Sparks Arts is the UK's leading provider of film and media activities for children and young people and our Great Escape Summer Shoots filmmaking club is just what you need. Taking place from Monday the 22nd to Friday the 26th of August 2022 at East Street Community Centre, Olney.
"Our young film crew will delve into every stage of the filmmaking process!"
Students will learn 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.
The theme is 'Great Escapes', so we'll be looking at producing a unique escapist film full of action-packed chase sequences, unlikely prison breaks and breaks of the most difficult kind ... of the fourth wall.
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. Our students will also get the opportunity to film on location at The Arches Theatre, an outdoor theatre in Clifton Reynes.
Our two-hour weekly filmmaking sessions start back on Sunday the 19th of September at East Street Community Centre. If you enjoyed your time with us at our Summer Shoots Filmmaking Club, then why not join us on a weekly basis? Free taster sessions are available.
If anything I've written in this blog post resonates with you and you'd like to discover more about our summer Filmmaking Club, it may be a great idea to give me a call on 07879 414110 and let's see how I can help.
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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