ISE organised an Assistant Editor Webinar in September 2021 with Siân Fever, Fiona Starogardski and Eoin McGuirk on the panel. The purpose of the webinar was to provide information and insights for people considering getting into the editorial world as an assistant editor and ISE is pleased to say that it was very well attended. A video recording of the webinar can be seen here and a transcript can be viewed or downloaded here.



Screen Skills Ireland have created a crew availability list page where freelancers can show when they will be available for work. There is also an upcoming productions page which will give people access to potential jobs.



Irish Screen Editors have produced guides to help editors and assistants manage the new reality of working under the constraints of Covid-19, both from home and in post facilities. Click here to read/download the working from home guide and here to the working in post houses.





In response to a number of queries from members we have put together some information that may be helpful when starting a new job or beginning to work with a new client or employer.


ISE recommends that the following should be agreed before starting on a new project:


• Extent of editing to be carried out (offline/online/finishing/grade/titles/audio mix) and deadline for completion

• Weekly and daily rate

• Working hours per day

• Project overrun contingency

• Fee for working from home and use of editor’s kit if applicable

• Time frame for payment

• Any additional expenses (travel costs, accommodation and subsistence)


Covid T&C's:

• In case of self-isolation by editor/director/other crew

• In case editor contracts Covid and can't work (paused vs. replaced)

• In case there's a suspected case in the facility

• Measures being taken on site regarding social distancing/contacts in the edit suite


A good protection for editors and assistants is having an agreement/contract in place for medium to long term projects. This ensures that the fees, conditions, hours etc for the editor/assistant have been discussed and agreed by all parties.


A guide agreement/contract can be downloaded here - this is not a definitive contract, but it is intended as a template to use in negotiations with clients and also to give ISE members who have little or no experience of contracts an idea of what they generally contain. Naturally there will be different and/or additional clauses depending on the project and the production company.


ISE stresses that contracts are not necessary for every project, for example in the situation where the editor/assistant has an ongoing relationship with clients.




Our workshops are open to all ISE members, so if you'd like to attend in the future you should get your application in now! All the information you need is on the Membership page.




We had a fun and really informative workshop with BAFTA-nominated Tony Kearns on January 25th 2020 at The Element. Tony was generous with his time and infectious enthusiasm, covering subjects as diverse as music videos for Radiohead and Chemical Brothers to Netflix's Black Mirror episodes Bandersnatch, Metalhead and Rachel, Jack & Ashley Too. Many thanks to Tony and  The Element for their time and hospitality.


You can read Mark Gilleece's account of Tony's workshop here.




We had a great workshop with Mick Mahon on Saturday 27th July 2019 at Piranha Bar. It's rare you get the opportunity to see how a documentary like Gaza comes together, and Mick was remarkably generous in sharing with those lucky few attendees how the whole process worked. Many thanks to Piranha Bar for being such generous hosts for the day. You can read a report of the workshop here.

The ISE Mentoring Scheme is designed to provide up-and-coming editors with an opportunity to experience how more experienced editors work. This scheme differs from “assistant” placements or “work experience” in that the mentee is not expected to contribute to the work of the edit suite: they are there to see how the mentor works, how they approach their day, and how they deal with directors and producers over the course of that day.


The format of the mentoring is built on observation and dialogue. The recipient of the mentoring will spend two days in the edit suite of the mentor as they work. The setup is informal, and intended to be be unobtrusive; it is vitally important that the mentor’s work should not be compromised by the presence of the mentee. Further information is available here.


The first participant in the scheme was Dave Thorpe who spent time with acclaimed editor Tony Cranstoun A.C.E. and has written a piece about his experience observing Tony at work.


Another participant is Luke Byrne who shadowed Derek Holland as Derek was editing the TV series Blood. You can read his experiences here.


International Film Editors Forum 2019


The second annual International Film Editors Forum took place in Cologne, Germany in October 2019. This forum brings together representatives of edit groups and guilds from Europe, Australia, the US and Canada to discuss how to better the lot of editors worldwide. It takes place during the FilmPlus film festival, a festival that focusses on editing. You can read Eoin McDonagh's report from the forum here.




Our first training workshop took place on Saturday June 8th 2019, with Stephen O'Connell talking drama, with the lucky attendees being treated to his insights on story and structure. Many thanks to The Element for providing the venue and the cupcakes.