I have a problem with what people think is the Modern Editor. The one I speak of is the self taught, do it yourself, do it all, one stop shop who has not learned through others while ignoring pre established workflow patterns. I’ve been teaching a once a week night class on Post Production at a local University and have only come to believe in this idea even more so than before. After reading Scott Simmon’s tweet/article about Bewaring of (Some) YouTube FCP Tutorial Videos I was even more convinced that the “modern editor” not only existed, but was growing in the ranks.
What you should know about my past is that I am primarily self taught, so I don’t think that in and of itself is the issue. It’s thinking that being self taught is enough. I think it would be better to hand out some pointers rather than to say what I think is wrong.
– Find a mentor, be an assistant editor.