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Welcome to the online resource section for Africa Media’s wildlife photojournalism training program. Here you will find all the resources to successfully run the program as the course instructor or a field specialist.

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White Shark Africa

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Monkeyland (WCape)

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Schotia Reserve

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Camdeboo Reserve

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Monkeyland (KZN)

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Jukani

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Blue Wilderness

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Monkeyland (KZN)

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Jukani

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Chris Saunders – Based in Geoge

Wildlife Filmmaking

Phone: 0845288470

Email: southern.x.productions@gmail.com

Louis Pieterson – Based in Graaif Renuit

Wildlife Photography, Underwater Photography

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Frikkie – Based in Geoge

Wildlife Photography

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Global Nomadic

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Go Abroad

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Go Overseas

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Car Mechanic

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Car Mechanic

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Car Mechanic

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Jackie Griffin – COO

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Sam Scott – Sales

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Jeanine Mauritz – Hostess

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Louis Machice – Maintainance

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Derreck Ndlovu – Farm and Garden

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Petra – Domestic

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Abby – Domestic & Cooking

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Morning

Afternoon

Day 1 


Key Goals of Day

  • Student Orientated to life at AM

  • Students orientated to program

  • Liablity signed

(Lecture 1 - Africa Media Orientation). Orientation to program, life at Africa Media, weekend activities, covid, how meals and board run, safety etc.

 

(Lecture 2 - Course Orientation). Orientation to program specifically. Instructor to introduce to team, give plan on month, and hold dicussion on who the studentsd are and their efforts and current skill level.  


(Administration). Student gives to sign liability waivers on equipment and dangers etc. 

(Lesson recap - Intro to wildlife filmmaking). Quick spoken recap on wildlife filmmaking and ensure all the students have watched videos online before arrival. Make sure that if they havnt to watch in evenings.

 

(Workshop 1 - Gear Issue) All gear all issued, fitted, and have the students happy with it (tested). Ensure students put the gear away for themselves in an accessible yet safe place,  and then look after it and use the same gear throughout the month. Introduce communal gear and how that will work

 

(Workshop 2 - Premier Download). Workshop downloading and installing premier onto all students computers and ensuring they have access to the editing software for the month. 


Day 2

Key Goals of Day

  • Familar with Camera Functions

  • Familar with camera maintainance

(Workshop 3 - Camera Use). Workshop going through all the functions on the cameras (Hvx200) and DSLR cameras. Continue with filming outside gueshouse with cameras to learn functions and operations. 

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(Workshop 4 - Gear maintainance). Workshop going through all gear and showing how to treat it when using it in the wild and also how to clean and maintain the gear for longivity. This includes

1. Camera, 2. Tripods, 3. Lens, 4. Cards, 5. Batteries


(Workshop 5 - Data Management). Take students through downloading and storing their footage on harddrives. Recap online lessons

.

Day 3

Key Goals of Day

  • Reading Animal Behaviour



(Lesson Recap - Cameras Settings). Students to recap on camera settings whilst working with cameras. Specifically (a) depth of field, (b) frame rate, (c) zoom, (d) exposure, (f) focus.

 

(Lesson Recap - Animal Behaviour). Students to recap on camera settings whilst working with cameras. Specifically (a) depth of field, (b) frame rate, (c) zoom, (d) exposure, (f) focus. 

(Workshop 6- Camera use on Farm). 2 hours working on filming animals on farm - including Goats, donkeys, birds (weavers), tortoises and rabbits. (download footage, clean cameras)


Day 4 

Key Goals of Day

  • Master of Human Talent

  • Master of conducting interviews

  • Master Audio in wildlife film

(Workshop 7 - Audio). Students to recap on audio types and then go through audio equipment and learn how it all fits into the camera set up.

 

(Lesson Recap - Human Talent). Recap working with human talent


(Workshop 8 - Interviews). Setup and film three interview types with students. Namely (a) one person / Director (b) two person interview and (c) cinema vertea talent action. (content based on farm animals from yesterday)


(Lesson Recap - Editing). Recap on various editing lessons and answer any questions before students to start editing


(Editing). Students to combine interviews with farm animal footage and produce a 1 minute sequence on.

