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Welcome to the UK Wildlife Film School

 
 

Practical hands-on wildlife film and photography courses throughout the Highlands and islands of Scotland

 
     
 

Our 12 day Wildlife Film Courses are now just £100 a day

 

To enable more students to attend our courses we have decided to halve our course fees for 2015.

All of our 12 day Wildlife Film Courses will now be only £1200. This is primarily to cover instructor fees, all travel/fuel during the course, insurance and other administration costs such as VAT.

 

As a result, all camera equipment, the editing suite, base-camp gear and location costs will now be provided free of charge.

 

We recommend booking early as the courses are limited to four students per course.

PLEASE NOTE - This financial discount will not be available next year.

 

(Email  info@wildlifefilmschool.com  for more information or to book a place)

 
     
 

About Us:

 

Our Wildlife Film Courses.

(Please Note - We have recently made the upgrade to 4k video equipment)

 

Wildlife film-making is still one of the hardest subjects both to enter and work in professionally; especially if you have desires to work in such esteemed establishments as the BBC natural history unit based in Bristol.

  • 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 professional footage required

      But... where do you go to experience all the 'in the field' skills necessary to become a professional wildlife film-maker ?

 

      There's a lot more to wildlife film making, than being in the right place at the right time and just turning the camera on, and our wildlife film courses are designed specifically to take you though all of the fundamentals you may encounter when producing a wildlife film on location.

However, It is not our aim to just teach you everything, we hold strong the principles of demonstrating something, and then giving you the time and space to learn it for yourself though you're own hands-on experience.

 

 
 

 

But how do we do this ?

 

Wildlife filmmaking is still one of the hardest subjects both to enter and work in professionally. The UK Wildlife Film School was established over five years ago with the aim of giving you first hand experience of working in the field and filming real wildlife.

We run courses in some of the most beautiful and remote locations throughout the Highlands and islands of Scotland and continue to be one of the world’s foremost wildlife film schools, leading the way in terms of using the latest 4K equipment and technology and crucially, offering an unprecedented amount of time actually on location in the wild.

 

Our courses are not run in nature reserves or animal rescue centers or any other location where you may find the animals are ‘kept’. All of the animals you will encounter on all of our courses are real wildlife, living in their own natural environments. Furthermore, you do not spend any of your time with us sitting in a classroom; every day of your course will be spent living and working out in the field.

 

We equip you with professional 4K cameras and editing facilities and all the camp equipment you need for your course. We take you through the fundamentals of wildlife film and television production and all the associated logistics, field-craft and camera skills that are required to become a professional wildlife camera operator.

Many of the students who have attended one of our courses have gone on to work professionally within wildlife filmmaking, some of whom claim that our courses have directly lead to employment with the prestigious BBC Natural History Unit.

 

All our instructional staff are professionals from within the broadcast television and film production industries. This means they are experienced and fully qualified individuals who will help you get the most out of the course. However, it is not our aim to just 'teach' you everything. We believe in the principles of demonstrating something and then giving you the time and space to learn it for yourself though hands on experience.

 

Unlike other film courses, the films you make are yours: the instructors are tutors to assist you, and not the other way around. They are not making the films and you are not simply assisting them! We provide everything you need to be able to produce professional footage of your own out on location and the completed film that you make is yours to take home.

 
 

 

 
   

 

 
 

Student Testimonials:

 
     
 

How do you think your course went?

 

Matt - I was really itching to come on a practical wildlife film course after attending a few courses at Wildeye. What I expected I can confidently say the 30 day wildlife film production course has given me the core foundation knowledge of what is required when taking up the task of filming out on location, and what is required of you to complete a wildlife film production smoothly and successfully.

 

Leah - Signing up for this course I had expected to get some insight into the professional field of wildlife film making. I now have a idea of that, but am aware that it is very hard to get into. I do have some plans for the future that were shaped during this course.

The course was more about camp-craft than I had expected. I had not thought about all the aspects that come into play with wildlife film making before, so this was quite useful. I learnt about navigation, fire making and setting up a base-camp. I gained some insight into the rhythm of wildlife film making, and I am happy with this.

 

Matt - The course was good. It was good to get experience like this out in the field.

 

Hannah - I feel the course went well. I liked the fact that despite all the students first impressions of what the course might be like, the course showed a very realistic example of what being a wildlife film maker is all about.

 

Corrie - I went on a 5 Day production course with the UK Wildlife Film Course at very short notice.

The course was fantastic, and the locations were even better.

We started filming near Strontian on the North shore of Loch Sunart in Scotland. I actually filmed an Otter within 1 hour of arriving on location. The whole week was truly inspirational.

 

Richard - The course went well. We produced a short film with a Voiceover and some additional Audio, learning to use a professional video camera in the process.

 

Claire - I think the course went well and I feel I learnt a great deal. I am now more confident in using editing software and I improved on my camera skills.

 

What did you like about your instructors / staff?

 

Matt - Ric is clearly very knowledgeable and experienced in filming and surviving in the outdoors. He is interesting to talk to and prioritises safety above everything else.

 

Hannah - Ric is a really interesting person with lots of life stories to tell. He knows his profession inside and out, so it has been great learning from him over the last 12 days.

 

Alex - I felt safe to be in a remote location as Ric has a lot of experience in being outdoors; as well as information about the wildlife, the filming industry and equipment. Also, at the beginning of the course I misunderstood the amount of equipment and staff you need to live and work in a remote location, and this course has helped me understand this.

 
     
 

We are now taking applications for the post of Base Camp Supervisor for the 2015 season - To apply 'Click Here'

 
     
 

Unfortunately, due to limitations imposed by our insurance cover,

you need to be 18 years of age or over to attend one of our wildlife film courses,

unless on a 'Bespoke Course' accompanied by a parent or guardian.

 
     
 
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