Welcome to the UK Wildlife Film School

Practical ´hands-on´ wildlife film courses.



Earn an internationally recognised ´SCQF Level 8 – Diploma in Wildlife Documentary Film-Making´ 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 11th year the UK Wildlife Film School is extremely proud to announce that we are now offering a ´Diploma in Wildlife Documentary Film-Making´ qualification that will be studied as an 16 week course. The Diploma has been independently assessed and accredited by the Centre for Credit Rating at Napier University in Edinburgh; and leads to an award on the Scottish Credit & Qualifications Framework.

We have two 16 week diploma courses on offer in 2019,

Arctic Diploma

Scottish Diploma


The Diploma is 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) and means that we are now the only wildlife film school in the world giving its students an ´internationally recognized SCQF Level 8 Diploma qualification´ for attending its courses.

 



‘Diploma in Wildlife Documentary Film Making’ (2018)

Above is the 28 minute film produced by Anthony, JJ & Thao from the footage filmed during their 2018 Diploma in Documentary 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 Anthony and Jay had never used a professional television camera;
Thao held experience in film, but non of them had produced a wildlife film before.
Enjoy the film…

 

Anthony´s Testimonial

How do you think your course went ?
I think the course went well. I have come here and learnt a whole new handset of skills, which I would not have acquired anywhere else in the same amount of time.

Did you accomplish what you set out to do?
During the duration of the course we have been able to make a 30 min film. Developed the basic essential skills for editing footage and audio. I have become more affluent with the language and ethical behaviour required for the film industry. I came on the course to develop my out-door skills to be able to carry out a similar scenario on my own .

Did you enjoy your course / What was your favourite moment?
I really enjoyed the course and was excited for the experience from day one. Spending time around camp with the course peers has been a delightful experience and have formed strong friendships with all members.

Coming to Mull was a unique experience for me as I have never seen any of the UK’s iconic wildlife. There were plenty breath taking moments. Down at knock farm we had two buzzard fly by a dozen feet in front of us. My favourite moment however has to be when we went out on Martin’s boat. I managed to film a close up of the fish eagle fishing which wasn’t too shabby If I do say so myself. This was an extremely proud moment for my and gave me a sense of fulfilment with the course.

What did you like about your instructor ?
Ric is a charismatic instructor which thoroughly knows his craft. There was a good balance of work and leisure on the course which enabled us to get everything done. I appreciated his firm personality if we made any mistakes, as if this was not the case we would have most likely repeated them. This is a very good quality to ensure everything goes smoothly especially when dealing with really expensive equipment.

Anthony´s Student Testimonial
My experience at the UK wildlife film school has been one of learning and fun. The course went well and started of on a slow note as we familiarised ourselves with the equipment we were going to use, and the code of conduct required in the industry. Through out my time here I have gained a handset of skills, from the set up of a tripod and mounting the camera, to the workings of Adobe premiere pro and how to piece a film together. I wouldn’t have been able to learn all of this in the same amount of time anywhere else.

By the end of the course we managed to produce a 30 minute film which was not only informative but entertaining with our own special touch. If you come on this course by the time you leave you will be proficient in all the processes that go into making a wildlife film from pre-production all the way to post production.

Coming on the course also gave me the opportunity to witness a whole new side of the natural world that I have never seen before. Being in a different environment such as Mull you will encounter some of the UK’s most iconic wildlife.
I have had an amazing lifetime experience on Mull and acquired knowledge skills and friendships that will serve me a lifetime.

10/10

JJ´s Testimonial

How do you think your course went ?
I feel the course went really well. I learn so much I had no idea about not only about wildlife filming but also field craft and the wider film industry. We completed the film and made it to a good standard considering none of us had picked up a video camera or used a proper editing system before.

Did you accomplish what you set out to do?
I would say so yes, I set out with few expectations. But the main one was to learn how to make a quality documentary. Although I did not expect us to make us a broadcast standard film. I expected us to make something decent and I believe we exceeded that and produced something you would like to watch; and watch all the way through.
I definitely learnt all the things I wished to learn on the course regarding camera, audio and editing equipment. Learnt their function, use and care. I feel like I have a good grounding all those things so that I can have a career in this field.

Did you enjoy your course / What was your favourite moment?
I did enjoy the course, my favourite part of the course was going out on the boat and filming the sea eagles, it was a really cool experience and considering that we had pretty much a month and a half of miserable weather to get a nice day to film the eagles was special.

I also really enjoyed the editing process it was where you could see how a film is really made. The layers of audio and video lines that build up a film so that it works as one piece. It also gave me a better understanding of how to use camera as you can point and shoot at anything but what you film and how you film it needs to be filmed through the eyes of the editor or viewer. You may really like it but it may be useless for the edit and won’t engage the viewer.

What did you like about your instructor ?
Ric is a firm and fair instructor, he has a wealth of knowledge and he takes time to speak to locals that you gain valuable knowledge from that otherwise would go a miss.
He is always trying to improve you as his student and will tell you exactly how it is. When you do well you’ll get praise but at the same time you’ll get told when it’s wrong.
Camp craft and organisation is paramount and your skills will improve with Ric and he always has stories to tell..

JJ´s Student Testimonial
Before this course I was unsure of how or what it entails to work in wildlife film. All I knew is that I had a passion for wildlife and working in an admin wasn’t for me. Arriving in Oban two days after my last day at work I was nervous but excited.

The course is what you make of it, the more you put in the more you get out. Listening and watching Ric and your peers you can learn a lot. It seems with wildlife film the best way to learn is by learning from mistakes. Before you make them or someone else does you have no idea how important the little things are (even when Ric tells you).
From using camera, pitching tents and editing, there is nothing I didn’t improve in. Becoming comfortable with the camera gear, ranging from a dji osmo to the fs7 a production level camera was a steep learning curve.

Although I have watched a plethora of wildlife documentaries and have some knowledge about wildlife. You really come to understand the skills needed to produce a wildlife film.
Filming to a script is easier said than done with wildlife, initially I wanted to do my segment on Birds of Prey, but unfortunately apart from Buzzards they seemed to be more elusive than they normally are this year.
But the most engaging part was the edit process. When the film comes together. Where you choose and add music and end up with your final film. Our film really shows the fun we had on this course, we weren’t always the most productive with our days. But using creativity we managed to use our footage to its fullest.
Life changing experience, I’ll be back to Mull to see white Tailed Sea Eagles, Otters and hopefully a Golden Eagle that isn’t so far away I need 3000mm lens. It’s a shock to the system as wildlife filmmaking isn’t as romantic as it’s made out to be but it’s thoroughly rewarding, and that final film makes it all worth it.

If I am lucky enough to work in wildlife film in the future this will be a perfect grounding.

9/10






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 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 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 ?
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 ?

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 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 !