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Oak Island Films Ltd is a television production company which show people how beautiful nature is and how the world could be better than it is.

Placement Details


Oak Island Films Ltd. is a television production company based in Bristol, UK and Ottawa, Canada. Oak Island Films strives to show audiences the beauty of nature is and how the world could be better than it is. Ted Oakes, owner and Managing Director, is an award-winning Executive Producer with over 25 years’ experience making ground-breaking TV. He has a PhD in Zoology from Oxford University and has previously worked as a wildlife biologist, raft guide, and public speaker.

This placement is a natural history TV researcher and public engagement position. Participants help to research and develop stories for new natural history and adventure TV series. This is a great placement for youth interested in developing a career in science communication or media in the context of conservation. The placement is ideal for someone with a biology degree or film-making experience who would like to be engaged in natural history storytelling.

Placement Category: Communication and Media

Placement Season: Flexible

Placement Type: Virtual

2023 Participant Highlights


Participants Charlemagne Claros and Malaika Khan

Charlemagne shares the following testimonial about her experience in this placement: “Working with Ted and Jo at Oak Island Films has given me so many new and advanced skills! From researching and interviewing subjects for film projects to presenting ideas to important stakeholders to designing engaging film pitch documents. I am walking with so much it’s hard to narrow it down to any one skill. It’s been an overall boost of confidence, leadership, and managerial skills!”

Malaika’s most valuable takeaway from her placement experience with Oak Island was gaining experience within the documentary industry alongside building practical skills in graphic design. Having 1:1 mentorship in career development with Ted Oakes has boosted her confidence and set her up for career success!

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