Optimus is looking for Assistant Editors to support the needs of the editorial team. The Assistant Editor will collaborate with other Assistant Editors, work alongside assigned Editors and Post Producers on projects, and report to the Managing Editor.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, providing hands-on technical, creative and project management support to Editors and other Assistant Editors alike, on all manner of creative editorial projects, primarily for agency/brand clients.
Duties include transcoding multiple HD file formats, logging and loading of dailies footage, screening, rough cutting, graphic creation and integration, music and sound design acquisition, web encoding/posting and finish prep. Will foster close communication with Editors, Post Producers and other post artists regarding project workflow, schedule and priorities. Client service and rapport is also a crucial part of the job.
Applicants with 1-4 years of professional experience working as an Assistant Editor within a commercial post-production facility are preferred. Proficiency in Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere and After Effects are a must.
College degree preferred, with a focus on such studies as film, editing, video production, media, marketing and communications, etc. Candidates should be detail-oriented with strong communication skills, a positive attitude and possess a desire to learn and grow in the commercial post-production industry. The ability to multi-task, to deliver under pressure and to work collaboratively within a team are also key attributes.
This position is ultimately a non-exempt (inclusive of overtime) staff position with full company benefits. Depending on the applicant’s experience, however, the position may begin as a temp to hire role, with the candidate entering a 2-4 month, full time, hourly agreement with the opportunity for a full staff position. The position will start as mostly remote, and then revert to in-person when it is deemed safe to return to office work per company policy.
Optimus is a leading commercial post-production company based in Chicago that represents a diverse team of award-winning editors, artists, designers and engineers, and that delivers top-notch commercial work and branded content. Together with production division One at Optimus, we offer all production services from shoot through post, under one roof - a singular, streamlined creative force.
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Optimus and One at Optimus are an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran, or disability status.
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