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Sparks Olney: The Camera Never Lies

Or does it?

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Posted by David Pibworth on 17/01/2023 @ 8:00AM

We kicked off another term of fun filmmaking at Sparks Olney with the new theme 'the camera never lies'. We've been looking at the myriad of special effects that create blockbusting films ...

This is going to be another exciting term full of screen magic and special effects!

This is going to be another exciting term full of screen magic and special effects!

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For the first few weeks, our expert teachers will show our young film crew a variety of examples of camera trickery and how it is done. Our students will then be part of a specific workshop where they will film small sections of what they have learnt and then write and produce their own film.

The teachers will take a step back so that it is all the work of our students. It allows them to get creative with their ideas, voice their opinions and work as part of a team!

Our sessions are very much hands-on as this is the best way for young people to learn. All students will work on every aspect of creating a film, including directing, acting, costume, continuity, camera operation and more. It allows them to really experience the moviemaking process and get a feel of what they are able to do and what they have a passion for.

Our teachers do tend to edit the final film, due to the time it takes and the computer software, however, we do take the students through the process and ensure they're happy with the final edit before we publish it.

Last term our theme was 'suspense' and we looked at at the work of the great Alfred Hitchcock. Our students put together a fantastic film that created suspense using different camera angles, shot compositions and music. We will share this with you very soon.

"This is going to be another exciting term full of
screen magic and special effects!"

It is a great time to join us so whether you are interested in filmmaking or you would just like to learn a new skill, then join us at Sparks Arts Olney every Sunday in term time at The Olney Centre from 10am - 12pm.

Visit our website to find out more or to register for a free trial session.

Until next time ...



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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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