Welcome to the WFN’s Wildlife Film School

Now in our 15th year we have gained unrivalled experience of taking students into remote parts of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland;  and teaching them all of the fundamental production skills of filming real wildlife living freely within its own natural environment that is required to produce a wildlife film out on location.

The wildlife life film school, is now part of the wildlife film network. To see what the network does, Click here

Jasmine & Louis

Produced the above film on the Isle of Mull in October / November 2020

Tony, Jay & Thao

Produced the above film on the Isle of Mull in July / August 2018

Maria

Produced the above film on the Isle of Mull in May / June 2017

Luka, Daisy & Jaqu

Produced the above film in the Shetland Isles during June / July / August 2016

As you may well already know, wildlife Film-Making is one of the hardest subjects both to enter, and work in professionally.
•  You need to have real skills with reference to working in remote locations.
•  You need to be able to cope with the logistical requirements of getting all you equipment to the filming location each day.
•  You need to be able to live and work comfortably in this location for the length of your assignment.
•  You need to be able to bring home the footage required, at the standard required.
But… where do you go to experience all the ‘in the field skills’ necessary to become a professional Wildlife Film-maker ?

After 15 years the UK Wildlife Film School still remains to be the UK´s leading provider of independent wildlife film-making courses, in reference to time spent working out in the field producing a finished wildlife film… and now, having being absorbed into the Wildlife Film Network, will only continue to give you better and better results.

The UK Wildlife Film School has spent over a decade giving our students the opportunity to learn practical ‘hands-on’ production skills & camera craft; whilst experiencing first-hand what it is like (and what is required) to film wildlife in remote and wild locations.
You will not waste any of your time with us sitting in a classroom staring out of the windows. Every day of your course will be spent out in the field.
We will equip you with a selection of 4k cameras, production & editing equipment, as well as all the camp equipment you need for your course; then we´ll take you out on location into some remote and beautiful locations filming ‘Real Wildlife’ living freely in their own natural environment. Here we will take you through all the logistical, camp-craft and camera skills you require to become a professional wildlife camera operator or a member of a professional wildlife production crew; so the practical experience you will gain from attending a course with us will give you a major advantage as you embark on your wildlife film career.

We all know employers like qualifications… but they prefer ‘real’ experience!

Whilst the Wildlife Film School has continued to excel in the world of wildlife film making, year on year; culminating with our internationally recognised SCQF 8 ‘Diploma in Wildlife Documentary Film Making’… we have reluctantly decided not to teach our Diploma course during 2022 (Which requires students to spend 8 weeks on location) due to the ongoing concerns/restrictions with the Covid-19 pandemic.
During 2022 we will be running 3 different length courses of 1-week, 2-weeks and 4-weeks; during the summer months of June, July and August which we will be bringing all our skills and knowledge of our Diploma film course to.

To further validate the worthiness of the WFN’s wildlife film courses; over the past 15 years we have had a considerable amount of our students attended a course with us before then going on to study further with such establishments in the UK as the UWE, The National Film and Television School and the London Film Academy.

Several of our students that have been recommended to attend our courses by top level Universities (Such as the UWE in Bristol) for students wishing to study a Masters in Wildlife Film Production, to increase their individual levels and experience of ‘practical’ on-location, wildlife film work. We have unfortunately also had far too many students who have left University with the qualifications they wanted, only to discover they can’t actually find work as they do not hold enough ‘practical’ experience filming / working in the field.

To date we have taught every level of skill from a very basic ‘1-day course’ to our university accredited ‘Diploma in Wildlife Documentary Film Making’ (This qualification was the equivalent to a Higher National Diploma (HND) and the highest level of Diploma anyone is able to teach outside of a university setting) meaning that we were the only independent wildlife film school in the world giving its students an ‘internationally recognised Diploma qualification’ for attending its courses.

We are extremely proud to be able to say that some of our students have also gone on to gain employment with some of the largest wildlife and natural history production companies in the world such as the BBC Natural History Unit and Films@59 and have worked on such prestigious documentary series as ‘Our Planet’ with Sir David Attenborough.

Below are some questions we think you should seriously consider before booking a wildlife film course with anyone, anywhere !

Does your wildlife film course…
1. Supply you with broadcast quality cameras to film with ?
2. Supply you with Sony 4k broadcast cameras to film with ?
3. Supply you with all of the production equipment necessary to produce a wildlife film during your course, so you can attend your course without having to buy any of this equipment yourself first ?
4. Supply one camera for every student ?
5. Supply you with mobile editing facilities so you can edit 4k footage out on location ?
6. Film in remote locations whilst operating out of a fully equipped tented base-camp ?
7. Supply you with all of the camp equipment necessary to sucsessfully operate from this base-camp whilst out on location ?
8. Spend every day of your wildlife film course working or filming out on location ?
9. Actually last long enough for you to be able to film, edit and produce a short wildlife film, and not just be a weekend teaser course ?
10. Actually film ´Real Wildlife´ – that is roaming freely within its own natural environment, as appose to filming animals that are ´kept´ in fenced pens or enclosed areas, whilst you’re being told by your instructors that you are filming wildlife ?

If not, ask yourself again… ´Are you actually filming ´Real Wildlife´ ?

If you have answered ´No´ to any of the questions above, you really must ask yourself   “why are you going on that film course” ?
When you come on a wildlife film course with the Wildlife Film School; every answer to all the questions above, will become a YES !