Filmmaker, Media Brand

Washington, DC
May 18, 2019
Jun 07, 2019
Full Time
The Kennedy Center is the nation's busiest performing arts center, hosting approximately 2,000 performances each year for audiences numbering more than 2 million. Our media brand Digital Stage extends the Kennedy Center's mission to your screens with on-demand access to world class, diverse performing arts from our physical stages and beyond.

We are seeking a Filmmaker who loves to create cinematic, narrative-driven content -- from captivating artist stories to original performances for camera.

This position will also assist in the production and delivery of digital assets for flagship Kennedy Center offerings, such as the Kennedy Center Honors and Twain Prize.

Duties and Responsibilities:

60% Craft compelling visual stories related to the performing arts. Conceptualize, pitch, storyboard, direct, light, mic, shoot, and edit using cinematic tools.

20% Produce artistic video content that maximizes the quality and reach of the Kennedy Center's digital offerings. Schedule and direct shooters and editors, clearly communicating the vision, shot lists, project goals, narrative scope, and time frame for each product.

10% Remain abreast of changing technologies, software, standards, and best practices. Train other staff in skills and techniques. Make recommendations for new equipment purchases.

10% Leverage social media and other influencers for content distribution and engagement.

Key Qualifications:
  • You have a Bachelor's degree in film, television or multimedia production and/or three years of qualifying experience.
  • You love filmmaking, storytelling, and creating cinematic images.
  • You enjoy music and the performing arts.
  • You have shot and/or directed feature-length films, short films, and/or music videos.
  • You have excellent writing skills and attention to detail.
  • You are proficient with cinematic tools such as cameras, lenses, stabilization devices, lighting, audio, etc.
  • You know how to use Adobe Premiere and other multimedia software.
  • You are comfortable juggling multiple projects at once, and are able to problem-solve under time pressure.
  • You are adept at using social media -- i.e. YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram.
  • You are simultaneously confident in your own artistic abilities and love collaborating.
  • You are always learning, and enjoy sharing your knowledge with others.

Physical Demands:

Carrying, loading/unloading, setup and strike of audio and video equipment for on location and studio captures. Movement of editing suite equipment, including but not limited to computers, screens, consoles

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to communicate in person and on the telephone. The employee is frequently required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel in order to operate computer keyboard, office equipment, and other essential tasks. The employee is frequently required to sit, stand, walk, bend, stoop, crouch, and reach with hands and arms. This position infrequently lifts, carries, or otherwise moves and positions objects weighing up to 25 pounds.

Work Environment:

The noise level in the work environment is studio and performing arts industry standards for office, editing and performance.

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is a world premier performing arts organization and our nation's cultural center. Diversity is a critical component of our mission, vision, and values. Our staff exhibits a wide variety of perspectives and experiences which enable us to foster and strengthen an environment of diversity and inclusion. We offer a comprehensive range of benefits including medical, dental and vision insurance, paid vacation and sick leave, and a 403(b) retirement plan.

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