Get Hands On With Sparks Olney

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, it's all about getting hands-on and having fun ...

All our classes are small so each student can get what they need from each session. They get to try out all the roles needed in creating a movie, including directing, photography, editing, screenwriting and even acting.

"Our staff are well qualified, expertly trained and DBS checked!"

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 (9-15 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 such as the ability to withstand accidental drops.

Sparks Olney's 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.

Each term we look at different themes. Previously we have looked at Double Acts and Great Escapes. This term we are looking at Screen Legends who are the directors behind the film and how they create their unique films.

By the end of the term, our students will have written, created, starred in, and directed their very own movie. The film 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?"

If you have had the 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 movie-making training session, then come along to one of our Sunday workshops. We meet every week from 10am until 12 noon at The East Street Community Centre in Olney. 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 visitor the Sparks Olney website today.


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