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To date we have run many courses over the past ten years across the whole of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland; as well as bespoke courses in North Wales, The Peak District, New Forest, Epping Forrest, Dorset and Cornwall.

 

12 Day Wildlife Film Course (2017)

Above is the film Patrick and Mads produced from the footage filmed during their 12 day wildlife film course on the Isle of Mull in July 2017.

Patrick´s Logbook Notes

How do you think your course went ?
I have very little to compare it to as previous film courses have been less specialised and different in terms of kit etc. I think the end results were good and I gained some good experience. I believe my overall performance improved somewhat and reviled areas I need to focus on. Some very good shots and overall editing sessions. Feel I need more time and attention to camp craft and outdoorsmanship. Some tough times, but all are usable for future learning and improvement.

Did you accomplish what you set out to do ?
Leaving with a complete film and gaining experience were very much my goals. So I can now say I have been successful with these.

Did you enjoy your course / What was your favourite moment?
Yes. I enjoyed a number of things about the course, particularly the practice more specialised kit than I am previously used to. I also enjoyed the experience of spotting and the team element involved - even when you’re not on camera. Filming the three Red Deer moving though the field in the evening were a highlight.

What did you like about your instructor ?
Ric is very knowledgeable about the wildlife, the island, its laws & customs, the technology and efficient camp craft. He was also very receptive to ideas during the writing / editing and planning stages and had a good sense for when to lead or steer with the scheduled planning, and when not too. He was also relatively hands-off during the edit stages allowing us to take creative decisions and make our own discoveries.

Patrick´s Post-course Student Testimonial
Survived for 12 days, learned some useful things for wildlife but which may also be transferable to other filming projects. I am leaving with a strong sense of what to film with in the future. Film looks good. I made a good friend in Mads. Partly happy to be leaving as soon off to see family and will enjoy returning to regular life though I felt comfortable enough in the tent.
Despite some difficulties I am not discouraged but now have a greater perspective of challenges facing operators in the field.
I would say my filming has improved as there are some really good shots that display smooth movements that required quick decision making – when following the Red Deer for instance, whether to keep all three in frame or back off and just follow one or two. I feel like this sort of thing, which comes with practice, is an essential part of good film making technique and attitude.
Likewise, previous editing experience has paid off in terms of some problem solving and quick work arounds.

10/10


Mads´s Logbook Notes

How do you think your course went ?
Good. The number of days fitted well into my schedual. I put my heart into it and think that it paid off.

Did you accomplish what you set out to do ?
Yes, I wanted to get a feel of what wildlife film making was like as a first priority and I feel I have a good idea as to what this is now. Even better – I really like it. Also as an added bonus I now have a product (Film) that I can show others University etc.) as well as a lot of improvement in my filming and editing skills.

Did you enjoy your course / What was your favourite moment?
Yes. It was a good educational time. Filing is most defiantly my most favourite part - more specifically following birds flying with a good smooth pan is challenging and very fun. I also enjoy the thrill and excitement when you when you do a good shot or the animal you've been waiting for suddenly appears.

What did you like about your instructor ?
You really seem to know your stuff - kit, animals, techniques etc. You are also good at striking up a conversation which is a good skill when you are dealing with groups of strangers.

Mad´s Post-course Student Testimonial
I set out to learn more about what wildlife film making was - and now I have a more thorough understanding of what that implies. Along the way I also picked up a lot of new camera skills, editing skills and some general camp craft skills.
The film Patrick and I produced seemed rather good and might be useful in the future (for instance when applying for college). I now feel more confident than ever that wildlife filming is something I want to pursue.

10/10






Above is the film Daisy and Lukas produced from the footage filmed during their 12 week wildlife film course.
During their course we visited the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, Avimore, Inverness, Loch Ness, The Isle of Mull, The Cairngorms and the Shetland Isles, during the editing process they decided to write a script that focused on the Shetland Islands, with footage they filmed from other parts of Scotland included to demonstrate the differences in the enviornments of the Shetland Islands and the rest of Scotland. At the end of the film there is also a short collection of footage of sequences they really liked and wanted to show, but didn´t find space in their final film to included them. Please enjoy the film... Thank you.

