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12-Day Wildlife Film Course


Course Dates:
This course is now closed.
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Course Location:
Knapdale, Scotland

Course Fees:
To enquire about the fees for this course please go to our enquires page.

Course Outline:
Beavers are great animals to study, film and photograph, relatively non-nomadic (so you don't have to spend all day chasing them around a mountainside) they still require a lot of time, skill and patience to film, as they are very shy. Appearing mainly during early morning and at dusk / night, you will be required to film at both dusk and dawn which only adds to the skill levels required to film these endearing animals.
However, seeing a Beaver during the daytime is not a hit and miss chance, and at whatever part of the day they are seen, they always make a great subject.
The foundations of the Scottish Beaver Trial are built upon vast amounts of research into beaver ecology. Beaver reintroductions have successfully taken place in 24 European countries and during the Scottish Beaver Trial, new and original data will be collated to provide further information about the impact of beavers on the local environment.

The countryside surrounding Knapdale Forest makes up an exceptionally beautiful area of Scotland. As well as breath-taking scenery, this area is one of the best places in the country for looking at archaeological remains.

The Natural History of Knapdale:
Whilst the Scottish Beaver Trial does encourage visitors to the site, they are first and foremost a scientific study. The aim of the project is to explore how beavers cope naturally in the Scottish environment – and to learn more about natural beaver behavior. Please keep a respectful distance from the animals. A ‘Beaver Trial’ has been established around one of the lochs where the activities of its resident beaver family are most visible. Signs of beaver activity including felled and regenerating trees, stripped branches and a beaver dam, can now all easily be observed there.

We will spend time at the start of your course instructing you in the use of both the cameras and the audio recording equipment on location; as well as other items of production/grip equipment.

Knapdale Forest is situated in a National Scenic Area and is flanked to the north by the Crinan Canal and to the west by the Sound of Jura and Loch Sween. The beavers have been released in four different places throughout Knapdale Forest and there is one loch in particular where the activities of its resident beaver family are most visible.

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 (We will have someone in camp at all times, to protect all of the equipment) 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 –

Production:
•  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


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


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 (17.00 GMT on the 28th February 2017.)
•  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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As with all of our courses, we will be travelling on foot for the duration of this course, whilst being totally self-sufficient and living off all the equipment carried on our backs in a ruc-sac. 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 Camp orientated tasks, but every day will contain an element of filming on location.

Overnight camps will be in a base-camp and during the week most of your personal equipment will be left in base-camp (We will have someone in camp at all times, to protect all of the equipment) 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.
At the end of each day everyone will return to base-camp for a main meal and, time permitting, a group discussion to assess the day's filming with reference to our script requirements.

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 time sitting in a classroom.