Or do I really need one?
The truth is that you need to understand what your own project is. And you need to be patient, as you may need a longer process than others. But once the process is underway, you should consider all the options.
The first thing that many new directors do is to hire a good editor. A good editor is capable of making your film look professional. It isn’t always a necessity, but a good editor makes sure that your movie is visually cohesive without looking like a slideshow. He or she is also responsible for the color level of the movie.
The second thing that many new directors do is to hire a professional sound designer. The sound designer is typically responsible for mixing the soundtrack. This is an extremely important job, when a film’s sound design adds a sense of realism. If your soundtrack sounds like a jumble of noise, it might not be the best fit for your film, as it doesn’t really add the right kind of realism. For best result, the music should not be overly loud, but a bit too soft – a gentle level that fits the music well.
A third thing that many new directors do is to hire a movie editor. The movie editor is another person that you will need to manage your project. This person is capable of making any number of changes so that your film is properly produced and presented. A film editor is also responsible for editing the finished product, which usually means some form of post-production. They’ll edit your film’s audio tracks, color correction, and anything else necessary to ensure that everything looks its best. The editor will also ensure that the movie is polished and smooth.
So should you hire a movie editor? The answer is “No.” And that’s a shame, because a well-managed editor will make your film easier to produce. You’re not spending all that much time with a music director to make sure that their track is perfect. Instead, you spend time with an editor, to make sure that everything fits into the overall picture.
A final point that is often forgotten by new filmmakers is the cost. A lot of filmmakers want to hire a good assistant or editor to help manage their film (because they’re going to work on it more than you are). But you have to remember that you are not hiring them to make your film as good as they can. You are hiring them to assist with the production of that film. They have to learn how to edit your film – they know