• Receiving a shot list, script, or screenplay

  • Assembling all raw footage, with camera shots either recorded or transferred onto video tape in preparation for inputting into the computer

  • Inputting uncut rushes and sound, and synchronizing and storing them into files on the computer

  • Digitally cutting files to put together the sequence of the film and deciding what's usable

  • Creating a 'rough cut' or assembly edit of the film and determining the exact cutting for the next and final stages

  • Reordering and fine-tuning the content to ensure the logical sequencing and smooth running of the film/video

  • Overseeing the quality and progress of audio and video engineering and editing


  • Knowledge of editing equipment and a willingness to keep up with changes in that technology

  • A good photographic eye for camera angles, as well as knowledge of audio effects

  • Ability to work alone on detailed and sometimes tedious work

  • Problem-solving skills to make film sequences work well or to work with the available footage

  • Strong interpersonal skills to work well with directors, cinematographers, sound engineers/composers

  • Flexibility to deal with production delays, unexpected problems and varied personality types

  • Ability to remain calm and confident in high-stress or crisis situations

  • Willingness to work long hours on rush assignments

  • A commitment to high-quality work and to continuing to improve your own skills and knowledge