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Wildlife Film Training / Education

Wildeye

Achtel Pty Ltd

Underwater Cinematography Course
Achtel Pty Limited

913 Coles Bay Road
Coles Bay
Tasmania 7215
Australia

Course Director: Pawel Achtel

Phone:
+61 (0)407 472 747

Email: pawel.achtel@24x7.com.au

Website: www.achtel.com/course

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Underwater Cinematography Course, 2013

Next venue: Hobart, Tasmania (date TBA) Also: possible workshop at Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival, USA (TBA)

Topics covered include:
Underwater optics
Underwater lighting and colour
Filming techniques
Underwater Filming Safety
Stereoscopic 3D Underwater

Pawel holds Certification Level IV in Occupational Health and Safety. He has made 5000+ dives, most with a cinema-grade camera in his hands. He has almost 20 years of experience shooting from the Equator to Antarctica and in some of most unhospitable and remote locations imaginable, mostly diving solo, often at night, sometimes in conditions that would scare the daylights out of you - all carefully planned and with safety coming first. He also designs, invents and tests equipment and trains special forces on using rebreathers and other, let's call them, "toys" that enhance their capabilities and safety in the water. He will share with you how to identify, assess and mitigate common risks, stay safe and capable in the water environment when diving with a camera.

Please contact us for dates.

We offer underwater 3D and 2D production services, stock footage and equipment.

We shoot exclusively in 5k and higher formats and focus on high production value.

Our unique DeepX and 3Deep underwater housings are the first and currently the only housings allowing undistorted and true 4k (and beyond) images underwater.

We also bring strong story telling and experience in blue chip natural history genre.

Adrian Caddy Archery (ACA)

Adrian Caddy Archery (ACA)
St. Leonard's-on-Sea
East Sussex
United Kingdom

Phone: +44 (0)7814 986 341

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Email: info@adriancaddyarchery.com

Website: www.adriancaddyarchery.co.uk

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Formerly TV Exec Producer specialising in Nature, Wildlife and Conservation matters.

Also an educator and event provider of all forms of Archery (except bow hunting).

Environmental activist and supporter of Population Matters - of which Sir David Attenborough is a patron.

Closely connected to IWFF Montana since the 1980s.

Africa Media

Africa Media
Oceans Hotel and Campus
Louis Fourie Road
Mossel Bay
Western Cape 6500
South Africa

Phone: +27 44 690 5799

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Email: katie@oceans-campus.com

Website: www.africa-media.org

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Master the art of wildlife documentary film making in the heart of South Africa. Our unique wildlife documentary film making training course allows students to develop and produce your own 5-miniute wildlife documentary film to showcase your abilities to industry professionals.

Africa Media, in partnership with Oceans Campus and Scotia Private Game reserve provides incredible access and guidance to aspiring film makers to develop the skills essential for a career in documentary film. Utilizing only top of the range broadcast quality audio and video equipment, join established wildlife and film specialists Ryan Johnson, Ian De Fries and Justin Bean on this unique month long training program.

For more information visit our program information page.

Beyond Borders Film School

Beyond Borders Film School
Parson 16
Balule Nature Reserve
Limpopo
South Africa

Course Director - Sebastien Rombi

Phone: +27 729 765 450
Mobile: +27 723 030 582

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Email: sebastienr@beyondborders.co.za

Website: www.beyondborders.co.za

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2D & 3D wildlife film school offering 25 day courses in Kruger National Park and mobile photographic/filming courses throughout South Africa.

Check our website for the next course dates in 2016.

Our 25 day courses are located in a Big 5 area, along the Olifant River, part of the famous Kruger National Park - a haven for plant, bird and animal life.

We cover all the basics of Pre-Production, Production and Post Production with the latest technology (4K & 3D) in a fun, beautiful and peaceful environment.

Lectures are presented by professional wildlife filmmakers in classrooms and out in the field.

Highlight of the course: our students get to produce, film and edit their own broadcast-safe short wildlife film about a topic of their choice.

If 25 days is a little too long for you, or if you have the travel bug, we also offer tailor made mobile photographic and filming courses throughout South Africa. You will learn the ropes of wildlife filmmaking while travelling South Africa with a professional filmmaker.

And of course we also have our wildlife camera operator and creative video editing workshops which are just a few days long.

