Director of Photography Apprenticeship: DC

Are you a passionate storyteller who’s ready to take your shooting to the next level? Go To Team is offering a unique opportunity to Cameramen in local news and production positions; including,  Chief Photographers as our next camera person. This position is designed for video/digital format shooters (not still photographers… no offense) that want to gain the experience needed to shoot, run audio, and light at the highest level. We have successfully run this apprenticeship for Fifteen years and all of our former apprentices are now full-time Directors of Photography or on their way to becoming one for Go To Team.

This position is initially based in Washington DC, and you will work regularly with our Go To Team Director of Photography, Ryan Ricker, for clients like Team Works, Fox Sports, NFL Network, WWE & NBC. You will be working as a camera assist, running audio, and lighting while learning every aspect of high-end video production.  This position has a heavy travel schedule taking the crew outside of DC regularly. At the end of the Apprenticeship phase (8-12 months) we’ll move you into a full-time Cameraman position, in your own city outside of DC, and build you to become a Director of Photography for us.  If you want to live full time in DC, this position is not for you.

We often work odd hours on short notice where some weeks are busier than others. Lots of driving and heavy travel are guaranteed. Our crews drive hundreds of miles before and after shooting on a regular basis. If you do not like to drive, this position isn’t for you.

ApprenticeExperience in PA, Audio and Grip work are a plus. However, a solid reel and hard working attitude are key.

Requirements: Valid Drivers License, Passport, Dependable Vehicle, but most of all a strong desire to be the best.

Working/Physical Conditions: Sits for long periods of time, stands, stoops, reaches, pushes and pulls.

Yearly Salary: $30,000
Term: Multi Year Contract

This is designed for talented storytellers that are cameramen who want to shoot at their best.

Federal Apprenticeship guidelines require at least a college degree or 2 years of work related experience.

There is only one way to apply. Tell us a story with material that you’ve shot. While student films are interesting they’re not what we do on a daily basis. 98% of what we shoot is “make you care” pieces for Major sports, news and entertainment companies. We need to see interviews and B-Roll. Color and time lapses are a plus, but put together one cohesive demo reel that tells us about you (stylistically) from behind the lens.  This needs to be a unique reel to Go To Team meeting the requirements above. One hint…watch the reels on our website.

Applicants without reel will not be accepted. Please include an email address. Reels and Resumes will be accepted on or before July 30th. Reels received after the July 30th deadline will not be accepted or reviewed. Reels will be accepted two ways.

  1. Email a downloadable link to your reel via vimeo or dropbox to DC_Apprentice@gototeam.com . Make sure to attach your cover letter and resume in the email.
  2. Mail Reel and Resume to: Ryan Ricker , 5501 Merchants View Square , Box 741, Haymarket VA 20169

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