Film News - Jobs / Internships / Volunteering / Footage Wanted, Competitions & other opportunities!
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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In partnership with the United Nations (and CITES), we're proud to announce the launch of the International BIG CATS Film Festival.
The purpose of this festival is to showcase films that educate their audiences on the importance of our world's amazing feline predators. Due to many threats, several of which are human-caused, big cats are more in danger than ever. We are focusing on eight species: Cheetah, Clouded Leopard, Jaguar, Leopard, Lion, Puma, Snow Leopard and Tiger.
All of the finalists will be showcased in free public screenings around the globe. Entering your film is completely free, and entry is open until December 31st. (jhfestival.org/on-tour-with-the-un.html)
We are also encouraging cat experts, film connoisseurs, conservationists and everyone who is qualified in some way to apply to be a festival judge. If you know anyone who is interested, please visit our website for more details (jhfestival.org/big-cats-judging.html).
Im glad to announce that my film "the right to survive" about the mountain gorillas of rwanda is almost finished. I need to pre sell it in order to finish it. If youre a producer/distributor or broadcaster please watch the attached trailer and contact me at email@example.com
Kenyan Assistant Producer needed for LIVE wildlife broadcasts.
WildEarth are looking for a bright and ambitious Kenyan Assistant Producer to join our dynamic team of LIVE wildlife filmmakers.
You will be responsible for reviewing and developing our wildlife shows, sourcing footage from our archives, building narratives, helping with administration, creating short form content and you will be trained to direct LIVE shows online and eventually for TV.
The job will be based in the Masai Mara National Park.
Applicant MUST be a Kenyan National and therefore be qualified to live and work in Kenya.
This will be a two month contract but there is a great opportunity within the business to grow and also to travel after this.
A degree in a relevant field [e.g. film, media, communications, etc.]
Some former television experience.
A passion for wildlife and being in the wild.
Ability to work well in a team.
Organised, self motivated and able to solve problems.
Job to commence on as soon as possible.
Submit CVs to firstname.lastname@example.org Salary $1200 per month. NB. This role has been filled.
You care about nature? You want to be a part of a solution to challenges? You feel creative?
Get inspired, find a story, do your research, get your team together, grab your camera and go outside to make your short film now! Send your film by 1 October 2017.
This year we have 3 exciting topics:
#1 Build Green, Live Green (green infrastructure)
Science has proved that we are healthier and happier if we live in greener environment. Parks, gardens, tree lines, orchards, woodlands etc. have many and significant benefits for people, as nature makes us healthier and happier; helps us be fit and beautiful; makes us more creative and improves our memory. Plus, it is good for the economy as well.
So what is stopping us from having more nature in our lives?
Investigate the root of this problem, point out to its causes or show us a success story and offer a solution. Let your voice be heard!
#2 The Last Day on Earth? (Earth Overshoot Day)
We are taking, we are consuming, and we are wasting without thinking about consequences of our actions. Planet Earth gives us enormous resources. Enormous, but not limitless. Did you know that Earth has to regenerate resources we are using and that we use more than can be reproduced?
Every year, the date that marks the day when humanity has exhausted Earth’s natural budget (called the Earth Overshoot Day) arrives earlier and earlier. In 1987 it was on December 19 and last year it was on August 8.
Now think, how can we help? We can bike to work or take public transport; we can consume less meat or become vegetarian; we can use less plastic; recycle; lower energy consumption… the choices are multiple. Tell your story about problems and solutions with your short film.
#3 Your Europe in 2050 (EU budget)
Close your eyes and imagine Europe in 33 years from now… Where are you? Are you in a place you are happy to be in or are you somewhere you want to escape from? How the world around you looks like?
Think about the problems Europe is facing today: social inequality, loss of animal and plant species, climate change, air pollution, management of water resources, waste, excessive noise and traffic… Will these issues be diminished, increased or will they remain the same? If the extent of problems will change, what is your vision of Europe in 2050?
The answer to these challenges is directly related to the next EU budgets and their shape – what will money be spent on? We want to see a green budget, where public money is spent for public good. Send us your vision of Europe in 2050, your dream or your nightmare in a form of short film and let us know what you hope for or what you’re terrified of!
Sweet summertime is here! And it's a perfect time to get the kids out and exploring their environment with phones, iPads, or cameras in hand! We're excited to launch this new project and contest to engage youth 18 and under in filmmaking, award them for their efforts, and build a Youth Film Archive.
SUBMISSION DEADLINE IS AUGUST 15, 2017.
Top prize is $250 cash and an iPad mini with $100 prizes in four age categories.
Be submitted by 11:59pm Eastern Time Zone on Wednesday, March 1st, 2017.
A panel of five judges representing the Center for Environmental Filmmaking and The Nature Conservancy will determine the finalists and grand prize winner. The decision of the judges is final. Awards are based on overall merit of the entries. The organizations listed above reserve the right to post submissions on their websites and social media channels.
Submissions that are not received by Wednesday, March 1, 2017, will not be accepted. Finalists will be announced on Wednesday, March 8, 2017. The winner will be announced at American University on Tuesday, March 21, at the DC Environmental Film Festival at 7:00 p.m., in the Forman Theater located in the McKinley Building on the American University campus.
Stories Lived is a repository of video shorts that move and inspire us to be the best version of ourselves we can be. It is a unique site in which one can see, learn and in turn, draw upon that grace that others show in their lives and hopefully use it in our own to be a blessing to others.
WANTED! Winners for New MEGA Series:
“WINNERS AND LOSERS” 70 Films from Brock Initiative
ARE YOU KEEN ON WILDLIFE?
DO YOU WANT TO HELP?
DO YOU HAVE GREAT MARKETING AND DISTRIBUTION SKILLS? (IMPORTANT)
DO YOU KNOW ABOUT WILDLIFE CONSERVATION AROUND THE WORLD? CAN YOU REACH IT AND USE IT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE?
IF YOU’RE INTERESTED, CHECK OUT THE BROCK INITIATIVE – YOUTUBE, VIMEO AND MY WEBSITE FOR THIS EXCITING, IMPORTANT SERIES NOW GOING GLOBAL, TO EVERY COUNTRY, AND EVERY PERSON WHO COULD MAKE THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WINNING AND LOSING.
EIA’s Communications department plays a vital role within the organisation providing hard-hitting images and video footage for our reports, website and social media. It also provides training for local NGOs to help them use these techniques in their own campaigning.
Reporting to the Head of Operations, the Visual Communications Coordinator is responsible for the coordination of activities within the Communications Department and the supply of the department’s services to the rest of the organisation. They will project manage campaign communication plans and assist in training local NGOs in-country in visual documentation and editing skills as required.
The coordinator will maintain administrative oversight of the Communications Department.
Location: Islington, London
Position Type: Paid, full time, permanent
Salary: £26,000 pa Application Closing Date: October 3, 2016
Interviews: October 10, 2016
Wildscreen are looking for a freelance Festival Marketing Content Creator.
You need to be an experienced, driven and creative marketing expert to support their small, dynamic and ambitious team to plan and execute the marketing and communications strategy for the Wildscreen Festival 2016.
Position: Wildscreen Festival Marketing Content Creator
Location: Central Bristol
Contract: Freelance, 28 days, Aug–Nov 2016
Fee: £5,000 (approx. 28 days @ £175 per day)
Stories Lived is a repository of video shorts that move and inspire us to be the best version of ourselves we can be. It is a unique site in which one can see, learn and in turn, draw upon that grace that others show in their lives and hopefully use it in our own to be a blessing to others.
Volunteer recruitment for Wildscreen 2016 is now open!
The Wildscreen Festival could not take place without our loyal and hard working team of volunteers that give up a week of their time to help deliver the event and make sure attendees get the most out their time in Bristol. We're now accepting applications from people who want to volunteer at the 2016 Wildscreen Festival and who share our passion for wildlife film and photography and providing great customer service to delegates.
The rewards for volunteering include:
The chance to see the Panda Award-nominated films and attend Festival events
Access to the Delegate Lounge and networking events
Access to the film library
Insight into the industry's issues and players
Learning new skills
Making new friends
The serious stuff
Successful volunteers are required to be available for full-time work Sunday 9 to Friday 14 October 2016 inclusive. The Festival is open from early in the morning to late at night so expect shifts with early starts and/or late finishes.
We're sorry, but all volunteers must be aged 18 or over
Applications are via the online form.
We do not accept applications by email, CV or covering letters.
Wildscreen is a charity and these are unpaid volunteer posts and we're unable to cover the cost of travel to or accommodation in Bristol.
A uniform and meals/refreshments will be provided.
If you feel you have the necessary skills to be a proactive and hardworking member of the volunteer team, please send us your application by Friday 29 July. Shortlisted applicants will be contacted throughout August for a telephone/Skype interview to assess your suitability and motivation, with successful volunteers being notified by early September. Due to the expected high number of applications we are not able to provide feedback to unsuccessful applicants..
