the quality and delivery of the final product."

What Does A Film Editor do? This career oriented articles explores the role of the film editor and his/her relationship with others involved in a production. It also identifies the work environment and those skills important for a successful editing career.

Interviews with film editors:

"The title that wasn't there." "Venerated film editor Roderick Jaynes comes out of retirement only to work for 'les frères Coen' (Coen Brothers). Here he reveals the excruciating - nay, comic - shenanigans that led to the naming of their movie - The Man Who Wasn't There. (2001) "

Interview with Bill Pankow. By Brett W. Leitner. Regarded by Brian De Palma as one of his most trusted collaborators, Bill Pankow has assembled movies ranging from the lurid to the suspenseful to the profound.

Film Freak: An Interview with Walter Murch - features the text of an interview with the film editor Walter Murch.

Interview with Mary Stephen. By Bill Mousoulis. Mary Stephenis a film editor based in France. She has worked with Eric Rohmer as editor and co-composer since 1992. She is also a filmmaker in her own right.

Editor Thelma Schoonmaker. "With a background in documentary film (she was one of the principal editors of Michael Wadleigh's Oscar-winning Woodstock), Thelma Schoonmaker has shared in the creation of Martin Scorsese's films as far back as his first feature, Who's that Knocking At My Door, and has been his regular editor since Raging Bull."

An Interview with Anna Chi.By Jonathan W. Hickman."Anna can tell a story - one that is complex and interesting. Imagine being given a reel of film 5 minutes in length in China and asked to rearrange it to tell a story. Imagine that you have no idea what the reel of film is from. There are many ways to tell a story and filmmaker Anna Chi has many other stories to tell. "

Interview with Steve of Pixar.The Incredibles, (2004). "Through editing shots in the reels, I (as supervising editor) become the liaison between the director and the rest of the supporting staff: set design, lighting, art design, layout, sound design and music. I lead a crew of assistant editors, additional editors, production assistants, coordinators and a manager, who all play an integral part in my everyday efforts to edit a film."

Occupational Outlook for Editors:

Department of Labor Releases Occupational Outlook for Television, Video, and Motion Picture Camera Operators and Editors. According to the handbook: "Employment of camera operators and editors is expected to grow about as fast as the average for all occupations through 2012."Television, video, and motion picture camera operators and editors can expect keen competition for job openings because the work is attractive to many people.