Welcome to the UK Wildlife Film School

Practical 'hands-on' wildlife film courses out on location.



Wildlife Film-Making is one of the hardest subjects both to enter, and work in professionally.
•  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 footage required.
    But… where do you go to experience all the 'in the field skills' necessary to become a professional Wildlife Film-maker ?

The UK Wildlife Film School remains to be the UK´s leading provider of independent wildlife film-making workshops / courses in the world, in reference to time spent working out in the field; filming and editing in 4K to produce a finished film whilst on location.
We have now spent over a decade giving our students the opportunity to learn practical 'hands-on' production skills & camera craft; whilst experiencing first hand what it is like (and what is required) to film wildlife in remote and wild locations. You will not waste any of your time with us sitting in a classroom staring out of the windows. Every day of your course will be spent out in the field. We will equip you with a selection of 4k cameras, production & editing equipment, as well as 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 freely in their own natural environment.
Once there we will take you through all the logistical, camp-craft and camera skills you require to become a 'Professional Wildlife Camera Operator' or a member of a 'Professional Wildlife Production Crew'

To date we have taught every level of skill from our very basic '12 day course' to our University accredited (SCQF Level 8) 'Diploma in Wildlife Documentary Film Making'
The UK Wildlife Film School uses professional 4K television cameras and 4K edit systems, so the practical experience you will gain from attending a course with us (and the films you produce) will give you a major advantage as you embark on your wildlife film career.

Whilst employers do like qualifications… they prefer 'real' experience!
Over the last 10+ years we have had students that have been recommended to attend our courses by top level Universities (Such as the UWE in Bristol for students wishing to study their Masters in Wildlife Film Making) to increase their individual levels and experience of on-location wildlife film work; we have also had students who have left University with the qualifications they wanted, only to discover they can´t actually find work as they do not hold enough experience filming / working in the field.
Further to this, a considerable amount of our students have attended a course with us before then going on to study further with such establishments in the UK as the UWE, The National Film and Television School and the London Film Academy.

Leave the classroom behind you, you only gain 'real' experience working out in the field.







SCQF Level 8 Diploma in Wildlife Documentary Film Making

Above is the film produced by Louis and Jasmine in October and November 2020 during the 8 week practical section of their SCQF 'Level 8' Diploma in Wildlife Documentary Film Making course on the Isle of Mull in Scotland.
Both the lockdown restrictions and the weather caused some very interesting issues that the students had to work through to produce their final film (They actually camped through a Force 8 and two Force 6 gales (in the process, breaking and repairing 18 tent poles over the length of the whole course)) but we hope that you agree with us when we say we think they made an extremely good film.

Before the course neither of Louis or Jasmine had produced a wildlife film, let alone worked on location during the shortened days of the cold winter months with all that the Scottish weather could throw at them. Although somehow, Jasmine still managed to find an idyllic beautiful day in which to grab an underwater camera and go for a swim of a pier filming the creatures below the surface that she loves so much.
The whole course truly was an inspirational (and fun) time for both the students and course instructor.
Please enjoy the film…

 

Louis´s Testimonial

How do you think your course went ?
Storms and unapologetic weather aside, the course was awesome. If it was summer I imagine there would be some difference but none the less
The knowledge I have gained will stay with me forever. Camp life is tough, but there is plenty of value in that.

Did you accomplish what you set out to do?
Absolutely. An awesome film has been created. I have learnt the process of film making, especially when in a tough environment. I now have a working knowledge of editing software.

Did you enjoy your course / What was your favourite moment?
Yes, all of it.
Travelling all around Mull and seeing the island was great. Learning all about different shore creatures whilst making the film.
Filming a trio of Otter doing their thing was a massive highlight which I'll remember forever.

What did you like about your instructor ?
Ric has an incredible wealth of knowledge about camp craft, camera equipment and Mull. There is a story for all occasions, there's usually a lesson to be learnt within the story too. There is always a nice level of freedom with what we want to do with our day that is given to us all the while Ric keeps us on track with what we need to be doing with that freedom.
He often allows for us to come to realisation of what needs doing and how to do it, which I feels betters us. Learning by figuring it out by myself and learning by doing is always more fulfilling and useful.

