The 5 Day Wildlife Filmmaking Course for beginners or enthusiasts is based on the Isle of Mull, Scotland.
7th -11th March 2020 SOLD OUT
3rd – 7th October 2020 SOLD OUT
24th – 29th April 2021 Places available
4th – 9th September 2021 Places available
11th – 16th September 2021 Places available
Includes accommodation and meals at Clachan Cottage
Suited to anyone of any ability wishing to explore filmmaking.
The 5 day (and 5 nights) wildlife filmmaking workshop is aimed at beginners and wildlife enthusiasts who would like the chance to experience and improve fieldcraft, filmmaking and storytelling skills whilst immersing yourself in Mull’s wildlife under the supportive eye of your course mentor.
You will focus on the art of storytelling, to achieve a start, middle and end. Whilst mentored in all aspects of filmmaking, this is not a technical camera course as the emphasis is on developing creativity skills to produce engaging short films. You will be supported throughout the entire process to final edit.
Maximum of 2 course attendants, with the emphasis on crew mentality, support, adventure and fun!
£1,200pp includes accommodation, all meals, travel around the island and all equipment use.
Here’s a film made by Adam Johnston.
The 5 days are lead by filmmaker, S-J Cooper-White.
“Thanks so much for an incredible 5 days on the Isle of Mull! Your hospitality made me feel right at home and despite some epic rain I really enjoyed creating my film. I learnt so much about storytelling and it was really fun to use the professional equipment. I would highly recommend the course to anyone interested in developing their interest in filmmaking.” Lizzie Coney
The wildlife filmmaking course is based at Clachan Cottage, a traditional, cosy stone cottage on the edge of a loch. Otters, eagles and a plethora of wading birds can be viewed right from the doorstep! It’s entirely possible to make your film from the cottage itself!
All meals are provided, including a packed lunch and hot drinks whilst out in the field. In the evening, we head back to the warmth of the wood burner and enjoy tasty, home cooked meals made from island produce, where we’ll hold a creative and relaxed debrief of the day’s work.
We will film in several different locations on the island as well as near the cottage and will be lead by your interests and ambitions.
The welfare of the wildlife comes first, at all times. We will discuss ethics, good fieldcraft behaviour, safety, audio, creativity, editing, storytelling, narration, planning and much more.
Before you arrive you will work directly with the director, via email, to storyboard what you want to film and explore ideas of how to make it work as an interesting short film.
You may bring your own camera if it has video capability or use one supplied.
The course is suitable for complete novices, keen amateurs or students looking to spend guided time filming wildlife on Mull. Everyone is welcome regardless of age or ability. The course is relaxed, fun, informative and exciting. You will produce a short film of your work, based on the ‘One Minute Mull’ challenge and advised on filming techniques, fieldcraft and audio production. You will shoot footage that excites you and you’ll leave the island feeling motivated and better equipped to carry on storytelling through your filming.
“Thanks for a FAB week and will hopefully now put what I have learnt about story telling into practice.” George.
We run courses throughout the year. Please email for more information or if you’d like to discuss bespoke options.
Cost is £1200. Minimum deposit of £200 required at time of booking. (non refundable)
Accommodation at Clachan Cottage, bed linen, log burner, home cooked evening meal, packed lunch, breakfast (cooked or continental). Guiding, teaching/mentoring, drone filming, camera and editing equipment, travel whilst on the island. Starter Pack Notes. Mentoring of short film prior and after the course to final edit. Use of binoculars, scopes, radios and portable hides. Collection from ferry port if needed.
Please note: Courses will run whatever the weather but your safety remains priority. Fees are non refundable unless we have to cancel the course. Travelling to the island is your responsibility, we are not responsible for any crossing cancellations. We strongly recommend having holiday/travel insurance.