SCQF Level 8
Diploma in Wildlife Documentary Film Making
in Arctic Norway (2020)

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Spend 8 weeks filming inside the Arctic Circle.


Course Highlights:
•  Dog sledging
•  Snow snowmobiling
•  Ice Fishing
•  Whale Watching
•  Visit to Polar Park to film Bears, Wolves and Lynx
•  Visit to the Nordkapp area on the edge of the Arctic Ocean,
…and of cause, filming in the Arctic Circle with all of the wonderful wildlife that live there.

Course Location:
Northern Norway is a place where a lot of visitors just sit back and admire the view; or the Northern Lights. The land is mystical; it's awe-inspiring remoteness and beauty makes for a truly fantastic location in which to film. Whilst we will be visiting in the summer months (and therefore missing out on a lot of the hardships of working in a really cold environment) there will be snow on the ground in places; and at altitude you will happily be able to undertake such activities as Dog Sledging and Snowmobiling all year around, at the very top edge of the European mainland in Nordkapp (The North Cape).
Naturally there will be a lot of hiking and hillwalking with our film equipment to get to areas in which we wish to film, but you will not have to undertake any skiing or mountaineering to take part on this course.

During our time in Norway we will also visit the Salangsdalen Valley in Bardu, about 45 miles north of Narvik. Here the wildlife roams free in large enclosures (akin to a northern version of the Serengeti) and here you can find (and film) wolves, brown bears, lynx, arctic foxes, elks, reindeer and moose. There is also a possibility to stay in a cabin overnight in the wolf enclosure should you wish to, and although being very safe, it will be a very exhilarating night spent in the wilderness.

Most people will agree that the ultimate animal to see in northern Norway is the sperm whale. So we will head to Andenes, on the Vesterålen islands, which is the only place in Europe where it’s possible to go whale-watching all year around. All along the coastline receding ice age glaciers have left their mark, gouging out the huge Bleik Canyon which at over a mile deep forms part of the coastal waters where the whales thrive on the abundant fish and squid.

Finally; no trip to Norway is complete without taking part in a bit of mushing, and enjoying the remoteness of the Arctic tundra while being pulled by a team of huskies; we are sure that this will prove to be a very memorable activity for all, and should also make for some very interesting filming.


Map of Arctic Circle



The course of our route through Norway and the Arctic Circle:
Logistically, this will be a serious undertaking for the team, in full expedition mode. We will base ourselves in 4x4 vehicles and everyone will be working and filming on the ground as you would in a full blown television production. To give you a better understanding of the task at hand, the instructional team will be making a 10,000 km round trip from the UK to the Arctic, of which you the students, will be joining us for the middle 4000 km section. (Shown on the map above in red)

You will join us at Trondheim Airport, Norway (Airport Code: TRD) where we will drive north allowing you to cross over the line of the Arctic Circle (so those of you who have never done this before can partake in the crossing ceremony) before continuing our way up to the Svartisen glacier, where you will get you first introduction to a truly arctic landscape. From here our route will wind north traveling over 2300 km thorough Bodo, Narvik, Tromso, Alta and Hammerfest, with all of the mountainous wilderness in-between; before finally reaching Nordkapp at the northern most point of Norway and the Arctic Ocean. We will spend a few days on the edge of the Arctic Ocean before heading south west to the town of Meklefloss right on the Russian boarder to go Dog Sledging.
At the end of the course everyone will fly out from Kirkenes to Oslo International airport.

•  We can guarantee that you will not find such an exhilarating and awe–inspiring wildlife film course, working in the Arctic Circle, run by any other wildlife film school, anywhere in the world  •


Course Dates:
Monday 11th May to 23rd October 2020.
During this 6 month course you will spend 8 weeks on location in the Arctic Circle filming.
(We are now taking bookings for this course)

Closing Date:
The closing date for this course is the Friday 27th March 2020.
This course is booked on a ´First-come, First-served´ basis, so it is highly recommended that you book early to secure your place.
You are able to pay for your course fees in monthly installments.
You will not be able to book on this course after the closing date.

Course Outline:
You do not need to have any previous film experience to attend the course. (However a basic understanding about how the principles of how a lens works, as well as shutter speeds and exposure will help you)
We will take you through the whole process of film production from start to finish including; script ideas, production ethics, script writing, presenter and voiceover-led productions, filming on location, recording audio on location and editing on location, as well as all necessary logistics and camp-craft requirements to allow you to be able to successfully work in such an environment.
We can guarantee that eight weeks of filming / working on location in the Arctic Circle will give you an unprecedented amount of time for you to learn and improve both your camera and production skills in a truly remote location.

