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4 Day Wildlife Filmmaking Workshop - Mustangs, with Nat Geo's Jake Willers

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Peppermill Hotel & Resort + On Location

2707 S. Virginia St

Reno, Nevada 89502

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Join National Geographic Channel's Jake Willers for a 4 day workshop in Washoe Valley, Nevada. We'll spend time on location at Washoe lake, just east of the Sierra Nevada, filming mustangs as they come down from the surrounding hills to drink and play in the water. The lake is also home to many types of water fowl, which make for great filming, and even the occasional bald eagle.

As well as getting an unforgettable up-close and personal experience with a band of mustangs you'll learn pre-production like how to find a story, building that story out and then filming the footage necessary to tell that story. We’ll look at interview techniques and how to get the most out of interviews in the field and then we’ll edit to create your final film.

This workshop is about learning valuable skills and techniques that are essential to natural history filmmaking. Like how to behave around wildlife to get the best shots and how to preempt animal behavior so you don't miss the money shot when it happens. We'll also look at how to adapt to situations when things don't go so smoothly so you still get what you need to tell your story.

What you’ll come away with is a good understanding on how to find a great story, develop that story, shoot footage to tell that story, and techniques in editing which make all the difference when it comes to producing a professional natural history film.

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Book by August 10th, 2018 and save $200 off the $1595.00 ticket price. Early Bird - $1395.00.


What's Included?

Four days of hands-on tuition and the ability to interact with Jake Willers and pick his brain.

An incredible up close experience with a band of mustangs in the stunning Washoe Valley, NV USA.

Lunch on all four days and refreshments throughout each day.

Transport by passenger bus to all locations during the workshop.

This is a small group of up to 10 people which means you will receive one-to-one tuition.

All of the material you shoot you own and can put in your own showreel to promote your filmmaking.

Great fun and collaboration with other aspiring wildlife filmmakers.

What are my transportation options for getting to and from the event?

Transport from the airport to the hotel is available at the hotel shuttle stop at the Reno Tahoe Airport. The shuttle is the Peppermill Resort Shuttle.

We will have transport from the hotel to all shooting locations. However, if you would like to rent a car for personal use you are welcome to do so but it is not necessary for the workshop.

What should I bring to the event?

We encourage you to bring your own filming gear to the workshop. By using your own gear you gain experience and techniques specific to your setup.

However, if you are unable to bring your own gear we do offer camera packages for rent via a third party rental service. Please contact us for details and pricing.

To Bring Gear List:

Camera, Tripod, External microphone, Laptop for editing.

As we will be spending time on location in the full sun we advise bringing appropiate outdoor clothing to protect against sun and insects etc. Long sleeve shirts, long pants, hats and boots are essential.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

If you have any questions please email us here and we will get a response to you super fast!
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Flights and Accommodation

Flights and accommodation are the responsibility of the attendee. However, we have secured special accommodation rates for all attendees at the Peppermill Hotel & Resort in Reno, NV. This is also where we will be holding the pre-production, edit and presentation classes.

The Reno Tahoe International Airport is the closest airport to the hotel, just a 10 minute drive away by shuttle bus.

Visit the Peppermill Resort Hotel:

We have secured room discounts for all workshop attendees.

To book online, visit and click Reservation in the top-right corner. Enter offer code PRIVLINE, click Get Rates, and input your Private Line account number N129 when prompted.

What's the refund policy?

As our costs for each workshop remain the same no matter how many attendees take part, please note that just like any pre-booked tickets, we are unable to give a refund in the event of non-attendance, regardless of the circumstances. The exception to this is if we have prior notice and are able to put a cancellation place back on sale AND your place is resold. In this event, we will of course make a full refund or credit to you. Please contact us in writing if you wish to cancel a booking.

We also reserve the right to cancel any workshop or push it back to a later date if there is insufficient demand, especially if it means that our costs would be higher than our income. Please, therefore do not leave it until the last minute to book a particular date, as you may find that it is fully booked or has been removed.

Thank you for your understanding.

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