After reading a recent ad, some thoughts went through my head that I thought I would share. So below is the ad (I'm not going to put in the company name here, but if the job still interests you at the end of this post, let me know, and I'll send it to you privately).
Production Assistant/Videographer (these are 2 very separate jobs with very different pay levels. This implies they are trying to get a videographer to work for a production assistant rate).
About the JobThe Company seeks a Production Assistant/Videographer to capture and produce its premier online educational program. The educational program will be a documentary-style production, and we are seeking a team member who can execute all aspects of the video program, including sound, lighting, camera work, editing, and graphics (note that they now need someone who can shoot, edit, light, cover audio, and do graphics. Yeah, I can do those things, but I'd never let you consider me merely a videographer or a production assistant if you're asking me to do all these things). Candidates should have experience with interview-style videography and should be able to produce (um, you just said PRODUCE here. Not ASSIST THE PRODUCER, but PRODUCE) short films from start to finish independently. Production Assistant/Videographer will not be responsible for the content, but will be responsible for all other aspects of the video. So that means you've got a content expert on board. Great. That doesn't make them the producer. That makes them the content expert. You're making this new hire the producer; let's not kid ourselves.
Strong lighting, sound, and cinematography skills (Now, we've moved on from just videography to cinematography. This person should actually be called a Director of Photography, if that's truly what you're asking for)
Strong video editing skills
Understanding of video archiving project best practices Finally- something that sounds like a production assistant
Ability to work well under pressure
Flexible with changing priorities and deadlines
Ability to work under tight deadlines
The items in green above? They've mentioned tight deadlines, changing priorities, and pressure. This is a red flag that this team is unorganized, and you're gonna have to put up with it, because it's now status quo for the company.
Ability to produce, film, direct, shoot, and edit a course from start to finish
Must work well with other team members and volunteers Oh no! This could be the kiss of death here. What do the volunteers have to do with you? Are they going to be doing some of this video production? If so, no wonder there's pressure, changing priorities, and the like. You're spending extra time you didn't plan on cleaning up the work of the volunteers.
Please send resume, cover letter, salary requirements, and sample of your video work. Please note we are flexible with respect to location. This implies you could work from home if necessary. It also could mean they don't have any equipment for you to use for this job, so if you need to edit from your home office, they're okay with that. Where ever you need to be to get the equipment they don't have.
Sometimes jobs are certainly too good to be true. Be very careful when you read job listings. Try to see what they're actually saying. If you read carefully, you can avoid a bad job choice, or a wasted interview. And for you companies out there making these postings? Shame on you for using these tactics to justify your inability to pay a fair wage for what you need someone to do.
This job listing should have read:
Educational Video Producer
About the JobThe Company seeks a Producer to capture and produce its premier online educational program. The educational program will be a documentary-style production, and we are seeking a team member who can execute or supervise/direct all aspects of the video program, including sound, lighting, camera work, editing, and graphics when sub-contractors are hired for those specific roles. Candidates should have experience with interview-style videography and should be able to produce short video segments/productions from start to finish independently. A content expert will be assigned for each project.
Strong sound and cinematography skills (I would note the cameras they're using here, if they own any equipment)
Strong video editing skills (I would note the editing platform they're using here, if they own any equipment)
Understanding of video archiving and media management best practices
Ability to work well under pressure
Flexible with changing priorities
Experienced in all aspects of production to either perform those skills, or supervise others in specific production roles
Must work well with others
Please send resume, cover letter, salary requirements, and sample of your video work. Please note we are flexible with respect to location, as we are not able to supply any video production equipment.
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