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Junior Camera Operator, BBC Studios NHU Landmark series

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Job Introduction

BBC Studios Natural History Unit (NHU) is acknowledged as the leading maker of television and radio programmes on wildlife and natural history anywhere in the world. 

Renowned for innovative production techniques, the makers of Planet Earth 2, Blue Planet 2 and Seven Worlds One Planet are now embarking on a new ambitiously creative 10 part landmark series for a major American broadcaster, delivering in 2024.  Filming in multiple locations around the world and in a range of habitats from the depths of the ocean to the highest peaks, and into the darkest jungles, showcasing places and animals beyond our imagination. 

To help achieve the highest creative vision for blue chip natural history filmmaking, we’re offering one, possibly two, Junior Camera Operator positions of 12 months duration to individuals with experience of natural history filming and field wildlife observation. This is a unique opportunity to grow and develop expertise in filming across a range of platforms including drone, time-lapse, and both wide angle and long lens gimbal photography– supported by the expertise of the NHU .

We’ll ensure you have the opportunity to work alongside the industry's top wildlife camera operators and programme makers to develop your existing skills.  You’ll have the opportunity to gain knowledge about the latest wildlife production and photographic processes as well as preparing work in the production offices and providing assistance/shooting in the field. Please note the role may include travel to locations in the UK as well as overseas. 

All wildlife content is acquired from freelance operators; there are no BBC staff positions in this category.  Consequently, on completion you will be released to compete in the freelance market for work, either from the NHU or elsewhere. This opportunity is aimed at those with sufficient relevant skills and experience to enable rapid progress to full professional competence.

You will need to include a link to your showreel as part of your application. In addition to this, complete sequences will be advantageous.

*Please note if you do not include a link to your showreel we will not consider your application*.

Role Responsibility

The chosen candidate(s) will be a proactive and flexible member of the production team, both at base and on location. Their day to day work may include but is not limited to:

  • Assisting the production team in purchasing, developing, and testing bespoke camera kits and field equipment prior to filming.
  • Working closely with field directors in the preparation, transport and set up of a range of cameras, as currently used in wildlife content acquisition.
  • Being part of the research and development of production ideas, turning them into shooting scripts and schedules. 
  • On location undertaking the preparation, maintenance, installation and operation of a range of cameras and any ancillary equipment as necessary.
  • Logging and managing recorded data on location and at base.
  • Providing written records of relevant information as required by the management of the production.
  • Providing written and visual material for all media and platforms as required by the production. 
  • Operating unsupervised when appropriately experienced and briefed.

The Ideal Candidate

  • We are looking for someone with a gifted eye and a talent for story-telling, who has the potential to compose exquisite, creative, images and full sequences. 
  • Experience of shooting in 4K with at least one broadcast and/or corporate credit.
  • A range of versatile camera skills would be useful such as use of Movi/Ronin, drones, long lens, time-lapse
  • Knowledge and understanding of photographic techniques applicable to wildlife production, including complex camera technology and a range of different lenses
  • Technical expertise that must include: an understanding of the underlying principles of video and still digital photography; hands-on operation of digital cameras; an understanding of the processes associated with supplying material for websites and web pages. 
  • You must have excellent interpersonal skills, the ability to remain calm under pressure, and the flexibility to adapt to changing circumstances and situations not always under our control.  You will be able to demonstrate a proven ability to build strong relationships with programme contributors and collaborators and work effectively within a team. 
  • The ability to work with a range of Directors and undertake varying degrees of responsibility
  • Strong research, planning and organisational skills as well as experience in setting up animal behavioural sequences will be of value. 
  • Technical and IT skills to operate with confidence a range of appropriate applications used in footage acquisition and media management.  
  • A strong interest in natural history programme making and field craft, with  an aptitude and passion for a particular filming technique/genre will be of value
  • Wide experience of observing animals in the wild and setting up wildlife sequences, including remote and hostile environments.
  • The patience, tenacity and determination required to acquire detailed behavioural content of wildlife. 
  • Appropriate experience and resilience to cope with remote and hostile locations.
  • A clear, demonstrable passion for the natural world and wildlife is a must, together with a thirst for knowledge and an eagerness to learn.
  • This role will require long periods away from home. When not filming on location, the role will be Bristol based, embedded within the production team. 

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Package Description

Band: B
Contract type: FTC
Location: Bristol /remote

Start date: late Nov/Dec 2021

Interviews will be held via Zoom w/b 15th November 2021

At BBC Studios we have different types of workplaces; from production sets and locations, to offices, to our own homes, and on-the-go. Under our Hybrid Working model, where you work will depend on your role. The majority of our staff work in an Agile way, balancing their time between home and a BBC Studios base, as best suits the work they do and their personal circumstances.

In addition, we are happy to discuss any formal flexible working needs. Please indicate your choice under the flexible working question in the application. There is no obligation to raise this at the application stage but if you wish to do so, you are welcome to. Flexible working will be part of the discussion at offer stage.

We are really proud to share that we are a Level 2 Disability Confident Employer and so if you require any reasonable adjustments in order to apply please do contact us on resourcing@bbc.co.uk with ref: BBC/TP/126/56217 in the subject.

About the Company

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Diversity matters at the BBC. We have a working environment where we value and respect every individual's unique contribution, enabling all of our employees to thrive and achieve their full potential.

We want to attract the broadest range of talented people to be part of the BBC – whether that’s to contribute to our programming or our wide range of non-production roles. The more diverse our workforce, the better able we are to respond to and reflect our audiences in all their diversity. 

We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic background, religion and/or belief. We will consider flexible working requests for all roles, unless operational requirements prevent otherwise.

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