Hopefully you're reading this because you're interested in helping create awesome educational videos that support both open and global health education.
To provide some background, Osmosis (https://www.osmosis.org) is a web-based platform that helps med students study for the boards (among a lot of other things). On top of that, we also curate and create a lot of our own educational content, particularly "whiteboard-style" video content. All our videos are openly accessible on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/osmosis), and we also have a partnership with Wikipedia Project Medicine, so you're likely to catch our videos on the main Wikipedia pages for various diseases (e.g. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diabetes_mellitus).
Our content creation team currently consists of a handful of animators and editors, an army of scriptwriters, and a couple other folks who keep the wheels turning. We're specifically looking for someone who understands advanced biological and physiological concepts well enough to be able to turn a script into a 5-10 minute video, like those on our channel (https://www.youtube.com/osmosis). These videos are all released on a creative commons license, meaning they're open-access. That said, they also double as test resources for students using our platform. Animations and image assets produced for the videos are also being used in textbook production (https://shop.osmosis.org/collections/featured-products/products/osmosis-renal-pathology-textbook).
This particular opportunity is for a paid internship period with the hope that the applicant will continue on afterward making videos full-time, which shakes out to animating approximately three 7-minute videos. This position is completely remote.
About the internship------------------------The internship is a two-month training opportunity to learn how to make Osmosis-style videos, with the goal being that the applicant continues on as a full-time contractor producing videos for Osmosis. The applicant will work closely with the animation team, receiving and incorporating feedback. They'll ramp up production of videos over the two-month period.
After the internship------------------------After the internship period, it's our hope that the applicant is comfortable producing video content on a regular basis, with the expectation for an animator to animate about 3 videos a week (depending on video length). This typically equates to a full week's worth of work. While it's a contractor position, we have a close team that works together (digitally) every day and values collaboration and hard work. Additionally, Osmosis does not hold contractors to a non-compete, so as long as expectations are met regarding video production, animators are welcome to follow other pursuits outside of Osmosis. Oh, and did I mention that it's remote? 👍
Applicant requirements------------------------------------- ☑️ A degree or currently pursuing degree in a healthcare or biomedical field
☑️ An Understanding of advanced physiologic and biologic principles and mechanisms
☑️ Experience with creative software (e.g. photo- and video-editing software)
💰 Compensation 💰---------------------------------The pay for the two-month period is $3500 / month, with the expectation of working 40 hours per week for eight weeks. After the internship, the content team will decide whether or not to extend the applicant to a full-time contractor position to produce videos at a rate of $60 / minute of video animated. Productive animators are often able to produce ~21 minutes of video per week, equating to approximately $60,000 per year, though animators are welcome to animate more in a given week.
Sample submission-------------------------------If you're still interested, then we'd like you to read the following paragraph, and then put together what you think the final "scene" would look like for this paragraph. That means, for the most part, the majority of the information in that paragraph should be contained within a single image.
"Normally, the hypothalamus, which is located at the base of the brain, secretes gonadotropin-releasing hormone, or GnRH. GnRH makes the nearby pituitary gland secrete two hormones of its own, called gonadotropins - follicle stimulating hormone, or FSH, and luteinizing hormone, or LH. These hormones travel to the follicles within the ovaries, which are small clusters of granulosa and theca cells that protect the developing egg cell. FSH acts on the granulosa cells, making the follicles grow and mature, as well as secrete estrogen, while LH stimulates theca cells to secrete progesterone and small amounts of androstenedione, which is a precursor of testosterone. All three of these hormones belong to a class of steroids, or lipid-soluble hormones."
For the animation role, we're really looking for somebody who has a good intuitive sense on how things should be presented, for example using colors and drawings to help explain things where simply writing it out doesn't do the job. Also—as silly as it might sound—a major hurdle for new animators is hand-writing, which actually is pretty important since if a viewer can't easily read what's being written, it makes it that much harder to understand the concepts. Definitely focus on these things as you work through the sample!
Again, you're highly encouraged to use our channel (and the sample videos below) for inspiration, as we'd like to see the samples come as stylistically close as possible to our current videos.
Technical requirements-------------------------------------Our videos require the use of a drawing tablet, and drawing software (we use Autodesk Sketchbook).
Once you've got something you think is awesome, upload the sample image, fill out the rest, and hit send!
We look forward to hearing from you!