The Isle of Arran

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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)

Closing Date:
Friday 31st August 2018.
(You are not be able to book on this course after the closing date)

Course Location:
Isle of Arran, Scotland

Course Fees & Equipment:
The course fees for our 12 day wildlife film Course on Arran will be £2000 per student + a £1000 Equipment Damage Waiver
(For more information on the Equipment Damage Waiver click here

As part of your course fees we will supply you with -
•  £50,000 of 'in-house' 4K camera equipment
•  £15,000 of location & production equipment
•  £10,000 of 'on location' editing equipment
•  £5,000 of basecamp equipment
•  All staff and instruction
•  Any additional paperwork costs, such as submitting your diploma for accreditation
•  All vehicles and transportation overland required during your course

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

Course Outline:
This will be our 3rd time returning to The Isle of Arran. The island is one of the most interesting and diverse islands of Scotland, both in terms of wildlife, landscapes, filming locations and geology. The main focus of the course is to film the Stag Rut on the island. To do this we will probably be aiming for Glen Catacol again, but will also focus on other less trodden locations.
This will be a course that offers you a good insight into what it takes when filming wildlife, from the carrying of the equipment for very long days to waking up before dawn and filming late into the evenings to capture all of the impressive action.

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 Arran:
Arran or the Isle of Arran is the largest island in the Firth of Clyde, Scotland. With an area of 167 square miles it is the seventh largest Scottish island. Although it is culturally and physically similar to the Hebrides, it is separated from them by the Kintyre peninsula. Arran is further divided into highland and lowland areas by the Highland Boundary Fault.

Well-known as the location filming Stag Rutting for the BBC NHU television series ´Autumnwatch´ Arran proves to be one of the better locations to observe and film this spectacular event in nature´s calendar. Red Deer are numerous on the northern hills, and there are populations of Red Squirrel, Badger, Otter, Adder and Common Lizard. Over 200 species of bird have been recorded on Arran including Black Guillemot, Eider Duck, Peregrine Falcon and the Golden Eagle. Offshore there are Harbour Porpoises, Basking Sharks and various species of Dolphin.

The island has three endemic species of tree, the Arran whitebeams. They are the Scottish or Arran whitebeam, the cut-leaved whitebeam and the Catacol whitebeam. They are protected in Glen Diomhan off Glen Catacol, at the north end of the island. They are typically trees of the mountain slopes, close to the tree line.

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 so as not to miss out this course.
•  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 (Friday 31st August 2018)
•  Flights to the UK are not included in your course fees as our students fly in from many destinations around the world.

Information Links:
To be taken to our booking page Click here
For more information on the Equipment Damage Waiver Click here
General conditions and further information can be found on our more info page Click here