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Easter Filmmaking Fun With Sparks Olney

Places are limited, so don’t miss out ...

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Posted by David Pibworth on 15/03/2022 @ 8:00AM

Sparks Olney are excited to bring another one of our fun-fuelled filmmaking weeks to the Olney Centre this Easter. If you are aged between 11 and 14 years of age, join us for a week-long movie-making masterclass from the 4th to the 8th of April with our expert tutors and a small group of film students ...

Come and join us at Sparks Olney for some Easter filmmaking fun!

Come and join us at Sparks Olney for some Easter filmmaking fun!

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Over the week we'll be focussing on creating a film that includes all the technical aspects. Young filmmakers will explore and develop key skills as film directors, and take part in skill-building workshop sessions, spanning how to work with actors, camera crew and editors to bring a vision to life.

"They'll get hands-on and will get those creative juices flowing!"

Here at Sparks Film School Olney, we help to inspire and champion young filmmakers to develop their creative and technical skills in film and media. We love to see our young filmmakers thrive as they take on new challenges and work together to produce incredible films.

We like to work in small groups so we can get to know our students, get the most out of their learning, and encourage teamwork and creativity. If you would like to find out more about our Easter workshop and book your place, then please get in touch.

Places are limited, so don't miss out.

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 Sparks Olney and our Easter filmmaking fun, it may be a great idea to give me a call on 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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