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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David is the owner and Artistic Director of The Arches Theatre in Clifton Reynes near Milton Keynes. Productions are underneath some flood arches on the disused Midland railway line (Bedford to Northampton). It is equidistant from Bedford, Northampton and Milton Keynes. You bring your food, drink and chairs and enjoy the varied shows that are produced. This year - 2022 - there are 12 productions on throughout the season, from Shakespeare to Ripping Yarns plus a music weekend.
David has been involved in 'Light Ent' for many years, working with Ray Galton and Alan Simpson adapting the scripts of 'Steptoe and Son' and those of Tony Hancock to the stage. He has produced shows for Norman Wisdom (which makes him feel old), Al Murray, and Joe Pasquale amongst others, and also worked in the music business promoting and producing shows with Chas and Dave, Neil Inness, Kenny Ball, Acker Bilk and others of that ilk.
He is also the director of a film school for young people in his home town of Olney as well as supporting many local events.
He recently negotiated permission from Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais to stage a short run of 'Porridge' on stage which proved a success.
This year the annual charity performance at The Arches Theatre will be the last of 'Ripping Yarns' by Michael Palin and Terry Jones, with the profits being donated to The National Brain Appeal' for research into dementia as David's father and uncle died of it, as did Michael Palin's friend and writing partner Terry Jones. Last year they raised an astonishing £10,000 and are hoping to get somewhere close again with the support of audiences and sponsors.
David also has a stage hire company and his wife Julie runs a livery yard, so they are surrounded by horses, dogs, light entertainment and and a 17 year old daughter.
He plays in a comedy jazz band and collects strange props such as the Spitting Image puppets of Denis Thatcher and Alan Bennett, the child catchers bike from the stage show of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and various other 'things' all of which he sells to raise money for the Arches Theatre, although he always finds it hard to part from these props. However as the theatre receives no funding at all, he is always devising ways to keep it going! Sponsors are always welcome!
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