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Sparks Olney Is Back For The Summer Term!

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Posted by David Pibworth on 03/05/2022 @ 8:00AM

Sparks Olney filmmaking school for 9 to 14-year-olds is back this Sunday (the 8th of May) from 10am until 12pm at East Street Community Centre, Olney ...

Want to be part of Sparks Olney this summer term?

Want to be part of Sparks Olney this summer term?

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Sparks Olney has been running now for just over 6 months and our team brings a wealth of filmmaking experience to the town. We have been working with a range of young people from in and around the area who have created some fantastic films during their time with us, including:

Whether you want to be in front or behind the camera, there is always a role for you here at Sparks Olney. There is far more to our filmmaking sessions than just pressing the record, button. Students try their hand at everything - directing, photography, editing, screenwriting and even acting.

"We encourage everyone to get fully immersed
in the learning and fun!"

Our classes are small so each student can get what they need from each session. Our staff are qualified, and DBS checked. Over the weeks, our students will learn the basics of professional movie-making, which they will put into practice by filming and editing a movie using their new skills and knowledge.

It's all very exciting, so why join Sparks Olney? There are so many reasons why you should be part of our course. Here are our top five:

  • Unlock your creativity

  • Take on new opportunities and be inspired

  • Build on your current skills

  • Grow in confidence

  • Meet new people

We work on a different theme each term.

Last term we worked with Double Acts and carried out a variety of masterclasses to look at shot compositions, depth, sightlines and more. Here's what the group came up with.

"What equipment do we use?"

We use a variety of different equipment for our students to get a good all-around knowledge of the technical elements involved in making movies. For our age groups, we work with high-quality camcorders, or iPads, as well as equipment including tripods, clapperboards, green screens and lighting reflectors.

For editing, we tend to work with Macs using iMovie. We have so far had some brilliant film edits, with many including the group's favourite animation - the explosion! Our equipment is chosen for its accessibility/ease of use, along with its output quality and durability such as the ability to withstand accidental drops.

Sparks Olney's approach towards using this particular technology is to teach the skills required to use it well and adapt, rather than to train on particular models or setups that may date quickly, or that may not be widely available to learners outside of classes.

"Want to be part of Sparks Olney?"

If you enjoy moviemaking and would like to find out more about what we do, why not come along to one of our free trial sessions to see how you like it. We're sure you'll want to come back! For full information and to register, please see the Sparks Olney website.

We hope to see you soon.

Until next time ...



Would you like to know more?

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 01234 241357 and let's see how I can help.

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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.