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The following outlines more information and general conditions of our film courses.

1. General Terms 5. Bringing your own Camera Equipment 9. Course Fees
2. Abilities and Fitness 6. Your Logbook 10. How to Book on a Course
3. Locations 7. Clothing 11. The Closing Date
4. Camp Equipment 8. Food 12. Equipment Damage Waiver

1. General Terms

The UK Wildlife Film School courses are based around demonstrating to participants the fundamental basics of logistical problems, navigation, camp-craft and camera operation you may need to become a professional wildlife camera operator (and production/support crew) whilst out on location.

These are practical/logistically focused courses. Naturally there will be a large element of the course spent filming wildlife; however, you must realise that to gain as much experience as you can from each course, you must in turn be willing to partake in all logistical requests made of you when required.

You must also be aware that filming wildlife requires a massive amount of patience - you may find yourself sitting in one location for long periods of time waiting for the wildlife to appear. This may seem very frustrating at the time, but this actually constitutes a very large part of filming wildlife. When the wildlife does appear and you get the footage that you wanted, you will realise it was all worth the time and patience.

Unfortunately, due to limitations imposed by our insurance cover, you need to be 18 years of age or over to attend one of our wildlife film courses.

PLEASE NOTE: When attending any of our courses, you hereby agree that -

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2. Abilities and Fitness

One of the areas we would like to focus on is giving people with very little or no experience in the great outdoors the ability to join us and have a go. Our courses are not limited by your previous experience. Broadening your horizons is an essential part of wildlife film-making and it is our aim to increase your ability and confidence during every one of our courses.

Equally, this is not to say that our courses are only for beginners, or that they are merely ´taster´ courses. Our courses cater to students of any ability and experience, from a first time amateur operator to those who already have decades of experience in TV or film.

You will however need to be of a reasonable standard of fitness to attend one of our courses. We are not asking you to be super fit (and we will not be asking you to do anything you are not capable of doing) but there may be a large element of walking and carrying equipment in a backpack during your course and you need to be able and prepared to do this.

You will be living in the wild in a tent for the duration of your course. This means that during the first and last day of the course you may be carrying everything required for base-camp to or from the road. This equipment will consist of personal clothing, personal camp equipment, group camp equipment, film and production equipment, food and water.

Please feel free to contact us if you would like to discuss any matters with reference to any practical experience you may or may not have, or the physical requirements of any of our courses.

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3. Locations

Living in the field means that some of the everyday luxuries you may be used to at home or in the office will not be there. These include, but are not limited to:

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4. Camp Equipment

Please do not bring too much of your own personal equipment with you on your course. You will have to carry all your equipment, plus your share of the communal equipment, as well as food and water during the walk in and walk out from base-camp. This means that you may be carrying everything you need on your back in a backpack.

At the end of your course it will be necessary for the instructors to carry out a personal equipment check before you leave your course. This means that once all of the camp equipment has been packed away, we will check though your personal equipment to make sure that you are not accidentally going home with anything that may not be yours.
We have found it necessary to do this as on previous courses, students have gone home with equipment that was not theirs (computer hard-drives, mobile phones etc) and have also left behind items that were theirs (waterproof jacket, mobile phone chargers, walking boots etc).
We understand that you may feel this search is perhaps intrusive to your personal belongings but hope you will appreciate that it is a necessary requirement, as small items can be easily lost or misplaced amongst a large amount of equipment.

One provided for each student