Syllabus

SYLLABUS

The wildlife filmmaking syllabus is centered on three pillars that are critical to the production of every wildlife documentary – Pre-production, production and post production. Expand the below sections to view a approximate syllabus and itinerary.

Week 1 - Preproduction

Day 1:  Orientation – Introduction to South Africa, the wildlife filming program, and an overview of the industry and program goals.

Day 2:  Practical – Camera operation and maintenance, and datamanagement

Day 3:  Practical – Filming animals, reading behaviour, editing footage

Day 4: Tutorial – Working with talent, audio in films

Day 5: Practical – Monkeyland & Birds of Eden shooting day

 

Week 2: Production

Day 1: Tutorial – Critic of past films, story in wildlife film-making

Day 2: Workshop – Developing and writing your story

Day 3: Practical – Travel to and orientation to Schotia (D1)

Day 4 – Practical – Filming day at Schotia (D2)

Day 5 – Practical – Filming day at Schotia (D3)

Day 6 – Practical – Filming day at Schotia (D4)

Day 7 – Practical – Filming day at Schotia (D5)

 

Week 3 - Production

Day 1 – Practical – Filming day at Schotia (D6)

Day 2 – Practical – Filming day at Schotia (D7)

Day 3 – Practical – Filming day at Schotia (D8)

Day 4 – Practical – Filming day at Schotia (D9)

Day 5 – Practical – Packing day and return to Mossel Bay (D10)

 

Week 4: Postproduction

 

Day 1 – Media logging and orginisation

Day 2 – Non-linear editing of footage

Day 3: Non-linear editing of footage

Day 4: Soundscape building, colour correction & grading

Day 5: Pitching & selling, exportation of production, evening showing