Well, when you’re a video editor, there should be plenty of demand for video editors!” said Mr. Nolte, whose company, NOLA Media Productions, is the video editing division of the agency group BMG. “If it’s a TV station, you can do it. If it’s a newspaper, you can do it.”
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In New York City, video-editing jobs, Mr. Nolte says, pay $50 an hour and are usually for employees of the TV outlet. At the time of this article’s posting, some of them were also hired as freelance video editors for magazines and news websites. (It is not yet clear whether they are still working for those publications.)
When his employer’s clients call up him for a quote — “If you’re interested in editing video, let me know,” Mr. Nolte said he responds — he is usually happy to say yes. “If the client wants me to take the video, all of this is done from my studio in the East Village,” he said. (“The Village” is Mr. Nolte’s home, a former drug-store warehouse on the Lower East Side.)
He is also happy to do the edit himself. “I can be creative with it if I like,” he said, in what appeared to be a reference to his own art, which tends toward whimsical style and a tendency toward nonverbal imagery. His own video, “Dude Looks like a Robot,” a song about the Internet, begins with a scene from a movie about a human with a robot body.
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In the video, a robotic voice sings, “Who are you to doubt me?” Then the singer starts to sing the song “Aquarius,” a song by an electronic dance act, “Wreck It Ralph,” but with lyrics about fish out of water. The robot sings in sync with the voice-over: “A
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