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!
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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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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