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Welcome to the UK Wildlife Film School:

 
     
     
 

About Us:

 

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.

 
     
     
     
     
 

Above is a copy of our latest students film

Richard & Claire's final film, was completed whilst on location on the Isle of Mull.

During the editing process they managed to progress further than any other course to date, this final film includes, Additional filming, Colour Correction, Voiceover, Frame Placement, and an additional 'ambient sounds' audio track

(Click on the video above to play)

 
     
 

To be taken to Richard & Claire's 'After Course Report' Click Here

 
     
 

The UK Wildlife Film School was established over 5 years ago. During that time we have run lots of courses, instructed dozens of students, and even had students say that there involvement with us has directly lead to employment with the BBC Natural History Unit in Bristol.

 

But how do we do this ?

The UK Wildlife Film School was established to give you first-hand experience of ‘working in the field’ and ‘filming real wildlife’ in some of the most beautiful and remote locations on offer throughout the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, and continues to be one of the world's foremost film schools in reference to ‘time spent on location in the field' as you will not spend any of your time with us sitting in a classroom; every day of your course will be spent working ‘on location’ out in the field.

 

Our courses are not run in ‘Nature Reserves’ or ‘Animal Rescue Centre's’ or any other location where you will find that the animals are ‘kept’ in an enclosed space. All the animals you will encounter on all of our courses will be ‘real wildlife’ living in their own natural environments.

We will equip you with HD cameras, video production equipment and 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 in their own natural environment.

 

Here we will allow you to progress though the necessary logistical, camp-craft and camera skills that you require to become a ‘Professional Wildlife Camera Operator’ or a member of a ‘Professional Wildlife Production Crew’

We will demonstrate to you the fundamentals of wildlife film and television production, logistics, and associated field-craft, along with other behind the scenes tasks that you may simply not have thought about, that you will need to be able to produce professional footage out on location.

 

One of the areas we would like to focus on is giving people with very little or no experience in the great outdoors the ability to join us and have a go. Broadening your horizons is an essential part of wildlife film making, and it is our aim to increase your ability and confidence during every one of our courses.

 

All our instructional staff are professional freelance personnel from within the industry of broadcast television and video production. This means that I know that they are perfectly capable of instructing you in the use of the equipment you will be using during your course.

However, It is not our aim to just 'teach' 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.

 

Anyone who knows anything about wildlife film work will tell you it cannot be rushed. It takes large amounts of time and patience in equal amounts. You can spend as many weekends as you like filming Salamanders kept in an observation tank wherever and whenever you like, but...

 

... until you have experienced that heart racing moment out on location filming that elusive wildlife, you will never know what it is like to work filming 'Real Wildlife'

 
     
 

 

 

Leave the classroom behind you,

You only gain 'Real Experience' working out in the field

 

 
     
     
 

Student Testimonials:

Below is a student testimonial from one of our Wildlife Film Courses.

 
     
 

Maria's (Fer's) Testimonial:

It was an experience of a lifetime !

I did a 10 day filming course on the Isle of Arran with Ric and all I can say is thank you for this fantastic experience which has inspired me to go out exploring more places.

 

I had never operated a serious video camera before although I am a keen walker I had never really been camping (let alone in the wild). The course was meant to have more people on it, but at the end it was just me. I was apprehensive about the whole thing, however, talking to Ric (via the telephone) was reassuring and I decided to go with it. I am so glad I did !

I set out to learn how to film wildlife and to learn some camping skills as well. I can say that pretty much all was accomplished with success.

 

From a personal point of view I have come to appreciate (from really close) the animals and vegetation that inhabits Arran, including Red Deer, Red Squirrels, Adder, Golden Eagle, the endangered tree species of Whitebeams, wonderful waterfalls,  birds, the sea, etc.

 

Ric has always been keen to film and record everything at every time. For example, One night  (I was already in my tent) we heard the Stags 'barking'  in the distance. I open the tent to see Ric stood further away listening to them and when he saw me he said "Do you want to record this"? and so we did. It was amazing because whilst sitting in the dark, we had a Stag walk to less than a few meters from us.

 

After the course, we edited the footage for  just 2 days, but I feel that I have learnt a great deal with Ric, I would like to say, Thanks a lot for your enthusiasm !  Thank you for this amazing experience !

I've enjoyed every bit...

 

I score the course 10 out of 10.

 

To read more of our Testimonials 'Click Here'

Fer - Uruguay, South America

 
     
 

Field-Craft:

 

Field-Craft and Logistics will be a major part of our 12 Day Courses. You will not simply be sitting in a Land Rover whist we drive you from one location to another. You will actually be 'out on the ground' learning the techniques required to live and work in location you are filming. Time restraints will naturally dictate the time spent focusing on field-craft, however the subjects covered would be taken from the lists below.

 

 

Core subjects  -

  • GPS Navigation

  • Map & Compass work

  • Navigation overland without a map

  • Route Planning

  • Natural Hides and Man-Made Camouflage

  • Animal Behaviour

  • Locating Animals

  • Animal Tracking

  • Camp Placement & Orientation

  • Base Camp Management

  • Water Management & Sanitation

There will also be dedicated sessions on -

  • Audio & Sound Recording

  • Editing footage in the Field

  • Production Ethics

  • Equipment Maintenance

  • Inter-Group & Satellite Communications

  • First Aid

  • Emergency Procedures & Actions

 
     
  We do not give Lectures:  
 

Unlike some other wildlife film schools around the world, we will not spend half of your course giving you a time-consuming lecture in a classroom.

 

We feel very strongly that you have come on one of our film course to experience 'working in the field, first-hand' so you should spend all of your time out on location, working and filming.

 

 
     
 

For more information, please '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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