Make the Cut: A Guide to Becoming a Successful Assistant Editor in Film and TV

Being a successful editor is about more than just knowing how to operate a certain piece of software, or when to make a certain transition. On the contrary, there are many unwritten laws and a sense of propriety that are never discussed or taught in film schools or in other books.

Based on their own experiences, first as upcoming assistant editors, then as successful Hollywood editors, the authors guide you through the ins and outs of establishing yourself as a respected film and video editor.

Insight is included on an array of technical issues such as script breakdown, prepping for sound effects, organizing camera and sound reports, comparison timings, assemply footages and more. In addition, they also provide first-hand insight into industry protocol, providing tips on interviewing, etiquette, career planning and more, information you simply won’t find in any other book.

The book concludes with a chapter featuring Q+A sessions with various established Hollywood editors about what they expect from their assistant editors.

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3 thoughts on “Make the Cut: A Guide to Becoming a Successful Assistant Editor in Film and TV”

  1. This is a great book for beginners looking to break into post production This is a great book for beginners looking to break into post production. Over the years I’ve had numerous coworker, mostly production assistants or apprentice editors ask me how to move up in the business and I always recommend this book as a first step. If your looking for a book that tells you about NLE software (AVID, Final Cut or Premiere) and the in’s and out’s of those programs, this isn’t the book for you. This book isn’t about the software but more of a focus on the overall job an…

  2. Required reading for aspiring film and TV editors Late in life (a few years ago) i delved into amateur videography, meaning i do everything, write, direct, shoot, edit, audio, everything. Naturally, (well naturally to me), I made many, many a beginners mistakes. On my first project I had 6 one-hour mini DV tapes and had no idea how to assemble this into something resembling a coherent project, let alone find those two really good takes. I learned real fast (well, the hard way, at least) that it all boils down to the edit. The Scriptwriting…

  3. Lori Jane Coleman and Diana Friedberg’s book “Make The Cut” is an incredibly invaluable resource, packed with detailed and useful information about how to become an assistant editor, what to do when you are one, and how to move up and away from being one once you’re ready to do so.The first chapter covers briefly, yet effectively, how best to prepare for and obtain an assistant editing job. The remaining bulk of the book gets right down to business, going over the myriad duties and…

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