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Sparks Olney: Slapstick And Custard Pies

The art of Buster Keaton ...

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Posted by David Pibworth on 08/02/2022 @ 8:00AM

Over the last two weeks, we have introduced our young filmmakers to a new genre - slapstick. This type of comedy is based on physical comedy and visual jokes, which has broad humour to be able to appeal to a wider audience and hook more people in ...

We also had a go at creating our own slapstick, which involved throwing custard pies at each other!

We also had a go at creating our own slapstick, which involved throwing custard pies at each other!

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There are two parts to making a great film that includes slapstick. Firstly, having well thought out scenes with strong comedy content and secondly, good knowledge of different camera techniques and movements.

To show our crew strong comedy content we took them through some famous slapstick scenes from the likes of Buster Keaton and Laurel and Hardy. We also had a go at creating our own slapstick, which involved throwing custard pies at each other!

We got hands-on with the camera to get used to a range of shots, from the push-ins to the reveal, so the crew could start thinking about which ones would help them create a film with hilarious comedic effect. We're looking forward to seeing what they come up with.

This week our teams pitched their ideas to each other for their Double Act films. They had some extremely creative ideas, which we will share with you very soon so watch this space.

"If you like the sound of our film school, why not
come along and join in the fun?"

You can join our weekly filmmaking course at any point. Our expert team will get you up to speed and have you custard pie-ing the others in no time! We meet every Sunday from 10am until 12pm at The Olney Centre. Or how about trying our Easter Workshop from 8-12 April 2022? This weeklong course will be jampacked with hands-on learning in a fun and supportive environment.

For full details of our workshops and to book yourself a place, please take a look at our website.

Until next time ...



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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.