The wildlife film academy moves to Botswana

In 2012 the Wildlife Film Academy has made the exciting move to Botswana. In past years the Academy has been situated in beautiful venues around South Africa, including the Kruger National Park and Entabeni Private game reserve. This year the academy moves to what is arguably the best venue for making wildlife film in Africa; the Okavango Delta.

The new venues will ensure that students are totally engaged in the experience of wildlife filmmaking, giving them the opportunity to film abundant wildlife, including the BIG 5 and many other species, as well as the rustic joys of bush living that are part of the job description of a wildlife filmmaker. The Academy also offers a comprehensive array of camera and edit equipment as well as lectures from industry professionals, allowing students to experience the A-Z of wildlife Filmmaking.

On location

The Wildlife Film Academy offers three different locations for the parts of the 3 modules of the course. The first stop is the tranquil camp of Tsutsubega, where students will attend lectures including an introduction to wildlife Filmmaking and script-writing. After that it's time to get out into the field with the abundant wildlife on the river of Khwai. This reserve area boasts the Big 5 and a host of other fauna and flora. Once the filming is done, students move to camp Kitso for editing done in Final Cut Pro on Apple iMacs to turn hours of raw footage into short films.

The course content

To make a successful wildlife or natural history film, you need to combine creative and technical camera and editing skills with a good appreciation of animal behaviour, ecological processes, ethics in the natural world and local communities, and some serious business knowledge. The Wildlife Film Academy teaches all these areas of expertise and inspires its students to combine these skills in unique and successful ways.
The course is divided into 3 parts and is structured in a logical filmmaking order. The course combines a balance of theory-based lectures making use of visual materials as well as practical fieldwork and personalised tutorials in the editing and final audio mix suites. For a detailed breakdown of what the course entails, click here.

How to Apply

Due to high demand and limited placements, students are encourage to apply early to avoid disappointment. The process is quick and easy and will ensure that a student secures a spot. To complete the application process,

The dates for the 1st two courses are:

21 May - 14 June 2012 200122012
25 June - 19 July 2012

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