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Bringing Stories To Life With Creative Script Writing

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Posted by David Pibworth on 17/05/2022 @ 8:00AM

This week our creative young filmmakers have been focussing on script writing which is a key feature of our sessions where our filmmakers learn how to produce their own film script ...

The teams write their script, before getting hands-on with shooting!

The teams write their script, before getting hands-on with shooting!

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They have been learning how to carry out storytelling for screen formats and honing their skills to develop a creative voice. The theme this week was to look at heroes and anti-heroes. Our film crew focused on how to structure a plot, how to build these characters and how to write effective screen dialogue, all within a three-act structure.

"This is where the story is divided neatly into three parts: a beginning, a middle and an end!"

Once the teams had written their script, it was time to get hands-on with shooting their scenes and of course a spot of acting and directing. We'll share these creative videos from our brilliant young crew with you very soon. We are certainly very impressed with their first try at this.

At Sparks Olney, we focus on practical and visual approaches toward screenwriting, with activities including improvisation and workshop techniques, rather than traditional reading and writing activities. The film that this group will be creating in the second half of the term will be entered into an award. Currently, it is open to the team to decide what the film will cover.

"The group, as always, will decide democratically!"

If you would like to get involved in what could be an award-winning film or be part of weekly fun filmmaking courses, then register for a free trial session today. We meet every Sunday at the East Street Community Centre in Olney from 10am-12pm.

We'd love you to join us.

Until next time ...



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About David Pibworth ...


David is the owner of David Pibworth Productions who provides entertainment for theatre and corporate events. This ties in very well with The Arches Theatre, an outside venue that David owns underneath a disused railway line, equidistant from Bedford, Northampton and Milton Keynes. This was one of the few venues that could operate with social distancing in place during the summer of 2020 and where they ran everything from Shakespeare to Richard Digance through the summer months.

David has been involved in light entertainment for many years, even going back as far as working on a production with Norman Wisdom in London. He has a knack of keeping in touch with everyone he's worked with and would bring such people as Chas and Dave, Kenny Ball and Acker Bilk round to play locally when the chance arose.

His company also represent the stage rights for Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, the writers of Steptoe and Son and Hancock's Half Hour. He has recently negotiated permission with Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais to produce Porridge on stage although this is all hampered by the current situation and the availability of theatres.

Next year, at the Arches Theatre, he will produce Ripping Yarns, written by Michael Palin and Terry Jones. This will be an interesting production as not only does one episode involve playing a football match, but also with the agreement of Michael Palin and the wife of the late Terry Jones, it has been decided that all the profits on this production will go to a dementia charity as Terry Jones died as a result of dementia, as did David's father and uncle.