 

(Lesson recap). Recap on shooting sequences in preperation for tomorrow trip to monkey land and birds of eden

Day 5

Key Goals of Day

  • Filming sequences of wildlife

  • Filming B-roll for sequences


(Workshop 9 - Monkeyland & Birds of Eden trip). Trip to monkey land and birds of Eden. Filming sequences training and B-roll. Also focus on reading animal behaviour and working out how to collect footage based on behaviour



(Workshop 9 - Monkeyland & Birds of Eden trip). Trip to monkey land and birds of Eden. Filming sequences training and B-roll. Also focus on reading animal behaviour and working out how to collect footage based on behaviour  (download footage, clean cameras)


Morning

Afternoon

Day 11 -  (Free diving land) - Floater


Key Goals of Day

  • Master landbased static apnea

  • Master land based dynamic apnea

  • Master safety theory for freedive

(Lesson - Free diving) - Lecture on the theory behind free diving and holding your breath


(Lesson - Free Diving Safety) Lecture on free diving safety


(Workshop - Freediving Land) - Land based practical on free diving breath holding and testing the ability of students to hold breath on static and dynamic apnea. 

Day 12 - (Shark Diving)

  

Key Goals of Day

  • Practise static apnea in cage

  • Using small camera in situations

(Dive - Cage Diving). Students to join WSA cage diving trip. To film with gopro on handle at high frame rates of sharks. Topside to film with personal camera if they want. 

.

(Cleanup). Clean up of cameras, charging of batteries (camera and lights), rinsing and drying of housing, 

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(Edit)  Start white shark cage diving scene with particular emphasis of shark - and realise limitations without b-roll, other subjects and perspective in shots

 

(Lesson - perspective) Recap on perspective and b-roll lesson. Will be used over next days

Day 13 - (Free diving water) - Floater

  

Key Goals of Day

  • Master waterbased static apnea

  • Master waterbased dynamic apnea

  • Master duck dive

(Workshop - Pratical on duckdive). Session at dolosers to practise duck diving and maintaining depth on a free dive at the dolersa. Specifically on techniques, and correctly weighting yourself to be neturally buoyant on free dive. 

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(Workshop - Freediving pool). two hour pool session on practising free diving techniques for static (max 3 minutes) and dynamic apnea (max 50m). 

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Day 14 (Shark Diving)

 

Key Goals of Day

  • Master breath hold in cage dive

  • Use cage, surface and people for perspective

(Dive - Cage Dive). Students to join WSA cage diving trip. To film with gopro on handle at high frame rates of sharks. Topside to film b-roll of bait handler, faces, sharks. 


(Cleanup). Clean up of cameras, charging of batteries (camera and lights), rinsing and drying of housing, 

(Edit) -  White Shark Cage Diving scene with particular emphasis of using b-roll and perspective shots to fill out the scene. 

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Day 15 -  (B-Roll / Perspective)

 

Key Goals of Day

  • Building perspective into shots

  • Collecting usable B-Roll

  • Introducing B roll into sequence

(Dive - Perspective) - Boat dive on a reef with a lot of structure (walls, gullies, reefs). Dive to collect footage where you create shots with a subject, foreground and background content. Maximise perspective. Also focus on content that has perspective without major subject - to be used as B-Roll

.

(Cleanup). Clean up of cameras, charging of batteries (camera and lights), rinsing and drying of housing, 

(Edit) -  Boat dive on a reef with a lot of structure (walls, gullies, reefs). Dive to collect footage where you create shots with a subject, foreground and background content. Maximise perspective.


Use b-roll footage to insert into an existing timeline as effective b-roll 

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Program Specific Management

Welcome

This set of tabs outlines the daily activities and important notes (goals) that course instructors and field specialists need to adhere to during the teaching of this program.

Please note – the schedule offers some more advanced options for ‘experienced students’ who either arrive with a high degree of skill or partake in the program for two months. But also appriciate the program cannot be ‘rewritten’ for the individual needs and wants of each student.


Morning

Afternoon

Day 1 


Key Goals of Day

  • Student Orientated to life at AM

  • Students orientated to program

  • Liablity signed

(Lecture 1 - Africa Media Orientation). Orientation to program, life at Africa Media, weekend activities, covid, how meals and board run, safety etc.

 

(Lecture 2 - Course Orientation). Orientation to program specifically. Instructor to introduce to team, give plan on month, and hold dicussion on who the studentsd are and their efforts and current skill level.  


(Administration). Student gives to sign liability waivers on equipment and dangers etc. 

(Lesson recap - Intro to wildlife filmmaking). Quick spoken recap on wildlife filmmaking and ensure all the students have watched videos online before arrival. Make sure that if they havnt to watch in evenings.

 

(Workshop 1 - Gear Issue) All gear all issued, fitted, and have the students happy with it (tested). Ensure students put the gear away for themselves in an accessible yet safe place,  and then look after it and use the same gear throughout the month. Introduce communal gear and how that will work

 

(Workshop 2 - Premier Download). Workshop downloading and installing premier onto all students computers and ensuring they have access to the editing software for the month. 


