Many creators can perform many different roles but it's important each one has proof of work that pass our standards for each individual role they are applying for.

For example, if you are applying as an editor and director, we need to see spots that you directed, as well as spots you've edited. It's important to be clear when submitting each spot the roles you performed on each one.  If you only directed a piece, but didn't edit it, do not tag yourself as the editor on that piece, and vice versa.  You may only tag yourself for both roles, if you performed both roles on the piece.

The same goes for many other roles. If you apply as an editor and also as a colorist, we must see work that you have colored as well.

Lastly, each role you apply for must pass our standard for admittance. If you pass our standards as a director, but not as an editor, then you may still be admitted to our network as a director, but only as a director.

Animator:  

Description:

Utilizing software to create animations, typically simpler 2D or somewhat 3D animations for explainer videos, motion text, or other types of animated work. They may also utilize traditional hand-drawn illustration and animation methods. 

Distinction:

Animators can easily be confused with VFX Artists, but they key  distinction is the software they used to create the work. If it seems like it was done in AfterEffects (i.e. simpler 2D animators or somewhat 3D animations), then they are an animator. If it seems like it is very heavy 3D work, or composited with live action footage, similar to what you would see in a high end movie (think Transformers, or Toy Story), then it was likely done in professional 3D software and they are likely more of a VFX artist.

Oftentimes, animators are also designers, but it's important to clarify this distinction and make sure that they are in fact designing everything that they animate. If they are working with another designer to come up with the designs, then you want to make sure you tag yourself as only the animator.

Colorist:

Description: 

Colorists are responsible for color grading the final footage, typically in professional software such as DaVinci. 

Distinction:

Some colorists often focus on coloring only, but oftentimes you'll find an editor who is also a colorist. Make sure you tag yourself as only the roles you performed on each piece.

Creative Director:

Description:

Creative Directors generate ideas for projects. They typically work with the client to pitch ideas, develop them into finished creative, and oftentimes stay on board throughout production to work with the director and to make sure the execution matches their vision.

Distinction:

Although they come up with the ideas, Creative Directors oftentimes work with other people to help bring them to life. For instance, a Creative Directors may come up with an initial idea, but then work with a copywriter to write the script. It's important to tag yourself as only a Creative Director if you did not write the copy for a submission.

Copywriter:

Description:

Copywriters write the scripts, taglines, or words in general that power the creative.

Distinction:

As noted above, sometimes Copywriters may only write, often times they may consider themselves Creative Directors as well. It's important to clarify what roles you performed on each piece.

Designer:

Description:

Designers create the visual assets for a piece of creative. Oftentimes this can be the visual elements that will be utilized in an animation, but it can also include stylized titles, poster designs, illustration, etc.

Distinction:

Designers may also go by names such as Illustrators, Art Directors, Artists, etc. but for the purpose of our categorization we group them all under Designer.

Director:

Description:

Directors direct the overall storytelling, talent direction and execution of a video project.

Distinction:

Since understanding how a director pieces together an entire story or spot from beginning to end is so important, we typically prefer to have whole pieces submitted to the network, and not solely director reels.

Director of Photography:

Description:

DPs direct the visual elements of the project in collaboration with the director. They focus on the lenses, the lighting and the framing to ensure the best visual execution.

Distinction:

While we do accept "DP Reels" into our network, it never hurts to have full spots you've shot as well.

Editor:

Description:

Editors bring the video together from the footage provided and help tell the story in post-production.

Distinction:

Many editors play many roles, such as colorist, sound designer, etc. It's important to be clear and thorough when tagging the roles you completed on each project specifically.

Music Producer:

Description:

Music Producers create original music or scores to be used in creative projects.

Photographer:

Description:

Photographers shoot still photographs.

Distinction:

It's important to note that while many DP's often also take still photos, for the purpose of the network, please only apply with photography samples similar to the photography work you would consider taking and nothing if you only work as a DP.

Producer:

Description:

A producer organizes the shoots and handles all of the logistics to put a shoot together. They are typically responsible for seeing the project through from beginning to end and ensuring it stays on track and under budget.


Production Company:

Description:

A Production Company is a group of individuals, oftentimes covering many roles but almost always consisting of at least one producer and several directors with the sole purpose of creating video content.

Sound Designer:

Description:

Sound Designers create the sound effects to compliment a video project. They also often complete the sound mix and master.

VFX Artist:

Description:

VFX Artists create high-end visual effects, similar to what you would see in a high end movie (think Transformers, or Toy Story). They typically use professional 3D composition software to create very complex 3D animations, and are differentiated from the "Animator" role which accomplishes simpler visuals.


VFX Shop:

Description:

A VFX Shop is a larger organization of VFX artists and oftentimes animators who work in concert to create VFX heavy images for higher budget projects.

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