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from 2014

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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WFN 183 - November 2014

"365 wildlife film makers" wanted in Bristol

Hello!

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.

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WFN 183 - November 2014

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.

More here: www.simonkingwildlife.com/page/simons-news

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Waxwing Footage Wanted for an RSPB Film!

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.

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WFN 181 - September 2014

Sarah Weldon is looking for some help with her Oceans Project!

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.

First Opportunity
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.

Second Opportunity
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:
Mon: - homeopath visit in Maidenhead, 3pm - Radio interview, Marlow FM 7-9pm
Tue: - 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)
Weds - day of physiology testing and psychological assessment at Roehampaton University, London
Thurs - visit to the coastal town of Burnham On Crouch to see the boat build
Fri - public speaking coaching session with Alex Watson, South Bank Centre, London (she worked with Leona Lewis and on the X Factor)
Sat - 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.

Contact sarah@oceansproject.com if you'd like to get involved! www.oceansproject.com

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WFN 181 - September 2014

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 holly.mccabe@itv.com 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! :)

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WFN 181 - September 2014

The RSPB need Common (Harbour) Seal & Tawny Owl Footage Urgently!

Madelaine Westwood is looking for footage of Common (habour) Seals and Tawny Owls - all behaviours for a conservation social media campaign for the RSPB.

Please contact Madelaine on Madelaine.westwood@rspb.org.uk if you can help!

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WFN 181 - September 2014


Silverback Films is looking for an Assistant Producer & a Researcher

Silverback Films (Bristol, UK) is looking for an assistant producer and a researcher to support its new underwater commissions.

They are looking for applicants with the following skill set;

  • A track record of working on previous natural history productions.
  • Dive master, or above, diving qualification.
  • Marine and boat handling experience.
  • Field support experience with a proven track record of supporting cameramen in the field.
  • A practical knowledge of the latest digital cameras and downloading/logging rushes.
  • A good practical understanding of coral reef biology.

Start Date: Likely early 2015 (possibly before)

Please send your application to Hal.Hampson@silverbackfilms.tv
Closing Date: Friday 5th September 2014

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WFN 181 - September 2014

BBC Underwater Camera Bursary

Job Introduction
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.

Role Responsibility

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.

Package Description

12 month attachment / fixed term contract.

Closing Date: 21 September, 2014

Find out more & apply here: careerssearch.bbc.co.uk/jobs/job/Underwater-Camera-Bursary

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WFN 180 - August 2014

BBC Bristol Apprenticeships

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 A non-graduate 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.

Visit & apply here: www.bbc.co.uk/careers/trainee-schemes-and-apprenticeships/production/bristol-apprenticeships

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WFN 180 - August 2014

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: events@wildscreen.org.uk

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 events@wildscreen.org.uk.

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WFN 180 - August 2014

Enter the Eden Shorts Competition!

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!


Enter Our Eden Shorts Wildlife Film Competition! from Eden Channel

Your film must be:

  • Exactly 1 minute long - no longer, no less.
  • Your own work. You can't use anything filmed or edited by anyone other than you - only one person can win the prizes.
  • Commercial music free.

The competition is now open - find out how to enter here: eden.uktv.co.uk/eden-shorts/article/entry-eden-shorts

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WFN 179 - July 2014

New broadcaster member AnimalBytesTV's call for content!

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: bhb@comcast.net 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!


AnimalBytesTV Hatching Soon from SnakeBytesTV

Member The Adventurer – Alex Jones is getting involved, so why not join him and get your films broadcast on AnimalBytesTV!? See: www.animalbytes.tv for more!

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WFN 179 - July 2014

Wildscreen Exchange group is looking for submissions!

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?

Head on over to the new Wildscreen Exchange Flickr group to find out more! www.flickr.com/groups/wildscreenexchange

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WFN 179 - July 2014


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.

Find out more here: jobs.wwt.org.uk/vacancies

Job description: Media_Production_Officer_Great_Ouse_Project2.pdf

Closing Date: 12/07/2014 Contact media.production@wwt.org.uk

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WFN 178 - June 2014

RSPB looking for freelance shot-listers!

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.

Please contact Madelaine Westwood on Madelaine.westwood@rspb.org.uk

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WFN 178 - June 2014


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

Contact media.production@wwt.org.uk

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WFN 177 - May 2014

Wildlife Filmmaking Workshop Competition

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.

Visit: www.ideastap.com/Opportunities/Brief/Wildlife-Filmmaking-Workshop

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WFN 176 - April 2014

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.

Read more here...

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WFN 175 - March 2014

Footage Wanted: Dramatic animal-fighting scenes.

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.

If you have any such content, please contact the Producers at afn2_jl@yahoo.com

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WFN 175 - March 2014

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.

Jack is looking for help with this project... Read and see more great fish footage here...

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WFN 174 - February 2014

Wildlife video Contributors wanted

WWT are looking for volunteers to work alongside staff in capturing the wildlife action at all our centres on video.

Click here to view samples of their weekly video series (or see above). Theres a map showing location of all 9 centres at wwt.org.uk.

If interested, email Sacha.dench@wwt.org.uk

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WFN 173 - January 2014

 


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! news@wildlife-film.com


If you have an available position/competition/footage request and would like it included here, in Wildlife Film News/promoted on social media, please send all info, including any photo/logo's, to news@wildlife-film.com. For inclution in WFN, please make sure you send prior to the end of the month.

Do contact us if you have any problem contacting the employer or find that the opportunity is not as described or no longer available.

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