How far would you go for your dream job?

How far would you go for your dream job?

One would certainly expect that creatively editing footage is a very valuable skill to demonstrate to a prospective employer in the VFX industry, especially so when that prospective employer is DreamWorks Studios, the position? Post-Production Assistant.

However, this isn’t always the case, should you happen to get a little too creative, just like one applicant, Christopher Woodring, found out.

After not hearing back from DreamWorks for some time following the submission of his application, Christopher decided that a follow up call simply would not do.  This was the job of his dreams after all and nothing less than sending DreamWorks a video displaying his talents would suffice.  Furthermore, why not include an interview from a reference of his in it?  Perfect.

Christopher opens up the video by introducing himself, speaks a little about his application and then introduces his ‘reference and long-time friend’, who turns out to be none other than Steven Spielberg, co-founder of DreamWorks Studios!?

What Christopher had cleverly done was extract footage from an interview Spielberg had sat for in the ‘90s and carefully spliced in some of his answers to tailor the questions he was posing to his ‘reference’.  Throughout the interview, Spielberg compliments everything from Woodring’s ability to his eyes, struggles to name his biggest fault and even suggests he would cry if Woodring was not to gain employment at DreamWorks Studios!

However, it turns out the footage used by Woodring was from an interview Spielberg was conducting regarding his film, Schindlers List, something that was reportedly found to be quite disrespectful.

Woodring was not asked back for a second interview.  But what do you think?  Was it a creative, out-of-the-box and somewhat cheeky approach from a hungry, up and coming talent which not only showcased his skills, but also gave an insight into his personality?  Or was it a brash, arrogant and over-zealous attempt from an inexperienced up-start  who, may have exchanged an opportunity at his dream job for 5 minutes of Internet fame?

6 Comments Davi Stein

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Davi Stein
Thu 4 Jul 2013: 11:57am

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  • Ricardo Musch:

    I think it actually shows creativity.

    "Thinking outside the box" which has always been praised by Lucas and Spielberg... (and actually, they were once praised for it themselves when they reinstated hollywood)

  • Simon Marks:

    The video came off as a bit cocky and short arsed. I didn't think it was a good attempt at showing the potential of a candidate but more how the candidate would probably cause a scene within the workplace.

  • Aaron:

    he wasn't actually banned, it's been debunked by one of the employees at DreamWorks. Some googling should find the relevant info, it's still a funny story though :)

  • Sam Gilmore:

    I don't think it was brash, perhaps arrogant but the cockiness was part of the comedy. He was editing it like a Youtube viral; pulling things out of their original context and make them funny. I just guess the HR dept had a few too many grey beards.

  • Jared:

    That's hilarious! Why was he banned? Is Speilberg too high on himself to see the humor in this? How was this disrespectful?

  • Sam Edwards:

    I think this says it all. He didn't do his proper research did he? Sometimes just doing what you were asked is better than going all out and causing a big scene. Sometimes it can even may you look like you were trying to make up for your lack of skills. Not trying to say Chris didn't however it may seem that way to employers.

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