Monday, June 8, 2009

SKy Creative Services - they're huge!





Right – just got a bit of holiday action out the way after moving our studios new part of Soho – more space for everybody, and lot more excitement in the night life department – check out Great Windmill street on the web!
Anyway back to business - Just had a very jaw dropping moment when talking to Paul Butler – creative director for Sky Movies. I asked him how many designers they have at Sky (thinking 20 or 30) and he said 100+ ! This got my interest up.
It seems that Sky Creative Services has been building up its offering over the last few years and now offers design and production for many different platforms – on-air, print, web, mobile etc. This makes them one of the largest creative outfits in Europe. They also have many training opportunities for both new & experienced staff and regularly send people off to learn more about things like Photoshop & Aftereffects.

I asked Paul if he had a message to all the graduates – he said don't be afraid to get in touch – they have just launched a new website called www.skycreative.tv with all sorts of info. He said it was best to make contact with a view to coming in and meeting someone – they are more interested in whether you have good ideas and creativity rather than if you know all the software packages inside out.

To all the established freelancers he said "
We employ a wide range of great freelancers and are always on the look out for more to add to the stable. they need extremely good technical skills as much as great ideas & design. A broad knowledge of After Effects/Photoshop & Illustrator are basic essentials and gradually Cinema4D is starting to become another tool some freelancers have up their sleeve. Also a good understanding of the broadcast environment and its demands are expected here across the different media.

We have a huge amount of creative opportunities and some freelancers do get to work on some very high profile and creatively challenging projects, it's not all the bread & butter stuff that we've all experienced as freelancers now and again. So if you bump into a freelancer who's worked with us, better to get the low down from them.. and maybe you'll give us a call"


In time the website will have more examples of their work. For the on-air stuff you can always look at YouTube or somewhere like The TV Room

1 comment:

Paul Butler said...

Thanks to Tim for the overview of our department here at Sky.
Just would like to point out that when I was talking about having great ideas and good design skills over technical ability, this was referring to what we seek in graduates applying for their first jobs with us.
Freelancers of course, need extremly good technical skills as much as great ideas & design. A broad knowledge of After Effects/Photoshop & Illustrator are basic essentials and gradually Cinema4D is starting to become another tool some freelancers have up their sleeve. Also a good understanding of the broadcast environment and its demands are expected here across the different media.
We employ a wide range of great freelancers and are always on the look out for more to add to the stable . As you can see by Tim's comments and on our website (soon to be updated) we have a huge amount of creative opportunities and some freelancers do get to work on some very high profile and creatively challenging projects, it's not all the bread & butter stuff that we've all experienced as freelancers now and again. So if you bump into a freelancer who's worked with us, better to get the low down from them.. and maybe you'll give us a call.

Paul Butler, Sky Creative