CEEweb for Biodiversity after five year success and at least 60 hundred great short films later, just has launched Green-Go Short Film Contest for the 6th time in 2016. This year we are looking for short movies which raise awareness about small scale agriculture, the circular economy and Europe's nature wonders. Just like in the previous years, we would like to kindly ask you to be our partners to be able to reach even more interested people and raise awareness about the environmental issues we are living with. The best shorts will not only win valuable prizes but will be showed at international events that affect our future..
If you are passionate about wildlife and have a desire to learn about wildlife filmmaking, TaTanka Productions, Castle Rock, Colorado is putting on a Wildlife Documentary Video Workshop at Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. Bring your camera and learn how to produce your own 10 to 12 minute wildlife documentary on our nation's newly proclaimed national mammal, the Bison.
The workshop will run for 5 days July 31-August 5, 2016.
The spectacular Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge is a true gem of the US Fish and Wildlife Refuge System. The refuge's mixed grass prairies, lush meadows and majestic mountains with hundreds of buffalo is the backdrop for this learning experience.
You will be filming during the most exciting time of the year – the bison rut (mating season), where you will observe bison behavior to the maximum. The bulls when their tails go straight up, pounding the earth with their hooves and their bellows are deafening, signaling they are primed and ready for combat to challenge the other bulls that may come their way. The winning bulls get the prize, the females. The documentary you produce will be on your observations of bison behavior. Until you have intimately observed bison behavior and the rut – it is nothing like you have ever seen before. A refuge biologist will be on hand to discuss the nuances of bison behavior. Other wildlife to be observed on the refuge are elk, deer, prairie dog, burrowing owls, eagles, vast variety of other raptors, southern song birds and possibly the endangered black-capped vireo.
Tom and Sabrina Karges, owners of TaTanka Productions, a non profit 501c3, have been producing documentaries for thirty plus years specializing in Natural History and Social Awareness programs. Their work has taken them all over the world. But, their favorite place to return to is the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. They have been filming at the Refuge for more than twenty five years and have produced several films for the Refuge Visitors Center. Their latest film “Wild Side of Eden” is presently being shown at the Visitors Center. You can see “WILD SIDE OF EDEN” on Youtube.
The workshop is limited to 12 individuals. You will work in a small team learning how to produce your wildlife documentary program. You will learn the importance of research before you ever turn on the camera, idea script, script writing, shooting, audio and the basics of editing.
Students attending the workshop should have a passion for wildlife and wildlife filmmaking. To produce a successful wildlife film takes more than just shooting hours of footage. You must be able to combine your creative story telling ability with your technical expertise in shooting and then putting it altogether in the final edit. In essence the goal of the workshop is to inspire you to develop your skills to be a successful wildlife filmmaker.
The price for the seminar is $785.00 for the week. TaTanka is a 501c3 non profit so your tuition is considered a TAX DEDUCTION. At the conclusion of the five day seminar you will have your own professionally produced 10 to 12 minute documentary on bison behavior that you have shot and edited to take home.
Seven Worlds is an ambitious new NHU landmark project for BBC1 delivering in 2019.
Each hour long episode will transport viewers to a single continent. We'll view each one through their most iconic natural wonders...the Amazon, the Congo, the Sahara, the Himalayas…and, by focusing on the spectacular wildlife and the dramatic animal behaviour in those iconic landscapes, we'll discover what makes each of our seven worlds unique.
The BBC NHU runs an annual camera bursary scheme that aims to develop an emerging camera operator, by providing experience for them to work alongside existing experts in their field and increasing their ability to operate at the very highest level of natural history filming.
This year, the bursary will be embedded with the production team of new landmark series ‘Seven Worlds’. 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 and providing assistance/shooting in the field.
Working as a Trainee, we’ll give you a structured training plan that will include working alongside the wildlife camera operators and programme makers in the Natural History Unit. You’ll be learning about the latest wildlife production and photographic processes as well as preparing work in the production offices and providing assistance/shooting in the field. Your training will include on the job as well as attendance at formal courses and you’ll be allocated a Mentor to help and support you through this training programme. In addition your role may include travel to locations in the UK as well as overseas.
The UWE Bristol / BBC Wildlife Filmmaking Master course is a practical, one year MA, featuring masterclasses from industry leaders, practitioners and experts in the field and craft of wildlife filmmaking.
This is a full fee bursary for the one year MA in Wildlife Filmmaking. This course will not only provide world class teaching and practical experience to the student, but the successful applicant will also receive additional support in the form of bespoke mentoring throughout the course, and after graduation, from production staff at the BBC and Plimsoll Productions; an independent production company based in Bristol.
UWE Bristol’s MA in Wildlife Filmmaking is now in its fourth year and has an employment rate of 90 – 100%, at any one time, for its graduates.
The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust has, historically, offered bursaries for young people studying towards a degree in architecture. More recently, bursaries have been offered to students studying law and journalism. With the announcement of this new bursary the Trust continues to ensure that talented young people from disadvantaged backgrounds are able to access a variety of careers.
Sonia Watson, CEO at the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust says, “This is an exciting new venture for the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust. We have been working towards improving access to the media industry for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, but we have never ventured into the world of wildlife filmmaking. The work of the Trust is aimed at giving young people the opportunity to succeed in whatever field they choose, so we were delighted when we were approached by UWE Bristol and the BBC’s Natural History Unit to develop a new scholarship aimed at increasing diversity in this field.”
Alex Gilkison, Pro-vice Chancellor and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education, says, “UWE Bristol appreciates this opportunity to work in collaboration with the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust and the BBC to provide tangible opportunities for people from diverse backgrounds to enter the television industry at a professional level.”
The Stephen Lawrence/UWE Wildlife Filmmaking scholarship is open for applications.
Click here to find out more about this course from past and current students.
For further information and how to apply, click here NB. Please ensure your application is marked “SLCT Bursary Application”
We're looking for you to send us your ideas for Random Acts of Wildness - in film form. In no more than 10 seconds, we need you to capture your favourite Random Act of Wildness on camera and upload it to our Dropbox account. Then we'll edit them all together to create a gorgeous, fun and funky film that captures just how amazing wildlife and wild places are - and why you should want to go wild this June.
It doesn't matter how good (or bad!) the quality is - a camera phone will do just fine. If you've got footage from last year, that's great, but pick a sunny day if you'd like to film something new.
Think about different perspectives, ideas and locations, and get creative:
Making elderflower cordial from scratch
Use a GoPro to follow a bumblebee
Sniffing wildflowers in the garden
Exploring an urban jungle
Feeling sand or grass between your toes
Try to make sure that there's some audio, too - a short sentence saying what you're doing. Upload your films here.
WWT Expedition 2016 - Flight of the Swans - Looking for Flyway Volunteers!
In Autumn 2016 Sacha Dench (WWT Head of Content and Creative) will fly from the Russian tundra to Gloucestershire, following the migration route of the iconic Bewick’s swan, in what promises to be one of the most exciting and inspiring conservation projects of recent times. She will complete the 4,500 mile journey using a paramotor, just a parachute wing strapped to a small propeller engine. Along with her support crew and local paramotorists she will cross 11 countries during a 10 week period leaving Russia in September 2016 and returning to WWT Slimbridge in November as part of their 70th Anniversary celebrations.
The project will give WWT a unique opportunity to study the Bewick’s swans. It will also engage local communities in conserving the species and wetland habitats and bring local and international conservation groups together to find ways to stop the decline in Bewick’s swan numbers.
WWT Flight of the Swans proposed Flightpath - The arrow covers all areas where we need volunteers.
Sacha’s flightpath crosses the following countries:
The team are looking to approach possible volunteer photographers and videographers along the flyway, in order to do the following:
record a short video interview with an expert (we would provide the questions)
filming or photographing wetland sites
taking some images of the swans as they head back towards Russia on their Spring migration etc..
They will be looking for volunteers with a range of filming skills, from ground to air, including drones.
They are also keen to find people with local knowledge to help them locate the best sites for filming and local conservation groups/stories so that they can engage with communites en route.
We're looking for two bright and enthusiastic individuals to support our forward thinking, innovative and ambitious team at an exciting time of evolution and growth for the organisation.
Festival Assistant Salary: £19k pa, pro rata
Contract: Full time, fixed-term ending 30 November 2016
A vital part of the delivery team for the October 2016 Wildscreen Festival, this is a varied role incorporating elements of programming, marketing and administration. The successful applicant will have had several years of office-based employment - with some element of production or event management experience - along with a knack for organising data, handling large amounts of correspondence and an enthusiastic approach to managing a very busy workload and tight deadlines.
