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Please see below various opportunities, submitted by members and subscribers, or gleaned from other sources. Some are paid positions, some are voluntary. If you're a newcomer, we suggest that you get as much experience as you can, so offering your services for free when an opportunity arises will most-likely be worth it in the longterm, both on your CV, in the gaining of skills and the all importance of meeting/building relationships with people working in the industry. Entering competitions is highly recommened too. You may win, but even if you don't there's the exposure gained!
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by The Nature Conservancy, this year’s theme is “Your Favorite Wild Animal” and the
celebration will be held during the DC Environmental Film Festival, which takes place from March
18 - 28, 2021.
This competition is free to enter and includes five categories for worldwide
The winner in each category will receive a cash prize and recognition at DC-EFF and on the CEF and Nature Conservancy websites.
The Eco-Comedy Video Competition exists to promote the use of comedy to engage audiences.
Around 30% of animal and plant species are at risk of extinction, according to the Red List released in December, which is an inventory of threatened species maintained by the International Union of Conservation and Nature (IUCN). Raise awareness about your favorite wild animal through the power of comedy.
BBC Studios launches accelerator program for assistant producers
BBC Studios, the commercial arm of the BBC, has launched the application process for its Assistant Producer Accelerator Program.
The initiative will offer 14 year-long contracts to researchers looking to “supercharge” their careers by becoming assistant producers.
Successful candidates will be provided with the best-in-class bespoke training and mentoring as well as a job placement in the genre in which they excel in order to make the career transition. Key genres will include documentaries, entertainment, factual entertainment, science and the National History Unit.
The scheme will offer placements throughout all BBC Studios Production bases from around the UK, including in Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, London and Salford.
Candidates from such underrepresented groups as the LGBTQ+ community, those with a disability, ethnic minorities, lower income groups, and different backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
The application process will be open for seven weeks – closing on Jan. 31, 2021 – with an expansive outreach program and several open house briefings in the form of ‘Open Day’ Zoom sessions and one-on-ones.
Studio Silverback is building a new team to create a 12x20’ series on climate change to be broadcast worldwide online.
The series will film through 2021 and will be broadcast towards the end of the year ahead of COP26. This highly ambitious series has been commissioned by a leading tech company to reach a big global audience with the stories of those impacted by climate change and the people creating the most inspiring solutions.
We are looking for a Series Producer (preferably part time), 2 X Producer/Directors and an Assistant Producer. The successful candidates will, at their respective levels, have excellent, proven experience of uncovering new stories, organising complex shoots and delivering impactful sequences that cover both the human and natural worlds.
The PDs especially must have excellent, international field experience, a journalistic talent for finding stories on the move and experience of directing high quality sequences, managing interviews and working with talent. Experience with capturing sound, flying drones and filming with high-end cameras will be advantageous. Driving licence essential.
The aim is for all contracts to start in January 2021 (with some flexibility to start later if needed) and last until November 2021.
We are looking for contributors to send us recordings of the wind, for inclusion in a digital
recreation of a sound sculpture by artist Mike Blow.
We are creating a web-based version of the work Aeolus’ Cabinet (2015) by Mike Blow. The
original work is based on a vintage index card cabinet which has been modified and is
exhibited as a sonic sculpture. When each of the drawers is opened it triggers a recording of
the wind to play from within it. There is a different wind sound for each drawer and it is
possible to play multiple sounds simultaneously to create unique compositions. Each drawer
is labelled with the name of the wind it ‘contains’.
The online work will be a virtual 3D model / game of the original cabinet, accessible through
a web browser, that will operate in the same way as the real thing. Each of the virtual
drawers will be assigned a wind recording sound. Opening the drawers will trigger the
sounds, and display information about the recording and a bio of the contributor.