Day 2

Key Goals of Day

  • Familar with Camera Functions

  • Familar with camera maintainance

(Workshop 3 - Camera Use). Workshop going through all the functions on the cameras (Hvx200) and DSLR cameras. Continue with filming outside gueshouse with cameras to learn functions and operations. 

.

(Workshop 4 - Gear maintainance). Workshop going through all gear and showing how to treat it when using it in the wild and also how to clean and maintain the gear for longivity. This includes

1. Camera, 2. Tripods, 3. Lens, 4. Cards, 5. Batteries


(Workshop 5 - Data Management). Take students through downloading and storing their footage on harddrives. Recap online lessons

.

Day 3

Key Goals of Day

  • Reading Animal Behaviour



(Lesson Recap - Cameras Settings). Students to recap on camera settings whilst working with cameras. Specifically (a) depth of field, (b) frame rate, (c) zoom, (d) exposure, (f) focus.

 

(Lesson Recap - Animal Behaviour). Students to recap on camera settings whilst working with cameras. Specifically (a) depth of field, (b) frame rate, (c) zoom, (d) exposure, (f) focus. 

(Workshop 6- Camera use on Farm). 2 hours working on filming animals on farm - including Goats, donkeys, birds (weavers), tortoises and rabbits. (download footage, clean cameras)


Day 4 

Key Goals of Day

  • Master of Human Talent

  • Master of conducting interviews

  • Master Audio in wildlife film

(Workshop 7 - Audio). Students to recap on audio types and then go through audio equipment and learn how it all fits into the camera set up.

 

(Lesson Recap - Human Talent). Recap working with human talent


(Workshop 8 - Interviews). Setup and film three interview types with students. Namely (a) one person / Director (b) two person interview and (c) cinema vertea talent action. (content based on farm animals from yesterday)


(Lesson Recap - Editing). Recap on various editing lessons and answer any questions before students to start editing


(Editing). Students to combine interviews with farm animal footage and produce a 1 minute sequence on.

 

(Lesson recap). Recap on shooting sequences in preperation for tomorrow trip to monkey land and birds of eden

Day 5

Key Goals of Day

  • Filming sequences of wildlife

  • Filming B-roll for sequences


(Workshop 9 - Monkeyland & Birds of Eden trip). Trip to monkey land and birds of Eden. Filming sequences training and B-roll. Also focus on reading animal behaviour and working out how to collect footage based on behaviour



(Workshop 9 - Monkeyland & Birds of Eden trip). Trip to monkey land and birds of Eden. Filming sequences training and B-roll. Also focus on reading animal behaviour and working out how to collect footage based on behaviour  (download footage, clean cameras)


Morning

Afternoon

Day 6


Key Goals of Day

  • Drone Masterclass

  • Gimbal Masterclass

  • Analysis of Films

Dive 4 - Snorkel at Rockpool). First dive with large camera in local rockpool. Focus on wide angle and controlling camera underwater, ensuring lens is clean, knowing buttons. 

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(Dive 5 - Shore entry). Shore entry SCUBA dive at Dolises. Focus on adding lights into the situation and controlling these lights underwater during the dive. 


(Cleanup). Clean up of cameras, charging of battereis (camera and lights), rinsing and drying of housing, 

(Lec 9 - Editing Sequences) - Lecture on building a sequence on a timeline. specfically ordering wides, mids, closeups. choosing in and out points, utilising video channels to allow easy manipulation. 


(Editing workshop) Edit two sequences - one underwater one topside, utilising all shot types collected during practical workshops. (students should include stablility post techniques also). End with export and crit of sequences. 



Day 7

Key Goals of Day

  • Master Story

(Workshop 10 - Story Development). Big camera reef dive - focus on filming and SCUBA diving techniques with large camera - filming wildlife subjects. Practical training on entry and exit with cameras, and safety of camera on boat. 

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(Lecture 10 - Colour Correction). Lecture on post production colour correction. Specifically correcting for white balance, adjusting colours curves, working shadows, highlights, adjusting saturation, and matching colours throughout 

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(Editing Workshop - Colour Correction). Students to construct a single sequence using previous skills on (a) stablility, (b) sequencing, and add to it colour correction techniques. Exported and critiqued by class. 

Day 8 (travel)

Key Goals of Day

  • Travel to reserve

  • Orientation drive on reserve

(Travel). Depart from Mossel Bay at 8Am to arrive at reserve at 14h00. Stop for snacks and lunch purchases at either Colcester (Schotia) or Graaif Renuit (Camdeboo). 

