We are searching for a highly creative and skilled Gaffer that can aid in providing lighting for our short cinematic video productions. This individual will be key to our team in ensuring effective and high quality lighting, focused on the mood and tone of each scene. The ideal candidate not only has excellent working knowledge of all lighting equipment and gear, but is an exceptional communicator with strong problem solving skills. The Gaffer will be skilled at anticipating all lighting requirements, working collaboratively and creatively with the Director and Production Teams, and bringing life to each scene. This position often requires working long hours including nights and weekends. Since we are a mission-led company and all of the content we create inspires people, the right candidate will find the long hours to be exciting and highly satisfying!

HOW YOU’LL SPEND YOUR TIME:

  • Prepping for shoots both at the studio and on location by retrieving all necessary lighting and electrical equipment
  • Setting up scene lighting upon arrival to each scheduled shoot; adjusting as needed in collaboration with the Director 
  • Operating and setting up all electrical equipment such as stinger’s, power bricks, and adapters
  • Overseeing all lighting and electrical equipment ensuring safety is a priority 
  • Building dolly tracks and controlling movement of the camera dolly
  • Setting up various camera rigs for car mounts
  • Breaking down sets once production is complete, including but not limited to-coiling cables, folding c-stands, putting away lights
  • Ensuring electricity is accessible to all departments
  • Driving the company van as needed


WHAT YOU HAVE:

  • 3+ Years of hands on experience working as a Gaffer within the film industry 
  • Thorough understanding of various types of lights and gear. Including but not limited to: c-stands, gells, diffusion, scrims, dolly tracks, and car mount rigs
  • Extensive experience building rigs for cameras
  • The ability to lift at least 30 to 50 lbs
  • Must have a clean driving record 
  • Must be able to contribute constructively during the production process
  • Strong organizational, time management, and communication skills
  • Solution-oriented with the ability to creatively solve problems during shoots 

 
WHO OVERSEES YOU:

  • The Gaffer will report directly to the Production Manager.

WHO YOU OVERSEE:

  • Currently, the Gaffer has no personnel reporting directly to him or her.


WHERE IT ALL GOES DOWN:

  • All the action takes place at our BRAND NEW studio in Burbank, CA!

WHEN THE MAGIC HAPPENS:

  • This is a full-time role that will require at times long hours, schedule flexibility will be discussed during the interview.

WHY YOU SHOULD JOIN US: 

  • You'll get paid between $25-$33 an hour depending on your experience
  • We've kept our hiring bar really high - you will work with the best

WHEN WE’LL TALK ABOUT HOW AWESOME YOU ARE:

  • No formal cover letters, please.  Instead include a few short paragraphs in your application explaining why you’d be a good fit for this particular position.  
  • Provide links to projects you’ve worked on
  • Attach a resume

AN IMPORTANT NOTE BEFORE APPLYING TO US:

All of Dhar Mann Studios' new hires will begin at the associate level, regardless of what position was applied for. This approach doesn’t affect any aspect of pay: you will still get compensated during your Discovery Period according to the position you are applying for and within the rate listed for this position. Our organization looks to hire the BEST of the best and we focus on finding candidates who are a strong cultural fit. We have a 3 month 'Discovery Period' in place that allows us to get to know each new hire better and assess their skill set. Management-level roles will be part of a different Discovery Period for each step of the ladder (but again this does not affect your pay or compensation package).



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