Film and Television Editors

High School

Broadcast journalism and other media and communications courses may provide you with practical experience in video editing. Because film and television editing requires creativity along with technical skills, you should take English, speech, theater, and other courses that will allow you to develop writing skills. Art and photography classes will involve you with visual media. If you're lucky enough to attend a high school that offers classes in either film history or film production, be sure to take those courses. The American Film Institute's Web site ( offers resources for teachers and students. Finally, don't forget to take computer classes. Editing work constantly makes use of new technology, and you should become familiar and comfortable with computers as soon as possible.  

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