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Sparks Olney: Fun Movie Making Workshops Coming To Your School!

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Posted by David Pibworth on 28/12/2021 @ 8:00AM

We are Sparks Olney, the UK's leading provider of film and media activities for children aged from 8 to 14, and we are bringing our exciting filmmaking workshops to schools in and around Olney ...

Your students will grow in confidence and creativity thanks to Sparks Arts!

Your students will grow in confidence and creativity thanks to Sparks Arts!

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Our workshops can be tailored to your needs. Perhaps you are looking to add something new to your extra-curricular sessions, have a fun activity for students to unleash their creativity, use our skills and knowledge as part of a larger project, or maybe an assembly to find out more about what we do.

Whatever your requirements, we can adapt our training for your students so they can get the best out of their time with us. We would love to give as many young people as possible the opportunity to try the inspiring art of filmmaking.

"What does a workshop involve?"

Our workshops are held by our trained teachers and cover all elements of the creative and technical filmmaking process. Students explore all the different crew roles you find on a real film set, including directing, camera operation, video editing, acting, scriptwriting and much more. They will explore and develop their own creative ideas and potentially work on real-life filmmaking projects to boost their skills.

Students won't only learn inspiring new skills and techniques, but they will also grow in confidence and creativity, meet other great young people from within your school and have a lot of fun.

In addition to school filmmaking workshops, we also hold weekly Sunday sessions and half-term workshops, currently at The Olney Centre, High Street, Olney. If you would like to book one of our school filmmaking workshops or you would like further information on Sparks Olney, please take a look at our website.

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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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