We’re looking for a Senior Videographer / Editor!

We’re looking for a Senior Videographer / Editor!

Are you ready to capture compelling narratives through the lens and weave them into powerful messages? We are seeking a creative and detail-oriented Senior Videographer/Editor to join our VVK PR + Creative team. This position will be 50% shooting, 40% editing, and 10% project management.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Conceptualize, film, and edit video content that aligns with each project’s vision and goals.
  • Collaborate with the creative team to develop scripts, shot lists, and storyboards.
  • Utilize cutting-edge filming techniques and video equipment to produce exceptional visual content.
  • Direct shoots and provide clear guidance to on-screen talent and crew members from behind the lens.
  • Capture clean audio with lavalier and shotgun microphones.
  • Transport and effectively utilize grip and camera equipment as needed. Edit footage to create cohesive and impactful narratives, including sound mixing, dialogue correction, graphics, and minor visual effects.
  • Communicate effectively with stakeholders to ensure projects meet and exceed expectations.
  • Organize and manage video libraries and archives.
  • Stay up-to-date with the latest trends in videography and editing.
  • Ability to travel out of state for up to 3-4 days at a time as needed.
  • Ability to work independently on projects from start to finish.
  • Strong project management, communication, and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment on a wide variety of projects.
  • Comfortable working in a team setting – giving and receiving feedback.
  • Ability to work well under pressure and to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to change and shift with our client’s creative and logistic needs.

Qualifications:

  • Proven experience as a Videographer/Editor with a rich portfolio of completed projects.
  • Proficiency with digital cinema cameras, lighting, and sound equipment. ,
  • Proficiency with Adobe Premiere, After Effects, Photoshop, and Illustrator.Strong storytelling abilities with a knack for capturing engaging visuals.
  • Excellent communication and direction skills.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a team environment.
  • Demonstrated capacity to manage multiple projects simultaneously and meet tight deadlines.
  • A keen eye for detail and an unwavering commitment to delivering quality work.
  • The ability to fly a drone is a plus.

ABOUT THE TEAM

VVK PR + Creative is a full-service integrated communications agency based in downtown Detroit. VVK (formally Velocity Cow) brings decades of strategic communications and creative production experience to media, automotive, energy, insurance, IT, legal, nonprofit, retail and real estate industries. We provide clients and partners with communication solutions that advance their brand and connect with their audiences. VVK is currently growing its 19-person team. We are a flexible hybrid workplace although the candidate must be local to the metro Detroit area.

WORKING AT VVK PR + CREATIVE  

  • We want the VVK team to be successful and have a healthy work/life balance and commit the following to our team:
  • A positive and supportive team with opportunities for advancement to help all staff develop and grow
  • A competitive salary with opportunities for bonuses
  • Generous new business commission.
  • 75% coverage of Health and 50% coverage of Dental and Vision insurance monthly premiums for employee and family
  • 401K enrollment offered after 90 days of employment
  • A flexible hybrid workplace
  • $50 monthly cell phone stipend
  • Generous paid time off including “closing” the office the last week of December
  • 8 paid holidays

To be considered, you MUST provide a link to relevant video portfolio or reel showcasing shooting and editing work to be considered for the job. Please send resumes, cover letter and portfolio to John Heiple, VP of Creative Video Production, at john@vvkagency.com.

Great Lakes Water Authority Announces New Communications and Marketing AOR Following Competitive Bid Process 

Great Lakes Water Authority Announces New Communications and Marketing AOR Following Competitive Bid Process 

DETROIT, MI – Today the Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) announced the selection and activation of a partnership between VVK PR + Creative, The Martin Group, and Hearst (Team MVH) as the official communications and marketing agency of record (AOR) for the Authority. The multi-year selection, which commenced on December 1, 2023, follows a competitive procurement process conducted by the GLWA during Summer 2023.  

Team MVH was formed to combine national reach and expertise with deep local knowledge, experience, and relationships, in order to enhance and support GLWA’s brand position, media relations efforts, and overall public communications.  

VVK PR + Creative Senior Account Executive Stephen Jones (248-202-6166, stephen@vvkagency.com) will serve as the primary point of contact for media inquiries. 

VVK PR + Creative is a fast-growing agency that executes integrated communications services for clients in Detroit, across Michigan, and nationwide. The agency combines the experience and expertise of VVK PR + Creative partners Peter Van Dyke, Jamie Kaye Walters, and Michael Sherman, and a team of 20+ strategists, digital media specialists, and video producers, who implement comprehensive campaigns that achieve clear results of their dynamic client base.  

The Martin Group is a leading Great Lakes headquartered integrated communication firm that works with best-in-class organizations ranging from middle-market businesses to global enterprises and has extensive experience in various civic categories including government entities, public-private partnerships, commissions, authorities, and more. The Martin Group has worked with several major water authorities, as well as various Fortune 500 companies and other large, international brands. 

