Digital Intermediate Editor

Organize film scenes on a computer according to the Editor's directions.
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Salary Range
$26,000 – $112,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Digital Intermediate Editors do?

Moviemaking is like baking: Both require combining ingredients to make finished products. A Digital Intermediate Editor, therefore, is like a Baker. By following a Film Editor directions (the recipe), you assembling the scenes in a movie (the ingredients) and digitally combining them into a finished film reel (delicious baked good).

As a Digital Intermediate Editor, you’re employed by a post-production company that specializes in digital processes, and you’re part of a relatively new method of making motion pictures, called “digital intermediate” or “DI.” With DI, movies that once were finished manually are now finished digitally. That is, they’re filmed, digitized by film scanners, then manipulated electronically before being recorded back to film for distribution to theaters.

As part of this process, Digital Intermediate Editors do the digital equivalent of negative cutting, which was the traditional way of making movies, involving cutting individual frames out of camera negatives, then splicing them together to make a new, “edited” film reel. Thanks to technology, negatives no longer need to be physically cut and spliced; instead, they can be scanned into a computer and sorted into the correct order by special software that “conforms” them into the final edit. You’re in charge of this process, and also with “dust-busting” the digital film frames—painting out any dust particles that were scanned with the camera negatives—before they’re passed on to a Digital Intermediate Colorist for color correcting.

If you’re confused, think of it this way: A movie is the Director ’s messy room. While the Film Editor decides how the cleaned-up room should look, it’s your job to do the actual cleaning and organizing!

Should I be a Digital Intermediate Editor?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.
  • Flexible: You're open to change and think variety is the spice of life.
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.

  • Also known as: DI Editor, Digital Editor

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