As the pandemic has limited opportunities for showing the original work we have secured
funding to make an online version of the cabinet. This exciting opportunity will allow us to
broaden the scope of the project by:
involving collaborators from around the world by asking them to send recordings of
the wind for inclusion in the project,
supplementing the wind recordings with extra information such as location, details
and photos about the wind and the recording, and a biography of the person who
submitted the recording,
reaching a larger and more diverse audience than with the physical object.
What we are looking for
A good quality sound recording of the wind, around 5 minutes in length and in wav
format. Recordings of famous winds (see here, or here) with names are especially
desirable. The direct actions of the wind on objects is perfectly acceptable; whistling
around buildings or through trees, making flags flap or boat rigging sing, leaves
skittering along the ground, and so on.
A single-paragraph description of the recording; where it was recorded, the name of
the wind or storm if it has one, any story connected with the recording.
The name and a photo of the recording site if you have one, and/or a latitude and
A single-paragraph bio.
For the recording / information as specified above, we will pay:
100 gbp (UK pounds) for an existing recording that you already have in your
250 gbp plus reasonable expenses for a special trip to capture a specific wind. We
are especially interested in ‘named’ winds, e.g. Mistral, Chinook, Ghibli, Freemantle
All submissions will be checked and we reserve the right to reject any that are deemed
unsuitable (e.g. in terms of content or quality).
How to be involved:
If you would like to contribute to the project or have questions, please email Edmund
Harcourt firstname.lastname@example.org with details about the recording you would like to
Oxford Scientific Films are looking for an highly organised Production Coordinator, or experienced Production Secretary looking to step up, to join a fantastic team for a 9 month contract starting ASAP.
We are looking to build a dynamic and diverse team to make an exciting new four-part factual series for a major SVOD platform.
The role will be mostly working from home for the time being with the option to be in our London office part time when necessary, then in a studio for a few weeks in early 2021.
The ideal candidate will have the following experience/skills:
• Comprehensive knowledge of setting up shoots in foreign locations,
including organising visas and carnets
• Studio filming experience inc. knowledge of art dept/props
• Recent knowledge of filming under COVID-19 guidelines
• Dealing directly with contributors
• Organising camera equipment, negotiating with kit houses
• Knowledge of post-production workflows and schedules
• Creating risk assessments and call sheets
• Managing paperwork and data storage throughout the production
• Completing post-production paperwork for multiple commissioners
• Full driving licence
Plimsoll Productions look for Production Co-ordinators for an exciting brand new commission!
Plimsoll is looking for experienced PRODUCTION COORDINATORS to start between November and February for initial contracts of 6-24 months.
We have several opportunities for some super Co-ordinators coming up in our NATURAL HISTORY department – working with some amazing teams for US & UK broadcasters and streamers.
You’ll need foreign filming experience in Natural History, Specialist Factual, or Adventure Documentaries, and will possess excellent logistic skills and multi-tasking capabilities. We use PMI, so experience preferred but not essential.
Due to the number of applicants, we can’t respond to everyone, so if you haven’t heard from us in 2 weeks, you have not been selected this time. Thanks for your application and please see facebook.com/plimsollproductions for future opportunities.
BBC Studios NHU is looking for a Junior Camera Operator for a BBC One Landmark series
BBC Studios Natural History Unit (NHU) is acknowledged as the leading maker of television and radio programmes on wildlife and natural history anywhere in the world. This is for an ambitious new NHU major landmark project for BBC1 delivering in 2023.
All wildlife content is acquired from freelance operators; there are no BBC staff positions in this category.
Consequently, on completion you will be released to compete on the freelance market for work, either from the NHU or elsewhere. This opportunity is aimed at those with sufficient relevant skills and experience to enable rapid progress to full professional competence.
You will need to include a link to your showreel as part of your application. In addition to this, complete sequences will be advantageous.
*Please note if you do not include a link to your showreel we will not consider your application*.
The BBC NHU runs a 12 month Junior Camera Operator scheme that aims to develop an emerging camera operator by providing experience for them working alongside existing experts in their field and increasing their ability to operate at the very highest level of natural history filming.
