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The Perfect Christmas Gift For Young Filmmakers

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Posted by David Pibworth on 15/11/2022 @ 8:00AM

Looking for the perfect gift for that young filmmaker in your life? At Sparks Arts Olney, we inspire young people with a passion for filmmaking and give them hands-on experience in the movie-making process ...

Why not join us at a free taster session? We meet every Sunday at The East Street Community Centre in Olney between 10am and 12pm!

Why not join us at a free taster session? We meet every Sunday at The East Street Community Centre in Olney between 10am and 12pm!

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Students step into each and every role, learning both the creative and technical aspects, including pitching, storyboarding, scriptwriting, directing shots, camera operation and film editing. They even get to try their hand at being in front of the camera.

Our action-packed and hands-on workshops get children and teenagers the chance to work on their own productions and explore new themes and techniques. We work in small groups, so everyone gets a chance to have their say and develop ideas.

"Over the last year, our students have created a range of films using different techniques they have learnt each term!"

This term we've been looking at Alfred Hitchcock and his filming and directing styles. Our students filmed some fantastic suspense scenes by using homemade dollies and also carrying out complicated shots such as trombone shots. It has been great fun for us all.

Our sessions give young people a chance to try something new, boost their confidence, gain new skills and meet other young people with similar interests. This is a wonderful experience and a fantastic Christmas gift for that budding young Steven Spielberg or Kathryn Bigelow.

Why not join us at a free taster session? We meet every Sunday at The East Street Community Centre in Olney between 10am and 12pm. Click here to visit our website and discover more.

Book your place today.

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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