Movie finisher - Salary and Career
Technicians in assembling, editing and finishing audiovisual media

Movie finisher - Career description, activities, functions and salary

They structure film and audiovisual media narratives, direct the capture and finalization of images, operating the cutting table (switcher) and instructing the positioning and/or framing of the image, editing images and audio and creating special effects, participating in the definition of the product and advising the post -production determining dubbing script, listing assembled plans and indicating sound editing procedures, supervise finalization, dubbing and film copy conformation.

How much does an Movie finisher earn

A Movie finisher earns between $1.210 and $7.350 per month, with an average monthly salary of $2.724 and a median salary of $2.000 according to an salary survey along with to data of professionals hired and fired by companies in the labor market.

Our research is based on the salaries of 59 professionals hired and dismissed by the period from 06/2021 to 05/2022 (last year).

Salary ranges for the Movie finisher

Monthly Salary Annual Salary Salary Per Week Hourly Salary
Average wage 2.724 32.685 681 14
1º Quartile 1.210 14.522 303 6
Median Salary 2.000 24.000 500 10
3º Quartile 5.605 67.264 1.401 28
Higher Salary 7.350 88.199 1.837 37

Professional job categories

  • Middle level technicians
    • medium-level technicians in cultural, communications and sports services
      • technicians in sound, scenography and projection equipment operation
        • technicians in assembling, editing and finishing audiovisual media

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Main workplaces

Technicians in assembling, editing and finishing audiovisual media they work in small, medium and large independent production companies, such as television networks, advertising film producers, etc. They work both in the private and public spheres, in this case in artistic foundations. They work irregular hours and closed environments, both individually and collectively, under occasional supervision, except for the audiovisual media editor who works at fixed hours, whether day or night. The work is carried out with a portfolio or on their own account, as in the case of audiovisual media editors, editors and finalists of cinema films. In some activities, they are exposed to intense noise and can work under pressure, leading them to a stressful situation.

What does it take to work in the field of Technicians in assembling, editing and finishing audiovisual media

To carry out these activities, high school education and vocational courses are required, offered by professional training institutions. The full exercise of activities occurs after three or four years of experience, and for the Audiovisual Media Editor and Image Director (TV), it occurs after one or two years of experience.

Functions and activities of Movie finisher

Technicians in assembling, editing and finishing audiovisual media must:

  • demonstrate personal skills;
  • edit images and audio;
  • supervise finishing;
  • advise post-production;
  • edit pictures and audio;
  • advise post production;
  • create special effects;
  • structuring narratives of films and audiovisual media;
  • participate in the product definition;
  • structuring film and audiovisual media narratives;
  • structuring narratives for films and audiovisual media;
  • direct image capture and finalization;
  • participate in product definition;
  • supervise finalization;

  • Activities

    • monitor sound editing;
    • sequence audio;
    • check first copy movie sound quality;
    • insert credits;
    • list assembled plans;
    • operate the cutting table (switcher);
    • define visual effects;
    • check first copy movie sound timing;
    • invert images;
    • send assembled copy to laboratory;
    • work under pressure;
    • compose images;
    • demonstrate discernment;
    • speed up/slow down images;
    • demonstrate creativity;
    • mix audio;
    • multiply images;
    • sequence images;
    • sound audiovisual media;
    • demonstrate auditory acuity;
    • apply filters;
    • monitor sound mixing;
    • supervise film copy making;
    • capture images;
    • demonstrate visual acuity;
    • ordering film and audiovisual media narratives;
    • arrange material for trickery;
    • export audiovisual media;
    • list assembled sound plans;
    • propose definitions of narratives;
    • demonstrate flexibility;
    • provide dubbing maps;
    • check negative assembly;
    • allocate technical equipment according to program script;
    • demonstrate sensitivity;
    • review final edits;
    • orient footage for application of special effects;
    • make credits;
    • arrange for sending materials for sound editing;
    • coordinate editing assistant activities;
    • create characters;
    • fit graphic arts formats;
    • put images/materials on the air;
    • mount direct soundguide;
    • demonstrate critical sense;
    • apply characters;
    • work as a team;
    • receive material collected from other sectors and areas;
    • selecting images;
    • rotate images/materials;
    • make edit decision list;
    • create graphics;
    • becoming aware of the raw material (music, photo, video, sound );
    • review final edits;
    • elaborate recorded content index;
    • modulating narrative times;
    • request image capture;
    • distort images;
    • indicate sound editing procedures;
    • manage time;
    • relate script to raw material;
    • demonstrate fine motor skills;
    • define final cut of films and audiovisual media;
    • coordinate operational team;
    • merge images;
    • planning assistant editing activities;
    • freeze images;
    • determine dubbing script;
    • demonstrate ability of aesthetic perception;
    • request separation of scenes for visual effects;
    • check first copy movie image quality;
    • mount song guide;
    • make decisions;
    • speed up/slow down images;
    • correct color, brightness and contrast;
    • check camera axis;
    • send recorded media to the quality department;
    • participate in material capture;
    • participate in the artistic formatting of the program;
    • cut audio;
    • analyzing image and sound quality;
    • request available images on file;
    • crop images;
    • guide the capture of images for the application of special effects;
    • supervise dubbing;
    • instruct image positioning and/or framing;
    • participate in agenda discussion;
    • add graphics;
    • create framing and/or camera movements;
    • synchronize sound with picture;
    • list scenes for applying visual effects;
    • select direct sounds;
    • control external image signals;
    • apply software preset effects;
    • treat audio;
    • mount movies and audiovisual media in editing system;
    • work as a team;

    Sectors that hire Movie finisher the most in the job market

    • film, video and television program post production activities
    • movie screening activities
    • dubbing services
    • professional and management development training
    • performing arts, shows and complementary activities
    • movie, video and television program production activities
    • portals, content providers and other information services on the internet
    • film, video and television program distribution
    • open television activities
    • programmers

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