What’s the most valuable skill or experience you’ve taken away from being an assistant editor, and how will that inform your work going forward?I think that aside from being insanely organized, efficient, thoughtful and useful, an assistant editor should be a keen observer in order to learn as much as possible from an editor along the way. Every opportunity on a film, even while performing what you might think is the most menial task, is truly a chance to learn — the way an editor watches footage, makes selects in the timeline, or even asks for footage to be organized — all hints at how that editor thinks and works along the way. As an editor now, I use all those habits I picked up from editors when I’m thinking about the connections to be made within footage and across complex stories.
Karen Schmeer Fellow Colin Nusbaum
Posts for pbs.org by Emma Dessau on April-May, 2014.