Jobs & Opportunities

FILM PROGRAMMER/PRODUCER FOR STREET MOVIES! 

Scribe Video Center seeks a film programmer/field producer to coordinate Street Movies!, an annual outdoor summer film series. Scribe partners with neighborhood organizations across the Philadelphia region (including Camden and Chester) to present screenings of short independent films in outdoor neighborhood settings (parks, playgrounds, community gardens, etc.) The screenings include live performances (music, spoken-word, dance, etc.), as well as a facilitated discussion of the films. A total of nine Street Movies! presentations will take place in August 2019.

The Producer enlists neighborhood groups to partner with Scribe; works with groups to develop a film program that is of interest to each selected community; recruits emcees, live performers and technical crew; and writes copy for marketing materials (posters, program guides). A substantial amount of time is spent researching, screening and selecting appropriate independent film works for Street Movies! On the day of screenings, the Field Producer, working with a small road crew, is responsible for bringing projection and screening equipment to each outdoor site; set up and breakdown of video, audio and projection equipment. Presentations are video recorded and presented live to the audience.

This is a part time temporary position from April to mid-September 2019 and reports to the Director of Program Operations.

Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of digital video projection equipment
  • Knowledge of lighting, video and audio recording
  • Experience directing live performance for video
  • Experience setting up sound systems for live concerts
  • Ability to work with diverse communities
  • Excellent public speaking skills with ability to communicate about Scribe’s mission and programs
  • Valid driver’s license with experience driving a passenger van
  • Experience supervising staff
  • Ability to lift and carry equipment
  • Highly organized and good at inventorying equipment and supplies
  • Knowledge of Philadelphia area neighborhoods

If interested please send a letter of interest and a resume to jobs(at)scribe(dot)org. Please write ”Street Movies! Producer” in subject line.

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VIDEO PRODUCTION INSTRUCTOR, DOCUMENTARY HISTORY PROJECT FOR YOUTH 
 
Scribe Video Center is currently seeking an instructor for the 2019 Documentary Project for Youth History Project, an after-school and summer workshop for middle and high school students.  Instructors are experienced independent digital video artists in the Philadelphia area who help workshop participants research, write, shoot and edit a documentary on some aspect of Philadelphia's social history.  
 
MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:
Develop a curriculum that allows for both solid media production skills building of student-workers and the creation of works of high aesthetic quality;
Instruct the student-workers in all aspects of digital video and audio production, ensuring that they are adequately trained in production skills     (camera, lights, sound, etc.), production planning, research processes, use of archival materials, how to work with scholars and other consultants, and other activities necessary to produce a successful documentary
Identify local humanities scholars who will assist the student workers in the research and understanding of their documentary topics;  
Ensure proper care and maintenance of production and post-production equipment used by the student-workers
Complete projects, final reports, and curriculum in a timely manner.
 
SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED INCLUDE:
BA/BFA required, MA/MFA preferred, and documentary film/video production.
Experience of teaching youth documentary and developing curriculum 
Skilled in: HD Video Production, Adobe Premiere, Final Cut Pro 
Strong planning and personal organization skills
Experience working with diverse populations of high school students
Demonstrated commitment to Scribe’s mission and educational philosophy
Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills
Proficiency in all aspects of the production and post-production process
Flexibility, resourcefulness, and a sense of humor
 
COMPENSATION & SCHEDULE
Compensation to be determined based on experience. The program runs from April to November. The instructor will spend approximately 5 hours a week with the group of student workers during the school year and 10 hours each week during the summer portion of the project. In addition to time for planning, the Instructor will also spend additional time as is required to maintain a reasonable production schedule and to complete the documentary on time.
 
HOW TO APPLY
Please send a cover letter, resume and web-links of your work to “jobs(at)scribe(dot)org” with “Instructor – Documentary History Project for Youth” in the subject line.

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PRODUCTION FACILITATORS FOR THE 2019 PRECIOUS PLACES COMMUNITY HISTORY PROJECT

Scribe Video Center, non-profit media arts education organization, is seeking videomaking facilitators to work with community groups participating in the Precious Places Community History Project.

