03/18/14

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NOW HIRING: Copywriter/Junior Creative in LA Office

Portal A is a leading creative studio with offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles that develops, produces, and distributes video built for the web.

Our work spans a variety of formats – web series, short films, viral content, music video, branded content, original properties, and documentary shorts for clients such as Google, YouTube, Microsoft, Sephora, Banana Republic, Relativity Media, Esquire Networks, and more.

Our team is looking to add a full-time Copywriter/Junior Creative to our Downtown Los Angeles office to assist in the development of concepts, scripts, pitches, storyboards, treatments, decks, and other key creative materials. The work our creative team develops reaches audiences in the tens of millions and is regularly covered by major press outlets like the New York Times, Mashable, Fast Company, Adweek, and many more.

Primary Responsibilities:

Concept generation for branded and original videos.
Writing scripts and treatments for videos and series in a wide variety of styles – from sketch comedy and music video to animated tutorial and documentary.
Providing creative direction and assistance to the Creative Director, Executive Producer, and our network of freelance directors.
Developing materials for client presentations.
Writing copy for website, decks, and other marketing assets.
Assisting in the management of the post-production process.

Skills & Qualifications:

2-3 years – whether in school or professionally – developing video concepts and video scripts for web or television distribution.
Expert understanding and fluency with the YouTube ecosystem, YouTube content, and top YouTube creators.
Comedy background is strongly preferred.
Ability to write creatively for a variety of formats.
Background and basic understanding of video production is strongly preferred.
Can multi-task and manage a variety of projects and clients at once.
Desire to grow  professionally and a willingness to work long hours in an open, youthful, startup environment.
Experience working with video editors and post-production is strongly preferred.
Final Cut Pro capabilities is a plus.

How to Apply:

Please email jobs@portal-a.com with your resume, writing and video samples, references, and a few sentences on why you’d be interested in working with us. Please reference the job listing in the subject line of your email (“Junior Creative/Copywriter”).

Last Notes:

Salary/benefits are competitive and based on experience and quality of previous work.

Our team is fun, full of creativity, and characterized by optimism and a desire to innovate. Our office environment is flexible, youthful, focused, and hard-working.

Portal A is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse workforce. Women, people of color, LGBTQ, veterans, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply for our open positions.

03/15/14

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NOW HIRING: Full-Time Producer in LA Office

Portal A is a leading creative studio with offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles that develops, produces, and distributes video built for the web.

Our work spans a variety of formats – web series, short films, viral content, music video, branded content, and documentary shorts. We develop our own original properties and work with clients such as Google, YouTube, Microsoft, Sephora, Banana Republic, Relativity Media, Esquire Networks, and more.

Our team is looking to add a full-time Producer based in our Los Angeles office to oversee the production process on a number of projects simultaneously. The work  our production team develops reaches audiences in the tens of millions and is covered regularly by major press outlets like the New York Times, Mashable, Fast Company, Adweek, and many more.

Responsibilities:

  • Hiring and managing production crew
  • Casting and managing relationships with talent
  • Drafting and monitoring production budgets and schedules
  • Keeping the production team on task and making sure we’re hitting deadlines
  • Booking locations, permits, and insurance
  • On-set producing
  • Hiring post-production crew (editors, sound engineers, colorists, etc.) and managing post-production process
  • Working hand-in-hand with Executive Producer, Production Supervisor, and firm principals to ensure a finished product that is high quality, on time, and under budget

Skills & Qualifications:

  • 2-3 years of video production experience
  • Detail-oriented to the extreme
  • Able to multi-task and manage a variety of projects and clients at once
  • Excellent communication and writing skills
  • Experience managing budgets
  • Willingness to work long hours in a start-up environment
  • A network of freelancers — directors, editors, line producers, music composers, etc. — in place is a plus
  • Experience with on-location filming and production
  • Familiarity with production equipment and editing/finishing software

How to Apply:

Email jobs@portal-a.com with your resume, work samples, references, and a few sentences on why you’d be interested in working with us. Please include “LA PRODUCER” in the subject line of your email.

Salary/benefits are competitive and based on experience.

Our team is fun, full of creativity, characterized by optimism and a desire to innovate. Our office environment is flexible, youthful, focused, and hard-working.

Portal A is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse workforce. Women, people of color, LGBTQ, veterans, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply for our open positions.

02/25/14

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Bringing Home the AVA Gold

A package arrived today in a nondescript black box. We assumed it was another pair of shoes for Nate. We opened it to find our first Gold AVA Digital Award with a shimmering statuette of an elegant woman holding a film reel that morphs into an array of cubes. We’re not totally sure what it means, but we think it’s likely symbolic of the evolution and proliferation of digital video content. Needless to say, we’re impressed.

A huge thank you and congratulations to our partners at Ploughshares Fund for the opportunity to deliver on the winning project, Give Peace a Dance

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01/31/14

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White Collar Brawlers Comes Back for Second Season

Esquire Network just green lit our story for a second season, this time with more episodes and grit than ever before. Our original web series has come full circle, taking on its own form on the big screen. 

