Wildlife Filmmaking Course September 22nd-27th 2018

wildlife filmmaking Mull

Absolutely no experience is required to enjoy this magical wildlife filming trip on Mull.

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.

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

The course is lead by 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 spend time filming wildlife on Mull. 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 2 of the latest 4K Panasonic EVA-1’s. 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.


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

THIS COURSE IS NOW SOLD OUT – please email info@clachancottagemull.co.uk  for other opportunities.

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.

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 info@clachancottagemull.co.uk