The Precious Places Community History Project is a community oral history project inviting members of Philadelphia's many neighborhoods to document the buildings, public spaces, parks, landmarks and other sites that hold the memories of our communities and define where we live. Unlike oral history projects in other cities, Precious Places teaches the video production process to participating groups, fostering projects authored by those who intimately know the featured neighborhoods.

Responsibilities include:
1. Providing instruction to members of the community organization in the skills necessary to produce a short videotape, including production management and editing.
2. In consultation with the community group, seeing that the project proceeds in accordance with Scribe’s overall production and completion schedule.
3. Guiding the group in logging and transcription procedure, as well as in the completion of an editing script (paper edit) prior to editing.
4. In consultation with the community group, supervising and executing the edit of the video using Adobe Premiere software.

Participating videomaking facilitators will spend an estimated 75 to 100 hours on the project (generally 2-4 hours a week) over a six-month period beginning in March 2019. 

Facilitators will receive an honorarium for their work.

Send a letter of interest, resume, and work sample with the subject heading “Precious Places Production Facilitator” to: jobs@scribe.org, or mail to:

Precious Places
Scribe Video Center
3908 Lancaster Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19104

If you have any questions, please call 215-222-4201 or email jobs@scribe.org

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HUMNAITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCE CONSULTANTS FOR THE 2019 PRECIOUS PLACES COMMUNITY HISTORY PROJECT

Scribe Video Center, non-profit media arts education organization, is seeking faculty members in the humanities and social sciences, as well as advanced graduate students in the humanities to work with community groups participating in the Precious Places Community History Project.

The Precious Places Community History Project is a community oral history project inviting members of Philadelphia's many neighborhoods to document the buildings, public spaces, parks, landmarks and other sites that hold the memories of our communities and define where we live. Unlike oral history projects in other cities, Precious Places teaches the video production process to participating groups, fostering projects authored by those who intimately know the featured neighborhoods. Research and production will be carried out by neighborhood residents in each group with the help of a humanities/social science scholar and an experienced filmmaker.

We are presently seeking the assistance of humanities scholars and social scientists from the fields of history, urban studies, anthropology, folklore and sociology to work as facilitators on Precious Places.  We hope that you will consider collaborating with us on this exciting and groundbreaking project.  As a humanities consultant, you will help guide the research process, discuss the process of creating oral histories, and help identify sources of archival images and other corroborating materials. 

Participating humanities and social science consultants will meet about three times a month for three months with the groups, guide the group through one day of primary shooting, and also consult on occasion during the editing. Generally, we estimate up to 75 hours in total over a six month period beginning in March 2019. 

Participating humanities and social science consultants receive a small honorarium.  

Send a letter of interest along with a resume or CV with the subject heading “Precious Places Humanities Consultant” to: jobs@scribe.org, or mail to:

Precious Places                                
Scribe Video Center
3908 Lancaster Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Please feel free to call Louis Massiah at 215-222-4201 for more information.

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TEACHING ARTISTS WANTED

Some of Philadelphia’s most outstanding media makers have taught and presented works at Scribe. We create a venue for experienced media makers to share their skills with emerging artists at our workshops in West Philadelphia and in community media production projects throughout the Philadelphia region. We are looking for talented artists with solid skills in HD videography, sound recording, editing, animation and motion softwares, web design. Most of our instructor/facilitators have MFAs and/or have produced a solid body of creative work. Our hourly rate for teaching is comparable to area colleges. (But in all honesty, you're not going to get rich doing this, but you will make a huge difference.)

Please send a cover letter, resume and web-links of your work to jobs@scribe.org with “Teaching Artist” in the subject line.
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Freelance Photographers Wanted

Scribe Video Center seeks work-for-hire photographers to document community media projects. The photographer will attend production planning meetings and document community based productions throughout the Philadelphia area. We are asking for behind the scenes production photos, as well as publicity stills suitable for newspaper, printed brochure, and web-based promotion. Scribe will pay $125 per shoot date for a minimum of ninety minutes per shoot and a minimum of 100 digital images.

If interested please send a resume and examples of your work to jobs@scribe.org.
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Volunteer At Scribe

We often need volunteers at screenings and events. If you would like to be added to our list of prospective volunteers please email us at inquiry@scribe.org.