With Piers Warren and Mike Linley

These weekends, in the heart of Norfolk, provide a unique hands-on introduction to wildlife film-making. The sessions cover all aspects of wildlife film-making with opportunities for practical filming work as well as advice about how to get started and what equipment to use. This course is the perfect start for those wishing to work in the wildlife film-making industry, whether as a camera operator, producer, researcher, script-writer, presenter and so on. It is also suitable for those wishing to pursue wildlife film-making as a fascinating hobby.
Professional wildlife film-makers with a wide range of experience will be your guides and tutors throughout the weekend. You will find it a fun and valuable experience, and will enjoy mixing with other people enthused by wildlife films. The location is Whitwell Hall Country Centre in the centre of Norfolk, UK with part of the practical work at Pensthorpe (former hosts of BBC Springwatch). Accommodation is shared rooms (or there are nearby bed and breakfasts/hotels if you prefer), and there will be excellent home-cooked food.

No experience or equipment is required, but it is recommended you bring your camcorder and tripod if you have one.

“The weekend was awesome and I had a really good time. It was informative whilst being fun and you guys were so open and willing to share your knowledge and expertise and for that I’m very grateful.”
“THANK YOU’ for such a clear insight into the world of wildlife film making. We have all come away stimulated by the wealth of extensive information so openly provided. Not only has it been a great education and a memorable experience, it’s been an enormously fun weekend.”
“Thank you so much for a truly inspirational weekend, it confirmed and strengthened my interest in the business. … I havent been this excited about anything for a long time.”
“I wanted to thank you for your time, effort, hospitality and most importantly a head start in the industry….. You even answered questions I didn’t know I had!”


Friday: aim to arrive by 6pm
7pm – evening meal served
8pm – introductory chat – who we are, who you are, and what we will be doing this weekend.
9.30pm – time to relax, chat with new friends, and watch wildlife films in the viewing lounge.

8am – breakfast
9am – introduction to the wildlife film business with video examples – the variety of approaches and productions
10am – the role of the producer and team – who does what – tips for success
11am – tea break
11.30am – intro to cameras, formats, lenses, support systems and techniques for working in the field
1pm – lunch
1.45pm – brief on filming tasks
2.30pm – working in small groups you will be given tasks and have one and a half hours to film three different subjects
4pm – tea break
4.30pm – view footage shot – critique and advice
5.30pm – the importance of the soundtrack and sound recording techniques
6.30pm – free time
7pm – evening meal served
As darkness falls there will be a demonstration of infra-red camera technology and a further chance to view wildlife films in the viewing lounge.


8am – breakfast
9am – script-writing and narrating
9.30am – depart for Pensthorpe
10am – filming tasks at Pensthorpe
11.30am – return to Whitwell
12pm – view footage shot – critique and advice
1pm – lunch
1.45pm – continue to view footage shot
2.30pm – a demonstration of editing and outputting a film – the final stage.
Markets and finance, the future of the industry, making money from your productions/footage.
4pm – course ends


Mike Linley
Mike LinleyCamera and Production Tutor
Mike was a producer and scientific advisor to Survival the Internationally acclaimed wildlife programme making company from 1980 until its demise in 2001. During this time he filmed and produced over 60 documentaries, many of which won major International awards. He also researched, wrote and produced over 200 wildlife programmes for children including the series Animals in Action. He then formed Hairy Frog Productions, an independent wildlife production company (click photo to read more).
Piers Warren
Piers WarrenPrincipal of Wildeye
Piers is well known throughout the wildlife film-making industry as the founder of Wildlife Film News and former producer of wildlife-film.com, which he created in the 1990s. With a strong background in biology, education and conservation, he has had a lifelong passion for wildlife films and has a wide knowledge of natural history. He cut his teeth in the industry as a sound engineer and multi-media producer, running a studio for many years before creating Wildeye (click photo to read more).
Simon Beer
Simon BeerCamera Tutor
Simon runs Production Gear Ltd, a company specialising in the sales of broadcast and professional video production equipment. Simon has worked in the broadcast industry since leaving school in 1993, during this time he has been involved in varying capacities on numerous projects with roles including grip and camera operator. Simon has extensive technical knowledge of production technology and has in the past written articles on cameras and post production for magazines including DV User and IOV Focus (click photo to read more).

Booking Information

Costs: £295 per person
This includes tuition, accommodation, and meals.

Forthcoming Dates:
17-19 April 2015

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