The Isle of Mull

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12-Day Wildlife Film Course

Course Dates:
Sorry this course is now closed.

(We have left the course details here for the purposes of future information only)

Course Location:
Isle of Mull, Scotland

Course Fees:
To register your interest in this course please go to our enquires page.

Course Outline:
Just what can I tell you about the Isle of Mull, this is the island where it all started. Our very first course was run here way back in 2007 and to date we have now run 20 courses on the island and its surrounding smaller Isles, and I can honestly say, long will it remain to be one of the jewels in the wildlife calendar of the United Kingdom.

The whole island is such an amazing place that we think you could run a wildlife film school here and never leave the island. From the coral beaches, to the vast shingle mud flats in the sea lochs, from the sea lochs themselves to the range of mountains in the center of the island, and from the major diversities between the north of the island and the Ross of Mull in the south, anyone visiting here will never be short of locations in which to film.

The Natural History of Mull:
The Isle of Mull is the second largest island of the Inner Hebrides, after Skye, lying off the west coast of Scotland. Mull is also the fourth largest Scottish island and the fourth largest island surrounding Great Britain. Mull has a coastline of approximately 300 miles that is made up on many coves and inlets but mainly 4 large peninsulas which are predominantly moorland, radiate from the center and sea lochs. Mull has a mountainous core, the highest peak being Ben More, which reaches over 900 meters. The waters around Mull are affected by the Gulf Stream, which in turn brings coral sands with it making some of Mulls many beaches, some of the best in the world.

The island is home to hundreds of types of birds including the White-tailed Eagle, which when re-introduced in the nearby Island of Rum migrated to Mull, where it now has a stronghold, as well as several other birds of prey such as Hen Harriers, Golden Eagles and Short eared owl, which are all difficult to see elsewhere in the UK.

The island is one of the primary locations in the UK for seeing some of Britain's more elusive wildlife species. I have personally seen basking sharks and dolphins from the coast. The island is also home to a large and thriving population of Otters that live in many coastal habitat, and can often be seen hunting during the day.

Our 12-day wildlife film courses are designed to take you through all the necessary fundamental steps you will come across when producing a wildlife film out on location.
Everything in this course from the carrying of equipment, and the setting up of a base-camp to the set-up of all the camera / editing / electrical and generator equipment; to the food and meals you will prepare and eat during your course, have be devised to give you as close an example as you would find in any working film orientated base-camp anywhere in the world.

On top of all of this, you will be filming wildlife and editing your final film out on location to a short script you have written; returning home with a copy of the film you have produced, as an a video file for you to use in your showreel or on your website.

As with all of our courses, we will be travelling on foot for the duration of this course. This will allow us to be as adaptable with our schedule as we choose to be. Some days will need to be spent walking or carrying out some form of base-camp or field-craft orientated tasks, but every day will contain an element of filming out on location.

Overnight camps will be in a base-camp and during the week most of your personal equipment will be left in this base-camp, so out on location you will simply have the camera equipment, any camouflaged equipment and hides we may have decided to use, plus your lunch.
It is our intention to maximise the whole of each day watching and filming wildlife. When not filming, we still intend for you to be learning to use / operating the camera equipment or some other wildlife / camp related task, so everyone will get to experience just what it is like to live, work and film on location.

Field Craft will also be a major part of this course, and as such you will not simply be walking from one location to another, but you will be out on the ground, learning the techniques required to live and work in the field, and remember...
Every day of this course will be spent working in the field; you will not spend any of your valuable time sitting in a classroom.

Course Itinerary:

Day 1:    (AM) Initial Meeting & Buying of food supplies. (PM) Building a basecamp on location

Day 2:   Script writing ideas / brainstorming, Production ethics / and formats

Day 3–9:   Filming on location

Day 10:   A–B Rough Edit, Recording of any Voiceovers

Day 11:   Main Editing + filming of any further footage (if required)

Day 12:   Final Edit and production of Final Film

Subjects we will cover in this course –

•  Initial Program / Script ideas & brainstorming
•  Script writing
•  Production ethics
•  Presenter lead programming
•  Presenters' scripting
•  Animal observation & tracking
•  Filming on location
•  Sound recording on location
•  Editing on location
•  Production of Final Film
•  Logistics & Camp-craft

(We will also cover the elements below at various points during the course (Time Permitting))
•  Locating / Tracking Animals
•  Map & Compass work
•  Navigation overland without a map
•  Route Planning
•  Camp Placement & Orientation
•  Base Camp Management
•  Water Management & Sanitation
•  Emergency Procedures & Actions

Please Note:
•  All of the UK Wildlife Film School courses are booked on a ´First-come, First-served´ basis, so it is highly recommended that you book early to secure your place.
•  Before you can attend this course we will send you some paperwork which you have to sign and return to us via email. Please leave enough time between your enquiry and the closing date to complete this process.
•  Your place on a course is only secured once we have this paperwork back and your course fees have cleared our banking system in full.
•  You are not able to book on a course after the closing date (17.00 GMT on Friday 29th June 2018.)
•  Flights to the UK are not included in your course fees as our students fly in from many destinations around the world.

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