Keeping it Reel

What Can I do With an Emphasis in Editing and Visual Effects?

Every Youtube video you see, every T.V. show you watch, every movie you go to has been edited and re-edited to be the absolute best it can be. And most have probably had special effects added as well. There is a lot of romance put around the creative processes of cinematography, directing, acting, and writing, but the real magic; the magic that comes with bringing a project to its completion, comes in post-production.

Editing and visual effects artists can make or break a film. They can make the most mediocre of actors look like professionals, and professionals look like they have never been in front of a camera before. They can destroy the director’s vision and the cinematographers shot with visual effects that aren’t up to par. Their jobs are detrimental to the film process.

So, what does it take to be an editor or a visual effects artist?

The Specifics

Our emphasis program gives students a chance to focus in on editing and visual effects, learning how to analyze each and every take and implement their own creative vision. They have the ability to master the basics of these two fields, while exploring all aspects of the film world, giving them a unique perspective on their role in the filming process. Below are just a few of the skills our emphasis seeks to teach.

  • Use key editing terms and principles, and demonstrate a basic comprehension of the dramatic reasons for the edit.
  • Demonstrate mastery of the key elements of editing: time, pace, rhythm, and the visual & aural relationship.
  • Perform sound post production with Pro Tools.
  • Function as an assistant editor in a professional environment.
  • Demonstrate a mastery with the Avid editing system.
  • Create and properly use visual effects.
  • Demonstrate different cutting techniques for narrative and nonfiction projects.
  • Enhance a character’s development and flow of the overall story of a narrative film.
  • Edit for different genres (i.e. horror, suspense, comedy).
  • Communicate cogently and effectively in the post production process.
  • Layer sound effects.

What Comes Next?

So, you know what you will learn, but what can you do after college? It may seem like your career options are limited; you either become an editor or a visual effects artist, right? Well, actually there are a lot of careers open to those who pursue this particular emphasis. Have a look below!

Sound Good?

Think Editing and Visual Effects is for you? Click below to take our Film Emphases Quiz and find out! Just answer a few short questions and be matched with an emphasis based on your interests and personality!

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This blog is a collaborative effort by CCH staff and administration who want to share their knowledge with the film school community and prospective students.