Our mission is to train the next generation of wildlife filmmakers and offer our students an unforgettable experience.

AU CEF

Director - Chris Palmer

School of Communication
American University
4400 Massachusetts Avenue
NW Washington, DC 20016-8017
USA

Phone: +1 202 885 3408

Email: palmer@american.edu

Website: www.environmentalfilm.org

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Changing lives. Fostering creativity. Conserving our environment through the power of media.

Our world faces unprecedented environmental challenges, from climate disruption to species extinction. The Center for Environmental Filmmaking was founded on the belief that powerful films, images, and stories can play a key role in fostering conservation and bringing about change. We are committed to raising awareness and empowering action through the innovative use of media.

Our mission

To inspire a new generation of filmmakers and media experts whose commitment to environmental stewardship drives them to produce creative work that is informative, ethically sound, entertaining—and makes a positive difference.

Signature initiatives

  • Create partnerships with established organizations — Maryland Public Television, the National Park Service, the Nature Conservancy, and others—that give students the opportunity to produce professional films.
  • Bring world-class filmmakers to American University to talk, teach, and mentor.
  • Develop innovative, interdisciplinary, and experiential classes and programs.
  • Promote the ethical treatment of wildlife and the environment.
  • Award student scholarships and fellowships.

As part of AU’s School of Communication (SOC), the center partners with SOC’s programs in journalism, public communication, film and media arts, and communication studies, drawing on the expertise of the accomplished filmmakers on SOC’s faculty to offer students world-class professional training. We also collaborate with the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of International Service.

Located in Washington, DC, we belong to a broad and vital community that includes the Smithsonian Institution, the National Geographic Society, Discovery, Animal Planet, and PBS, as well as many nonprofit environmental organizations and government agencies, providing rich opportunities for our students. Each year we participate in the Realscreen Summit, the Environmental Film Festival, and other major film festivals and conferences.

What we do

We and our partners produce films and other media projects in which students and faculty play important roles. Topics have ranged from the effects of tourism in the Galapagos Islands to the impact of private development on forests to the consequences of debris in the oceans. Many of these projects have received honors, including a Student Academy Award for best documentary, five Student Emmys, and several CINE Golden Eagles.

Our many programs and events include:

  • a campaign to reform the wildlife filmmaking industry
  • course offerings on the art and business of environmental and wildlife filmmaking
  • a showcase of new films and celebrated filmmakers · a film series on sustainable farming
  • Eco-Comedy Video Competition
  • Oceans for Life (with NOAA)
  • Student Short Environmental Film Festival
  • Classroom in the Wild (Chesapeake Bay, Galapagos Islands, Costa Rica, and Alaska)
  • mentorship and career guidance
  • Senior Scholars
  • Mavis and Sidney John Palmer Scholarship

Director Chris Palmer

Chris Palmer — environmental and wildlife film producer and author of Shooting in the Wild and Confessions of a Wildlife Filmmaker — founded the Center for Environmental Filmmaking in 2005, a year after joining SOC’s full-time faculty as Distinguished Film Producer in Residence. Over the past three decades, he has spearheaded the production of more than 300 hours of original programming for prime-time television and the giant screen IMAX industry, including the Disney Channel, TBS, Animal Planet, Travel Channel, and PBS. The president of One World One Ocean Foundation and the MacGillivray Freeman Films Educational Foundation, Palmer and his colleagues have won numerous awards, including two Emmys, an Oscar nomination, and a Lifetime Achievement Award for Media at the International Wildlife Film Festival.


Community-based Biodiversity Conservation Films (CBCF)

1758, Kijabe Farm, Naivasha 20117, KENYA

Phone: +254 725711057

Email: info@communityconservationfilms.org

Website: www.communityconservationfilms.org

Technical Director: Elijah Chege – cbcfkenya@gmail.com

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CBCF produce environmental films/documentaries, offer a minimum of two weeks film production training, community film showing, film distribution. We sell stock footage and stills. We are looking for conservation-themed films. We are working towards being conservation filmmaking agents in East Africa. We are also looking for collaborators and sponsors. We are happy to co-produce.

