Digital Kitchen

Location: Seattle, WA

Founded: 2000

Website: http://thisisdk.com/

Veteran creative and Emmy Award winner Paul Matthaeus formed Digital Kitchen in 2000. The studio won an Emmy Award in 2002 for the title sequence on Six Feet Under, and again in 2006 for Dexter.


Notable Products

  • Title sequence design
  • Commercial production
  • Advertising design
  • Web video production
  • Marketing campaign design

 

What to Expect

The crew at Digital Kitchen bills itself as the agency of “effectiveness” that has replaced the agency of “record.” In essence, the company has aimed to be a creative shop for the next generation of design, original content production, and advertising initiatives by seeking out the most talented and forward-thinking employees and arming them with the latest technology. Among DK’s clients and success stories are titles for the HBO series True Blood and Big Love, Warner Bros. Studios’ Sherlock, BMW, Nike, Nip/Tuck, The Company, and House. Headquartered in Seattle, DK operates additional offices in Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York.

The people of Digital Kitchen are about 100 creative professionals. The ranks include directors, graphic designers, editors, animators, illustrators, writers, producers, and media strategists. Entry-level positions exist for junior creatives as well: transcribers, assistant editors, and design interns. Other professional positions include work in marketing, product management, IT, finance, and studio management. Production teams generally comprise three or four individuals, including editors and effects artists. These teams practice a “ping-pong”-style pipeline that bats segments of the project back and forth among team members. This provides for a more organic workflow. No two projects are ever produced the same way twice, so employees are encouraged to be innovative in achieving production goals.

There are no PCs in the Digital Kitchen—this is a Mac-only operation. Software packages like Final Cut Studio and the Adobe Creative Suite are standard issue. Specifically, Final Cut Pro, Avid Media Composer, Photoshop, Illustrator, and Adobe After Effects are the go-to applications for the development and editing of creative content, so familiarity with these is a good idea if you’d like to work here. Though DK bends toward digital formats and HD video production, the company is fully capable of working with film and converting formats from DV to uncompressed 4K. The company has its own studio equipped with numerous HD video cameras, like the Sony EX1 and the Canon 5D Mark II DSLR with video package. A network of Xserve servers and Xserve RAID storage solutions is used for media management across the four facilities.

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