Lukas´s Testimonial

Did you accomplish what you set out to do?
Yes. I got a good feel of the logistics of a wildlife film production and what it takes to make one work.

Did you enjoy your course / What was your favourite moment?
Yes. It would be a tie between seeing the Gannet Colony and seeing the Orca´s up close. “It was breathtaking”

Lukas´s Student Testimonial
Having been on a previous course (Jura 12 days 2015) I challenge to challange myself and take on the much longer 3 month course. Having much more time to adapt to the cameras and equipment I´ve been able to get a better grasp of how they function to the point of being able to comment on how they could be improved.
I have had a more hours using the equipment than I can count and I can safely say I know their in´s and out´s. This course could be summed up as a wildlife filming tour of Scotland with the added bonus of learning about production.
A long course has tested my limits with working as part of a group, but if you have a passion for filming wildlife as I do, this is definitely an experience to be had.

10/10

Daisy´s Testimonial

Did you accomplish what you set out to do?
Yes, I did. I know how to map read and I have gained a better understanding as to how the camera operates in terms of how the Iris effects the amount of light coming into the camera.

Did you enjoy your course / What was your favourite moment?
My favourite moment was when we were on a boat trip to Noss and we managed to film Killer Whales which were only 8ft from the boat.

Daisy´s Student Testimonial
Knowing that wildlife filming was something I was interested in and possibly persue it as a career, I had no idea of how to go about it or the knowledge or skills required to get into it.
I decided to go on this 3 month course rather than going to university hoping I would get an actual feel of what wildlife film makers go through, going away for a long amount of time.
It has been challenging, and frustrating when you don't get certain shots you would have liked, but coming to the course with no experience as to how a film camera operates, the course has helped me to understand this.
Not only have I learnt how to operate a film camera but what it is like to edit a film, and that it is very time consuming but worth it in the end. I feel that I have come away with enough experience and evidence of work to prove this.

10/10



Above is the short film that Henry and Lukas produced during our last course on the Isle of Jura. Thank you. We would like to point out that neither of them had any experience of operating a camera before attending this course.
(Please Note - For some reason whilst uploading this film, Vimeo have converted it from 4K into HD, changed it from 50fps to 25fps, altered some of the colour grading,and made the whole thing a little fuzzy, so we can only apologise for this)
Please enjoy the film... Thank you.


Henry´s Testimonial

How do you feel your course went?
Fantastically: I had a brilliant time. Longest I’ve wild camped in one place; the whole experience was extremely rounded.
10 out of 10.

Did you accomplish what you set out to do?
Yes I did: I especially enjoyed learning the theory of learning how to work the camera (Iris settings and Depth of field etc.) Learning the details of editing was fascinating too.

Did you enjoy your course / What was your favourite moment?
Yes. I did. Favourite moment has to be sitting looking out to sea with Dolphins swimming in the distance, or capturing the buzzard flight perfectly, or filming George jump a fence…

What aspects of the course would you change / add / remove / improve on?
Honestly, I’d do a longer course where we camped for longer around a potentially lucrative location.

Henrys Student Testimonial
I came to this course with downwards of zero experience actually operating a camera.
I know this was a career I fancied getting into, but not any idea of how to or what kind of stuff might be required of me. Everything about the course was an experience that helped me further my knowledge and drive to learn all I could.
I feel that I came away from it with enough experience for people to take my plans and ideas seriously, and that I have the skillset to back these claims up.

Would happily recommend to a friend.
10/10

Lukas´s Testimonial

How do you feel your course went?
I learned more than I expected. Having never used a camera before, I feel confident enough to pick up a camera and maybe even do some independent productions.

Did you accomplish what you set out to do?
Yes, and exceeded my expectations

Did you enjoy your course / What was your favourite moment?
I thoroughly enjoyed my time on the course. I can’t say I had a favourite. The views were spectacular and being so close to the wildlife was always a thrill. Funnily enough, seeing a big stag shrug his head below his shoulders and almost crawl off the road from inside the car on one of the night drives, is close to the favourite if I had to decide, it showed an almost human side of the deer that I probably would never have seen in a documentary.

