Intro to Film Arts Instructor

Art Division

Los Angeles, CA

Position: Lead Facilitator, Intro to Film Arts Class
Work Schedule: Part-Time 5 hrs/wk, 12 week program session (3 hr instruction + 2 hrs prep)
Session Dates: October 4, 2021- December 17, 2021; (start 9/27)
Supervisor: Reports to Executive Director & Film Arts Advisor
Salary: $22-25/hr DOE; (Independent Contractor position)

Art Division seeks a part-time Lead Facilitator to teach our intensive twelve week “Intro to Film Arts” film class. The Lead Facilitator will train and work closely with up to eight participants ages 18-26 years old throughout the digital film production process, from story development to production, editing and delivery, culminating in short films for community screenings, festivals and online distribution. This position is responsible for carrying out the core training with some assistance from other program staff, guest artists, and volunteer mentors.

The ideal candidate should have a solid background in film and video production, proven storytelling experience and hands-on knowledge of the technical aspects of digital film/video production using DSLR cameras and audio gear, as well as editing software Adobe Premiere + daVInci Resolve on Mac computers. This person must be able to multi-task, prioritize, and work independently, as well as communicate and work well with young adults.

Overview of Organization
Art Division is a non-profit organization dedicated to training and supporting youth who are committed to studying the visual arts. Art Division distinguishes itself by providing in-depth services to young adults ages 18-26 yrs in the Rampart District, an at-risk population within one of Los Angeles’ most densely populated and underserved communities. We believe that focused instruction, individualized tutoring and personal support give students the tools they need to pursue higher education, achieve self-sufficiency and obtain careers in the arts and related fields. Art Division is also dedicated to community engagement and building a thriving arts community in the Rampart District.

FIlm Arts:
Art Division offers an introductory course to filmmaking as well as an incubator space for graduates and advanced young filmmakers to work on independent projects. Participants attend a 12 week intensive, culminating in the production of short films ranging in style from scripted drama to narrative poetry and documentary. Final projects are screened at film festivals, online, and at other community events. Our training curriculum emphasizes storytelling, perspective, freedom of expression and creativity.

Responsibilities/Duties of Position

  • Lead Facilitator in all workshops for story writing, technology, video production training, and editing as well as discussions related to storytelling, voice, perspective, conflict and social themes in film
  • Manage and supervise the participation of 8 students, and ensure completion of final projects
  • Work in groups and one-on-one with students as both creative and technical tutor on productions
  • Work with Film Arts Advisor & Executive Director to evaluate progress and address any program issues
  • Maintain and support program and facility expectations upheld by Art Division, referring any issues to appropriate staff
  • Responsible for overall maintenance and supervision of equipment, both camera gear and computers used by students
  • Lead on all technical aspects of production, including exports of final projects and uploading online

Candidate qualifications

  • Background in film, visual arts and digital media; strong storytelling skills
  • Previous teaching experience strongly recommended
  • Solid hands-on knowledge and skills related to camera technology & editing software (Adobe Creative Suite + Premiere)
  • Experience in and strong commitment to working with young people in a young adult development and community setting
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and self-initiative; ability to multi-task and work efficiently in a high- energy environment and meet tight deadlines with composure and a smile

Please email resume and cover letter or questions to: Debra Koffler, Film Arts Advisor at [email protected] by August 27th. 

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