After the success of previous schemes we wish to select a further position to embed with the production team of a major landmark Natural History series. Capturing in UHD and making use of cutting-edge camera technologies, this is an exciting opportunity to learn about the latest wildlife production and photographic processes as well as preparing work in the production offices, advising, testing and prepping kit as well as providing assistance and shooting in the field.
You must be able to provide evidence of highly proficient camerawork, and ideally have broadcast or corporate credits.
Wildlife TV & filmmakers everywhere - we need your help!
We’re in the middle of a climate and biodiversity crisis but our business is also booming.
Please vote in FF:W’s Big Discussion to help build a picture of what we as an industry want our wildlife tv programmes to achieve and how we go about making them at this critical time.
Currently around 100 people have voted -THANK YOU if that includes you -but we need at least over 200 to build a more meaningful picture. It's a quick yes/no/pass on existing statements and we encourage you to add your own for others to vote on.
We’re using a system called Pol.is - a ‘real-time system for gathering, analysing and understanding what large groups of people think in their own words, enabled by advanced statistics and machine learning.’
The more voters we get the more accurate the picture we'll build of current attitudes within the industry and you can see some of the interesting results developing already.
Example yes/no/pass statements you can vote on currently include:
‘I am frustrated by the inefficiency of multiple productions filming the same sequence’
I know where to learn about best practice on how to communicate effectively about the climate and ecological crisis’
‘Programs are getting harder and more expensive to make as the climate crisis makes wildlife behaviour less predictable’
Once we’re over the threshold we’ll be generating a report to share and help inform how we might tackle these issues going forward, encouraging collaboration across production companies.
We’d love your input, whatever department, level or location, we need all perspectives. Please share widely with your wildlife tv/film friends and networks. Thank you.
Filmmakers for Future: Wildlife is a grassroots community of Bristol based wildlife filmmakers with two main aims:
1 – to collaborate on ways of reducing the environmental impact of wildlife filmmaking
2 – to encourage content that raises awareness of the climate and biodiversity crisis, and which inspires real change
If you’d like to know more or are interested in joining please check out our website, thank you.
Wildlife film-maker in Pennsylvania/New York region wanted!
A US-based film-maker is looking for a wildlife film-maker who can capture a few beautiful shots of a Pennsylvania winter, for inclusion in a drama.
So, if you're based in/around the Pennsylvania/New York region and are looking for a few days work, please get in touch asap.
BBC Studios NHU are looking for a Bristol-based Development Producer
The Development Producer will create and develop the best natural history ideas for broadcasters across the planet. Working in close collaboration with the Head of Development they will originate ideas and move the slate forward with drive and creative vision.
The post-holder develop projects independently, which fit the overall strategy for the Natural History Unit with the aim of securing numerous commissions. They will write treatments, cut promos, negotiate access, liaise with talent and pitch ideas.
They will provide editorial support to the team; in areas including the development of commissioned projects, research of content to support ideas and helping to ensure the smooth and efficient running of the development slate.
Lead the development of successful pitches in response to commissioning briefs.
Implement the development strategy alongside the Head of Development.
Proactively undertake research to identify and develop new ideas/materials and new on screen talent.
Sourcing content and developing high quality programme treatments and pitch documents.
Pitch ideas to various commissioners and partners.
Develop editorial judgment and skills by supporting the editorial team with current developments.
Tracking all projects on the slate and any new developments.
Organise materials and facilitate development initiatives - brainstorms, away-days, workshops, etc.
To act as an ambassador promoting the Natural History Unit both within and outside of the BBC.
Develop and nurture new diverse development talent in the natural history genre.
Manage teams members work loads and priorities.
Are you the right candidate?
Proven experience in the generation of ideas that have resulted in commissions, and proven experience in running a successful team that has generated commissions.
Strong attention to detail and the ability to maintain accurate administration systems.
Ability to work unsupervised, exercising initiative and assessing priorities but referring issues upwards where appropriate.