Admin Assistant Salary: £16k pa, pro rata
Contract: Full time, initial fixed term ending 30 November 2016 with the possibility of extension
Working across our world-leading initiatives, this role will provide day-to-day administration support for our small, dynamic team. The successful applicant will have at least one year's previous experience in an office administration role and will have a proactive and helpful approach, strong writing / numeracy skills and a real willingness to get stuck in and make a real difference to our tiny but ambitious charity.
Please submit your CV and a covering letter explaining your suitability for the position for which you're applying to email@example.com.
Deadline for Festival Assistant applications: Monday 8 February at 5pm. Interviews will be held on Monday 15 February.
Deadline for Admin Assistant applications: Monday 15 February at 5pm. Interviews will be held on Tuesday 23 February.
Produce a short, humorous video for YouTube tackling this year’s theme. “Connect the drops” between clean water and life. The contest is open to anyone worldwide who has a flair for producing videos and something to say about conservation.
Communicate a clear (and funny!) message around the broad theme of “clean water” and overall environmental conservation.
Appeal to a broad audience.
Be an original production.
Be less than three minutes (including titles and credits).
Be submitted by 11:59pm Eastern Time Zone on Tuesday, March 1st, 2016.
A panel of five judges representing The Nature Conservancy and the Center for Environmental Filmmaking will determine the finalists and grand prize winner. The decision of the judges is final. Awards are based on overall merit of the entries. Judges reserve the right not to grant an award. The organizations listed above reserve the right to post submissions on their websites and social media channels.
Submissions that are not received by Tuesday, March 1, 2016, will not be accepted. Finalists will be announced on Friday, March 4, 2016. The winner will be announced at American University on Tuesday, March 22, at the DC Environmental Film Festival at 7:00 p.m., in the Forman Theater located in the McKinley Building on the American University campus.
In Autumn 2016 Sacha Dench (WWT Head of Content and Creative) will fly from the Russian tundra to Gloucestershire, following the migration route of the iconic Bewick’s swan, in what promises to be one of the most exciting and inspiring conservation projects of recent times. She will complete the 4,500 mile journey using a paramotor, just a parachute wing strapped to a small propeller engine. Along with her support crew and local paramotorists she will cross 11 countries during a 10 week period leaving Russia in September 2016 and returning to WWT Slimbridge in November as part of our 70th Anniversary celebrations.
The project will give WWT a unique opportunity to study the Bewick’s swans. It will also engage local communities in conserving the species and wetland habitats and bring local and international conservation groups together to find ways to stop the decline in Bewick’s swan numbers.
For this project to reach its full potential we are looking to form an experienced and skilled volunteer team to assist with planning, logistics, vehicle maintenance, filming and media production. Some of the roles will be part of the expedition crew while others will be part of the essential HQ team based at WWT Slimbridge in Gloucestershire. Due to the nature of the project and the time commitment required the role descriptions are quite detailed and we are looking for people who have experience and proven skills in these areas.
If you don’t have the skills for these roles, or can’t commit the time at the moment, please keep checking back to this page. As the project progresses further UK-based volunteer opportunities will be announced that will involve roles based at our wetland centres or that may be suitable for home volunteering.
We are currently recruiting for the following roles
Click on the role title to download a role description
Wild Film Fest Entry Call - Competition Deadline DECEMBER 4TH
If you're a dab hand with the camera, be it video or stills, we would love to see some of your work submitted to our 2016 Wild Film Fest competition.
Wild Film Fest is an event in its second year of running, brought to you by the College of Life and Environmental Sciences at the University of Exeter, Cornwall; in collaboration with the Falmouth/Exeter Students Union as well as student societies: EcoSoc and WildDocSoc.
Three days of speakers, workshops and exhibits are lined up, culminating in the festival showcase, where we'll be showing off some of the great submissions we've had to our film and photography competitions to both the public, plus industry experts.
Sussex Wildlife Trust is looking for beautiful and awe-inspiring wildlife and landscape photographs to grace the pages of their 2016 online calendar. The subject matter is entirely your choice providing it follows the theme, ‘My Wild Sussex’.
Choose the wild places that are special to you – maybe the downs, woodlands, or a favourite urban nature spot where wildlife thrives.
First prize is £100 cash and the runner-up will receive a set of four Mark Greco wildlife mugs. Pictures taken by the 12 finalists will appear in The Trust’s 2016 online calendar, and the overall winning image will feature in their members’ magazine, monthly enews and on their website.
You can enter up to five images and they must all be in a landscape format and have a file size of atleast 1MB. All images must be digital – no slides or prints. Once the Trust’s judges have selected the 12 finalists, the overall winner will be voted for by the public. Closing date for receipt of entries is 30 September 2015.
Upload your images to their photo competition page or post a CD to: Richard Cobden, Photography Competition, Sussex Wildlife Trust, Woods Mill, Henfield, West Sussex BN5 9SD
Finalists to Attend Jackson Hole Elephant Summit and Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival; Winning PSA to Air on Nat Geo WILD.
Nat Geo WILD, in partnership with the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival and the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF), announced today (29/07/15) the Rally the Herd public service announcement (PSA) contest, to raise awareness of the plight of the African elephant. The contest will give aspiring wildlife filmmakers, conservationists, students or anyone with a passion for protecting our largest land animals the opportunity to create a public service announcement that rallies others to action. The winning PSA will air on Nat Geo WILD.
Participants are asked to submit a PSA focused on the African elephant, with the goal of inspiring others to learn more about the decline of the population and to offer their help. PSAs should be no longer than 90 seconds and can be created with original footage, and/or footage and photography provided by Nat Geo WILD. Entries will be accepted through Sept. 7 at each of the partners’ Facebook pages or by visiting bitly.com/RallyTheHerd, and will be judged on the following criteria:
Connection to theme of the African elephant (30%)
Quality of story line and script (20%)
Creativity and/or content originality (20%)
Production quality (e.g., lighting, shot composition, focus, sound) (15%)
The top three finalists will be announced by Sept. 14, 2015, and invited to the Jackson Hole Elephant Conservation Summit, Sept. 27-29, where for three days
leading elephant scientists, conservationists
and advocates will convene with 650+ international media professionals to share resources and
strategies, and brainstorm innovative approaches to halt the killing of elephants and illegal
trafficking of ivory. The winning PSA will air on Nat Geo WILD later this year.
“Getting people to care about these elephants is the first step in motivating them to act,” said Geoff Daniels, executive vice president and general manager of Nat Geo WILD. “We look forward to seeing how these filmmakers use the camera lens to ignite that passion in viewers to want to learn and do more.”
Poachers kill as many as 35,000 elephants each year in Africa, and other threats such as habitat loss and conflict with humans are jeopardizing the future of one of the continent’s most iconic species. Nat Geo WILD takes its viewers to the front lines of this crisis, where conservation groups like AWF are battling to save the species from extinction.
“Documentaries, films, National Geographic articles and programs have all helped to inspire a sense of awe and appreciation for the African elephant,” said Dr. Patrick Bergin, CEO of AWF. “Now we need the camera lens to inspire advocates for their survival.”
Lisa Samford, executive director of the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival and Conservation
Summit, added, “We aim to engage the power of media to influence global change to spark a
cultural shift and empower a public front that doesn’t tolerate the use of ivory products and illegal
poaching of the world’s elephants.”
Win tickets to SOUNDSCAPES at the NATIONAL GALLERY, which includes a contribution from member Chris Watson!
Leading contemporary sound artists and musicians Nico Muhly, Susan Philipsz OBE, Gabriel Yared, Jamie xx, Chris Watson, Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller have been commissioned to respond to a painting of their choice from the National Gallery collection. Each brand new ‘soundscape’ has been specially created for the exhibition. The sound artists and musicians have their own space in the exhibition in which their chosen painting and their new soundscape has been installed. These immersive and site specific installations give visitors the opportunity to experience and think about paintings in an entirely new way– to hear the sound within the painting and to see the visual within the sound. This style of exhibition has never before been staged at the National Gallery.
The National Gallery’s SOUNDSCAPES exhibition tickets
are valid until 06 September 2015:
Sainsbury Wing, National Gallery
Daily 10am – 6pm
Friday 10am – 9pm.
Subject to availability.
No cash alternative, non-transferable and no alternate prize will be offered.
Additional expenses are the responsibility of the prize-winners. Not for resale.
Eden Shorts 2015 is looking for your one minute film that displays your wonder of the natural world. Enter your short wildlife film before 5pm Wednesday 30th September for your chance to see your film on air and win £500 of camera equipment!!
We are looking to add high quality nature video content, 30 mins or longer, to our recently launched NatureCast Chromecast app. NatureCast lets consumers watch high quality nature videos on their big screen TV at home. We are interested in talking with you about using some of your nature footage in exchange for a revenue share and marketing within our Chromecast app.
