Illustration by Michael Burdick

After a year that brought exciting work with two new fortune 50 clients and a big move into the newly remodeled offices of the former Detroit Stock Exchange, we are looking to hire for the following positions:

– A video editor
– 2-3 people as ongoing participants in our internship program

We like to think of DL! as a band- each person has room to solo with their unique capabilities and expertise, and when it comes time to lay down that baseline groove, we operate as a unit. This requires humility, open-mindedness and the utmost respect for everyone in the studio.  This is something we take very seriously, and at the forefront of our hiring is bringing someone in that works well in that kind of environment.

Our Team (The Band):  Each new project brings its own mix of freelancers and collaborators, but a few key people are responsible for the day-to-day operations of Detroit Lives!

  • Philip Lauri – executive producer, partner: chiefly responsible for steering the messaging and developing the vision of client projects, all sales and business development, business operations, producing client projects with Steven Oliver.
  • Steven Oliver – director, partner: leads project vision with Philip, directs all commercial shoots and serves as lead story-editor in post-production.
  • Logan Siegel – production manager: breaks-down shooting scripts, coordinates crews and equipment, and serves as an assistant editor.
  • Lunar North – Our sibling studio. An independently operated animation and motion graphics studio, sharing space and resources in the Detroit Stock Exchange.

Details on each individual job we are hiring for are below.

The Editor

DL! is a small and nimble studio that’s growing fast. It’s fun, it’s exciting, it’s rewarding. For those editors looking for the chance to break out of the mold, reimagine their medium and make their mark in the industry– this is that chance.

Chief responsibilities:

  • Bring a visual narrative to life – from start to finish – based on established editorial direction
  • Edit with Premiere Pro (and the Creative Cloud suite)
  • Incorporate basic text and motion animations via AfterEffects
  • Work with the DL! team (primarily Steven Oliver and Philip Lauri) to establish the editorial direction of the project
  • Communicate effectively with the larger DL! team on progress and hurdles
  • Be able to communicate effectively with agency clients representing DL!

The ideal candidate has:

  • Absolute wizardry with Premiere Pro
  • 2-5 years of video editing experience in a professional capacity, ideally doing commercial work in advertising
  • An ability to understand client needs and participate in the idea generation phase (as needed)
  • Independence and self-drive to imagine radical and eye-popping solutions in the edit
  • Flexibility and openness to feedback and client notes
  • An ability to juggle multiple projects on a fast-paced timeline
  • A basic understanding of AfterEffects

Skill sets aside, we want to work with innovative, enthusiastic editors who love to push the envelope when it comes to storytelling and the overall artform of editing.

The Editor would report to Steven, and work collaboratively with the other team members.

Compensation: Negotiable based upon experience. Full time, following a successful 3-month trial period (part-time arrangements could also be made).

Interested?  Please send a resume and cover letter telling us a story about yourself to: talk@detroitlives.com

The Intern(s)

This ain’t no coffee-fetchin’ internship.  DL! is growing fast. Every day is different, as we take on challenges big and small. This is a unique opportunity for a few lucky students to establish a professional and meaningful relationship in the world of video production.

We want students who are passionate, creative, enthusiastic… Students who are into   communication, video production, advertising… Students who love to experiment, love to learn, and most of all, love to share their unique perspective.

You’ll be hands-on with everything production, A to Z. You’ll assist with concept brainstorming.  You’ll help with execution of video concepts. You’ll organize, you’ll research, you’ll do that thing that you do best… And you’ll get better.

Skills we like to share/Skills you like to explore:

  • Brand storytelling
  • Innovative visuals/ camera techniques (RED, Canon C100s, and Sony fs700 in-house)
  • Engaging and thoughtful narrative flow (Premiere Pro)
  • Understanding on-set etiquette and production knowledge
  • Effective project management

We’re thinking it might be fun to come up with a personal project for you to manage while you’re here too… Something you can work on over the summer and present to the DL! team at conclusion… But obviously, that’ll be based on the individual.

The ideal candidate should:

  • Have a proven track record (academic, extracurricular, or portfolio-based) that   demonstrates quality and attention to detail
  • Have an upbeat enthusiasm
  • Have the guts to jump in the deep end

The ideal candidate must:

  • Be currently enrolled in a degree seeking program
  • Be able to receive college credit for internship hours

Intern(s) would report to Philip and Steven, depending on their area of focus, and work   collaboratively with the other team members.

Compensation: This is an unpaid internship.

Interested?  Please send a resume and cover letter telling us a story about yourself to: talk@detroitlives.com