Sparks Olney: Give The Gift Of Filmmaking This Festive Season
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Posted by David Pibworth on 27/12/2022 @ 8:00AM
If you have a child aged between 7 and 14 who has an interest in filmmaking, then give them the gift of Sparks Olney this Christmas. Sparks Olney is part of Sparks Film and Media Arts, the UK's leading provider of film and media activities for children and young people ...
From January we will be jumping straight into the filmmaking process at Sparks Olney!
Our weekly Sunday sessions help to inspire young people by giving them opportunities to experience all aspects of creating a film and allowing them to step into the roles you'll find on a real film set. From scriptwriting, pitching and directing shots to camera work, film editing, and everything in between, our students try it all as well as starring on screen.
"It's a fantastic opportunity for those with a passion for film!"
Our action-packed and hands-on workshops get children and teenagers working on their own productions and exploring new themes and techniques. These two-hour sessions give young people a chance to try something new, boost their confidence, gain new skills and meet other young people with similar interests.
From January we will be jumping straight into the filmmaking process and working on our next film, which has been devised by our young film crew. You'll have to come along to find out more!
If you are interested in signing a young person up for our workshops, you can either register for our January term, which starts on Sunday the 8th of January 2023 at The Olney Centre from 10am - 12pm, or come along for a free taster session.
If anything I've written in this blog post resonates with you and you'd like to discover more about Sparks Olney, it may be a great idea to give me a call on 07879 414110 or 01234 241357 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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