Director/Shooter - Web Series
Thomas Creator CollectiveNew York, NY
Mattel Creations and the Thomas Creator Collective seek an emerging New York based director/shooter for an ongoing children's adventure web series featuring Thomas the Tank Engine toys. This is a brand facing position that reports directly to the Thomas & Friends to the management of the Thomas and Friends TV series as well as the global brand team, creating original content for the official Thomas & Friends YouTube Channel.
Visually we are looking for a dynamic filmmaker who can shoot fast paced action content with their own unique style. The Thomas Creator Collective videos are inspired by the tone of Star Wars, Pixar, the Marvel cinematic universe and even the Fast and Furious films. In 2018, the series will also be more integrated with the universe of the main CGI show. Additionally, later in the year there is the potential for field location shoots.
The Thomas Creator Collective is an international group of writers, directors, animators, and composers that produce a live action adventure serialized web series for the official Thomas and Friends YouTube Channel. Our series has amassed over 150 million views and is one of Mattel's most successful YouTube series. In 2017 the series won ''Best Preschool Show Exclusively for a Streaming Platform'' in the '' Cynopsis Kids !magination Awards'', beating out Netflix's ''Cirque du Soleil: Luna Petunia'' and the Jim Henson Company's ''Word Party''.
We currently are seeking a director/shooter to shoot in our fully equipped Chelsea studio complete with a modular train layout. Candidate will be provided everything needed to film scripted scenes including lighting equipment, Canon C100 Mark 2, and all props and supplies. However, if desired candidate is welcome and encouraged to use their own camera. Candidate will be trained by the current Director/Shooters but will later work autonomously under the direction of the EP.
Director/Shooter will primarily be shooting action sequences such as races, chases and crashes/accidents.
Direction: Reading a script and bringing it to life cinematically. The ability to bring script to screen is paramount. Candidate must have a strong understanding and background in film grammar, timing, as well as being able to replicate and expand on the cinematic language of our series.
Puppeteering: Candidate will be trained but must master the use of string and wires to bring the toys to life. The most common practice is attaching a fishing line to the underside of a toy train with black duct tape. Effective puppeteering is done in a way where the string is low to the track and concealed as best as possible. Fishing line puppeteering is critical in all our videos and is the most important skills for a candidate. Stop Motion skills are helpful but due to time constraints, shooting live action is preferred and necessary.
Technical: Candidate should have a strong understanding of HD camera workflow and operations including the use of Canon cameras. Candidate is welcome to use their own camera/gear if preferred.
Client Facing: While the candidate will work with and report to the EP of the show, they both report to the Thomas global Brand Team stakeholders and will need to review and execute notes from them on each video.
Set Design: In our Chelsea studio, director/editor will using provided materials to build sets and scenes for filming and use techniques to make it seem much larger than reality.
Learning Thomas Canon: Candidate must be willing to obtain a basic understanding of the Thomas & Friends as well as Thomas Creator Collective universes. Knowledge of the Thomas and Friends Canon a major please. Please tell us if you have a background understanding of the universe.
Rate: $200 Per Day
As this is a very unique but also challenging position please tell us a little about yourself and include examples of your film projects either professional, student or personal and why you would be a good fit for this position.
For samples of our work please check out our playlist below on the official Thomas & Friends channel. Please review our content prior to applying.
Thomas Creator Collective
$200 Per Shoot Day
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