CBCFs Goals:

  • To train indigenous young conservationists in Kenya, Tanzania and the rest of East Africa to make biodiversity conservation films for the sake of effective environmental education.
  • To make these films in partnership with local communities about issues linked to their local livelihoods.
  • To distribute these films among education organisations (NGO and government) within East Africa and beyond.
  • To evaluate the effectiveness of digital films as a means of education and capacity-building in schools, communities and countries where we exist.

EIA

EIA
62-63 Upper Street
London N1 0NY
United Kingdom

Phone: +44 (0)20 7354 7960

Email: ukinfo@eia-international.org

Website: www.eia-international.org

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The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) is an independent campaigning organisation committed to bringing about change that protects the natural world from environmental crime and abuse.

EIA produces hard-hitting campaign films on a wide range of environmental crimes, as well as bespoke training films for enforcement agencies.

We have implemented extensive training of NGOs in Indonesia with regard to shooting, editing and promoting campaign films. This has included a three-year DFID-funded training programme in Tanzania – Read about it and watch some of the films produced by local groups and individuals at www.eia-international.org/giving-a-voice-to-tanzanian-communities (Also see: www.eia-international.org/tanzania-training)

EIA also has one of the world's largest archives of footage devoted to the illegal trade in wildlife products and other environmentally damaging commodities. The collection is data-based and is available on a professional basis to journalists, publishers and programme-makers. All the funds raised from the sale of this archive help to fund future campaigns. The visual media you see on the website is indicative of what is available in the whole collection.

We are always prepared to listen to programme pitches from media professionals with a view to highlighting our work.

Our vision is a future where humanity respects, protects and celebrates the natural world for the benefit of all.

Field Projects International

Field Projects International
St. Louis
Missouri
USA

Phone: +1 314 649 8636

Email: admin@primates-peru.org

Website: www.fieldprojects.org

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We are offering a Wildlife Cinematography course taught in the Peruvian Amazon by Emmy winner Robin Cox (BBC Earth/Natural History Unit) with Keshav Sishta (Blackbird Productions) and guided by two experienced tropical biologists.

This summer's workshop runs from August 7th-17th, 2015, and offers opportunities to film/photograph a wide range of wildlife in a region with 500+ species of birds, 11 primate species, snakes, caiman, turtles, insects, and much more. Enrollment deadline is July 20th.

On June 8th, the first 8 applicants who sign up starting at 8am (Central Standard Time) receive more than 30% off the cost of the course ($1100 savings!).

HASP Training

HASP Training Ltd
34 Thistlebarrow Road
Bournemouth
Dorset BH7 7AL
United Kingdom

Managing Director - Rupert Godesen

Phone: +44 (0)1202 729 068
Mobile: +44 (0)7884 001 600

Email:
rupert@hasptraining.co.uk

Website: www.hasptraining.co.uk

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BESPOKE HOSTILE ENVIRONMENT TRAINING FOR FREELANCERS AND MEDIA TEAMS. We aim to "Prepare Not Scare".

If you are embarking on an assignment overseas, you can sometimes find yourselves isolated, afraid or caught up in a situation that you can't handle. Despite your best intentions, trouble might come looking for you.

A HASP course will equip you with a tool box of proven methods and techniques to ensure your safety. You will leave our care with more confidence, awareness and a range of new skills, which will enable you to operate safely and securely.

We have several courses to choose from ranging from 2.5 to 5 days. We have also designed a bespoke 2 day course which we have streamlined for freelancers on a budget. All courses provide the delegates with the opportunity to qualify for the Emergency First Aid Certificate.

Course Snapshot: Our residential courses are run in Surrey or we can provide you with a mobile HASP team to run the training anywhere in the world. We run a well-paced, informative programme of training, with great emphasis on practical scenarios for the delegates to try out their new skills.

The HASP Team Our security instructors are ex-British Army with a solid base of teaching experience, both to military and civilian audiences. Our medical instructors are UK Paramedics with years of front line experience. On completion of one of our courses, delegates will be able to deal with a wide variety of medical emergencies and situations and be awarded the Emergency First Aid Certificate (all covered in the cost of the course).

Leeds Beckett University

The Northern Film School at Leeds Beckett University

The School of Film, Music and Performing Arts
Leeds Beckett University
Electric Press
Civic Campus
Leeds
LS2 3AD
United Kingdom

Phone: +44 (0)113 812 3330

Email: d.p.turner@leedsmet.ac.uk

Website: www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/fmapcourses

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The Northern Film School part of the School of Film, Music and Performing Arts at Leeds Beckett University are offering a wide range of professional short courses from January 2015.

