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Wildlife film-making is still one of the hardest subjects both to enter and work in professionally. Having now been established for just under 10 years The UK Wildlife Film School operates with the aim of giving you first-hand experience of working in the field whilst filming real wildlife out on location.
The wildlife film school started in the summer of 2007 taking a group of students who wanted to fully experience ´first-hand´ what it was actually like to live and work in the field as a wildlife camera operator. Whilst also being able to enhance some of their pre-existing filming and editing skills further towards the specialist area of wildlife film work


During the first few years of running the UK Wildlife Film School we became aware that there was actually a ´large gap´ in the educational system when it came to the teaching of wildlife orientated film work, and slowly we adapted our courses (and ideas) to fill this gap.

We now run our courses in some of the most beautiful locations in Africa and continue to be the world's foremost wildlife film school in terms of offering an unprecedented amount of time actually on location out in the field.
And this year we are continuing to push this even further, by continuing to be the only wildlife film school in the world that films and edits, with the latest 4K equipment and technology, in a base-camp full time, out on location.
Right from the very start we have wanted to do things differently, taking everything to the next step.
We have always filmed real wildlife living freely in its one natural environment. We have always filmed out on location in the field with these environments so as to give our students a genuine appreciation of what is needed to work there.
We have always taught from the fundamental skills upwards allowing even the least experienced students to attend our courses and come away having really learnt something. And finally we believe very seriously in practical hands-on experience. We don´t simply teach you how to do something, but we demonstrate it to you, then give you enough time to do it yourself so as to gain the skills necessary to undertake that task required successfully.
Whilst also our courses are not run in nature reserves or animal rescue centers or any other location where you may find the animals are ´kept´ in pens. All of the animals you will encounter on all of our courses are real wildlife, living in their own natural environments.

We equip you with professional 4K cameras and editing facilities as well as all the base-camp equipment you need for your course. We take you through the fundamentals of wildlife film and television documentary production as well as all the associated logistics, field-craft and camera skills that are required to become a professional wildlife camera operator.
Furthermore, you will not spend any of your time with us sitting in a classroom; every day of your course will be spent living and working out in the field.

Many of the students who have attended one of our courses have gone on to work professionally within the world of wildlife film-making, some of whom claim that our courses have directly lead to employment with the prestigious BBC Natural History Unit at Bristol in the UK.

All our instructional staff are professionals from within the broadcast television and film production industries or their relevant professions such as wildlife / bush guides and base-camp supervisors; meaning that they are experienced and fully qualified individuals who will help you get the most out of the course. However, it is not our aim to just ´teach´ you everything. We believe very strongly in the principles of demonstrating something to you and then giving you the time and space to learn it for yourself though hands-on experience.
Unlike some other film courses, the films you make are yours: the instructors and tutors are here to assist you, and not the other way around. They are not making the films for you, and you are not simply assisting them to make a film for themselves; you will be doing all the filming, the scripting, the story-boarding, the sound recording and the editing!
We will provide everything you need to be able to produce professional footage of your own out on location and the completed film that you make is yours to take home with you at the end of your course.
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Being honest, and being blunt… You are simply not going to get this experience, on any other wildlife film course anywhere in the world. Spending a total of 8 weeks visiting 4 of Tanzania´s most iconic wildlife safari locations, spending 10 days in each location filming finally backed up with a solid week of editing, all being filmed in 4K on some of Sony´s high end broadcast television cameras fitted with Fujinon 4K Cabrio lenses – seriously, at less than £200 a day what more could you ask for ?