Filmmaking At Sparks Olney Is More Than Just Pressing Record

Whether you want to be in front or behind the camera, there is always a role for you here at Sparks Olney. There is far more to our filmmaking sessions than just pressing the record button. Our students get involved with trying out all roles, including Directing, photography, editing, screenwriting and even acting ...

All our classes are small, so each student can get what they need from each session. Our staff are well qualified, carefully trained and DBS checked. Our activities are very much hands-on and we encourage everyone to get fully immersed in the learning and fun.

"What equipment do we use?"

When filming, we use a variety of different equipment for our students to get a good all-around knowledge of the technical elements involved in making movies. For our age groups (9-14 years) we work with high-quality camcorders, or iPads, as well as equipment including tripods, clapperboards, green screens and lighting reflectors.

For editing, we tend to work with Macs using iMovie. We have so far had some brilliant film edits, with many including the group's favourite animation - the explosion! Our equipment is chosen for its accessibility/ease of use, along with its output quality and durability - e.g., the ability to withstand accidental drops!

Sparks Arts approach towards using this particular technology is to teach the skills required to use it well and adapt, rather than to train on particular models or setups that may date quickly, or that may not be widely available to learners outside of classes.

"What do students' film?"

We are currently in the process of getting to grips with the equipment and learning how to use it to its full potential to make great films. We will be starting our group project very shortly where our filmmakers will work together to produce at least one film production.

This will be based on their own ideas, and they'll take on all the creative responsibilities - ultimately, they will end up with a film production that showcases their skills and that they can feel proud of.

"Want to be part of Sparks Olney?"

If you have had experience of using any of the above equipment and would like to learn how to use it more skillfully, or you would like to join a fun moviemaking training session, then come along to one of our Sunday workshops. We have availability in our sessions from 10-12pm each Sunday at The Olney Centre. Join for a free trial to see how you like it. We're sure you'll want to come back.

For full information and to sign up, please see the Sparks Olney website.


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