NOW HIRING: Assistant Editor / Cinematographer

Cinesaurus is an award-winning creative studio focused on visual storytelling through video production, animation, and virtual reality. The company was founded in 2010 to tell stories that explore new horizons, share bold ideas, and inspire the future. We are based in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle.

Collectively, our videos have accumulated over 400 million views and millions of shares via Facebook and Twitter. We produce content for a diverse range of clients across tech, science, gaming, sports, and beyond, including Google, Wizards of the Coast, TYR Sport, Deloitte, and many more. And our work has been reported on by The New York Times, The Hollywood Reporter, NPR, The Huffington Post, and every blog you’ve ever heard of.

Our team is looking to add a full-time Assistant Editor / Cinematographer to creatively shoot and edit client projects, in-house originals, and behind-the-scenes video content from creative through post-production. This position begins with a full-time three-month contract with the opportunity to transition to FTE in the future.

Responsibilities

Pre-Production

  • Provide creative input during project brainstorming sessions
  • Work with our producers/director to understand creative direction for projects
  • Work with Director of Photography and Art Director to storyboard projects
  • Work closely with our Director of Photography / Lead Editor to plan shoots and post workflow

Production

  • Coordinate and produce on-location shoots with production crew and clients
  • Collaborate with crew to maintain workflow and equipment for shoots
  • Operate camera and camera support equipment (RED workflow, camera gimbals, drones, etc.)
  • Assist our Director of Photography with camera support
  • Provide on-set support across camera, lighting, sound, and beyond

Post-production

  • Ingest, sync, and log footage after shoots and prepare rough assemblies of edits
  • Set up project organization and file management structure for project’s post-production
  • Creatively edit videos that tell a story and engage viewers
  • Communicate directly with clients and directors to incorporate edits and creative vision
  • Collaborate or lead color grading on videos
  • Design, mix, and master sound for videos

The rest of the important stuff

  • Manage day-to-day communication with a diverse set of clients and internal projects
  • Work with Cinesaurus principals on continued process improvement and innovation
  • Stay abreast of latest camera and production technology
  • Research new digital distribution and marketing avenues for online video content
  • Enthusiastically jump into something new and help the team bring any project to life

Experience & Personal Qualities

Production

  • Artistic cinematography and strong camera operation skills with RED or equivalent
  • Knowledge of production process and equipment and abilities across all areas of the full production process — from camera to lighting to sound
  • A network of production crew freelancers in place is a plus

Post-Production

  • Advanced video editing skills, using Premiere Pro
  • Proficiency with sound design and mixing — using Audition, Logic, or Pro Tools — is a plus
  • Proficiency with color correction and grading, using Premiere Pro or DaVinci Resolve
  • Experience with compositing and motion graphics, using After Effects

The rest of the important stuff

  • Superior understanding of visual storytelling, pacing, and design
  • An instinctual self-starter that sees gaps to fill, constantly looks for new opportunities, and loathes down-time
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Background in all aspects of creative video development, production, and post-production
  • Collaborative, open mind for giving and receiving constructive feedback
  • Detail-oriented to achieve a high-standard of quality
  • Willingness to put in longer hours when projects demand it
  • Desire to work with a small, close-knit team and make a big impact on what the company achieves
  • Ability to work both independently and under close direction
  • An intense passion for being a part of the digital creative and filmmaking process from creative development and pre-production through post-production and launch
  • Not a lewd, crude, rude, bag of pre-chewed food dude!

A few benefits of working with Cinesaurus

  • Our team is some of the happiest, most hardworking people — In fact, sometimes we’re so happy that our giggling extends past our scheduled laugh breaks and the ancient ones get mad
  • Our office environment is flexible, autonomous, supportive, and collaborative
  • Flexible vacation and work-from-home days
  • Our office is stacked with drinks and snacks on snacks on snacks
  • Weekly lunches provided by the company
  • Playing a key role in a growing company
  • We love science and space and the future
  • After transition to FTE, we offer competitive salary and benefits, including a generous health, vision, and dental insurance plan

How to Apply

Please send an email to jobs@cinesaurus.com with the following things:

  • Resume
  • Work samples or portfolio
  • A link to a video that makes you laugh (from YouTube, Vimeo, etc.)
  • A link to a video that makes you say “Oh wow, damn, that was nicely done.” (from YouTube, Vimeo, etc.)
  • A short explanation of why you’d like to work with us

Include “ASSISTANT EDITOR / CINEMATOGRAPHER” as your email subject line.