Excellent administrative and organisational skills
Knowledge of key onscreen talent and new talent within the genre, with ability to develop strong working relationships with talent and agents.
An awareness of the financial consequences of editorial decisions. Good knowledge of the budgeting and cost implications of natural history filming.
A broad based knowledge and a familiarity with conventional and specialised sources of information and research techniques.
An understanding of and the ability to interpret editorial intentions, and to contribute to the generation of ideas and the resolution of script problems.
Experience of handling confidential and/or controversial information with tact and sensitivity.
An enthusiasm and interest in popular entertainment. A broad passion for television, short form and radio.
Excellent people skills.
Sound awareness of individual creative approaches, with an understanding of how to manage different styles in order to get the most out of people.
Proven expertise in returnable factual format business.
Ability to develop and manage a wide range of complex internal and external relationships.
Broad natural history knowledge and sound understanding of the external trends and forces within the genre, with good knowledge of commercial opportunities.
Understanding of the global market, trends and opportunities.
An ability to balance budget challenges with maintaining world-class reputation.
A respect and understanding of the BBC audiences.
An appreciation of the impact of the digital trends and the effect it is having on the way in which audiences consume BBC content.
Excellent pitching skills, practiced in using different pitching styles and methods and production of must-have sizzles.
Programme making experience is preferable, or an awareness of how productions work.
Understanding of building relationships and winning business from terrestrial and subscription channels beyond the BBC.
Ability to write and produce high quality and visual treatments and proposal. Experience of In Design and Premiere would be an advantage.
Technical Producer Wanted by Wildscreen (Freelance late August - October 2020)
Wildscreen are looking for an experienced, driven and technical producer to support our small, dynamic and ambitious team deliver the 2020 Wildscreen Festival Virtual Edition.
Work with us
Position: Wildscreen Festival - Technical Producer
Location: Remote working, potentially required to be in central Bristol during 19-23 October
Contract: Freelance late August - October 2020
Fee: Fixed fee of £6,000 (approx 34 days @175 per day)
Wildscreen is seizing the opportunity for evolution in light of the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, the reimagined virtual event will be the most accessible Wildscreen Festival to date, with more people than ever before being able to tune in to its ground-breaking content and benefit from the events unrivalled networking opportunities.
The online edition of the Festival will include everything that our international industry expects, including keynotes, masterclasses, sessions, commissioner meetings, film premieres and screenings with director interviews, and a new programme of one-to-one meetings.
Panda Award submissions and Official Selection films will also be available over a three-month period between 17 September to 16 December, accompanied by all the industry content released during the Festival week itself which takes place from 19-23 October 2020.
The Technical Producer will take ownership and responsibility for the technical planning, delivery and execution of the virtual Festival, supporting the Festival team and our freelance content producers to deliver an amazing, seamless industry programme.
Deadline for applications: Thursday 13 August 2020 at 5pm.
NB. The closing date for entries is 24th July 2020, at 11.59 pm GMT.
NHU Landmark Producer pool, BBC Studios Bristol
BBC Studios Natural History Unit is developing several new landmark productions following on from the recent success of Seven Worlds, One Planet and Primates.
They are looking for a number of experienced and enthusiastic Landmark Producers to become part of a pool to be appointed as and when work starts on the new projects.
Each Producer will be highly creative and organised, with excellent storytelling skills, visual flair and the ability to take an innovative, ambitious and imaginative approach to delivering outstanding content. They will have a clear and committed understanding of the constraints of budget and be a very good team player. The role includes involvement at every stage of the production process including research and pre-production; location and/or studio filming; and post production.
Discovery Channel links with Explorers Club on $1 million scientific grant
American pay-TV network Discovery Channel has partnered with The Explorers Club, a non-profit world leader in exploration, to launch a grant that will fund “the next frontier of explorers.”