The videos need to have nature background sound or music and are at minimum ~30 mins long (1080p). They can be a fixed scene or b-roll (i.e. ocean, forest, mountains, flowers, animals, sunsets, etc.). They do not have to tell a story, they are simply bringing the beauty of nature inside.
NatureCast which already has over 10,000 users are able to watch some of the video content in the app for free and others require in-app purchases. In lieu of paying licenses fees for the films, we are sharing the revenue on these in-app purchases. The NatureCast website www.naturecastapp.com has a clip on the homepage of the types of nature footage that are currently included.
The BBC are offering Work Experience placements of duration 3-20 days, including the following opportunities at the BBC NHU in Bristol:
Gardeners World, NHU Features, Bristol (July & August only - over 18)
An opportunity to gain work experience with Gardeners World, ideally the successful candidate will have proven knowledge and passion for Horticulture and a keen interest in TV production or journalism. You will need to be a good team player, with excellent communication and computer skills.
Harvest - NHU Features, Bristol (placement will run from 17 August to 11 September only - over 18)
The work experience placement on Harvest would give an insight into a busy topical production for BBC2 (3x 60mins), delivering in September 2015. The placement would begin during As Live filming and the successful candidate will have hands on experience, working with the Production Management team, booking travel and arrangements for filming as well as hands on experience on location helping support the filming teams and talent. There will also be an opportunity to observe the edit at our external post house. The successful candidate must have a keen interest in TV and our output and be an excellent team player with good communication skills as this will be a busy production.
Natural History Unit, Bristol - Tribes/Gorilla Family and Me (July & August only - over 18)
This is an opportunity to assist the production team on 2 programmes (Gorilla Family and Me 2x60’ BBC2) in which Gordon Buchanan is trying to get closer to wild gorillas than ever before in the heart of the Congo and (Wildest Tribe 3x60’ BBC2) What can Gordon Buchanan learn about iconic animals from the world’s most extreme tribal people. This is likely to involve basic research work, fact checking, running for the office team. The ideal candidate will be interested in wildlife filming, as well as gaining an overview of the production process.
Natural History Unit, Bristol - Weird Worlds (July & August only - over 18)
This is an opportunity to assist the production team on Weird Worlds within the Natural History Unit. This is likely to involve basic research work, fact checking, running for the office team. The ideal candidate will be interested in wildlife filming, , as well as gaining an overview of the production process.
Natural History Unit, Bristol – New Zealand (over 18’s)
This is an opportunity to assist the production team on New Zealand within the Natural History Unit. This is likely to involve basic research work, fact checking, running for the office team. The ideal candidate will be interested in wildlife filming, in particular the New Zealand flora and fauna, as well as gaining an overview of the production process.
Natural History Unit, Bristol - Changing Worlds (September only - over 18)
Changing Worlds traces 3 of the world's amazing habitats, which undergo the most extreme changes to their landscape. This is the story of how nature survives and prospers through this change in the Okavango Delta, Svalbard and New England. By September, 2 episodes will be in the edit, whilst one is in the middle of filming. this is ‘an office based placement using research skills to support the edits, helping to source information, fact check and possibly source archive. It will involve seeing the programmes being assembled and understanding the editorial demands of a series such as this.
Natural History Unit, Bristol - The One Show (July & August only - over 18)
The successful candidate will support the Natural History Unit One Show production team. A range of experiences will be offered but the main thrust of the work will be in researching and developing new ideas for One Show wildlife films. Whilst with the team experience of post-production, editing and filming are all highly possible due to the fast turnaround nature of our production. We're looking to people with a passion for telling great wildlife stories to a wide audience. A good eye / ear for a strong contributor will also be an advantage
Natural History Unit, Bristol - Naomi’s Nightmares of Nature (September only - over 18)
Naomi’s Nightmares of Nature is a children's wildlife series with bite! Naomi Wilkinson is justifiably nervous of anything that bites, stings or goes bump in the night. But our intrepid heroine doesn’t let her fears stop her – she proves that everyone is scared of something but its best to put your fears in the bin and get stuck in! We send her all over the world investigating potential Nightmares and we'd be looking for someone to come and help us research stories, animals and locations for series 4. If you love animals, adventure and kids TV then this is the placement for you!
PHANA MACAQUE PROJECT is looking for a videographer to help us make a film about the social behaviour of the long-tailed macaques in Don Chao Poo Forest, Phana, Amnat Charoen Forest, in North-east Thailand.
We cannot offer a salary, but accommodation will be provided and food can be found easily and cheaply in the small town/village. Airfare not included. Starting date: any time after 1st September 2015. Duration to be discussed.
The monkeys in our forest are habituated to provisioning by us, the local council and visitors, as well as foraging for themselves. They are not aggressive towards humans and at present do not range much outside the forest. In both these respects they differ from others of the same species elsewhere in Thailand.
Full credit will be accorded and it may be that the resulting video will be of interest to TV companies, for instance.
Phana Macaque Project wishes to use the video for local educational purposes and on our website but the footage and film rights would be maintained by the volunteer.
Jack Perks is looking for budding wildlife presenters...
Any budding wildlife presenters in the Nottingham/East Midlands? I'm looking to produce 10 short films on the counties wildlife and although I don't mind appearing in a couple I think it would be better with a range of talent and enthusiastic people. We have a cameraman sorted though if you'd like to have a go at that or editing there could be room also. Its purely a collaborative effect so no monies I'm afraid but were hoping the films may lead to bigger and better things and a great chance to work as part of a team.
Eco-Comedy Video Competition Call for Entries: $2,000 prize
The 2015 Eco-Comedy theme is “Clean Water, Clean Air.”
Produce a short, humorous video for YouTube tackling this year’s theme. The contest is open to anyone worldwide who has a flair for producing videos and something to say about conservation.
1. Be humorous!
2. Communicate a clear (and funny!) message around the broad theme of “clean water, clean air” and overall environmental conservation.
3. Reach a broad audience.
4. Be an original production.
5. Be less than three minutes (including titles and credits).
6. Be posted to EcoComedy Video Competition 2015 YouTube Channel at: www.youtube.com/channel/UCWFuA_JundApDudndM2XB4g
7. Be submitted by 11:59pm Eastern Time Zone on Sunday, March 1st, 2015.
A panel of five judges representing The Nature Conservancy and the Center for Environmental Filmmaking will determine the finalists and grand prize winner. The decision of the judges is final. Awards are based on overall merit of the entries. The organizations listed above reserve the right to post submissions on their websites and social media channels.
Submissions that are not received by Sunday, March 1, 2015, will not be accepted. Finalists will be announced on Wednesday, March 4, 2015. The winner will be announced at American University on Tuesday, March 24, at the DC Environmental Film Festival at 7:00 p.m., in the Forman Theater located in the McKinley Building on the American University campus.
Canadian Production Company, River Road Films, seeks Producers, an AP, Researchers, a PM and an Exec Producer.
Experienced Canadian (or dual Canadian/British, American/British) talent needed: two Researchers, one Assistant Producer, two Producers, one Executive Producer and one Production Manager.
Award Winning Vancouver-based Canadian production company, River Road Films is looking for experienced Canadian (or dual Canadian/British, Canadian/American) talent for an upcoming five-part natural history series based in Vancouver, British Columbia.
My name is Ali Bradburn I am looking for people with a Bristol connection to provide me with 5-10 min wildlife shorts. Working in collaboration with the Bristol Natural History Consortium (BNHC) I am collecting Natural History shorts that are either shot in Bristol or have people from Bristol involved in their making. These films will be played on the big screen in millennium square in Bristol during Bristol Green Capital year 2015.
We need 365 short films for this to happen and I know that some of you have amazing content that you’d love to share. The shorts need to be fully owned/rights free.
If you feel this is something you can help me with, or need more information, please register your interest by sending me a low res QT of your short to GCWF365@outlook.com
NB: There is no money available – this is purely for the kudos of having your film out on the big screen in Bristol.
Vacancy at Simon King Wildlife - Camera & Field Assistant
Simon King Wildlife are currently recruiting for the role of Camera & Field Assistant.
Based in Frome, Somerset, this is a hugely varied role that will suit someone with a “can do” attitude and a willingness to learn! The main roles include, but are not limited to:
• Installing and maintaining live cameras including monitoring and reviewing the footage captured.
• Filming episodes and content for our YouTube channel, Simon King Wildlife TV. You will also be required to edit the content – currently using Final Cut Pro X.
• Working as a camera assistant on location, packing, organising, and setting up equipment. Shooting films with particular focus on both Wildlife and Sync.
They’re looking for someone with good IT skills (picture editing, saving recorded materials from the live cams and producing and editing content for our YouTube channel), good natural history knowledge (a passion for the natural world is a must!) and photographic knowledge (a good understanding of the principles in order to create media with a range of different cameras). You’ll spend much of your time outdoors and there will be some heavy lifting required (moving large sacks of bird food, putting up owl nest boxes and moving ladders and other large equipment).