Louis´s Student Testimonial
This course has more life experience that I could ever have hoped for. Two months of pure learning experience, not just using learning to make a wildlife film, but how also to exist in the field in the best way possible. Even when times get tough there is a lot of value in knowing how to deal with what ever gets thrown at you.
I have learnt how to use a camera correctly. I have learnt how to ideally set up a camera. I have learnt a plethora of life skills that I will forever remember because of this course.

10/10

Jasmine´s Testimonial

How do you think your course went ?
I feel like it went very well, we made a lovely film which I am proud of and I learnt a lot of valuable skills that I am bound to use in later life.

Did you accomplish what you set out to do?
Yes, I have learnt how to use a film camera properly and how to edit my footage, as well as having a great film and memories to take home with me.

Did you enjoy your course / What was your favourite moment?
Yes, my favourite moment was when I filmed some White Tailed Sea Eagles with the long lens, it was really special.

What did you like about your instructor ?
Very knowledgeable
Good at explaining things simply
Can have a laugh with them and many interesting conversations
Resourceful and knows how to deal with, and fix things that go wrong

Jasmine´s Student Testimonial
This course is brilliant for hands on learning.
You learn so much in 8 weeks than you would working in a classroom for a year. Being out in the field means all the time means you learn faster and you can have amazing experiences as you go.

The Isle of Mull is the perfect location with a beautiful scenic landscape full of amazing wildlife. You really get a feel for what it is like to be a wildlife cameraman working on location, having to work in all weathers and looking after camera equipment as well as learning how to set up and live in tents for long periods of time.

The weather wasn't always perfect and there can be some bad days, but I will leave this course taking with me valuable skills and knowledge as well as great memories and experiences.

9/10

 

Course Instructors´s After Course Testimonial


I don´t normally write and after course testimonial myself, but our 2020 Isle of Mull Diploma course was so good, I thought I should.

This years students, Louis and Jasmine, got on so well together it was as if they had known each other for years. Jasmine was most happy when she was on the foreshore searching through the rocks and seaweed for wildlife; she would only have to go down to the sea for an hour or so to score the day a 10. Louis approached every task with a keenest 'to complete the task to his best ability' attitude, that it was refreshing to see. I´m sure if we threw a really nasty task at him, he would have still completed it with a smile.

Talking of nasty tasks, the Scottish weather was not the best of friends with us this year. It threw the worst at us to really test if the students were up to working out in the wilds… and they were.
We camped through several storms (one was a force 8 gale that lasted for over 18 hours where the tents shuddered all night long) but they just took it in their stride, and even enjoyed the drama of it all.
On one occasion we returned to camp after being out all day to find our store / equipment tent completely flat on the ground, broken tent poles abound, in the middle of another storm. Learning as things happened was a must as they made emergency repairs to the poles in an extremely strong winds whilst being battered by rain, all working under the light from head torches. You defiantly don´t get this sort of experience in a classroom.

It wasn´t all hardships though. When the sun came out it was totally idillic. Just look at the stillness of the sea in the footage of the jetty we filmed our shore crabs fighting under.
During the sunny days we filmed some fantastic footage. Jasmine filmed a truly beautiful long pan of a White Tailed Sea Eagle coming into land on a rock that was 800+ meters out to sea with the long lens on the Sony FS7. You would have thought that Jasmine had been filming for years with the quality (Smoothness) of the pan, she didn´t even flinch when the Eagle was startled by an Otter due to flying so low.

One of Louis many moments of achievement was filming three Otter kits (cubs) playing in the sea. They were very obviously first year kits so were also very interested in us. During filming they swam right in front of Louis less than 2 meters away from him, and he managed to keep calm and relaxed enough to produce some really fantastic footage.

The film they produced really doesn´t do them justice in reference to the time and effort they put into their filming, both inside a tent where they set up an observation tank to film the underwater wildlife close up; and out in the field whilst braving the Scottish weather for 8 weeks. As Louis said; the more the situation throws at them, the better learning experience that they have for the future.
I couldn´t agree more, and I´ve happily given them both a 10 out of 10 for their efforts.

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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 student ?
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 over a weekend ?
10. Actually filming 'Real Wildlife' - that is roaming freely within its own natural environment, as oppose 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 that 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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