Welcome to the UK Wildlife Film School

Practical 'hands-on' wildlife film courses.



Wildlife Film-Making is one of the hardest subjects both to enter, and work in professionally.
•  You need to have real skills with reference to working in remote locations.
•  You need to be able to cope with the logistical requirements of getting all you equipment to the filming location.
•  You need to be able to live and work comfortably in this location for the length of your assignment.
•  You need to be able to bring home the footage required.
    But… where do you go to experience all the 'in the field skills' necessary to become a professional Wildlife Film-maker ?

The UK Wildlife Film School remains to be the UK´s leading provider of independent wildlife film-making workshops / courses in the world, in reference to time spent working out in the field; filming and editing in 4K to produce a finished film on location.
We have now spent over a decade giving our students the opportunity to learn practical 'hands-on' production skills & camera craft; whilst experiencing first hand what it is like (and what is required) to film wildlife in remote and wild locations. You will not waste any of your time with us sitting in a classroom staring out of the windows. Every day of your course will be spent out in the field. We will equip you with a 4k camera, production & editing equipment, plus all the camp equipment you need for your course; then we´ll take you out on location into some remote and beautiful locations filming 'Real Wildlife' living freely in their own natural environment.
Once there we will take you through all the logistical, camp-craft and camera skills you require to become a 'Professional Wildlife Camera Operator' or a member of a 'Professional Wildlife Production Crew'

To date we have taught every level of skill from a very basic '12 day course' to our University accredited (SCQF Level 8) 'Diploma in wildlife documentary film making'
The UK Wildlife Film School uses professional 4K television cameras and 4K edit systems, so the practical experience you will gain from attending a course with us (and the films you produce) will give you a major advantage as you embark on your wildlife film career.

Whilst employers do like qualifications… they prefer 'real' experience!
Over the last 10+ years we have had students that have been recommended to attend our courses by top level Universities (Such as the UWE in Bristol for students wishing to study their Masters in Wildlife Film Making) to increase their individual levels and experience of on-location wildlife film work;
we have also had students who have left University with the qualifications they wanted, only to discover they can´nt actually find work as they do not hold enough experience working in the field.
Whilst a considerable amount of our students have attended a course with us before then going on to study further with such establishments in the UK as the UWE, The National Film and Television School and the London Film Academy.

Leave the classroom behind you, you only gain 'real' experience working out in the field.

2021 Wildlife Film Courses


Isle of Mull 2021 Course
The Isle of Mull


Iceland 2021 Course
Arctic Circle, Iceland







‘Diploma in Wildlife Documentary Film–making’

Above is the 20 minute film produced by Maria Blanco from the footage filmed during her Diploma in Wildlife Documentary Film–making course.
The whole film was filmed and produced on location on the Isle of Mull during the 8 week practical section of this 16 week Diploma course.

Before the course Maria had never used a television camera, let alone produced a wildlife film on location.
During her course we took Maria though all the fundamental stages of production from filming and editing to script writing and logistics.
Enjoy the film…

 

Maria´s After Course Testimonial


Did you accomplish what you set out to do?
Yes. The thing I mainly learnt about the course was how to film wildlife. Not only in the sense of settings, but also in the sense of finding a good spot, setting up the equipment and waiting. How to observe wildlife and predict movements. I am very excited to go out and film and I have started planning what to do next.

Did you enjoy your course / What was your favourite moment?
I do not know what was my favourite moment since I have several ones. Seeing the Otters was pretty amazing, especially the first and last day. However, I really enjoyed filming the White Tailed Sea Eagles (from land and from a boat).
Finding the Newt and the Toads was very cool and I very much enjoyed filming them. Seeing the Buzzard eating that Rabbit was amazing and my biggest regret of the course is not being able to film it in time.
Filming the Dolphins was pretty good too.
And I actually quite enjoyed filming the Highland Cows !

Maria´s Student Testimonial
After two months filming on location, I feel confident when using a camera. I am able to use the settings of the camera to obtain correctly exposed images. After so much practicing, I am getting comfortable with my pans.
There is still much to learn and practice, but I am getting better at filming flying birds. I have improved a lot since the start of the course on how to set up the tripod and carry and set up the rest of the equipment too.

I have learnt to wait and observe nature and to predict the subjects next movements. And I have learnt that many times you come back to camp without even seen anything. Those days are slightly frustrating. But then, another day, you see something amazing.

One of the main things that I learnt and that I did not know about was writing a script. That was a whole new area for me. It was quite hard, but it turned out to be rather useful when producing my film.

Another area in which I have improved is camping. I have learnt every step of the process, from looking for a suitable location, setting up camp, reading a map, cooking in a tent, safety use of equipment and logistics.




Below are some questions we think you should seriously consider before booking a wildlife film course with anyone, anywhere !

Does your wildlife film course…
1. Supply you with broadcast quality cameras to film with ?
2. Supply you with the Sony 4k broadcast cameras to film with ?
3. Supply you with all of the production equipment necessary to produce a wildlife film, so you can attend your course without having to actually buy any of this equipment yourself first ?
4. Supply one camera for every student ?
5. Supply you with the latest mobile editing facilities so you can edit 4k footage out on location ?
6. Film in remote locations whilst operating out of a fully equipped tented base-camp ?
7. Supply you with all of the camp equipment necessary to operate from this base-camp out on location ?
8. Spend every day of your wildlife film course working or filming out on location ?
9. Actually last long enough for you to be able to film, edit and produce a short wildlife film, and not just 2 or 3 days over a weekend ?
10. Actually filming 'Real Wildlife' - that is roaming freely within its own natural environment, as oppose to filming animals that are ´kept´ in fenced pens or enclosed areas, whilst you're being told by your instructors that you are filming wildlife ?

If not ask yourself again… Are you actually filming 'Real Wildlife' ?

If you have answered 'No' to any of the questions above, you really must ask yourself   “Why are you going on that film course” ?
When you come on a Wildlife Film Course with the UK Wildlife Film School; every answer to all the questions above, will become a… YES !


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