If you think you have the required skills – please send a covering letter, a link to or copy of your show reel (examples of what you have filmed & edited), with salary expectations and CV to Barbara@simonkingwildlife.com by Monday 17th November. Interviews will be held w/c 1st December with a view to the successful candidate starting in January 2015.
Applications may also be sent via the post to: Camera & Field Assistant Vacancy, Unit R24 Enterprise Zone, Commerce Park, Frome, Somerset, BA11 2FE.
Member Raymond Besant is looking for a couple of clips of reasonable length, 15/20 secs though likely to use less, of Waxwings. Ideally close ups or even medium shot showing Waxwing(s) in a tree in the UK.
If they are feeding on berries that's fine but preferably without snow in the shots. The Waxwing is otherwise known as a Bohemian Waxwing. There is a Cedar Waxwing that lIves in North America, but this will not do!
It's for a short RSPB film that will be used to promote Orkney as a wildlife watching destination.
Contact Raymond if you have something that you think would work.
NB. These shots have already been supplied by a Wildlife-film.com member.
I have a couple of opportunities coming up, that might be of interest to your members. Not paid, unfortunately, but there is interest for a TV documentary and for footage to be shared through the UK tabloids as part of a channel, so could be a good stepping stone, plus have a few BBC wildlife filming type folks supporting in other ways.
My boat is going to be on display at the inaugural Technopop event at the Olympic Stadium in London between the 8th October and 2nd November, with 100,000 UK students attending, aged 6-19. Could be an opportunity to give a talk about wildlife film making or to run workshops for kids to promote what you do and careers available. Week one will host some of NASA's astronauts, and each week has a different theme. I'll be sending you an invite to the boat naming and unveiling event too, which will take place on the 7th October at 4pm.
I need to start collecting photos and video footage of all the training and preparation going into the expedition and educational outreach. Keen to find some photographers or film makers who might be able to come along and capture footage that I can share online. Could be good experience for folks building up profiles, or looking for subject matter??
Next week is the first of my busy weeks and includes:
- homeopath visit in Maidenhead, 3pm
- Radio interview, Marlow FM 7-9pm
- fitness assessment with Prof Greg Whyte OBE, Harley Street, London 11am (you might have seen him on TV with Davina McCall, David Walliams, Eddie Izzard, Sports Relief)
- day of physiology testing and psychological assessment at Roehampaton University, London
- visit to the coastal town of Burnham On Crouch to see the boat build
- public speaking coaching session with Alex Watson, South Bank Centre, London (she worked with Leona Lewis and on the X Factor)
- evening: stand up comedy about the expedition at the British Science Festival, Birmingham (Prof Alice Roberts will be around)
I also need to come up with a montage to be shown at the Explorer's Club in New York in Oct.
ITV are seaching for wildlife film bloopers for It'll be Alright on the Night!
It'll be Alright on the Night are in their 37th year and in production with another special. They are on the look out for out-takes from all over the world and in particular are keen to find some funny moments from the world of Wildlife Film.
They are looking for fluffs, falls, out-takes and bloopers. Anything that went wrong during filming that's laugh-out-loud funny.
As ever, they will clear all copyright and talent and so more often than not everyone's will be really happy to be included in the programme. Over the years the show has featured some of the biggest names in the film industry including Dame Judi Dench, Keira Knightley, Daniel Craig and Dustin Hoffman, to name but a few. So you'd be in good company but we need to add a few wildlife film names to that list!
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help with your own funny bloopers, or know of any that you think would be worthwhile including in the show! There's a £100 finder's fee up for grabs for clips that make it into the final show! :)
OCEAN – New Frontiers
7 x 60 for 2017 on BBC1
Indicative Start: approx. Jan 2015
Finish: approx. Jan 2016
Base: BBC Bristol
OCEAN is a new and ambitious landmark series for BBC1 - the next iteration of the ‘Planet’ brand, following on from ‘One Planet – Land’ (2016) and building on series like Blue Planet and Planet Earth. Just as Blue Planet did, OCEAN will give a generation a chance to take a global view of our seas, but this time in a current, immersive and interactive way.
OCEAN will share the extraordinary new discoveries at the edge of our known world. It will saturate our audience with awe and wonder at all that we have learned about our underwater frontiers.
Through the untold stories of the astonishing lives of the animals, plants and humans that live within and around them, OCEAN will take us on a voyage like never before.
The oceans are the only part of the planet where the rate of scientific discovery is actually increasing. New science and new technology gives us new stories.
OCEAN brings us to the frontiers where they are being uncovered, where new behaviours are being observed, where new analogies between life on land and life in the sea are being drawn and new interdependencies understood.
OCEAN will reveal the secrets that have been hiding beneath the waves.
The BBC NHU annually runs a camera bursary scheme that aims to develop an emerging camera operator, by providing experience for them to operate alongside existing experts in their field and increasing their ability to operate at the very highest level of natural history filming.
Each year the bursary leans towards a particular specialism e.g. macro/long lens. This time, to coincide with the launch of the production of the landmark series ‘Ocean’, the bursary is geared towards underwater camerawork.
The Ideal Candidate
In our experience there is no point picking up a camera until diving is second nature. Only highly competent divers should apply, please state number of logged dives, the range of diving experience (from tropical to polar to caving etc) and technical diving abilities/qualifications. Ideally the candidate will have rebreather training and experience.
We are looking for a candidate who can demonstrate a deep understanding of marine biology. The role will include a degree of research with real scientific rigour and setting up Natural History shoots. And, when in the field and shooting, an appreciation for wildlife behavior is key- from the macro to the megafauna.
Demonstration of highly proficient camerawork, ideally illustrated by broadcast or corporate credits. We are looking for someone with a gifted eye who has the potential to compose exquisite underwater images. A link to a showreel (and underwater stills if available) must be submitted. We are also keen to hear from anyone who is already shooting underwater at 4k.
You will need to be Bristol-based and when not abroad filming, be embedded in the Ocean production team and work regular office hours.
Strong research, planning and organisational skills and experience in setting up underwater animal behavioural sequences will be of value. As will an understanding of film kit, both topside and underwater. Importantly, you must have excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to remain calm under pressure. You will be able to demonstrate a proven ability to build strong relationships with contributors and work effectively within a team.
In date HSE dive medical (or the country equivalent), UK visa and clean driving license are all required. Foreign languages are an advantage.
We don’t focus simply on what we do – we also care how we do it. Our values and the way we behave are very important to us. Please make sure you’ve read about our values and behaviours in the document attached below. You’ll be asked questions relating to them as part of your application for this role.
Applications for 2014 are now open and close at midnight on Monday 1st September. Are you bursting with creative ideas and want to get involved in programme making?
A 12 month apprenticeship with BBC Bristol could be the perfect opportunity for you!
What's on offer:
An Advanced Apprenticeship in Creative and Digital Media (level 3 qualification)
A salary of £9,000 per annum
We're looking for someone who is:
Over 18 years old
Passionate about media and broadcasting
We only accept applications from people who have already obtained the right to work in the UK for the duration of the scheme. For more information on work permits please visit the Home Office website.
The scheme combines college learning with work placements as production team assistants, production runners and digital technicians. When you've completed the scheme you'll not only have had valuable work experience to help you get started in your career, but you'll also come away with an Advanced Apprenticeship in Creative and Digital Media – a level three qualification that is recognised nationally.
We're looking for people who are full of ideas and with a real understanding and experience of local communities. It’s really important to us that the BBC reflects the many different backgrounds of the people who make up our audience and so we hope that this scheme will appeal to creative, talented people from across all communities. We particularly welcome applications from black and minority ethnic candidates and those with a disability.
You'll get to work in exciting departments that produce some of the BBC's best loved programmes: 2 Placements are being offered within the Natural History Unit where shows such as Planet Earth, Deadly 60, Frozen Planet, Tigers About the House and Springwatch are made.
Volunteer at the Wildscreen Festival this October!
Wildscreen have now opened their volunteer applications and are on the hunt for friendly, enthusiastic and reliable volunteers to join their team! Volunteering at the festival is a great way to help you break into the wildlife film and TV industry while meeting like-minded people, networking and even getting the opportunity to attend festival sessions in your time off!
There's a variety of roles available to suit a range of interests and strengths. These include Event Assistants, Guest Liaisons, Press Office and Social Media Assistants, Photographers, and Videotheque Assistants plus many more. There's something for everyone! You can see the full list here and applications close on Monday 1 September. If you have any questions about volunteering with Wildscreen, please get in touch: email@example.com
Wildscreen are also looking for a Volunteer Coordinator
A Joint Role for both Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival and the Wildscreen Film Festival. Fixed term contract — 38 days split between the two at fixed rate of £2500. Role begins on Monday 18 August and finishes on Sunday 26 October. Exact working dates to be discussed. Closing date for applications is Wednesday 13 August 2014. More here: www.wildscreen.org/about/jobs.html
Send your CV and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wildscreen have teamed up with UKTV to bring you an amazing opportunity to get your short film seen! They are looking for one minute films that display the wonder and beauty of the natural world. The judges are a top panel of experts, including Michaela Strachan, and will be looking for quality in filming technique and editing, thoughtful communication and relevant subject matter. Winners will have their films aired on Britain’s leading natural history channel, Eden, screened to live audiences at the Festival, and will win a Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1KEB!
