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Filmmaking Camp Comes To The Arches This Summer

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Posted by David Pibworth on 21/02/2023 @ 8:00AM

We are excited to announce that Sparks Arts Olney is bringing its fun filmmaking Summer Camp to The Arches Theatre this August. If you have a young filmmaker aged 9 to 15 that would like to make their own movie, then Sparks Filmmaking Summer Camp is the place for them ...

During the weeklong action-packed course, students will work alongside expert teachers!

During the weeklong action-packed course, students will work alongside expert teachers!

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Sparks Arts Film School is the UK's leading film school for children and young people. They aim to inspire young filmmakers to unleash their creativity and develop skills to help them to thrive around the UK. Through innovative, engaging film and media workshops, they empower the creators of tomorrow to take bold, imaginative steps towards their futures.

"What happens at Summer Camp?"

During the weeklong action-packed course, students will work alongside expert teachers and get hands-on learning new skills and exploring new themes and techniques. Students step into every filmmaking role, learning both the creative and technical aspects, including pitching, storyboarding, scriptwriting, directing shots, camera operation and film editing. They even get to try their hand at being in front of the camera.

By the end of the week, they would have written, directed and starred in their very own film. The camp gives young people a chance to try something new, boost their confidence, gain new skills and meet other young people with similar interests.

They will also be working on location at The Arches Theatre, our quirky outdoor venue in Clifton Reynes. Students will include filming on the disused railway line, the railway arches and the surrounding area including an island opposite the bathing steps at Olney.

Summer Camp details:

  • Date: 21st - 25th August 2023

  • Time: 10.00 - 16.00 (6 hours per day)

  • Ages: 9 - 15 years

  • Cost: £275 per child for a full week with discounts for siblings

  • Location: The Arches Theatre, Clifton Reynes, MK46 5DT

  • Run by: David Pibworth and David Lovesy - full DSB checks and insurance

Would you like to know more? For more information and to sign up for Sparks Arts Olney's weeklong Filmmaking Summer Camp this August, please head to the Sparks Arts website.

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 Arts Olney's Filmmaking Summer Camp, 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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