We are fortunate enough to be sponsored by some of the worlds leading manufacturing and supply companies of television and video production equipment to the broadcast and cine industries.
Without their continuing support, we simply would not be able to offer you the high specification of equipment on our film courses.
Fujifilm are one of the world leaders in imaging technologies. Founded in 1934, their wealth of experience, expertise and knowledge means their products are second to none, from photographic film to medical equipment such as X-Ray machines. For instance, their Fujinon line of camera lenses are the most widely used television lenses in the world.
Fujifilm are sponsoring us with two of their best lenses, the Fujinon ZK2.5x14 and the new ZK12x25 Cabrio cinema zooms. As these are the lenses you will be using on the course, you will receive personal and practical hands-on experience working with this ultra high-end cinema equipment.
Sennheiser manufacture the best Audio microphone in the broadcast industry. Well know throughout the UK and the rest of the world that are often the first call for soundmen (and Cameramen) who are looking for good professional sound to accompany their footage.
The UK Wildlife Film school will be using there K6 modular microphone system with is selection of interchangeable heads (K6 + ME62, ME64,ME66, ME67) whilst out on location. This will allow us to gain the best possible audio to accompany the footage you film on location and use as part of your final finished film.
Rycote manufacture the worlds best microphone windshield systems and are the UK's leading supplier of high end audio products to the broadcast and cine industry. Every single production company, news team and film crew who are serious about eliminating all possible traces of wind noise from their recordings / films use Rycote equipment.
Rycote have supplied us with a Pistol grip for eliminating handling noise whilst using our Rycote softe, and wind-jammer kit for use with our Roland R-26 field recorder; as well as a a complete Super-shield system for a Sennheiser shotgun microphone; plus their new and highly-technical Cyclone microphone system specifically designed to reduce internal reflective noise even further, by containing no parallel surfaces within its construction.
Anton Bauer manufacture a wide range of profestional Camera batteries and fast chargers for use in both the broadcast and Cine worlds, all fitting ergonimicly to the latest high-end cinematic rigs or shoulder-mounted ENG cameras to DSLR single camera operators
Anton Bauer are sponsoring us a range of equipment for use during our courses; their ´Anton Bauer Cine 150 Gold Mount & V-Mount Batteries´ and ´Digital 150/190 Gold Mount & V-Mount ENG Broadcast batteries´ as well as their ´High Performance Quad Gold Mount Charger´ for the range of Cine batteries and the ´LP4 Gold Mount Quad Charger´ for digital ENG batteries, allowing you to try out different systems from there Cine range to their ENG Battries, all of which perform to the max out on location.
Atomos manufacture a wide range of Video Monitoring equipment and recorders for use in all genera´s of production, from high-end cinematic rigs to DSLR single camera operators.
Atomos are supplying a range of equipment for use during our courses; allowing off-camera recording in 4k. Multi HDMI connection, XLR Audio input, Time-Laps Recording, Pre-roll, and other monitoring functions like LUT´s, Waveform, Vectorscope, Focus Peaking, RGB Parade and False Colour.
Furthermore, as part of our Sponsorship agreement, Atomos are offering an additional 25% (educational) discount on all Atomos equipment purchased by students that have attended one of our wildlife film courses.
Sachtler manufacture the worlds best tripod and camera stabilisation systems. Every camera operator worth his salt knows this and uses Sachtler to assist them in getting the smoothest of camera movements in some of the most remote or harshest locations around the world, whether it be Tom Day filming in Antarctica, Thomas Wilson filming in Yellowstone or Florian Melzer filming in the harsh heat of the Australian outback, you know that Sachtler will deliver the goods required first time, every time.
You too can now experience the benefits of working with such professional equipment out on location as we now use Sachtler for all of our camera support requirements during our courses.
Cinegearpro are a London based importer and distributor, of a wide range of carefully selected professional products.
Acting as both retailers and wholesalers and rental service, they pride themselves of supplying affordable products to all sectors of the industry, from independent filmmakers, to film schools, production companies and cinematography producers within the broadcast and cine industry.
When filming wildlife the need to have high quality lenses is essential, however this can come with a compromise as some of these lenses can weight in excess of 10 Kg on there own. To support such a lens you need to have a high quality lens support system. Tilta manufacture the 19mm ES-T15-C system for the Sony FS7, consisting of 19mm rails, 6x6 Matt Box and Professional follow focus, all of which will complement the use of such lenses when filming with them.
With our move to Tanzania, we dont think we are going to be hiring from VMI for much longer, Sadly (but they do international shipping, so maybe) As they have been a major sponsor offering support and advice for us since we started out, we thought we would leave this link here, simply so you can find them.
Having just celebrated their 25 birthday, VMI are the UK's leading hire center for professional broadcast television and film equipment. Based in London and with a new location just opened in Bristol, they are more than capable of supplying any camera or production equipment necessary on a same day/next day basis.
VMI have been sponsoring the UK Wildlife Film School from the day we started, and we would like to thank them for their years of continuing support. Any equipment that we do not own and need for our course we hire from VMI so that you, the student, do not have to make any compromises during your course.
Wildlife Watching Supplies is the UK's largest supplier of camouflaged equipment specifically designed for watching wildlife. Holding the UK license to produce their equipment using the excellent 'Advantage Timber' pattern print, they stock everything from throw-over and dome hides to camera camouflaging equipment.
Wildlife Watching Supplies have sponsored us with all of our throw-over and dome hides we will be using on the courses, enabling us to get closer to the wildlife without startling them and simultaneously protecting us from the elements.
Anyone who works in a remote location knows that one of the simplest, but most important of needs is fresh clean water. Clean water however is far from a simple affair, so we leave nothing to chance and use the world renown company Sigg to supply us with a mobile water purification system that works anywhere there is water with the smallest amount of effort.
Sigg take the worry out of water purification, so you don´t have to, and you can get on with your daily routine as if your water were coming from a tap.
Peli Products produce ultra rugged cases for equipment of all kinds. Peli cases are airtight and therefore are also waterproof, dust and sand proof and buoyant; they also automatically adjust to different air pressures in flight when carried in the hold of an aircraft. They are made from Copolymer Polypropylene which means they're nearly impenetrable and offer completely unparalleled protection from falls, knocks and bangs.
They are commonly used by the TV and film industry for transporting camera equipment as they are simply the best. As such, we use them for transporting all of our camera equipment during our courses.
Whilst we are not actually sponsored by Performance Film & Media Insurance, however we thought we would add a link to their website here as we use their services. We find their quick quote insurance, fast, efficient and extremely good value for money.
Anyone looking for insurance for anything from the cover of equipment, to personal liability and production re-shoot funding need look no further than Performance Insurance.