Hearst is one of the nation’s largest global, diversified information, data, services, and media companies. Dedicated to serving the communities it operates in, Hearst is always moving forward with a mission to inform audiences and improve lives.  

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About the Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) 

The Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) is the provider-of-choice for drinking water services to nearly 40 percent and efficient and effective wastewater services to nearly 30 percent of Michigan’s population. With the Great Lakes as source water, GLWA is uniquely positioned to provide those it serves with water of unquestionable quality. GLWA also has the capacity to extend its service beyond its 88-member partner communities. As part of its commitment to water affordability, the Authority offers a Water Residential Assistance Program to assist low-income households in participating member communities throughout the system. GLWA’s board includes one representative each from Oakland, Macomb and Wayne counties, two representatives from the city of Detroit and one appointed by the Michigan governor to represent customer communities outside of the tri-county area. 

ONE YEAR IN BUSINESS AND WE’RE FULL OF THANKS

ONE YEAR IN BUSINESS AND WE’RE FULL OF THANKS

To celebrate VVK PR + Creative’s first anniversary, we gathered the people who have supported us on this journey to show them some love. We invited team members, clients, colleagues, and friends—all those who were instrumental in helping to get us across the one-year mark. It was an amazing night that further strengthened our already strong network of supporters.

It felt like pure magic to be surrounded by such energy and positivity. Grateful hardly touches all the ways we feel today.

Thank you to the Detroit Public Theatre for hosting us. They truly are magnificent organization in the heart of the city we love. Also, thank you to our friends at Slow’s BBQ for feeding us.

Barry Sanders, Kirk Gibson, Rick Mahorn, and Darren McCarty walk into a bar…

Barry Sanders, Kirk Gibson, Rick Mahorn, and Darren McCarty walk into a bar…

By John Heiple, VP of Creative Production

Late last summer – a grainy cellphone video arrives from one of our clients.  An idea for a commercial with some former athletes, a trivia night, and everyone answering the client’s tagline at the end. 

Fast forward to today – that rough sketch is now a 30-second Super Bowl spot for the Sam Bernstein Law Firm and features Mark and Beth Bernstein along with comedians Jason and Randy Sklar.  And the former athletes who join them?  Icons of Detroit sports lore – Barry Sanders, Kirk Gibson, Darren McCarty, and Rick Mahorn. 

So how did we get here?  What does the creative process look like and what are the axioms you must always remember about the process, so you don’t lose your mind along the way? 

To Get from A to B, you must get from 1-50 first

In my mind, the best way to describe the creative process is a wildly veering, erratically swerving, straight line.  There’s a clear starting and end point but what happens in between is anything but uniform.  Case in point – that finished commercial involved a great deal of brainstorming, writing, location scouting, rewriting, storyboarding, a few disagreements, more rewriting, a few more disagreements, an insane amount of Mediterranean food, along with the usual moments of self-doubt, consternation, and resignation.  Just when you think it can’t possibly come together or work, it just does.  It’s the combination of all those experiences and steps, however wayward they appear at the time, that somehow lead you to your destination.  Trust the process.

This was an incredible project to participate in.  I’m forever grateful to the Sam Bernstein Law Firm for having faith in us to pull it off and so proud of our entire team who worked unbelievably hard to make it happen.  The creative process can be ugly, it may be a different road every time but where you eventually end up can pretty awesome. 

THE VILLAGE NETWORK OF BATTLE CREEK: CREATING EQUITY THROUGH COLLABORATION

THE VILLAGE NETWORK OF BATTLE CREEK: CREATING EQUITY THROUGH COLLABORATION

By Jamie Kaye Walters, COO / Head of Marketing and Talent

In Battle Creek, a small city in Michigan, community-based organizations are coming together to promote equity and challenge systemic barriers that prevent growth and prosperity for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities. The Village Network of Battle Creek is a collective of ten non-profit organizations that serve under-resourced communities, focusing on economic, education, and social justice. Recently, the network received significant funding from the American Rescue Plan Act and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

“Public dollars like the American Rescue Plan Act funding are essential because public funds and philanthropic giving can and should be tools for creating racial equity,” said Dr. Nakia Baylis, Executive Director, Village Network of Battle Creek.

Last week, VVK PR + Creative supported the announcement the AAPA and W.K. Kellogg Foundation funding with community and press event. The fund will allow The Village Network of Battle Creek to continue their work of promoting equity and justice in their communities. The money will be used to support ongoing social services and non-profit efforts, strengthening coalition building in communities of color. These funds will create more opportunities for economic development, education, and social justice programs.

The coalition of organizations that make up The Village Network of Battle Creek focuses on three main areas: economic, education, and social justice. The economic justice pillar includes programs that support economic development, entrepreneurship, and financial education for BIPOC communities. The education justice pillar supports academic success and removes barriers to quality education for students of color. Finally, the social justice pillar focuses on community empowerment, advocacy, and policy reform to eliminate systemic barriers and promote equity.

To learn more about The Village Network of Battle Creek, go to https://villagenetworkofbc.com.