What aspects of the course would you change / add / remove / improve on
The course itself is as good as it gets.
But if it was lengthened, by maybe 2 weeks (and maybe filming from a boat) that would be a good experience.

Lukas Student Testimonial
I came on the course with no knowledge of how to work a camera, let alone a film camera. Within a day, out in the field, I had learnt the basics and had already begun to try more advanced shots, Panning + Zooming etc.
This course was nothing like learning in a classroom and was tailored to include and exceed the expectations we had set at the beginning.
You get a good gauge of what it takes to be a wildlife cameraman in terms of editing, filming and carrying the equipment over distances.
Along with the coursework, I have also been exposed to breath-taking scenery and the most star filled sky I have ever seen.
If you aren’t afraid to get mud on your boots and want a taste of what it takes to make a wildlife documentary, I would defiantly recommend coming on this course.

10/10



Above is the short film that Richard and Claire made during their 12 day wildlife film course on the Isle of Mull.

Claire´s Testimonial

I have really enjoyed my experience here on Mull.
I have learnt a great deal from my Instructors & I feel I have progressed in my editing skills in particular.
It has been great to find out what it is like to be a wildlife film-maker & try out all the aspects of the process of making a finished film.
The course has confirmed to me that wildlife film making is certainly something I wish to pursue in the future. It has been a privilege to spend time on this beautiful island & get close to such wonderful wildlife.
I am sad to be leaving !

Richards´s Testimonial

I had a great time and enjoyed producing a short film. I particularly enjoyed going through all the steps on location, giving a sense of what would be required being a professional wildlife film maker.
The locations and the scenery were also excellent, making it a great trip even ignoring the filming part, and it didn’t rain very much considering being in Scotland.



Other Course Testimonials


I was really itching to come on a practical wildlife film course after attending a few courses at wildeye. I can confidently say, the UK Wildlife Film School has given me the core foundation knowledge of what is required when taking up the task of filming out on location, and what is required of you to complete a wildlife film production smoothly and successfully.

I learned first hand the conflict of needing to film the Otter and wanting to watch him with my own eyes and not just through the eyepiece!


Matt - Malvern, UK


"This is the best way to learn wildlife film-making Scotland offers some incredible landscapes and to track the wildlife and film them directly in their environment is the core of this course. In some cases it may take some time but it's really worth effort.

Esperienza imperdibile! [Unmissable experience!]"


Luca - Rome, Italy


I have really enjoyed my experience here on Mull. I learned a great deal from my instructors and I feel I have progressed in my editing skills in particular. It has been great to find out what it is like to be a wildlife film maker and try out all the aspects of the process of making a finished film out on location.

The course has confirmed for me that wildlife film making is something I wish to pursue in the future. It has been a privilege to spend time on this beautiful island and get so close to such wonderful wildlife. I am sad to be leaving!


Claire - Edinburgh, UK


"The course was fantastic and the locations were even better. I actually filmed an otter within 1 hour of arriving on location!

The whole week was truly inspirational."


Corrie - Devon, UK




Logbook Excerpts


How do you think your course went?

"The course was good. It was good to get experience like this out in the field."

-Matt, London.

"I feel the course went well. I liked the fact that despite all the student's preconceptions of what the course might be like, the course showed a very realistic example of what being a wildlife filmmaker is all about."

-Hannah, Yorkshire.

"In the beginning we had a lot of carrying of equipment and group logistics to do that I hadn't thought about, but we accomplished everything very well in our days of filming and editing."

-Alex, Austria.


What did you think about your instructors?

"Ric is clearly very knowledgeable and experienced in filming and surviving in the outdoors. He is interesting to talk to and prioritises safety above everything else.

-Matt, London.

"Ric is a really interesting person with lots of life stories to tell. He knows his profession inside and out so it's been great learning from him over the past 12 days."

-Hannah, Yorkshire.

"I felt safe to be in a remote location as Ric has a lot of experience in being outdoors, as well as information about the wildlife, the filming industry and equipment. Also, at the beginning of the course I misunderestimated the amount of equipment you need to live and work in a remote location, and this course has helped me understand this.

-Alex, Austria.


What was your favourite moment?

"Filming the otter - and being close enough to be able to hear it eating!"

-Claire, Edinburgh.