An editor works to assemble and piece together the scenes of a film or TV show. Not all content is recorded chronologically, so the editor will work with the script to take scenes in non-story order and edit them together into a rough assembly. The editor will also check technical standards as data arrives each day, while reporting back to the director with story and performance notes. Once principal photography is completed and the production wraps, the editor will work closely with the director to refine the rough assembly into a director’s cut, which is then reviewed and refined by producers and other stakeholders until the final picture, also known as a locked cut, is approved. The editor will then hand the project off to a team of post-production staff to complete the final audio mix, sound effects, music, visual effects, colour grading, and final delivery to the broadcaster or distribution network.
Video editors are creative and technically inclined individuals who use various types of software to assemble a film or TV show. They have a keen eye (i.e. are visually aware) and strong attention to detail. They are also good at storytelling and communication. The Lumina assessment helps identify the creative tendencies, organizational skills, and teamwork skills useful to success in this role.