Isle of Mull

Massai Mara



We are now taking bookings for our 2017 courses in the UK and Tanzania.

Filming wildlife cannot be rushed and takes large amounts of time and patience. You can spend as many days as you like covering all the theory you like, however until you have experienced that heart racing moment out on location when you've finally spotted that elusive wildlife, you will never know what it is like to film 'real wildlife'.

We want to offer you the opportunity to experience that first hand. Whether you wish to attend just to satisfy your personal interest in wildlife or you wish to embark on a career in wildlife film or television, our courses can provide essential training and the indispensable real world experience you can't get anywhere else.

Unlike some other wildlife film schools around the world, we do not spend half of your course giving you a time consuming lecture in a classroom. In fact, we do not spend any time in a classroom environment. 100% of the time spent on our courses is out in the field, living and working on location.

Wherever you are or whoever you are, you are more than welcome to attend any of our courses. For example, 50% of our students are from overseas (outside the UK) and 60% of our students are female. Our courses cater to students of any ability and experience, from a first time camper to those who already have decades of experience in TV or film. Unfortunately, due to limitations imposed by our insurance cover, you need to be 18 years of age or over to attend one of our courses.

Here at the UK Wildlife Film School we believe in four fundamental basics which form the very foundations and the overall philosophy of our courses:

'Real Wildlife - Real Locations - Real Skills - Real Experience'

Real Wildlife

Real wildlife is exactly what it says it is... real wildlife! That's wildlife found freely roaming in its natural environment. Be it on the side of a mountain, roaming over vast open Savannah, hidden deep in the Amazonian rainforest.

You simply can't gain any real wildlife filming skills filming animals kept in an observation tank in a classroom or by visiting an animal rescue center to film animals kept in enclosed 'pens'/spaces.

We have spent the last 9 years running wildlife film courses across the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. During our 10th year we are making the move to Tanzania, the world famous location for some of the worlds best wildlife safaris, and home to some of the most iconic species on the planet.

Real Locations

There is a lot more to being on location than just the geographical area where the wildlife can be found. There's all of the other field-craft skills that go into making the difference between a successful expedition and an under-prepared fiasco!

This is exactly what our wildlife film school is designed to do - we will take you though all of the necessary requirements to produce a wildlife film out on location that you just haven't thought of; in this way you will personally experience what goes on behind the camera, as well as in front of it.

You can only experience this whilst working out on location. You must leave the classroom behind you and actually learn to live and work on location.

Real Skills

During a wildlife film course with us, you will be actively taking part in many different tasks which, when all added together will significantly increase your personal levels of skill and ability to work out in the field.

Wildlife film work and photography can be hard work. You do not need to be super-human to do it, but you have to realise that there is a lot more to producing a wildlife film wildlife than just the filming or photographing the wildlife.

Real Experience

It will become apparent very quickly that there are simply not enough hours in the day to get everything accomplished. Batteries must be charged, media to be digitise, rushes to be watched, dinner prepared - and all of this has to be squeezed into 'the rest of the day' that wasn't spent during your 10 hours out on location filming!

Again, you simply can't learn this in a classroom, you have to experience it. Experience isn't all about the hardships however. Stepping out of what may be a comfort zone and living and working in the wild is a very liberating and rewarding experience that many are keen to repeat.