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Sparks Olney: Young Directors Creating Suspense On Film

This week was Alfred Hitchcock ...

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Posted by David Pibworth on 04/10/2022 @ 8:00AM

This term, our young film crew are focussing on well-known directors. They are studying the various directing styles and techniques that give these screen legends their iconic and easily identifiable shot composition ...

This week at Sparks Olney, we looked at Alfred Hitchcock and how he is well known as The Master of Suspense!

This week at Sparks Olney, we looked at Alfred Hitchcock and how he is well known as The Master of Suspense!

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This weekend we looked at Alfred Hitchcock and how he is well known as The Master of Suspense. Our young film crew created and directed their very own suspense sequence to see just how Hitchcock used a variety of methods to achieve some very suspenseful scenes.

Hitchcock is one of the best directors renowned for creating and directing suspenseful thrillers. But did you know he never won an Oscar for his directing? He was nominated five times, but never won!

His signature technique was using subjectivity which is a point of view shot that puts the audience in the place of the protagonist, so they experience a range of different emotions. Our film crew had a go at this to increase the suspense and anticipation in their movie. We'll share their film with you as soon as it's ready.

"We'll be looking at other directors over the coming weeks, including Steven Spielberg!"

If you like the sound of this and would like to join in the learning and the hands-on action, then please take a look at our website. We meet every Sunday at East Street Community Centre between 10am and 12pm. We'd love you to come along and take part.

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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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