October 20, 2014

Full-time position open for Editor/Shooter

Editor/Shooter
Talking Eyes Media – Montclair, NJ


Position Summary:

Talking Eyes Media is seeking a full-time Editor/Shooter to work out of our Montclair, NJ office. The candidate should be a self-motivated individual with an interest in documentary film production and at least three years of experience.  We are seeking someone with a high-level of organizational, communication, and production management skills. This position will begin as soon as we find the right candidate.


About Talking Eyes Media:

Talking Eyes Media (TEM), is a nonprofit production company that creates powerful media for pressing issues.  We are visual storytellers, creating documentary films, multimedia, books and exhibitions that actively stimulate dialogue and advocate for positive social change.

Over the years, we have successfully translated projects across media platforms (from print to web to television) and have worked seamlessly between the nonprofit sector and the editorial world. We have an extensive portfolio of still photography, multimedia and documentary films and have received numerous awards from World Press International, Pictures of the Year International and UNICEF, as well as two Emmy nominations. Our work has appeared in such publications as National Geographic, The New York Times Magazine, and Time Magazine, as well as online (Time, MSNBC, Discovery, CNN) and on television (PBS and the Documentary Channel).

We are highly skilled storytellers, who work with sensitivity, creativity and outright passion for what we do. To learn more, visit: www.talkingeyesmedia.org 

Position Description:

This is a unique, hybrid position that incorporates editing and shooting skills.  The ideal candidate will have outstanding storytelling instincts, with an ability to conceive and execute all aspects of production. This is primarily an editing/production position, and secondarily a shooting position. The ideal candidate has an understanding and passion for documentary work, strong research skills, and outstanding communications skills. The applicant must be reliable, well organized, a team player, have a sense of humor and be able to work quickly to meet deadlines.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Edit films in premiere pro and FCP7
  • Film and photograph projects using DSLRs and Canon Cinema cameras
  • Brainstorm new approaches to projects
  • Understanding of lighting and interview setups
  • Oversee digital workflow on shoots including adding metadata to media
  • Prep projects and media to be edited
  • Prep gear before and after shoots
  • Pre plan shoot days 
  • Basic knowledge of after effects for text treatment on films 
  • Audio sweetening on films
  • Deliver final projects to clients
  • Archive projects to server 
  • Transcribe interviews 
  • Find and work with translators for films
  • Trouble shoot IT problems ranging from gear, to editing software, to computers to server and website 
  • Update website
  • Make blog post
  • Create DVDs for film festivals, etc
  • Stay up to date on latest gear and industry news
  • Stay informed on current events and issues
  • Create workflow and how-to manuals for internal use


Position Requirements:

  • Expertise in Photoshop, Premiere, FCP
  • Active knowledge of news/current affairs and documentary industry
  • Concern for social justice issues
  • Strong project management and organizational skills with ability to multi-task, prioritize assignments, and meet deadlines
  • Must be able to take initiative and work independently, but also work with a team in a tight-knit environment
  • Able to formulate independent decisions using the available information and find a solution for, or deal proactively with problems
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing with peers, employees, managers, and clients, 
  • Able to maintain confidentiality in daily operations and to conduct daily duties in a professional manner.
  • Extensive working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel)


Education & Training Requirements:

Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university in Film, Journalism, or Communications; OR minimum three years related experience and/or training in film or television production


Application Instructions:

Please e-mail cover letter and resume to Julie Winokur at jwinokur@talkingeyesmedia.org with “Editor/Shooter” as the subject line. We will conduct interviews on a rolling basis.

No calls please.