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Sparks Olney: Easter 2022 Filmmaking Workshops

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Posted by David Pibworth on 09/11/2021 @ 8:00AM

We are very excited to let you know that in addition to our weekly fun film workshops, we are giving young people between the ages of 8 and 14 the opportunity to join us for a full week of movie-making masterclasses during the Easter holidays next year ...

Sparks Olney is part of Sparks Film and Media Arts which is the UK's leading provider of film and media activities for young people!

Sparks Olney is part of Sparks Film and Media Arts which is the UK's leading provider of film and media activities for young people!

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Our Easter workshop will run from Monday 8th to Friday 12th April. Times and Olney venue are TBC. The weeklong course will be jampacked with hands-on learning with our expert team. 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, they 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. Book your place today!

We are now in the fifth week of our Autumn/Winter term, and we have just entered the film project stage, having completed a series of masterclasses consisting of the basics and techniques of filmmaking. This session was all about working together to create a film idea to pitch to the rest of the group, who then voted for their favourite.

We had some very confident pitches and some incredibly creative ideas with lots of thought going into the storylines, which techniques they'd use when filming and character backstories. It was a great process to watch.

I am very proud of how far our students have come in such a short time. We are extremely lucky to have a group of young people who are fully engaged with the session and full of enthusiasm. They are supportive of each other and work brilliantly together.

We won't share the winning film idea with you just yet, but if you like a crime caper then you're going to enjoy this film. We will premiere the film as soon as it is released!

Our weekly Sunday workshops will continue from Sunday 9th January 2022. You can register for these now via our website and don't forget that you can also sign up for a free taster session. Come along to one of our sessions between now and the 19th of December or join us in January.

We'd love to have you join us at Sparks Olney.

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.