Welcome to the UK Wildlife Film School

Practical ´hands-on´ wildlife film courses in the UK.



Earn an internationally recognised ´Diploma´ whilst filming on location. The UK Wildlife Film School remains to be the UK´s leading provider of independent wildlife film-making workshops/courses; and continues to be one of the most comprehensive wildlife film schools in the world in reference to time spent in the field, working, filming and editing in 4K.

We are proud to be the only wildlife film school in the world to film and edit 4K and out in the field giving you the opportunity to learn and experience hands-on what it is like and what is required to live and film in remote and wild locations.

The UK Wildlife Film School uses professional 4K television cameras and editing system; the practical experience you gain from attending your course and films you produce, will be of the highest production quality giving you a major advantage as you embark on your wildlife film career.

Now in its 10th year the UK Wildlife Film School is extremely proud to announce that we are now offering a ´Diploma´ qualification that will be studied as part an 16 week course. The Diploma is independently assessed and accredited by the Center for Credit Rating at Napier University in Edinburgh; under the Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework.

The Diploma will be a SCQF Level 8 Diploma. (This is the equivalent to a Higher National Diploma (HND) and the highest level of Diploma we are able to offer outside of a university setting)
This Diploma means that we are now the only independent wildlife film school in the world giving its students an ´internationally recognized qualification´ for attending its courses.

 



16-week ‘Diploma in Wildlife Film Making’ (2017)

Above is the 20 minuite film produced by Maria Blanco from the footage filmed during her 2017 Diploma in Wildlife Film Making.
The whole film was filmed and produced on location on the Isle of Mull during the 8 week practical section of this 16 week 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 fundemental 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, specially 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 practising, I am getting confortable 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.



 

12-week Wildlife Film Course (2016)

Above is the film Daisy and Lukas produced from the footage filmed during their 3 month wildlife film course.
During their course we visited the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, Avimore, Inverness, Loch Ness, The Isle of Mull, The Cairngorms and the Shetland Isles, during the editing process they decided to write a script that focused on the Shetland Islands, with footage they filmed from other parts of Scotland included to demonstrate the differences in the environments of the Shetland Islands and the rest of Scotland.
At the end of the film there is also a short collection of footage of sequences they really liked and wanted to show, but didn´t find space in their final film to included them.
Please enjoy the film... Thank you.

 

Luka´s Testimonial

Did you accomplish what you set out to do?
Yes. I got a good feel of the logistics of a wildlife film production and what it takes to make one work.

Did you enjoy your course / What was your favourite moment?
Yes. It would be a tie between seeing the Gannet Colony and seeing the Orca´s up close. “It was breathtaking”

Lukas´s Student Testimonial
Having been on a previous course (Jura 12 days 2015) I challenge to challenge myself and take on the much longer 3 month course. Having much more time to adapt to the cameras and equipment I´ve been able to get a better grasp of how they function to the point of being able to comment on how they could be improved.
I have had a more hours using the equipment than I can count and I can safely say I know their in´s and out´s. This course could be summed up as a wildlife filming tour of Scotland with the added bonus of learning about production.
A long course has tested my limits with working as part of a group, but if you have a passion for filming wildlife as I do, this is definitely an experience to be had.

Daisy´s Testimonial

Did you accomplish what you set out to do?
Yes, I did. I know how to map read and I have gained a better understanding as to how the camera operates in terms of how the Iris effects the amount of light coming into the camera.

Did you enjoy your course / What was your favourite moment?
My favourite moment was when we were on a boat trip to Noss and we managed to film Killer Whales which were only 8ft from the boat.

Daisy´s Student Testimonial
Knowing that wildlife filming was something I was interested in and possibly persue it as a career, I had no idea of how to go about it or the knowledge or skills required to get into it.
I decided to go on this 3 month course rather than going to university hoping I would get an actual feel of what wildlife film makers go through, going away for a long amount of time.
It has been challenging, and frustrating when you don't get certain shots you would have liked, but coming to the course with no experience as to how a film camera operates, the course has helped me to understand this.
Not only have I learnt how to operate a film camera but what it is like to edit a film, and that it is very time consuming but worth it in the end. I feel that I have come away with enough experience and evidence of work to prove this.



Below are some questions we think you should seriously concider 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 latest Sony 4k 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 two students ?
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 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 and 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 ?
10. Actually film ´Real Wildlife´ - that is roaming freely within its own natural environment, as appose 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 ?

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 this 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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