The entire 8 week long practical section of this course will be located within the Arctic Circle in Northern Norway, operating out of various basecamps situated in different locations. Each day will consist of filming out on location and working on a rough edit during the evening from the footage filmed.
We will spend the first two weeks instructing you in the use of both the cameras and the audio recording equipment as well as all our other items of production/grip equipment; as well as undertaking various filming tasks throughout the day.
The last two weeks will be a dedicated editing session where you will produce the final ´polished´ copy of your film, undertaking a final edit with tasks such as colour correction, key-framing and time re-mapping.
You will be tasked to complete a 45 minute broadcast standard wildlife documentary film, about your time in the Arctic and the wildlife you find there. The final film can be presenter led or have an accompanying voiceover, as well as a selection of background music and additional text and graphics, you see fit.

This course will have a maximum of 4 students working from a Land Rover. The Land Rover will have a wildlife guide/driver, with the students occupying the rest of the vehicle. The Land Rover will carry everything logistical we need for our time in Norway; as well as three 4K cameras, a selection of lenses, audio recording equipment and other production equipment such as a DJI Inspire quadcopter (with twin control units (one for the pilot, one for the camera operator)) a DJI Osmo, Konova K7 Slider for timelapse photography/film, plus a selection of various grip, tripod and support equipment.
During the whole of your course we will working out of an 8 tent, tented basecamp; which will have electrical power via a petrol generator. For their comfort each student will have their own 2-man mountain tent.

Module Timetable:
Module 1 - Study online at home - Research of and preparation of wildlife programming
Module 2 - Filming on location in Norway - Fundamental production skills
Module 3 - Filming on location in Norway - Audio recording in the field
Module 4 - Filming on location in Norway - Production, Post-production & editing
Module 5 - Filming on location in Norway - Application of foundation skills in documentary production on location
Module 6 - Study online at home - Evaluation of overall standard of a wildlife documentary

Accreditation Certification:
To view a copy of the accreditation certificates awarded to The UK wildlife film school by CCR at Napier University. click here

How to Book:
To pay the booking deposit or fully book on this course please complete our Enquirers / Booking Form


The course will take you through all the stages of -

Production:
•  Initial program / script ideas & brainstorming
•  Script writing
•  Production ethics
•  Presenter lead programming
•  Presenters' scripting
•  Animal observation & tracking
•  Filming on location
•  Filming a Presenter on location
•  Sound recording on location
•  Video editing on location
•  Audio editing on location
•  Production of final film / documentary
•  All necessary logistics & camp-craft

Field-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


Course Fees & Equipment:
The course fees for our 2019 Arctic Diploma Course will be £8000 per student
Plus an Equipment Damage Waiver of £1000 per student
Making the total course fees, £9000

As part of your course fees we will supply you with:
•  £60,000 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
•  The cost of all filming permits
•  The cost of all location fees
•  The cost of all camping fees
•  Any additional paperwork costs, such as submitting your diploma for accreditation
•  All vehicles and transportation overland required during your course

To read a breakdown of the Diploma Course syllabus click here

To apply for the paperwork to book on this course please complete our Booking form
( Please Note: You are able to pay for your course in instalments) For more information click here
For more information on the Equipment Damage Waiver click here

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.

•  You are not able to book after the closing date, Friday 28th March 2020

•  Although this as a 6 Month course; there is an 8 week ´Practical Section´ of the course that you need to attend in Norway. (Monday 6th July to Friday Friday 28th August 2020)

•  Before the start of the ´Practical Section´ of this course, there are 4 weeks of pre-course study and paperwork. This is studied online at home.

•  After the end of the ´Practical Section´ of this course, there are 4 weeks of post-course study and paperwork. This is studied online at home.

•  Flights to and from Norway are not included in your course fees as our students fly in from many different destinations around the world.




Your Diploma Course Certificate will be awarded by The UK Wildlife Film School.

To view a copy of the accreditation certificates awarded to The UK wildlife film school; and the points value for each module as accredited by the Center for Credit Rating at Napier University, Edinburgh. click here

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This programme is managed, delivered and awarded by The UK Wildlife Film School and leads to an award on the Scottish Credit & Qualifications Framework. It has been credit rated by Edinburgh Napier University, but is not an Edinburgh Napier University course / award.
The ´SCQF´ Logo is used with permission from Pauline Sutton, Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework.
The ´EQF´ Logo is used with permission from Pauline Sutton, Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework.

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