AnimalBytesTV are looking for producers that might be interested in us distributing their work on their new network! They launch this week, on Tuesday the 2nd of July 2014, and have weekly series being produced from wildlife experts from around the globe, but they are looking for wildlife documentaries for each Sunday... Email: email@example.com Website: www.animalbytes.tv
AnimalBytesTV is the first independent animal network produced by animal lovers for animal lovers. AnimalBytesTV is a network of entertaining and educational shows produce by people that live and breath wildlife each and everyday of their lives. Each show is filmed, produced and edited by animal lovers, so there’s no pressure from network executives to have overly sensational shows just for ratings. Our mission is to bring you along on our journey to the wild side. Whether it’s wrangling reptiles or playing with big cats, we’ll welcome you into our lives and see what it’s like to get up and close to a wide array of amazing creatures . Conversation is a large part of the goal here at AnimalBytesTV and we’ll make sure to highlight the topics that effect animals around the globe. So check back each weekday for new videos and remember to keep that passion for wildlife!
Attention all Flickr users! Wildscreen is developing an exciting new initiative, the Wildscreen Exchange, and they are looking for contributions. Are you interested in donating images to empower conservation organisations and support their campaigns, education and storytelling?
Wildlife Film job based at WWT Welney – Media Production Officer - Great Ouse Wetland Project.
WWT is seeking an enthusiastic videographer to join our team, producing a series of engaging short wildlife videos, depicting the story of a year in the life of a stunning wetland region. Our ideal candidate will be a persuasive and engaging communicator, very interested in wildlife and happy to work around its schedules, and will have good news & media sense.
Based at Welney in Norfolk, the person will be able to work independently with loads of initiative, with guidance and support from a main team at WWT HQ at Slimbridge and local staff at WWT Welney.
This post is within the Ouse Washes Landscape Partnership, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Do you have good knowledge of wildlife, do you know a close-up from a mid shot, can you tell when a shot is in focus, have you got a grounding in filming technical terminology, are you familiar with WORD and EXCEL.? If so you may be interested to know that the RSPB are seeking freelance people to undertake accurate detailed shot listing using our set template.
WWT need wildlife film volunteers in the north west.
Come be part of a team at Martin Mere capturing wildlife footage in a beautiful setting.
Capture wildlife moments on the wetlands, a reminder of a once vast mere and an oasis for wildlife.
If you can offer a few hours a week, this is a great way to learn or put training into practice and build up your CV/showreel.
Some video skills and lots of enthusiasm would be helpful, as would your own kit, but that's not essential. Here's an example: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oa6pS0KQ4MY
The Northern Film School are offering one IdeasTap member a fully-funded place on their Wildlife Filmmaking Summer Workshop. The course will take place from 23 June to 12 July 2014 at Leeds Metropolitan University(worth up to £2,500).
You will get the opportunity to use state-of-the-art cameras and sound recording equipment. The workshop will be led by Nick Wright, a renowned wildlife documentary filmmaker and previously director of the Northern Film School’s filmmaking MA at Leeds Metropolitan University.
Nick will be leading the workshops both in the studios at the Northern Film School and out on location in beautiful Yorkshire, focusing on native wildlife, flora and fauna. The course will include high-profile keynote speakers, excursions to theatres, museums and a cinema, and location shooting.
Please note that accommodation is not included, and the brief winner will have to arrange their own place to stay.
This brief closes on Tuesday 6 May 2014 at 5pm GMT and is open to IdeasTap members aged 16 and over. Late entries will not be accepted under any circumstances, including technical issues – so make sure you don’t leave your application to the last minute.
Introducing ROAR Talent! By Wildscreen
5th March 2014
We are launching an incredibly exciting new initiative at the Wildscreen Festival this year. 2014 will be the inaugural year for the Wildscreen ROAR Talent Programme and Bursary!
ROAR Talent Programme
The ROAR Talent programme is a strand of sessions, workshops and events tailored to the knowledge level and requirements of industry newcomers, or beginners in specific areas. The aim of the strand is to teach vital foundation skills and provide valuable trade know-how, with each session acting as a thorough introduction to a specific topic.
The workshops are open to everyone, with the tickets being available to purchase in the same way as all Wildscreen workshop tickets.
ROAR Talent workshops will be denoted in the programme with the ROAR Talent logo, as will all events within the strand.
CALLING ALL WILDLIFE FILM-MAKERS: Do you have any unusual or dramatic footage of the same species of animal challenging or fighting each other? It can be anywhere in the world, over territory, food, mates, to be the leader of the pack… the reason, the animal or what it’s shot on doesn’t matter, so long as the animals are of the same species.
If you do, we’d love to hear from you! We are a UK-based Television company making a Wildlife documentary series that studies the science behind intra-species conflict for a major broadcaster.
Jack Perks introduces his ambitious project to get beneath the surface of our waterways and film all 54 species of British freshwater fish By Jack Perks
6 February 2014
I’m a wildlife cameraman and photographer by profession, and cover all species from birds to insects, but I have always had an interest in fish, particularly freshwater fish, since growing up in Nottinghamshire there wasn’t exactly much in the way of a coast locally!
Freshwater fish face so many threats now; what with barriers to their movement, pollution, habitat loss and invasive species to name but a few, so I feel that it’s important to document and to show what’s happening. It’s often a case of ‘out of sight out of mind’ with freshwater fish so I’m very keen to put them ‘in sight and in mind’ both with the public and with any other bodies that control, areas of water.
Shamwari Conservation Experience: Young Wildlife Filmmaker Wanted!
Budding wildlife filmmaker wanted! If you want to gain exposure to filming wildlife, fauna, flora and the conservation activities on a 25,000 hectare Big 5 game reserve, get in touch!!
The youth travel sector for the Shamwari Group, based on their reserve in South Africa, are looking to bolster their social media and marketing platforms to better expose potential clients and the industry to their amazing wildlife, conservation and community projects.
They require a young media intern to document their activities... Recent activities have included: darted, immobilised, captured, ear notched, etc; lions, rhino, elephant bulls, brown hyena, and undertaken several other tasks as part of our wildlife management practices. This would be an unpaid role but a free experience, with lodging and food included.
This is a unique and fantastic opportunity for someone to build a great African wildlife portfolio... Get in touch if interested, to find out more! firstname.lastname@example.org
The Natural History Unit of Africa Calls for Film Proposal Submissions by 31st January 2014 From NHU Africa18 November 2013
The Natural History Unit of Africa (NHU Africa) is announcing the last call for submissions in 2013.
Commissioning takes place throughout the year at NHU Africa, but producers submitting proposals for this call will be reviewed soonest.
All production companies, independent producers and filmmakers are invited to submit proposals before the deadline by 31 January 2014. NHU Africa will review all proposals that meet the commissioning criteria (see brief below)
The NHU Africa is a commissioning body and production house that produces and commissions some of Africa's finest natural history and wildlife programming. All proposals submitted should adhere to the NHU Africa commissioning brief and include one or more of the following points: Human-Animal Interaction, Adventure/Exploration, The Natural World and Pure Animal Behaviour, Investigation of the Natural World.
Commissioning Editor of NHU Africa, Vyv Simson outlines what is most likely to make up a successful pitch;
"A successful pitch will contain some or all of the following: a strong story intriguingly told; engaging human and animal characters; a dramatic visual style; a sense of something we have not seen before; a fresh insight or approach to something we thought we'd seen before."
At WWT, we believe the best way for people to understand and connect to wetlands is to experience them, so we bring awe-inspiring nature up close and let it do the talking. We are looking for a skilled volunteer wishing to get involved in our work to develop and deliver engaging ways of inspiring people through multimedia. We want you to help us share the stories around our conservation work with a wider audience, and get people excited about the wildlife experiences our centres have to offer.
Freelance Video Editor required for occasional short-form blue-chip and ob-doc projects - visit www.rspb.org.uk/film for examples. Must be proficient in FCP7 and Adobe Premiere. Ideally located in Beds, Herts or Cambs, or must be prepared to travel. Please send CV and expression of interest to: .
Date of Placement: July 2013
Placement Location: Bristol
Placement Length: 4 weeks
The BBC Natural History Unit celebrates over 50 years of wildlife documentary making. The team makes natural history programmes for Television, Radio, On-line and more recently new technology such as mobile phone downloads.
