Women Wildlife Filmmakers Workshop

Dates: March 2-11, 2018
Location: Cocobolo Nature Reserve, Panama
Price: $2500 (includes a $100 donation to CREA’s conservation fund)
Maximum Number of Participants: 14
Workshop Leaders: Morgan Heim and Jenny Nichols

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Jenny Nichols
Mo Heim

Join wildlife fillmmakers Jenny Nichols and Morgan (Mo) Heim, for this incredible workshop. Both are passionate and accomplished female filmmakers whose credits include Elk River; Remember When; Forgotten But Not Gone: The Pacific Fisher, The End of Snow and A Ghost in the Making.  You can find their wildlife work in outlets such as National Geographic, World Wildlife Fund, CNN’s Great Big Story and OutsideOnline. Both Jenny and Mo are passionate about building the community of women wildlife filmmakers, and they want you to become a part of it.

Course Description: Calling all women interested in entering the world of wildlife filmmaking! Maybe you’re a wildlife scientist who wants to learn how to create films about your work. Maybe you’re a wildlife photographer or wildlife writer who wants to expand her skillset. Maybe you have simply been interested in wildlife filmmaking but didn’t know where to start. This is the workshop for you…if you’re a woman. There is no better time to put your stamp on the filmmaking world. During this workshop, you will join a rainforest adventure at the Cocobolo Nature Reserve in Panama, and gain hands-on experience crafting wildlife films from start to finish. During this trip, you will have the opportunity to work in teams crafting stories that range from natural history to the stories of the people of the reserve and surrounding community.

On Shoot in Namibia

Course Objectives

  • Learn the basic tenets of finding and structuring a compelling visual story
  • Learn the steps of pre-production to be able to successfully execute your creative vision
  • Learn how to shoot for video, including camera settings, shooting sequences and other movie magic
  • Learn sound recording/production and interviewing techniques
  • Gain a solid foundation in video editing
  • Explore the biological wonders of the Cocobolo Nature Reserve (at least 3 new species have been discovered here!)
  • End of course Film Fest in the Jungle!

Itinerary includes: Eight days at the Cocobolo Nature Reserve’s biological field station (plus two in-country travel days)

Jenny in the field
  • Fri Mar 2nd, 2018: Participants arrive in Panama during the day and make their own way to the hotel*: Transport from airport not included.
  • Sat Mar 3rd, 2018: After breakfast participants transfer via bus to Las Margaritas. From las Margaritas transfer to 4WD vehicles to Cocobolo.
  • Sun Mar 4th – Mar 10th, 2018: 7 nights at Cocobolo.
  • Sat Mar 10th, 2018: Dinner and night in Panama City.
  • Sun Mar 11th, 2018: Breakfast and participants leave.

*Twin room accommodation in Panama City will be announced prior to the course start and instructions on how to get there from Panama City airport will also be provided. A single room surcharge can be applied as requested.

The details: Photographic Equipment: Bring your own camera equipment. You

Mo in Nepal

should have a DSLR camera capable of filming video at full HD and a tripod. Filters for lenses such as a polarizer or neutral density filters are recommended, but not required. Optional gear that will be helpful: Rode Shotgun mic (plugs into camera), Mini LED Light Panel. We will supply some gear, such as microphones, an external recorder, and instructors will have their cameras on hand to provide shooting support to teams. It is strongly recommended that you bring an umbrella and rain cover or garbage bag for your camera. IMPORTANT: We will be editing in Adobe Premiere Pro CC. You can download a free week-long trial, or subscribe for $19.99/month. Teachers and students can get 60% off the subscription fee. Wifi is weak at the station, so make sure you download the software beforehand. Bring LOTS of batteries. There is power to charge, but extra batteries will make your life easier.

What to Bring: See CREA Packing List

Travel: Fly into Panama City, Panama airport

“End of Snow” Shoot

Accommodations: In Panama City and at Cocobolo Field Station are included in the workshop fee. At Cocobolo Field Station, accommodations consist of two ranchitos, traditional thatch-roofed wooden platforms, each supporting up to six individual tents for comfort and privacy. Additionally, three larger tents for up to 2-4 guests each are set up in the gardens of Cocobolo. We provide tents and individual inflatable mattresses, but participants have to bring their own pillow, bed sheets or silk liner, sleeping bag, bath towel, and toiletries.

Food: Will be provided to you at Cocobolo Field Station.

Physical Requirements: Reasonably fit. The environment in Cocobolo is humid and the jungle is made of uneven terrain.

What’s included in the price: Panama City accommodations (based on shared accommodation*), all transport to Cocobolo Field Station, lodging at Cocobolo Field Station with three meals per day, tuition, use of field equipment and camera trapping equipment.

What’s not included in the price: Flights and other travel to and from Panama City, transport for pick-up and drop off from Panama City airport, meals in Panama City, personal snacks, and anything not listed in the “What’s included in the price” list above.

Deposit250.00 USDPay before Jan 2nd 2018
Remainder2250.00 USDPay before Feb 2nd 2018
Full2500.00 USDPay before Jan 2nd 2018
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“End of Snow” (Aly Nicklas)