Sparks Olney filmmaking school returns this term with our next fun filmmaking course for 9-15-year-olds at East Street Community Centre on Sunday the 18th of September from 10am until 12pm ...
We'd love to have more crew members join us at Sparks Olney. You could become the next Stephen Speilberg!
This term we will be focusing on 'Screen Legends' and looking at the different styles of directing from the likes of Steven Spielberg, Alfred Hitchcock and others, and how they often break rules to achieve exceptional classic films.
As you may know, film directors control and manage all creative aspects of a film from pre-production right through to the final edit. They are expert storytellers and capture the creative look of the entire movie!
In our sessions, we'll be critiquing a variety of screen legends and discussing each director's unique visual styles and ways of telling a story. As always, our young filmmakers will be getting hands-on with our film equipment and having a go themselves.
Throughout the term they will learn both the creative and technical aspects of filmmaking, including pitching, storyboarding, scriptwriting, directing, camera operation, film editing and more. By the end of term, our crew will have devised, developed and directed their very own film.
Our expert filmmaking team of the two Davids and Emily, have been recruited because of their filmmaking background and industry experience. They are highly skilled, knowledgeable and a lot of fun.
Our team will help to ignite imaginations by getting our crew hands-on with real projects, fun challenges, and unforgettable experiences. They will help with storytelling, script writing and all elements that go with making an incredible film. In addition to this great experience, our young film crew will get to work with other like-minded young people from the local area. Who knows who they'll meet?
If you'd like to find out more about this course or you'd like to come for a free taster session, take a look at sparksarts.co.uk to find out more.
We'd love to have more crew members join the team.
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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