Vacancy: Video Producer for Smarta.com

About Smarta:

Launched earlier this year, Smarta is shaking-up the way business advice and support is provided in the UK. We believe the best business advice doesn’t come from textbooks, but people who’ve been there and done it – and are out there doing it now. Built on a web 2.0 platform, Smarta acts as a way of sharing the insights of established entrepreneurs, while also providing a network where start-ups, inventors and small businesses can exchange ideas, experiences and contacts.

Over the last eight months we’ve filmed 80+ video interviews with business leaders, politicians and enterprising individuals such as Dragons’ Den’s Theo Paphitis and Deborah Meaden, Lib Dem shadow chancellor Vince Cable, Lastminute.com co-founder Martha Lane Fox, Bebo founder Michael Birch, lingerie model turned entrepreneur Caprice and Apprentice winners Tim Campbell and Michelle Dewberry.

Smarta Enterprises Ltd, (the company behind Smarta.com) is a new and energetic London-based start-up with global ambitions. Backed by an impressive line up of entrepreneurs, Smarta also has serious corporate backing with RBS/Natwest, Vodafone an Intuit as founding partners.

Job description:

The successful candidate will be responsible for filming, producing, editing and maintaining all video content for Smarta.com. Must be confident in the complete filming and editing process and be able to demonstrate experience of consistently producing high-standard, visually-striking video content to tight deadlines.

In addition, Smarta’s video producer will be expected to generate new ideas to ensure our video content is constantly engaging and market leading.

Key responsibilities:

  • Lighting and filming interviews, often with very little set-up time
  • Producing multiple edits of interviews (including colour correction)
  • Encoding, uploading and placing interviews on the Smarta content management system
  • Occasionally lining up potential interview subjects and locations
  • Generating ideas for, storyboarding, planning and filming video guides
  • Managing Smarta video on YouTube, Blinx and other syndication and partner networks
  • Photographing interviewees, selecting and editing screenshots for web and print use

Must-have technical skills:

  • Strong skills on both Mac and PC
  • Advanced skills in Final Cut Pro
  • Good understanding of video codecs and streaming technology
  • Advanced camera skills and ability to run camera on manual settings 
  • Good knowledge of lighting and lighting equipment, including 3- point lighting setups
  • Good knowledge of audio recording equipment and techniques
  • Basic knowledge of Photoshop
  • Proficient digital photography knowledge and ability

Preferred technical skills:

  • Adobe After Effects
  • Motion
  • Soundtrack Pro

Other skills/preferred knowledge:

  • Good face-to-face and telephone communication skills (will be expected to put interviewees at ease, arrange details with v busy individuals and work closely with colleagues)
  • An interest in and appreciation of the role small business owners within the broader economy
  • Basic understanding of the mindset, priorities and challenges of anyone starting and running their own business

Personality:

We’re looking for an enthusiastic, hard-working, hands-on and fun ideas person to work in a typically, busy (and occasionally frantic), start-up environment. Must be driven, able to work unattended and thrive on autonomy, while also highly-organised and obsessive about attention to detail.

Salary:

£20-25,000 (dependent on experience) plus share options.

Benefits:

  • 25 days’ paid holiday per year
  • Cool, central London office with super-friendly colleagues
  • Lots of lovely social events
  • A big desk with two screens and video equipment aplenty
  • Opportunity to meet some of the leading figures in British business
  • Cake on demand

How to apply:

Email Smarta’s editor and head of content, Matt Thomas, at matt@smarta.com with a CV and covering letter explaining why you’re suitable and what excites you most about the challenge, along with details and examples of your previous work.

Deadline:
9 October 2009

 

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