Cinematographer

Working as part of a strategic consultancy, Carnegie’s Cinematographer plays a pivotal role in the production of creative media projects. They are called upon to interpret high-level strategy, envision a clear and dynamic visual communication of a client’s brand personality, bring that vision to life through videography, and present and defend the end result to various stakeholders. 

The Cinematographer must be that rare mix of creative visionary and meticulous planner. They are able to ideate and produce beyond generic styles and constructs in favor of deeply personified expressions that move and motivate audiences. They are able to visualize, organize, and plan a shoot; communicate tasks to team members and clients; be personable and lead the shoot; run the post-production processing and edits; and ultimately execute the original vision. 

Carnegie’s Cinematographers have a passion for understanding the client and consumer and for creating wholly original and personified video content that unites them. Under the guidance of the Photo and Video Director, the Cinematographer will innovate, build, and execute a growing suite of Carnegie’s multimedia product offerings. These products will be used to aid our clients to share messages, extend reputation, and accomplish organizational goals. Secondary projects will include partnering with the company’s internal marketing function to produce on-brand, compelling marketing assets. Proven production skills are required, as are critical-thinking skills, the ability to arrive at original concepts, and the ability to work both alone and with cross-disciplinary team members. 

This is a remote position and requires travel.

Responsibilities:

  • Effectively translate a client’s distinct brand and personality into digital media that tells a story.
  • Plan, track, manage and execute complex video and multimedia projects.
  • Ensure consistency and accuracy to client brand standards, messaging guides, campaign concepts, student personas, and strategies. 
  • Formulate clear and thoughtful production strategies to meet organizational objectives. 
  • Move production strategies to action, creating high-quality, personified, cohesive video assets and media in ways that articulate new, desirable realities for audiences. 
  • Elevate creative concepts and styles to move beyond the generic to be more emotive, attractive, and engaging to student audiences. 
  • Consult with internal teams regarding client needs, team capacity, scoping, pricing, scheduling, and strategies for content creation.
  • Manage detailed technical breakdowns and planning.
  • Collaborate with writers and strategists to produce storyboards that communicate the project vision to the client.
  • Plan and execute complex multi-day video shoots on location, including serving as DP for the shoots and producing the shoots. This also includes post production editing, coloring, motion graphics, and supervising.
  • Source, rent, and operate cameras, lights, and other equipment necessary for the completion of a shoot.
  • Source, contract, and manage contractors for on-the-ground crew.
  • Consult with and train clients and their staff on proper techniques, styles, outputs, and tools to create their own consistent, personality-driven multimedia content.
  • Source and purchase music and sound effects for multimedia projects.
  • Manage, catalog, store, and disseminate multimedia assets in a specialized file sharing system.
  • Cultivate a library of examples of archetype expressions in multimedia and provide archetypal multimedia samples to the Creative Team when necessary.
  • Prepare video assets for Creative Team needs.
  • Contribute to internal marketing as needed. 
  • Represent creative decisions on client calls when needed. 
  • Travel required.

Qualifications:

  • An enthusiasm for videography and applied marketing.
  • An eye for cinematic and emotional connection. 
  • A proven track record in the planning and execution of video shoots.
  • Experience with video storyboarding, shooting, and editing for use on social media and websites.
  • Advanced knowledge of lighting and composition.
  • A keen sense of what makes video storytelling good and what is appropriate for diverse clients, consumers, and target audiences.
  • The ability to work in audio production to edit existing audio and music to produce multimedia assets.
  • Skill in Adobe Creative Cloud products, especially mastery of Premiere/Davinci Resolve, Audition, and/or After Effects (Photoshop and Lightroom are a plus).
  • Proficiency in post-production editing software, color correction software, and audio mastering software.
  • Familiarity with Canon cinema cameras.
  • Sound interpersonal and communication skills, both in front of clients and between colleagues and internal teams.
  • Self-motivation and organizational skills are a must.
  • The resilience to work across a number of projects simultaneously and balance a high-volume workload.
  • The ability to follow processes and achieve deadlines.
  • The ability to inspire confidence during client interactions.
  • The insight to identify problems and take the initiative to help rectify them.

Bonus Skill Sets of Interest:

  • The ability to work in photo production to produce, shoot, light, process, and edit photo assets.
  • The ability to effectively produce animation, mostly small-scale After Effects or Premiere projects, like logo animations and intros and outros to video assets.
  • Any ability to also work professionally in graphic design or production design.

Experience Requirements:

Carnegie’s Cinematographer must hold a bachelor’s degree or higher in Videography, Visual Arts, Multimedia Production, or a related field. At least eight years of formal client-side, ad agency experience in videography/video editing is required. Proven results thriving within complex media projects and working alongside interdisciplinary teams is important. Applicants must provide a vast portfolio of demonstrated ability showcasing commercial quality videos.

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  • Private health/dental/vision
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  • Generous holiday and PTO package
  • Flexible work environment (remote, in-office, and hybrid roles)
  • Half-day summer Fridays
  • Fun company events and laid-back culture
  • Opportunities for advancement
  • Industry exposure and professional development
  • Growing company with a family feel
  • Entrepreneurial approach and spirit

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