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Filmmaking At Sparks Olney Is More Than Just Pressing Record

Our activities are very much 'hands-on ...

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Posted by David Pibworth on 26/10/2021 @ 8:00AM

Whether you want to be in front or behind the camera, there is always a role for you here at Sparks Olney. There is far more to our filmmaking sessions than just pressing the record button. Our students get involved with trying out all roles, including Directing, photography, editing, screenwriting and even acting ...

If you would like to join a fun moviemaking training session,, come along to Sparks Olney!

If you would like to join a fun moviemaking training session,, come along to Sparks Olney!

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All our classes are small, so each student can get what they need from each session. Our staff are well qualified, carefully trained and DBS checked. Our activities are very much hands-on and we encourage everyone to get fully immersed in the learning and fun.

"What equipment do we use?"

When filming, we use a variety of different equipment for our students to get a good all-around knowledge of the technical elements involved in making movies. For our age groups (9-14 years) we work with high-quality camcorders, or iPads, as well as equipment including tripods, clapperboards, green screens and lighting reflectors.

For editing, we tend to work with Macs using iMovie. We have so far had some brilliant film edits, with many including the group's favourite animation - the explosion! Our equipment is chosen for its accessibility/ease of use, along with its output quality and durability - e.g., the ability to withstand accidental drops!

Sparks Arts approach towards using this particular technology is to teach the skills required to use it well and adapt, rather than to train on particular models or setups that may date quickly, or that may not be widely available to learners outside of classes.

"What do students' film?"

We are currently in the process of getting to grips with the equipment and learning how to use it to its full potential to make great films. We will be starting our group project very shortly where our filmmakers will work together to produce at least one film production.

This will be based on their own ideas, and they'll take on all the creative responsibilities - ultimately, they will end up with a film production that showcases their skills and that they can feel proud of.

"Want to be part of Sparks Olney?"

If you have had experience of using any of the above equipment and would like to learn how to use it more skillfully, or you would like to join a fun moviemaking training session, then come along to one of our Sunday workshops. We have availability in our sessions from 10-12pm each Sunday at The Olney Centre. Join for a free trial to see how you like it. We're sure you'll want to come back.

For full information and to sign up, please see the Sparks Olney website.

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.