They are looking for work experience candidates with a degree in a biological or zoological or related discipline or equivalent.
Member, Stuart Westfield, is currently self-producing a not for sale/not for profit film featuring the neolithic monuments of Orkney. 5000 years ago white tail sea eagles were common in Orkney and their remains have been found in a tomb there.
Stuart is looking for the following stills/moving images to illustrate the above topic.
He has a budget to pay the copyright holder for the images and will be happy to give full credits and a DVD copy of the film, which will be published on YouTube & Vimeo.
He is looking for the following:
STILLS: White tail sea eagle
Close up (head, body, in-flight or perched) with neutral background (eg sky or vegetation).
Uncropped images in landscape orientation.
£25 paid for each image used.
MOVING: White tail sea eagle
Ideally in flight, but perched on nest or in neutral surroundings may also be suitable.
10 second clip needed in 16:9, 25p format, min quality SD 3CCD camera (eg Canon XL2).
£35 paid for each clip used.
Wild Lens is a non-profit dedicated to bringing biologists and filmmakers together to better communicate to the public the various risks to habitat and wildlife species, particularly in understudied populations. Wild Lens is looking for dedicated videographers willing to document their experiences at various field jobs throughout the globe. Primary duties will include documenting key study components and objectives through film, interviewing primary investigators when possible, obtaining signed release forms from individuals for Wild Lens, sending footage to Wild Lens upon conclusion of the field season, working with film producers during post-production, and possibly shooting additional footage when needed after the field job is complete. Videographers must be willing to take the time necessary to obtain footage that will ultimately be used to compose and edit a short Webisode. The Webisode will be used as an educational instrument for organizations conducting wildlife research and to further communicate the mission of wildlife efforts in conservation. To see examples of previous Webisodes, visit this link: www.wildlensinc.org/webisodes.
'WILD to Inspire' short film competition from NatGeo WILD - Now accepting submissions!
Nat Geo WILD, in partnership with the Sun Valley Film Festival and the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF), announce the first annual WILD to INSPIRE Short Film Competition – a short film competition that will give independent documentarians the chance to win an apprenticeship in wildlife filmmaking with an acclaimed National Geographic filmmaker in Africa.
To capture the “WILD to INSPIRE” theme, each film should focus on nature, with the goal of inspiring people to let the wild into their lives every day through content that is awe-inspiring, real, unexpected and fearless.
Films should be no more than 5 minutes long, and will be judged on the following criteria:
Connection to the theme of “WILD to INSPIRE”;
Quality of the storyline and script;
Creativity and/or content originality;
Production quality; and
The top three finalists will be flown to the Sun Valley Film Festival in 2014, where they’ll screen their short films for festival attendees and a panel of judges.
The grand prize winner will receive a trip to AWF’s Maasai Steppe Heartland in Tanzania, Africa, home to a host of wildlife, including African lions. There, he or she will receive a crash course in wildlife filmmaking through an apprenticeship with a National Geographic filmmaker.
For full rules - see: media-channel.nationalgeographic.com
The Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival now seeking interns for its headquarters in Jackson, Wyoming for the 2013 Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival... The ideal candidate has an interest or experience in one or more of the following: documentary filmmaking, environmental conservation, nonprofit organization operations, marketing/communications, event planning, administration assistance and graphic design. Self-motivated individuals that work well in chaotic environments with a Graphic Design, Communications, Journalism or Film background are strongly encouraged to apply. Application PDF
The contest is open to anyone who prepares a short, funny video for YouTube, which communicates a clear message about climate change.
Address the issue of climate change. We are interpreting the topic very broadly, so it includes topics like disasters, fossil fuels, clean energy, wildlife (like polar bears), politics, deniers, and so on.
Reach a broad audience.
Be an original production.
Be less than three minutes (including titles and credits).
Posted to Eco-Comedy Video Competition 2013 YouTube Channel at: www.youtube.com/user/ecocomedy2013.
Submitted by 11:59pm Eastern Time Zone on Friday, March 1, 2013.
There will be six judges representing the Center for Environmental Filmmaking, Sierra Club, the US Environmental Protection Agency, Mill Reef Productions, and EcoSense. The decision of the judges is final. Awards are based on overall merit of the entries. Judges reserve the right not to grant an award. The organizations listed above reserve the right to post submissions on their websites.
Submissions that are not received by Friday, March 1, 2013 will not be accepted. The winner will be announced at American University on Tuesday, March 19 at the DC Environmental Film Festival at 7:00pm in the Wechsler Theater.
For more information regarding submission guidelines and contest rules, visit: www.american.edu/soc/cef/eco-comedy-film-competition.cfm Questions may be addressed to Chris Palmer at email@example.com.
VI Rental is the new name for the Visual Impact Hire department.
We would love you to celebrate with us so we've launched a photo contest on our Facebook page where you can submit pictures of yourself or your crew filming. The prize? £500 worth in credit with us to spend in 2013. You can submit as many entries as you want and get your friends and colleagues to vote. The entry with most votes will win.
We are looking forward to your entries!
An exciting opportunity has come up for a couple of volunteer editors to get involved with renowned primatologist and elephant expert Dr Ian Redmond's new project.
It is an online virtual ecotourism concept that aims to launch in the summer at the same time as the 3D film 'Last of the Great Apes' with which Ian was heavily involved.
The virtual ecotourism site takes you to the remotest ecosystem hotspots in the far flung corners of the globe to explore, discover and actually see all that the area has to offer.
From 360 degree panoramic treetop views from gorilla and orangutan nests, geographic and wildlife facts and experts with information to share, to conservationists working in the field protecting the apes and highlighting their work on camera. Ian talks a lot to camera as he visits and shares the wonders of his natural exploits along the way.
The footage clips are made up of Ian's catalogue of self-shot material archived over the years along with new stuff filmed on all trips from now on. The great apes are the main focal point of the project. It is a point and click experience with various tabs on screen to hit and open the information clip windows. See: www.vecotourism.org/news/ian-redmond-veco-ambassador
The need is for a couple of volunteers in the Bristol area to pull out and clean up the small clips from his rushes that will then be used on the site. Some VO may be added and the clips are under direction from Ian and a couple of editors already working with him and therefore very familiar with the project.
It is unpaid and casual which is great for anyone looking for experience alongside their daily job, a credible entry for any CV and of course a credit in the finished project. More importantly the project is a fitting tribute to the Great Apes and their environment and all awareness and revenue generated will be put back into the conservation of the ecosystems and apes covered in the project.
The International Wildlife Film Festival is currently seeking Festival Coordination Staff to be hired on a contract basis, January through May, 2013. Positions include Festival Coordinator to help coordinate and assist with management of the 36th IWFF, and its supporting programs including the WildWalk Parade, WildFest Family Day of Activities and matinee and film screening programs. Festival Coordinator and support staff will help to develop the festival seminars, workshops and related events. A festival assistant is already in place. Employment upon hire is guaranteed through the end of the 36th IWFF whose last date is May 4, 2013.
We seek individuals with a great team spirit and "can do" attitude, excellent organizational and communications skills; a background and/or experience in film, television and other media and a solid understanding of wildlife, environmental and cultural issues.
Please send one each of the following: Cover Letter - Resume - Three References to the attention of Janet Rose, Executive Director, by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Confirmation of receipt of your email materials will be sent.
No Phone Calls Please.
Salary commensurate with experience.
Is your garden teeming with wildlife?
Have you actively encouraged birds, bees, bats and bugs to call your back-yard their home? Have you and your neighbours got together to create a hedgehog highway? Have you bought the local garden centre out of bird boxes? Or welcomed in reptiles with corrugated iron sheets? Could you share the secrets of how you made your family garden a sanctuary for Britain’s favourite wildlife?
If you are as passionate about supporting all creatures great and small as we are, then the makers of a new programme for the BBC wants to hear from you! Froglife is helping Outline Productions spread the word about a new landmark series they are making for BBC ONE about the perilous state of Britain’s wildlife and what we can all do to help.
Whether you have a small city garden, a big country one, a farm or a high-rise balcony - there is so much that can be done to support the wildlife all around us. Our gardens are Britain’s most vital nature reserve and we want to find inspirational stories of families who have turned their small patch into wildlife friendly spaces.
The idea is to find amazing wildilfe gardeners, so that the public can follow their lead and make their gardens wildlife friendly too.
So if you’ve put in a pond, built a rockery, assembled a log pile or done anything whatsoever to discover the amazing wildlife living on your doorstep, your story could help inspire other British families to do the same.
If you want to find out more and share your experiences, then please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Hazel May is looking for footage of a few "startled" animals - a female deer, a rabbit, and a flock of birds. All need to be UK animals and setting, or at least looking like they are!
An agency will manipulate the animals mouths to be saying something expressing surprise.
They are looking for pretty high res as this is for broadcast - a tv ad for All Bran cereal.
