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Tim WilsonAnother dream job to stretch for
by on Sep 15, 2010 at 2:20:30 pm

WhiskeyTree in San Rafael (San Fran area) is a post company that's the real deal. Recent movies are Terminator Salvation, Iron Man and You Don't Mess with the Zohan. They've done editing for EA (The Need for Speed Undercover - and btw, video editing for games is a HUGE area). They've done commercials for Nokia and Toyota.

This is a job you WANT. A small company working at the top of the industry, offering real pay for real work.

Here's what they want from you:

  • Compositing experince
  • Nuke (NOT After Effects - Nuke. You'll get far further at the top of this business without AE than you will without Nuke.)
  • Photoshop knowledge "a plus" (Not essential - just a "plus." You can imagine that they're talking about the compositing features, but still, piece of cake.)

So far, so good. The basics.

The list of things you WON'T pick up in college. These are personality traits, and the list of these is actually quite a bit longer than the list of production skills.

  • Ability to work in a self-directed manner and in a collaborative team environment
  • Self-starter with excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • The aptitude to participate in all aspects of creating final shots Interface with production efficiently, and participate in the success of the company on a daily basis

As we talk about in this forum every day, you NEED management skills, no matter how low you are on the totem pole.

Here's the kicker:

Bachelor’s degree in industrial design, architecture, graphic design, or similar art & design discipline

This is a post job. Editing and compositing. They want DESIGN chops.

Now, I've left out one other piece, which is feature film experience. The bad news is that there a bunch of feature film editors looking for jobs, which might make it hard to compete - but if you've got long suits in a couple of other areas, you can trump the guys without any of that knowledge at all.

Look, every job that you'll find on the COW boards that actually pays requires a college degree of some sort. If you're a student in a media program, don't sweat. You haven't made the wrong choice. You just need to be sure that it's not too NARROW a choice. Yeah, architecture. Industrial design. Fine arts. Mainstream graphics.

If you're in a traditional job in this industry that feels like it might be a dead end - well, maybe yes, maybe no. Your boss will surely be the last to know. But a speedy perusal of the job boards will tell you all you need to know about what recruiters want for your next job. Art skills. Engineering and design. All achievable if you focus on developing skills that employers want.

And most definitely, management skills.

Geezers like me, if you already have a job without any of this extra stuff, good on ya. Let's all enjoy it while it lasts.

I'm sort of sorry to keep harping on this...but not really. One of the most common themes in this forum is "What do I need to get a job?" - whether a first job or a second career. Well, this is part of it.

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