(Orientation drive). Once at the research, drop of personal gear and unload film equipment. Then conduct a orientation (students can carry personal cameras) or the reserve and build relationship with guide.  

Day 9 (reserve)

Key Goals of Day

  • Story Finalisation

  • Content Collection

(Practial - Story Development). Morning spent writing stories, talking to guides, and pitching idea to instructors and guides. (instuctor to organise gear during this period)

(Practical - Filmmaking). Lunchtime briefing for filming plan, then afternoon spent filming wildlife. Download (over dinner period) and content management 

Day 10 (reserve)

Key Goals of Day

  • Content Collection

(Practial - Filmmaking). 15 minute morning briefing on mornign filming plan then out collecting content for students story

(Practical - Filmmaking). Lunchtime briefing for filming plan, then afternoon spent filming wildlife. Download (over dinner period) and content management 

Day 11 (reserve)

Key Goals of Day

  • Content Collection

(Practial - Filmmaking). 15 minute morning briefing on mornign filming plan then out collecting content for students story

(Practical - Filmmaking). Lunchtime briefing for filming plan, then afternoon spent filming wildlife. Download (over dinner period) and content management 

Day 12 (reserve)

Key Goals of Day

  • Content Collection

(Practial - Filmmaking). 15 minute morning briefing on mornign filming plan then out collecting content for students story

(Practical - Filmmaking). Lunchtime briefing for filming plan, then afternoon spent filming wildlife. Download (over dinner period) and content management 

Morning

Afternoon

Day 11 -  (Free diving land) - Floater


Key Goals of Day

  • Master landbased static apnea

  • Master land based dynamic apnea

  • Master safety theory for freedive

(Lesson - Free diving) - Lecture on the theory behind free diving and holding your breath


(Lesson - Free Diving Safety) Lecture on free diving safety


(Workshop - Freediving Land) - Land based practical on free diving breath holding and testing the ability of students to hold breath on static and dynamic apnea. 

Day 12 - (Shark Diving)

  

Key Goals of Day

  • Practise static apnea in cage

  • Using small camera in situations

(Dive - Cage Diving). Students to join WSA cage diving trip. To film with gopro on handle at high frame rates of sharks. Topside to film with personal camera if they want. 

.

(Cleanup). Clean up of cameras, charging of batteries (camera and lights), rinsing and drying of housing, 

.

(Edit)  Start white shark cage diving scene with particular emphasis of shark - and realise limitations without b-roll, other subjects and perspective in shots

 

(Lesson - perspective) Recap on perspective and b-roll lesson. Will be used over next days

Day 13 - (Free diving water) - Floater

  

Key Goals of Day

  • Master waterbased static apnea

  • Master waterbased dynamic apnea

  • Master duck dive

(Workshop - Pratical on duckdive). Session at dolosers to practise duck diving and maintaining depth on a free dive at the dolersa. Specifically on techniques, and correctly weighting yourself to be neturally buoyant on free dive. 

.

(Workshop - Freediving pool). two hour pool session on practising free diving techniques for static (max 3 minutes) and dynamic apnea (max 50m). 

.

.

Day 14 (Shark Diving)

 

Key Goals of Day

  • Master breath hold in cage dive

  • Use cage, surface and people for perspective

(Dive - Cage Dive). Students to join WSA cage diving trip. To film with gopro on handle at high frame rates of sharks. Topside to film b-roll of bait handler, faces, sharks. 


(Cleanup). Clean up of cameras, charging of batteries (camera and lights), rinsing and drying of housing, 

(Edit) -  White Shark Cage Diving scene with particular emphasis of using b-roll and perspective shots to fill out the scene. 

.

Day 15 -  (B-Roll / Perspective)

 

Key Goals of Day

  • Building perspective into shots

  • Collecting usable B-Roll

  • Introducing B roll into sequence

(Dive - Perspective) - Boat dive on a reef with a lot of structure (walls, gullies, reefs). Dive to collect footage where you create shots with a subject, foreground and background content. Maximise perspective. Also focus on content that has perspective without major subject - to be used as B-Roll

.

(Cleanup). Clean up of cameras, charging of batteries (camera and lights), rinsing and drying of housing, 

(Edit) -  Boat dive on a reef with a lot of structure (walls, gullies, reefs). Dive to collect footage where you create shots with a subject, foreground and background content. Maximise perspective.


Use b-roll footage to insert into an existing timeline as effective b-roll 

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Africa Media is a premier supplier of production services, experiential media training programs and interactive edu-tourism expeditions throughout Southern Africa.

Our mission is to build an enthusiastic generation of wildlife and environmental  specialists who have the skills and passion to build successful careers or make significant contributions in the wildlife and environmental media industry.

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