The Explorers Club Discovery Expedition Grant will consist of a US$1 million fund dedicated to advancing “significant exploration and scientific discovery.” The program will allow explorers to share their scientific findings and discoveries across an array of scientific journals, as well as via Discovery Channel’s linear and digital platforms.
Selected finalists will be chosen by an independent panel of accomplished explorers, researchers and academic scholars, in conjunction with The Explorers Club and Discovery.
Interested parties may find the pre-application process here.
New Scottish competition is launched for musicians who are in tune with nature
A new Scottish national contest is being launched, calling on musicians of all genres – whether rock, rap, folk, classical or anything in between – to show their love of nature by writing music inspired by the coasts and waters of Scotland’s beautiful nature reserves.
Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and Feis Rois have partnered up on this first-ever competition for Scotland to inspire people to connect with nature through music.
The competition, called In Tune with Nature, will be judged by a panel of well-known faces from the Scottish music industry – including Julie Fowlis, Vic Galloway and Karine Polwart – and is part of the celebrations for the Year of Coasts and Waters.
Entrants aged 16 and over are invited to compose a piece of music inspired by one of 10 national nature reserves across Scotland.
Winners will receive a £500 cash prize, as well as the opportunity to take part in live performances throughout the year. Every winner will also make a film on the nature reserve which inspired their music with a professional film-maker.
Filmmaking story tellers of the natural world are invited to take advantage of this unique opportunity to pitch their planned project to a board of commissioners, producers and distributors at the PITCHING SESSION of the International Wildlife Filmfestival GREEN SCREEN 2020.
To participate, the following must be submitted:
An Exposé, describing the project should be described, including approximate shooting time, locations and the people involved.
A short CV.
An approximate budget idea.
If available, a trailer or other footage.
The Pitching Session itself is open to the public and follows international rules:
The presentation of your project may take up to seven minutes.
After that the attending experts and decision makers are invited to evaluate the project and, if applicable, to express their interest.
If you are interested, please contact Pitching directors Annette Scheurich and Udo Zimmermann via email@example.com.
The sooner we know who plans to pitch, the better, even if not all documents are ready.
A pre-selection panel will select 6 to 8 participants for the pitching session from the submitted projects by 1st August 2020.
Some of the projects that have been presented in recent years are now in production! Participation is in any case an enriching experience!
As the promotion of emerging talent in naturefilm has always been a concern of GREEN SCREEN, submissions by newcomers and ambitious young filmmakers are encouraged. Please feel free to spread the word!
See you at GREEN SCREEN in Eckernförde!
September 09th-13th 2020
Footage Wanted of Arctic Wildlife for an International Co-production!
Producers of a film about polar bears, an international co-production, are looking for footage of polar bears hunting seals and footage of seals inside an agloo (seal den).
After two years on concrete blocks, undergoing a transformation into the world's most advanced (and coolest) research vessel, OceanXplorer is floating. This is a major milestone for a vessel of this size. Soon, it will be on its way to explore the Indian Ocean with National Geographic and BBC Studios, and we're seeking a Digital Producer/Editor to live aboard and tell the story from the field.
Research and develop multiple story ideas for digital distribution based on working concepts and themes for OceanX and BBC’s upcoming series for National Geographic
Assist with the booking of characters for multiple stories across the series
Support the Executive Producer with the management of pre-production budgeting, scheduling, and other logistical items (e.g., creation of pre-pro books, travel, releases, as well as support on prod slate updates)
Support the creation of pitch decks for the digital content for the upcoming National Geographic series
Help the Executive Producer with other special projects (e.g., creation of standard tools and templates), as needed.
We are looking for 1 Junior PM to work on Eden, a new mini landmark Natural History series.
Start date: Jan 2020 to approx. Nov 2020 to cover filming period. This may be extended according to production requirements up to 12 months.
Interviews are expected to be held w/b 16/12/19
BBC Studios Natural History Unit is embarking on a spectacular BBC One landmark production following on from the recent success of Seven Worlds, One Planet and Blue Planet 2. We are looking for a number of experienced and enthusiastic Producers to work on this major ground-breaking project.
