Oregon State University: The Visual Storyteller produces agency-quality nonfiction content of varying lengths, from short web videos to feature documentaries, fulfilling a range of roles including line production, camera work, audio production, editing, writing and post production.
Oregon State Productions produces, coordinates and distributes video and film content that advances the reputation and extends the reach of Oregon State University, helping to fulfill the university’s land-grant mission to educate the public and improve the wellbeing and prosperity of Oregonians and constituents across the globe.
The Visual Storyteller produces agency-quality nonfiction content of varying lengths, from short web videos to feature documentaries, fulfilling a range of roles including line production, camera work, audio production, editing, writing and post production. The producer also is responsible for developing relationships with Oregon State researchers, faculty and partner agencies and for project management, including managing and securing budgets, scheduling and tracking of distributed work.
This role advances the reputation and reach of Oregon State research and assists in fulfilling the university’s land grant mission by producing content that turns data and research into cinematic stories, educating the public about the most vital issues facing our world. The producer will plan, write, shoot and edit a range of projects from feature research documentaries to short promotional videos.
In a typical week, the visual storyteller might do some or all of the following:
- Brainstorm with OSU Marketing to develop a series of social media videos on the newest strain of hops.
- Quickly turn around an edit featuring the university president for broadcast media.
- Conduct pre-interviews with students in our top-ranked College of Forestry via Zoom for an upcoming feature on the student logging program.
- Give a skills presentation to students and staff in the campus video community.
- Film on the deck of a research ship while scientists from our world class marine programs collect seafloor samples.
- Spend long hours in a dark editing room preparing a documentary for a festival premiere.
- Draft a creative brief for a video feature about an award-winning music program.
- Interview an undergraduate researcher about her recent trip to Antarctica.
- Answer and send more emails than are probably necessary.
- Produce a news story about aquatic jaguars in Brazil using found footage.
- Bake chocolate croissants for a multi-department potluck.
- 55% - Filming and editing of video content
- 20% – Project management, scheduling, pre-production and story development
- 10% - Budget management, including travel and freelance crew members or contractors with project budgets ranging from $2,000 to $100,000+
- 10% - Research and experiment with new visual storytelling techniques
- 5% - Network with potential collaborators and story subjects
- Four-year degree in film, media, journalism, marketing, or related field, OR four years of experience in professional media production
- Excellent editing and camera skills
- Demo reel and/or portfolio of recent work
- A commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity
- A commitment to teamwork and community
- The conviction that storytelling can make a positive difference in the world
- Ability to independently manage big projects and multiple deadlines
This position requires driving a University vehicle or a personal vehicle on behalf of the University; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a Motor Vehicle History Check, possess and maintain a current, valid driver’s license in their state of residence, be determined to be position qualified and self-report convictions as per University
Preferred (Special) Qualifications
- Excellent writing and scripting skills
- Experience with motion graphics, color correction, sound design and/or audio mixing.
- Deep skills in Adobe Creative Suite or similar media productions software
- Experience producing podcasts
- Skill in lighting for different environments
- Creativity and motivation to shape bold ideas into exceptional products
- Experience in telling nuanced stories about science and research
Working Conditions / Work Schedule
The producer will work on campus, remotely and on location, around the state and potentially globally covering a variety of subjects and field research under a wide range of challenging conditions. The ability to haul gear, handle multiple projects and step into any video production role while delivering high-quality results under deadlines is critical. While weekend and evening work may also be necessary, we also value work/life balance and offer an adaptable office environment where creativity and results take precedence over a rigid schedule.