What does an edit assistant do?
Edit assistants support the editor in putting all the parts of the animation together in the right order.
They keep a log of all materials coming into the editorial department. This can include storyboard panels, animated scenes, dialogue and sound effects, and the musical soundtrack. They output the film in different formats for clients and other departments as required. Sometimes they are asked to cut rough assemblies for the editor.
Edit assistants are sometimes responsible for administrative jobs such as booking sessions with clients and in-house staff for the editor. They make sure equipment is working and keep abreast of changes in software and technology. They also place orders with suppliers when needed.
Edit assistants aren’t freelance positions. They work in-house in animation studios.
What's an edit assistant good at?
- Learning by watching and asking: observe what’s happening, take initiative, ask questions at the appropriate time
- Timekeeping: understand the importance of working to schedule, stay organised and help to keep the project on track
- Technical knowledge: know the editing software and equipment being used, be familiar with different file types of received material
- Taking direction: follow instructions carefully and with excellent attention to detail, understand what the editor wants and communicate with them and others effectively
- Watching animations: have a passion for the medium and a love of the industry