Film Training / Education
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 lighting and colour
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
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.
- To train indigenous young conservationists in Kenya, Tanzania and the rest of
East Africa to make biodiversity conservation films for the sake of effective
- 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.
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.
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!).
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).
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.
13 days full-time
Course only: £2000 (inc. all equipment & location expenses)
Accommodation: £400 (bed, breakfast & evening meal)
29 June 2015
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.
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."
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'.
For our Directing Natural History & Science MA, visit: nfts.co.uk/our-courses/masters/directing-producing-science-natural-history
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
- 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.
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 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.
School of Wildlife Film-making
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.
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