We are Sparks Olney, part of Sparks Film and Media Arts, which is the UK's leading provider of film and media activities for children and young people. In addition to our term-time filmmaking sessions, we also host week-long film workshops during school holidays.
Our next one is our Summer Shoot, which will run from Monday the 22nd to Friday the 26th of August 2022 at East Street Community Centre, Olney!
The theme for our Summer Shoots is 'Great Escapes'! Our filmmaking crew will create their own unique escapist films full of action-packed chase sequences, unlikely prison breaks and breaks of the most difficult kind - the fourth wall.
Students will delve into every stage of the filmmaking process, learning both the creative and technical aspects, including pitching, storyboarding, scriptwriting, directing shots, camera operation, film editing and so much more.
"By the end of the week, our young film crew will have written, filmed, starred in and edited their very own movie!"
It is very much a hands-on learning experience that gives young people a chance to try something new, boost their confidence, gain new skills and meet other young people with similar interests. Find out more and book your place today by clicking here to visit our website.
Alternatively, you could join us at one of our term-time sessions to see how you like it. We are at East Street Community Centre every Sunday from 10am until 12pm. The film crew are currently working on their latest film, so they are busy writing and storyboarding. It would be great to get some more crew members on board!
Come along and see if you like it, and then perhaps sign yourself up for the term-time session or our summer holiday camp! If you have any questions, please do get in touch.
We'd love to have you join us at Sparks Olney.
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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