Wildlife Filmmaking Workshop 2015

Suitable if you are a committed amateur, an aspiring professional or have had some previous filmmaking experience and have a love of wildlife. Our location in the heart of Yorkshire offers an abundance of wonderful wildlife and filming opportunities that are sure to inspire.

Wildlife film production is a complex web of aesthetics, field craft, narrative, technology and physical logistics. Thisworkshop engages with all of these aspects, whilst allowing you to develop your creative vision and aesthetic.

Preliminary seminar and discussion sessions will interrogate moral standpoints and examine your own objectives. It will also include an overview of wildlife law and countryside codes of behaviour.

Using the Northern Film School’s equipment, you will practice use of long lenses, close-up photography, atmospherics, weather, water, stabilisation, sound production, storyline development and post-production.

Filming will take place on location; there will be some early starts, visits to field study centres and wildlife reserves, with at least one overnight expedition. You will edit your material into a cogent whole, with the completed piece being presented at a closing event to an invited audience, with scope for debate and discussion around the work produced.

On this workshop you will:

  • work on wildlife projects with sensitivity for your subject, a background of basic wildlife law, and health and safety awareness in the field
  • handle cameras, lenses, sound to enable effective wildlife production
  • manage time and resources to produce positive outcomes
  • work in teams and individually identifying objectives, scripting, logistics, application of technology and final editing
  • develop an awareness of narrative, composition,sequence and context in your own wildlife production work.

DURATION
13 days full-time

PRICE
Course only: £2000 (inc. all equipment & location expenses)
Accommodation: £400 (bed, breakfast & evening meal)

START DATE
29 June 2015

Montana Film Academy

Montana Film Academy
c/o IWMC
718 S. Higgins Avenue
Missoula
MT 59801
USA

Phone: +1 406 728 9380

Email: iwff@wildlifefilms.org

Website: www.montanafilmacademy.com

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The Montana Film Academy is the training program of the International Wildlife Media Center & Film Festivals.

It was established about ten years ago, with the mission and purpose of inspiring the next generation of filmmakers, scientists, adventurers and explorers.

Programs of the Montana Film Academy include outreach and programming in local and regional schools, with students of all ages, and youth throughout the year.

We also offer teacher training programs specifically in video and film production.

During our two annual film festivals, IWFF and CINE, the Academy provides filmmaking workshops, summer wildlife, adventure and documentary film camps and other youth related programs.

These include After-School and Winter/Spring Holiday Film & Wildlife Programs and Teen Film Workshops as well as an all-volunteer High School Media Mentoring Program.

Montana State Uni

MFA in Science and Natural History Filmmaking

Montana State University
SchVCB 22
11th Avenue and Grant St
PO Box 173350
Bozeman
Montana 59717-3350
USA

Phone: +1 406 994 5884

Program Head: Dennis Aig

Email: snhf@montana.edu

Website: sfp.montana.edu/sciencenaturefilm

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The MFA in Science and Natural History Filmmaking Program is an intensive, three-year academic program that trains students with backgrounds in science and technology to become skilled filmmakers who contribute to the greater public understanding of science.

Training includes both traditional and new media with an emphasis on story, character, mixed and emerging dramas, and the sciences as well as natural history.

We have our own WEBBY-winning podcast/website TERRA: THE NATURE OF OUR WORLD and our graduates work as freelancers and as staff members for organizations ranging from NASA to National Geographic to the human rights advocacy group WITNESS.

Our motto is "Master the past, Capture the Present, Create the future."

National Film and Television School

National Film and Television School

Beaconsfield Studios
Beaconsfield HP9 1LG
United Kingdom

Phone: +44 (0)1494 671234

Email: vhewlett@nfts.co.uk

Website: www.nfts.co.uk

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The National Film and Television School is one of the top film, television and new media schools in the world as evidenced by the Observer Newspaper describing the NFTS as the 'The Best Film School in the World'.

