EDITING ASSISTANT

DEPARTMENTS
2D COMPUTER ANIMATION | 2D DRAWN ANIMATION | 3D COMPUTER ANIMATION

OVERVIEW
Supporting the Editors and editing department, including logging the audio and visual material received, loading it into the computer and keeping detailed records.

For this role, you will need to:

  • Pay close attention to detail and be thorough and meticulous
  • Have knowledge of the technical aspects of the equipment
  • Be able to take direction
  • Have good communication skills
  • Have good team-working skills
  • Appreciate the importance of a schedule
  • Be prepared to respect the editors’ or studios’ working practices
  • Show discretion if you are working on a confidential project

WHAT DOES AN EDITING ASSISTANT DO?

Editing Assistants support the Editor(s) and editing department, and their workload varies according to the size and type of the production. They log the audio and visual material received in the cutting room, load it into the computer and keep on-going and detailed records, as instructed by the Editor or 1st Assistant Editor.

They make viewing copies on different formats for various departments, clients and composers. They handle the housekeeping tasks for the editing department, keeping it stocked with relevant materials, ensuring that all equipment is in good working order and placing orders with outside suppliers.

They may work with the production and accounts departments on administrative matters relating to the editing department. They may also keep the Editor’s diary, booking sessions internally and also with outside facilities. In a smaller cutting room, they may also act as a Runner.

Sound plays a vital part in editing for animation and, depending on the size of the production, the picture and sound may be handled by the same Editor or editing team.

Editing an animation soundtrack can offer more creative opportunities than editing the picture, which is substantially pre-edited by the Director. An interest in sound and music is very useful. While still at a junior level the Editing Assistant may do soundtrack breakdowns and they may be asked to transfer other breakdowns on to bar sheets for the Director and Animators.

Will I need a qualification?

You don’t need a degree to be an Editing Assistant in animation. That said, it can be a good entry-level role for graduates.

WHAT’S THE BEST ROUTE IN?

You could also move into this role having started out as a talented animation Runner and having gained the necessary skills and experience – this is one of the most common routes into the role.

You will definitely need good IT skills and it will help you to have a basic understanding of the more commonly used software.

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