The Supervising Producer and Video Director will provide the vision and creative direction as the school looks to dramatically increase its streaming and recorded media capabilities. Planning is underway and equipment will be installed and commissioned throughout the fall of 2020, in anticipation of going live in early January 2021.
The Supervising Producer and Video Director will be assisted by a new and existing team to support these efforts, including one or more assisting video directors (in-house and/or freelance), video tech engineer and camera operators/general engineers (in-house or freelance), with additional assistance available from the Recordings and Classroom Technology Department as well as Production (electrics), Public Affairs (editing), and an outside lighting designer.
The Supervising Producer and Video Director’s role is essentially threefold:
- Work closely with the artistic leadership at the School, including the President, the Provost, and the Deans and Directors of the Divisions of Music, Dance, and Drama to realize their ambitions for this new media program, executing on an overarching vision on their behalf
- work with academic and artistic leadership in all divisions as well as service departments (public affairs, admissions, etc.) to produce and direct video content and live streams at a superior aesthetic level
- work with the academic and artistic leadership in all divisions to teach students how to create their own streaming media
The role reports dually to the Provost and the Chief Operating Officer and will work side-by-side with the existing Recordings and Classroom Technology Department and its Director. There will be frequent interaction with the artistic leadership in each Division of the school as well as the producers of live events in the Office of the President, Development, and Public Affairs.
The successful candidate will have demonstrated expertise in producing and directing high quality captures of artistic productions, preferably in most or all of the genres represented at the School: classical and contemporary instrumental music (solos, small and large ensembles), jazz, vocal arts (ranging in scale from solo recitals to fully staged operas), drama, and dance. The individual should be comfortable with a diverse range of artistic styles and genres and excited to participate in the successful launch of innovative, interdisciplinary artistic work. The successful candidate will have a comprehensive understanding of new technologies and production workflows and be comfortable with multi-tasking in a dynamic work environment, where multiple captures and/or streams may be occurring simultaneously. The individual will be expected to work productively, harmoniously, and respectfully with colleagues in the Recording and Classroom Technology department as well as adjacent departments such as IT, Facilities, Concert Operations, Orchestral Operations, and Production. Prior work with student artists is strongly preferred.
- Work closely with internal stakeholders and content teams in strategically planning series of video shoots and live streams across all divisions and departments and develop “the Juilliard video look”
- Collaborate with artistic leadership as well as the Office of the President, Public Affairs, the Recording Department, Production, Concert Office, and Information Technology in the scheduling and detailed planning of live streams and video shoots
- Oversee live streaming for a variety of events, from regular recitals to high-profile student and external events, e.g., master classes with world-renowned guests and events with Creative Associates
- Discuss and plan lighting needs and camera positions with in house and external directors and designers while honoring the live performance experience with minimal disruption of performers and audiences
- Support a team that includes in-house or contracted video directors, audio and video engineers, and camera operators
- Collaborate with and advise staff in video directing and camera techniques
- Be available to advise on post-production as needed
- Bring a creative mindset, a willingness to innovate and execute ambitious projects, some part of ongoing series with detailed advance planning, and some one-off projects with decision-making on the fly, all with equally professional results.
QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS
- Advanced interpersonal skills and the ability to lead a team
- A strong portfolio that shows a keen sensibility for at least one of the performing arts forms represented at the school - music, dance, and drama - and the ability to branch out into supervision of high-quality video productions of the other two
- Five to eight years of experience producing video at an arts institution, educational institution, nonprofit, production studio, or similar
- Demonstrated ability to produce strong video content utilizing a range of techniques and visual styles
- Excellent organization and communication skills and a track record for on-time delivery with tight deadlines
- Expertise with livestreaming, including use of remote controlled PTZ cameras and multicamera switchers (hardware and software)
- Ability to collaborate with the artistic leadership and public affairs team to create a unified, cross-department visual style
- Ability to execute and call high-profile shoots and live streams
- Experience in camera operation and cinematography, including lighting for video
- Proficiency with efficient postproduction workflows and equipment management
- Familiarity with cloud and virtual production
- Experience working in an academic or arts conservatory setting
- Bachelor’s or higher degree in film production, journalism, or communications
Only candidates that submit a resume and cover letter, including salary requirements will be considered.