If you think you have what it takes, don’t be shy. Check out the Casting Site for Season Two. Production will be moved entirely to Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn. 

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Get ready for the new season to hit the network sometime this fall.  

For the full story, check out the news in Tubefilter and VideoInk.  Fight on, folks. 

12/10/13

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REWIND 2013: What Does YouTube Say?

Portal A Partners With YouTube to Create Most Star-Studded Collaboration in Internet History (We Checked)

The year on YouTube brought us screaming goats, flaming twerks, forest foxes, wrecking balls, epic rap battles, and more Harlem Shakes than we can even remember. And we watched every video. So when YouTube approached us to create a tribute to this epic year, we were ready. Rewind 2013 is the culmination of three months of work by a creative team and a production crew that went above and beyond every step of the way to bring YouTube to life.

Please see below for full production credits and watch the video here.

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The Rewind production was truly sprawling; we took over an expansive desert, flew the skies of downtown LA, and built a night forest fit for foxes. We partnered with our good friends at Sweatpants Media to up the epicness – with aerial photography from planes and helicopters, massive mortar explosions, RC heli shots, custom motorcycles, Ultimate Arm shots, and beyond.

We were also fortunate enough to work with a coterie of amazing guest stars, including Macklemore, Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, Sesame Street and over 60 of YouTube’s brightest stars (not to mention 30 insanely talented goats). Five of the top tracks from 2013 were mashed up by DJ Earworm to create the soundtrack.

We are honored to have worked with YouTube on this amazing project. A HUGE thank you to our production partners Sweatpants Media and Cinesaurus who poured their hearts and souls into this adventure. We also want to extend a tremendous thank you to the amazing cast of YouTube stars and the production crew for their boundless effort, enthusiasm, and skill.

The Portal A Team

PRODUCTION CREDITS

Rewind 2013 Created by Portal A
Directed by Kai Hasson
Executive Producers: Nate Houghteling, Zach Blume
Key Production Support Provided by Sweatpants Media
Senior Producer: Finley Wise
Producers: Jeffrey Sabin-Matsumoto, David Iain Johnson
Director of Photography: Alex Jacobs
Lead Editor: Sari Tracht
Additional Editor: Morgan Wise
Assistant Editor: Jake Keller
Graphics and Special Effects: Cinesaurus aka Gritty Reboots
1st AD: Jeffrey Sabin-Matsumoto and Finley Wise
2nd Unit Director: Jonny Zeller
2nd Unit Directors Assistant: Ray Czaplicki
A Cam 1st AC: Wes Waters | B Cam Op: Bryant Swantsrom | B Cam 1st AC: Zach Bobbitt | 2nd AC: Seaton Trotter | C Cam Op: Alex Watson | C Cam 1st AC: Mikey Zeller | Camera PA: Nate Garcia
Ultimate Arm Driver: Kevin Frame | Ultimate Arm Crane Op: Michael Pagan | Ultimate Arm Tech: Dustin Keller
Heli/Gimbal Pilot: Craig Coker
Behind the Scenes Videography and Editing: Alan Dean
Sweatpants Media Behind the Scenes: Alex Watson, Matt Griffin, Eli Suzuki-Gill, Mikey Zeller
Gaffer: Evan Cox | Best Boy Electric: David Klassen | Electric: Nima Zandi | Key Grip: Joel Nix | Best Boy Grip: Nick Piatnik | Grip: Brian Weber
Color Correction: Prehistoric Digital
Production Designer: Mike Casey
Art Director: Mike Mestas
Prop Master: Brook Shafer
Wardrobe Designer: Annie Rothschild | Wardrobe Assistant: Ayumi Moore | Wardrobe PA: Rachelle Almeida
Makeup Artist: Erin Nichols | Makeup Assistants: Kate Mullin, Vivian Wise, Andrea Garcia, Erica Preus
Stunt Coordinator: Mickey Cassidy
Additional Rigger: Mike Cassidy Sr.
Stunt Twerking Girl: Daphne Avalon www.daphneavalon.com
Photographer: Greg Balkin of Brightwood Photography
Animal Wrangler: Morgan Bateman of A-List Animals
Humane Society Animal Monitor: Joan Waldman
Motorcycle/Gear: Roland Sands Design
Helicopter Pilot: Perry Sands
Airplane Pilot: Scott Geils
Airplane Owner: Paul Raymond
SFX: George Zamora
Water Truck Driver: Tom Pike
Location Mangers: Al Sumian, Jeff Morris
Button Design and Production: WhaleFilm
Strategy and Creative Support: Drew Glover and Jessica Schiffman
Production Assistants: Asia Lemasters, Andrea Murillo, Edan Sberlo, Katama Martellucci, Jay Salahi, Frederick Gourge, Jesse Mico, Andrea Chrunyk, Melanie Adams

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