During her Master’s studies in Communication at the Freie Universität Berlin Oda Schaefer worked for the visually trendsetting monthly magazine TEMPO as photo editor and later as director of photography, collaborating with a such internationally acclaimed talent as Helmut Newton, Juergen Teller and Wolfgang Tillmans. Under the Tempo-banner she was in charge of the German shows of the touring exhibition The Graphic Language of Neville Brody, curated by the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
Her stint at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles triggered a career switch from print to audiovisual media. Her first job in film after graduating from AFI with a Master of Fine Arts was as an assistant to the line producer for Helkon Media AG. Oda went on to become a Commissioning Editor for RTL, supervising the production of 6 TV-features in only two years.
Since 2002 she has been working as Head of Acquisitions and Production for K5 International and K5 Film, always searching for projects of exceptional quality and potential. Since 2005 she has also been freelancing as a script consultant for the ScriptForum in Vienna.
In 2016 she worked as producer on ANON, the first major high budget production of K5 Film, directed by Andrew Niccol (Gattaca, Lord Of War) starring Clive Owen and Amanda Seyfried.