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Documentary Filmmaking Coming To Sparks Olney

Is this something you'd like to be part of?

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Posted by David Pibworth on 24/01/2023 @ 8:00AM

During this week's filmmaking session, our young crew finished off their special effects workshop by looking at visual tricks and techniques they can use to create illusions and wow factors in their next film ...

Has our documentary filmmaking session already got you thinking? Is this something you'd like to be part of?

Has our documentary filmmaking session already got you thinking? Is this something you'd like to be part of?

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We found a clip of how Charlie Chaplin made a roller skating gag a bit safer by using matte painting! This is one of the earliest special effects used and we've included it here for you:

Next week we are moving on to documentary filmmaking, which our students are very excited about. There is a lot to think about before we can start capturing raw footage in terms of what the subject will be on, what is it intended for e.g. education, history, instruction, fun; how it will be composed and structured and then how it will be presented to the audience.

As always, the documentary will be based on our student's ideas and they'll take on all the creative responsibilities. Ultimately, they will end up with a documentary that showcases their skills, creativity and what they have learnt during the sessions.

"Has our documentary filmmaking session already got you thinking? Is this something you'd like to be part of?"

It is a great project to get stuck into, but don't worry if you don't have any filmmaking experience already. You will learn everything you need from our expert teachers who will teach you all the tricks and techniques you need to be able to make a movie. Just wanting to be involved and getting hands-on with these filmmaking sessions is enough.

If you are interested in signing a young person up for our weekly term time workshops, you can either register online now or come along with them for a free taster session at The Olney Centre from 10am until 12pm on Sunday 29th January.

Register your child's place today by clicking here.

Until next time ...



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If anything I've written in this blog post resonates with you and you'd like to discover more about filmmaking with Sparks Olney, it may be a great idea to give me a call on 07879 414110 or 01234 241357 and let's see how I can help.

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About David Pibworth ...


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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