Special effects creator - Salary and Career
Technicians in assembling, editing and finishing audiovisual media

Special effects creator - 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 Special effects creator earn

A Special effects creator earns between $1.311 and $7.844 per month, with an average monthly salary of $3.136 and a median salary of $2.526 according to an Averwage.com 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 294 professionals hired and dismissed by the period from 06/2021 to 05/2022 (last year).


Salary ranges for the Special effects creator

Monthly Salary Annual Salary Salary Per Week Hourly Salary
Average wage 3.136 37.633 784 15
1º Quartile 1.311 15.731 328 6
Median Salary 2.526 30.307 631 12
3º Quartile 5.982 71.785 1.496 29
Higher Salary 7.844 94.127 1.961 38


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 Special effects creator

Technicians in assembling, editing and finishing audiovisual media must:

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

  • Activities

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


    Sectors that hire Special effects creator the most in the job market

    • temporary labor lease
    • open television activities
    • advertising agencies
    • radio activities
    • data processing, application service providers and internet hosting services
    • movie, video and television program production activities
    • production of films for advertising
    • development and licensing of customizable computer programs
    • professional and management development training
    • development and licensing of non-customizable computer programs




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