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 Day Wildlife Film Course (2017)

Above is the film Patrick and Mads produced from the footage filmed during their 12 day wildlife film course on the Isle of Mull in July 2017.

 

Patrick´s Testimonial

How do you think your course went ?
I have very little to compare it to as previous film courses have been less specialised and different in terms of kit etc. I think the end results were good and I gained some good experience. I believe my overall performance improved somewhat and reviled areas I need to focus on. Some very good shots and overall editing sessions. Feel I need more time and attention to camp craft and outdoorsmanship. Some tough times, but all are usable for future learning and improvement.

Did you accomplish what you set out to do?
Leaving with a complete film and gaining experience were very much my goals. So I can now say I have been successful with these.

Did you enjoy your course / What was your favourite moment?
Yes. I enjoyed a number of things about the course, particularly the practice more specialised kit than I am previously used to. I also enjoyed the experience of spotting and the team element involved - even when you’re not on camera. Filming the three Red Deer moving though the field in the evening were a highlight..

What did you like about your instructor ?
Ric is very knowledgeable about the wildlife, the island, its laws & customs, the technology and efficient camp craft. He was also very receptive to ideas during the writing / editing and planning stages and had a good sense for when to lead or steer with the scheduled planning, and when not too. He was also relatively hands-off during the edit stages allowing us to take creative decisions and make our own discoveries.

Patrick´s Student Testimonial
Survived for 12 days, learned some useful things for wildlife but which may also be transferable to other filming projects. I am leaving with a strong sense of what to film with in the future. Film looks good. I made a good friend in Mads. Partly happy to be leaving as soon off to see family and will enjoy returning to regular life though I felt comfortable enough in the tent.< br>Despite some difficulties I am not discouraged but now have a greater perspective of challenges facing operators in the field.
I would say my filming has improved as there are some really good shots that display smooth movements that required quick decision making – when following the Red Deer for instance, whether to keep all three in frame or back off and just follow one or two. I feel like this sort of thing, which comes with practice, is an essential part of good film making technique and attitude.
Likewise, previous editing experience has paid off in terms of some problem solving and quick work arounds.

Mads´s Testimonial

How do you think your course went ?
Good. The number of days fitted well into my schedual. I put my heart into it and think that it paid off.

Did you accomplish what you set out to do?
Yes, I wanted to get a feel of what wildlife film making was like as a first priority and I feel I have a good idea as to what this is now. Even better – I really like it. Also as an added bonus I now have a product (Film) that I can show others University etc.) as well as a lot of improvement in my filming and editing skills.

Did you enjoy your course / What was your favourite moment?
Yes. It was a good educational time. Filing is most defiantly my most favourite part - more specifically following birds flying with a good smooth pan is challenging and very fun. I also enjoy the thrill and excitement when you when you do a good shot or the animal you've been waiting for suddenly appears.

What did you like about your instructor ?
You really seem to know your stuff - kit, animals, techniques etc. You are also good at striking up a conversation which is a good skill when you are dealing with groups of strangers.

Mad´s Student Testimonial
I set out to learn more about what wildlife film making was - and now I have a more thorough understanding of what that implies. Along the way I also picked up a lot of new camera skills, editing skills and some general camp craft skills.
The film Patrick and I produced seemed rather good and might be useful in the future (for instance when applying for college). I now feel more confident than ever that wildlife filming is something I want to pursue.



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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