Are you a keen blogger and writer? Wildscreen Festival is looking for a team of passionate and enthusiastic bloggers to write reviews, previews and articles for the #wildscreenfest blog during the 2012 Festival.
You must be available to attend Wildscreen Festival in Bristol, UK on allocated days during the week of 14th – 19th October. No travel or expenses can be paid but you will receive entry into the Festival.
Deadline: Thursday 4th October 2012.
Fathollah Amiri, a wildlife documentary film maker from the Iranian Cheetah Society, wants to make a film about the critically endangered big cat with the help from an international broadcaster or prdcuction company.
The BBC Natural History Unit, in Bristol, are currently looking for candidates for work experience placements... This is a rare opportunity for those wishing to gain invaluable experience in the industry. Open to external candidates only. Closing date is 16th September 2012.
2 x Producer/Director required,
starting 10 September & another 17 September.
13 week contracts to include four weeks prep, two weeks on
location, one weeks edit prep and six in the edit.
Ideally you would have a degree in biology or similar;
At least three years experience at PD level, ideally including some science or natural history programming;
A proven track record at scripting pre shoot and delivering in the edit (on factual programming);
Experience with directing presenters;
Experience of making programmes for Discovery Channel;
Experience of PD work in challenging environments such as jungle, or at sea;
Experience of scuba diving would be a bonus.
Launched in 2006 by The Humane Society of the United States, the ACE (Animal Content in Entertainment) Grant is awarded to filmmakers to fund the creation of feature-length documentaries that highlight animal advocacy. Each year, the $20,000 prize is awarded to the filmmaker who best succeeds in merging animal issues with a compelling narrative.
A documentary-style show hosted by three environmental filmmakers on a mission to define rainforest conservation. Follow researchers and locals at each location; become a part of a community of dedicated conservationists who battle to protect some of the world's most unique rainforests.
The filmmakers will being visiting five conservation organizations for a month each where food and housing will be compensated in return for a promotional video about the organizations program.
Must be willing to live and work in rustic rainforest locations.
Filming, editing, conducting interviews, writing, and following conservationists through the forest.
The Wildlife Garden Project is looking for interesting wildlife related stories to be featured in our film. If you have regular, unusual or rare wildlife visitors to your garden, an interesting wildlife related story or if you have seen interesting activity with your bird nest camera please get in touch! We need the garden to be within the East Midlands, but can go further afield for an especially interesting story!
There are many many films that will be eligible for one of the four categories (e.g. Green - The Film... Please send in your entry Patrick Rouxel!!), so please help by sending in your films or your ideas to: email@example.com
Let's prove that film really can make a difference!
Invitation to camera operators, sound recordists, editors and bird lovers to Birdlife Malta's Spring Watch camp - April 15th and April 30th, 2012
Spring Watch 2012 is a conservation camp which forms an integral part of BirdLife Malta’s fight against illegal spring hunting. This camp is organised during the peak spring migration period in Malta and thus the period with the highest expected hunting intensity.
Birdlife Malta are extending an invitation to camera operators, sound recordists and editors to join other volunteers during the camp.
The main activities of the camp are monitoring of hunting activity at sites around Malta, identifying and recording illegal hunting incidents (e.g. shooting of protected species) using video and still cameras, logging all footage for submission to the authorities together with written reports. At the end of each day footage and images will need to be captured from several cameras, cataloged and a daily video update edited for upload to Birdlife's youtube channel and website. The footage gathered during the camp will also be archived and made available for future use in longer films documenting hunting/trapping in Malta.
The camp will be held between April 15th and April 30th, 2012. But volunteers will be variously arriving early, staying late and for different lengths of time.
Short Wildlife films needed for BBC Big Screen at the Bristol Festival of Nature (June 16th-17th)
Throughout the festival we will be using the BBC's 'Big Screen' in Millennium Square to showcase natural history filmmaking from around the south west.
We are looking for people who can contribute short films about wildlife, the environment, biology, the universe...
The ratio of the screen is 16:9, so films in this format are ideal, but we can work with other sizes and they need to be under 3 minutes long. If this interests you, I would be very pleased to hear from you. We are aiming to collect the footage by the end of February. Contact me at Sarah@bnhc.org.uk or call +44 (0)117 9304926. See the website: www.bnhc.org.uk
The International Wildlife Film Festival, one of the most prestigious and important wildlife film festivals in the world, headquartered in beautiful and historic Missoula, Montana is currently accepting applications for Festival Coordinator. This position will manage, coordinate, oversee and develop the upcoming 35th IWFF in close collaboration with the Festival Director and other support staff. This position will also help to coordinate the annual Montana CINE International Film Festival and all other film events and programs.
The International Wildlife Media Center & Film Festivals is currently seeking a permanent, half time Outreach Coordinator who will be responsible for educational activities and development/grant writing for educational programs. This position is an integral part of the year-round organization, with multiple responsibilities and varied duties. The individual selected for this position will be involved in both year round programs of the organization as well as the two annual film festivals – IWFF in the spring and Montana CINE during the fall.
FILMMAKERS WHO HAVE MADE A DIFFERENCE - This category includes filmmakers and organisations that have made a significant contribution to conservation film making over time: Collectively, their films have made a difference!
We are very keen to increase the number of films that are listed, so please get involved and send in your films and/or ideas!!
I am looking for HD vis of chimpanzees in their natural environment..
general social behaviour.. as well as footage of them behaving more
aggressively, or at least looking aggressive (it could just be play).
We talk about how in chimp society a small group of males use aggression
to dominate the others (and that's repeated all the way down the social
structure). We also talk about how they are very aggressive with other
groups of chimps.
Will consider 35mm to HDcam.
Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival are looking for a Film Competition Coordinator. The FCC duties will include:
• Coordinating administration of Film Festival Competition and Best of Festival screenings.
• Communicating with filmmakers around the world, coordinating media deliverables with tech and judging teams and managing extensive data base associated with film entries, delegate registration and invoicing.
• General administration and other related duties and activities, to be determined in collaboration with the Executive Director and Festival Team.
• The Film Competition Coordinator will have a central role on the Festival's core organizing team and will play a significant role in shaping and presenting the 2012 Denver Symposium & 2013 JHWFF.
The successful candidate will have a strong ability to multitask and thrive in a demanding and often chaotic environment, with strong organizational and administration skills.
To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to Kori Price by November 22, 2011: firstname.lastname@example.org
Film Production Co-ordinator
Based at RSPB UK Headquarters, Sandy, Bedfordshire
Salary £23,000 to £26,000 per annum
Established Post - Full Time 37.5 hours per week
The RSPB needs an experienced Film Production Co-ordinator to join our award-winning Film Unit – a small team dedicated to the production of HD wildlife video content that promotes the Society’s work and captures the spectacle of the natural world for distribution across all media platforms. Programmes vary from promotional online videos to support RSPB campaigns or appeals, to blue-chip conservation wildlife films for broadcast, DVD sales and presentation at major events. To get a feel for some of the short-form promotional content we produce take a look at www.rspb.org.uk/film
The successful applicant will need excellent project management skills, a good knowledge of content acquisition, licensing, sales & copyright law, contract employment law, compliance, and a keen appreciation of health and safety regulations, together with a genuine commitment to the principles of ethical filmmaking and environmental issues. You’ll need to be familiar with HD file-based workflows and asset tracking databases, be well-organised, self-assured, positive, and a great team player with lots of initiative.
Closing Date 4th November 2011 Interview Date 22nd and 23rd November 2011
For further information and an application form, please visit www.rspb.org.uk/vacancies
Bear Witness (Himalayan Black Bear Conservation Film) - Animators and Funding Support Needed
'Bear Witness' (working title) is the story of two orphaned bear cubs being rehabilitated into the wild in the forests of Arunachal Pradesh in India. The Dusty Foot team has been following the story since 2002. The film looks at the future of the Himalayan Black Bear in the wild, with the backdrop of the international bear trade and a rapidly changing environment. The narrative of the film is an amalgamation of video and animation. We are looking for funding support for animation and post production, animators and possible collaborations.
Are you a creative filmmaker with a passion for the environment? WWF is asking talented and innovative filmmakers to help us celebrate our 50th anniversary.
Produce an original film up to a maximum of two minutes on the theme: "Life. Nature. You. Make the Connection". Your film should inspire people to love, value and protect the natural world. The films can be in any medium - live action, animation, stop-motion, CGI or a mixture of genres.
"Film and video are increasingly important to reach mass audiences and inspire people to love nature," said Martin Atkin, WWF International's Media Director
The prizes: There will be two identical prizes. One winning entry will be judged by a jury and the other will be judged by peers. The winners will each receive:
Commission from WWF to create a short film with a minimum budget of $10,000 USD.
All expenses paid trip to India to attend the CMS Vatavaran environmental film festival.
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