National Film and Television School

For our Directing Natural History & Science MA, visit: nfts.co.uk/our-courses/masters/directing-producing-science-natural-history

Ranger Expeditions

Ranger Expeditions Ltd
62 Creek Road
Hayling Island
Hampshire PO11 9RE
United Kingdom

Expedition Leader -
Stuart Westfield

Phone: +44 (0)7890 620274


Email: rangerexped@hotmail.co.uk

Website: www.rangerexped.co.uk

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Ranger Expeditions provides pre-expedition training and skills training courses as excellent preparation for operations in wilderness environments. Our focus is on the successful achievement of your objectives combined with the safety of team personnel.

When in-country we work enthusiastically in support of your project aims in the following roles:

  • Expedition leader/assistant
  • Camera assistant
  • Photographer
  • Logistical support
  • Camp services
  • Field assistant
  • Wilderness skills training

In the field environmental experience includes: Savannah, Desert, Jungle, Volcanic, Altitude (6000m).

Ranger Expedition leaders have extensive wilderness experience in over 20 African National Parks / Game Reserves.

Our focus is on the successful achievement of your objectives combined with the safety of team personnel.

TaTanka Productions

TaTanka Productions
Castle Rock
Colorado
USA

Directors: Tom and Sabrina Karges

Phone: +1 720 308 4179

Email: tatankaproductions@hotmail.com

Website: www.tatankaproductions.net

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Full service videotape and film production, specializing in documentaries.

Wildlife Documentary Workshops are also offered. Visit: tatankaproductions.net/wildlife_film_making_workshop.html



TYR Solutions
Langdale House
Canon Pyon
Hereford
Herefordshire HR4 8NU
United Kingdom

Director: Steve Cook

Phone: +44 (0)20 3239 5257

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Email: steve.cook@tyr-solutions.com

Website: www.tyr-solutions.com

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TYR Solutions is a risk mitigation company.

We provide a number of solutions from training, equipment and consultancy. Our philosophy is that no two organisational entities are alike, and that many interrelated factors such as the nature of their business, profile of their employees and the geographical range of their assets, uniquely determine their level of exposure, hence customised solutions are required to meet their needs. Whilst TYR Solutions operates predominately in high risk hostile environments for a number of media organisations, we have also deployed consultants on documentaries for health and safety purposes, to build jungle base camps, provide remote medical facilities and individual tracking and secure communications.

TYR Solutions has identified the need for medical/security awareness consultancy, communications and tracking support for documentary and wildlife production companies. We have a number of consultants with remote location and FGASA Field guides. Our consultants can also operate as logistics and base camp managers. TYR can also offer pre trip planning.

TYR Solutions can enhance communications through the sale or rental of satellite phones, Bgans and personal and vehicle tracking devices and can either monitor the tracking platform for the client or we can set the client with their own platform.

Our Mission Statement:

To provide superior solutions through customer training, consultancy and support in order to exceed our customer‚s expectations through continuous improvement and interaction.

I'll look forward to hearing from you.

Wildeye
Principle - Piers Warren
Course Co-ordinator - Jason Peters

Phone: +44 (0)1444 390 790

Email: info@wildeye.co.uk or courses@wildeye.co.uk

Website: www.wildeye.co.uk

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Wildeye
The International School of Wildlife Film-making

Wildeye run a number of courses, workshops and training expeditions for aspiring wildlife film-makers and enthusiastic amateurs. If you are just starting out we suggest you start with the Introduction to Wildlife Film-making weekend in Norfolk, UK.

From there you can go on to take more specialist weekend courses such as Wildlife Camera Operator, Research and Production for Wildlife Documentaries, Creative Video Editing or Wildlife Sound Recording.

Wildeye also run a variety of exciting wildlife training tours and expeditions all over the world.

Explore the website for the full range of training opportunities.

See Wildeye Publishing for a range of books on wildlife film-making.

 

Wildlife Film-making: Looking to the Future

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Bristol Wildlife Filmmakers
Contact info@bristolwildfilm.co.uk

UK
Cornwall College Newquay - FdSc Wildlife Education and Media
Contact newquay.enquiries@cornwall.ac.uk
UK

The University of Cumbria BA Hons Wildlife and Media
Contact enquirycentre@cumbria.ac.uk

UK

The University of Otago
1 year postgraduate diploma in Natural History Filmmaking and Communication

New Zealand
The University of Salford
1 year postgraduate MA Wildlife Documentary Production
UK
UWE – Bristol
MA in Wildlife Filmmaking
UK
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Contact info@wildfilm.co.nz
New Zealand

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