So you’re interested in becoming an editor, but how d’you achieve that goal? Watch the videos to see professional editors discuss their roles and work.

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Stephen Haren on editing

Editor Stephen Haren talks about how he began his career and the importance of finding a job as a runner and reflects on the differences between editing for film and for television. He also reveals the most useful editing software to learn, and why it’s tricky to define the work of an editor.

Stephen has edited many films and TV productions, including Blackwood (2014), Northern Soul (2014) and episodes of Misfits (2009-13). He has also worked on major feature films such as The Last King of Scotland (2006) and Spike Island (2012).

Interviewer: Pelumi Akindude

Kristina Hetherington on editing

BAFTA-winning editor Kristina Hetherington describes the importance of team work in her career, explains whether or not she feels the industry is male-dominated, and offers advice to filmmakers seeking a job in editing, such as whether courses are useful and where the best opportunities lie.

Kristina has edited dozens of major films and TV productions, including Tipping the Velvet (2002), The Ruby in the Smoke (2006), Mo (2010) and Le Week-End (2013). She was nominated for another BAFTA for Birdsong (2012).

Interviewer: Pelumi Akindude