Post magazine recently shared some hiring tips for aspiring filmmakers in an article (“Careers: Tube’s Chris Downs looks at the hiring process”) with the owner and creative director of Tube, Chris Downs. Downs shares his insights for what he looks for in job applicants for his Atlanta-based video post-production boutique, which focuses on design-driven editorial, motion graphics, broadcast promos and brand integrated corporate image videos.
Digital Media Career Tips:
At Tube, we look for someone who displays passion in their work, first and foremost. That may sound like something that could go unsaid, but it translates into work ethic, drive and commitment to be better. With our focus of being a motion design-driven post-production boutique, the second thing we look for is a strong sense of design.I always ask applicants if they consider themselves to be more of a designer or an animator. Competency, experience, and talent in After Effects is certainly a must, but I look for employees to have a diverse skill set as well. Though technical prowess at an app is certainly a good thing, we have found that we lean towards applicants who can display strong typography, composition and art direction skills.
I can get a good sense of an applicant’s level of work simply from their initial email. My focus is often in the details. Are there typographical errors in their resumé or cover letter? Is the resumé designed or is it a stock template? (You are a designer after all, right?) Is their reel formatted to broadcast standards? Who is the cover letter addressed to, or does it sport a generic “To Whom It May Concern?” You’d be surprised by how often that is the case. Take interest in the company you are applying to, otherwise, why would they take interest in you. Give ‘em a call, get a name, ask if they offer internships? It’s a great way to give yourself the opportunity to make a verbal impression.
Students in the Digital Media program at FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising study various aspects of video post-production including editing, digital composition, motion graphics, and sound design. The approach of the program’s industry-savvy instructors ensures that students learn skills that are relevant and in-demand. Browse digital media work by Tube, below: