Wildlife on Mull is truly incredible and for those of you travelling to the island to get a glimpse of an otter, eagle or red deer, you will not be disappointed.

September & October 2018

Week 1. Arrive Saturday 22nd September and leave the morning of the 27th September 

Week 2. Arrive Saturday 29th September and leave the morning of 4th October 2018

5 Day Residential Wildlife Filmmaking Course on Mull

Our 5 day (and 5 nights) wildlife filmmaking course is aimed at wildlife enthusiasts who would like the chance to use professional cameras (including 4K) and equipment; improve fieldcraft and immerse yourself in Mull’s wildlife under the supportive eye of course leaders. 

The course is lead by award winning cameraman, John Samuels and creative filmmaker, S-J Cooper-White.

Our 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!

All meals are provided, including a packed lunch and hot drinks whilst out in the field.

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 course

Above all else, the welfare of the wildlife comes first, at all times. We will discuss ethics, good fieldcraft behaviour, safety, audio, creativity, storytelling, narration, planning and much more.

Before you arrive you will be sent a planner and work directly with the director to shape up what you want to film and explore ideas of how to make it work.

We have just 4 students per course, in order to give you our full attention and help. Our course is suitable for complete novices, keen amateurs or for experienced individuals looking to improve.The course is relaxed, fun, informative and exciting. There is no formal qualification but we guarantee you will be a better filmmaker than when you arrived. We will help you produce a short film of your work and advise and teach on filming techniques, editing skills and audio production. You should aim to make your film 1 – 2 minutes long. We aim for you to have shot footage that excites you and leave the island feeling motivated and better equipped to carry on filming and storytelling. 

4K Cameras and editing

We own several high spec cameras, including the latest 4K Panasonic EVA-1. As professional filmmakers, we have a huge amount of production equipment, including lenses, tripods, audio equipment, portable hides and editing software. As we keep our student groups small, we aim to have at least 1 4K camera between 2 and certainly everyone will always have access to other cameras, including GoPros, DSLR’s, Canon C100, JVC 700 and drones.

Private boat to watch and film White Tailed Eagles

The course includes a day’s private charter out on the water to film the White Tailed Sea Eagles at close range. Capture footage of these amazing birds as they swoop down to catch fish. Enjoy the luxury of not having to share the boat with sightseers all jostling for position. The skipper works with us to ensure we get the best possible angles and opportunities whilst out on the water. Of course, dolphin, seals and whales are also possible to spot!

Logistics

We strongly recommend you arrive as a foot passenger from the ferry as we don’t have a huge space for parking at the Cottage. We collect you at Craignure ferry port and you will be driven to each filming location daily, along with all equipment, so a car is not needed whilst you’re here.

Cost, booking and payment

The 5 night residential course costs £1,150 per person. We require a £250 deposit to secure your place and the balance is due 3 months prior to the course date. If you would like to pay in instalments, that’s fine too.

The course includes:

Accommodation at the ever popular Clachan Cottage. Bedding and towels are provided. There are 2 twin rooms and 1 double room so at least 2 people will be sharing a room. (Male and female do not have to share a room)

Supervised use of cameras and editing equipment.

A private charter to film white tailed sea eagles.

Collection to and from the ferry at Craignure.

Travel whilst on the island

Breakfast, packed lunch and an evening meal.

Use of scopes and binoculars.

Use of pop up hides

Use of Clachan Cottage, including wood stove, Freesat TV and DVD player. Make yourself at home. (The course leaders will be in accommodation nearby.)

Complimentary USB stick to take your work home

To discuss or book, please email sudge@mac.com