Wild Island Film School is run by filmmaker, S-J Cooper-White. With over 25 years experience in creative direction and video production, S-J’s course emphasis is on personal development and storytelling, whilst connecting with nature in a meaningful and peaceful way.

The emphasis is less on the technical aspect on filmmaking and more on storytelling of the natural world.

All courses are one-to-one mentoring and all filmmaking equipment is supplied.

S-J is the founder of WildstreamTV where she develops remote camera techniques, capturing seldom seen behaviours of kingfishers and otters. You can learn more about WildstreamTV here

Who are the courses suitable for?

You! If you’re interested in wildlife and nature and want to make a film, these courses are perfect for you. If you enjoy surrounding yourself with nature and waiting patiently to see a creature, this will be right up your street. People from all walks of life, ages and experience join the Wild Island Film School. From women who prefer a female mentor, to individuals looking to apply to the MA in Wildlife Filmmaking at UWE (with success!), everyone is welcome and very much supported.

Courses are structured in the following way:

4 Day Wildlife Filmmaking Courses

The courses are available across the UK in various locations.

  • Course notes
  • 2 week pre planning storyboarding via email prior to the practical course date
  • Meet at 9am each day on location (or residential on the Isle of mull)
  • Drinks and snacks provided throughout the days (full meals if Isle of Mull)
  • Transport throughout the days
  • All filming and audio equipment provided
  • Post course editing under your direction for final film to be supplied to you via Vimeo

2 Day Wildlife Filmmaking Courses

The 2 day wildlife filmmaking course is based on the Somerset Levels. This is an opportunity for you to shoot wildlife footage, rather than storyboard a film.

  • Meet at 9am each day on location
  • Shoot footage of birds, landscapes, nature and macro
  • Drinks and snacks provided throughout the days
  • Transport throughout the days
  • All filming and audio equipment provided
  • Optional extra for edited montage of footage uploaded to Vimeo

EQUIPMENT

All equipment is provided to produce your film. We shoot using both a Panasonic EVA1 and a RED Epic