Each Producer will be highly creative and organised, with excellent storytelling skills, visual flair and the ability to take an innovative, ambitious and imaginative approach to delivering outstanding content. They will have a clear and committed understanding of the constraints of budget and a be a very good team player. You will take responsibility for one or two programmes. The role includes involvement at every stage of the production process including research and pre-production; location and/or studio filming; and post production.
These roles are subject to greenlight. Please be aware we will be interviewing for these roles the week commencing Monday 16th December so please ensure you are available prior to completing an application.
BBC Studios Natural History Unit produces a range of technically challenging live shows, features based documentaries and super-landmark series such as Blue Planet II, Springwatch, Deadly Dinos and The Natural World.
The role will be based in Bristol but you may be required to travel to locations across the UK. In general normal office hours will apply however, the nature of the role means that a flexible approach to working time will be necessary.
BBC Studios Natural History Unit is embarking on a spectacular BBC One landmark production following on from the recent success of Seven Worlds, One Planet and Blue Planet 2. We are looking for a number of experienced and enthusiastic Assistant Producers to work on this major ground-breaking project.
These roles are subject to greenlight. The interviews are expected to commence the beginning of January.
Edit Assistant required on NHU Landmark Expedition, BBC Studios Date posted: 04/12/2019 Location: Bristol, England, United Kingdom
BBC Studios, Natural History Unit is looking to recruit a Technical/Edit Assistant for Mission Ocean X (working title) a six part series commissioned by National Geographic.
FROM BBC STUDIOS NATURAL HISTORY UNIT - THE MAKERS OF BLUE PLANET II, WITH OCEANX MEDIA & EXECUTIVE PRODUCER JAMES CAMERON, COMES THE ULTIMATE ADVENTURE
Alucia2 can dive deeper, get closer and explore recesses of our seas inaccessible until now. Mission OceanX will capture the whole story of life on-board Alucia2, showcasing cutting-edge science, the thrill of exploration and extraordinary wildlife film-making. Mission OceanX has one goal... to push the boundaries of knowledge at the final frontier on Earth... our Oceans.
Each episode will have a singular, stand-alone mission that holds fast to one common theme... to take away a deeper understanding of our seas than ever before and leave behind a hopeful future. Each mission’s success rests with a cast of scientists, explorers and crew.
The role requires a technically proficient person. You'll be expected to manage your own time efficiently and to work flexibly to fulfil the role. You'll need a friendly attitude and a willingness to work co-operatively as part of a team. You should have the ability to assess priorities and adapt to fast changing circumstances and be able to work under pressure to set deadlines. You’ll be required to undertake a range of operational duties and to assist Editors and Post Production as and when required. Establishing and maintaining good management of media, operational and technical standards.
The Ideal Candidate
Efficient management, storage and ingest of all production media
Experience of UHD and proxy workflows and working with non-standard frame rates in a professional post-production environment
Demonstrates a working knowledge of end to end digital workflows
Excellent organisational skills with experience of maintaining detailed technical logs for large volumes of media and the ability to manage own time and workload effectively
Experience in assembling field download kits, and briefing location teams on offload techniques
Diligent liaison with post production houses to facilitate a smooth running media management process and all stages of post from capture to delivery.
Ability to juggle tasks effectively and prioritise requests from different quarters, especially if shooting/post production schedules overlap
Experience of working with both Avid Media Composer and Adobe Premier platforms
An interest in developing editor skills by assisting directors/editors with sequence assemblies, creating promos, trails, and web content.
Demonstrates good editorial judgement in relation to selection and suitability of material
Ideally, applicants should demonstrate a passion and creative thirst for natural history programme making, be a strong team player, and work well under pressure with a calm, unflappable disposition.
This role potentially involves working on location onboard Alucia 2 for some of the expeditions.
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