Sparks Olney: Slapstick And Custard Pies

Over the last two weeks, we have introduced our young filmmakers to a new genre - slapstick. This type of comedy is based on physical comedy and visual jokes, which has broad humour to be able to appeal to a wider audience and hook more people in ...

There are two parts to making a great film that includes slapstick. Firstly, having well thought out scenes with strong comedy content and secondly, good knowledge of different camera techniques and movements.

To show our crew strong comedy content we took them through some famous slapstick scenes from the likes of Buster Keaton and Laurel and Hardy. We also had a go at creating our own slapstick, which involved throwing custard pies at each other!

We got hands-on with the camera to get used to a range of shots, from the push-ins to the reveal, so the crew could start thinking about which ones would help them create a film with hilarious comedic effect. We're looking forward to seeing what they come up with.

This week our teams pitched their ideas to each other for their Double Act films. They had some extremely creative ideas, which we will share with you very soon so watch this space.

"If you like the sound of our film school, why not come along and join in the fun?"

You can join our weekly filmmaking course at any point. Our expert team will get you up to speed and have you custard pie-ing the others in no time! We meet every Sunday from 10am until 12pm at The Olney Centre. Or how about trying our Easter Workshop from 8-12 April 2022? This weeklong course will be jampacked with hands-on learning in a fun and supportive environment.

For full details of our workshops and to book yourself a place, please take a look at our website.


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