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The Perfect Gift For Budding Filmmakers

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Posted by David Pibworth on 21/12/2021 @ 8:00AM

Stuck on what to get a budding filmmaker aged 7-14 for Christmas? Look no further. How about a term of professional moviemaking training with Sparks Art film school in Olney?

We'd love you to join in the fun and get inspired by filmmaking!

We'd love you to join in the fun and get inspired by filmmaking!


Our sessions, held every Sunday at The Olney Centre from 10am until 12pm, allow our young film crew to delve into every element of the creative filmmaking process and explore all the different crew roles you find on a real film set.

"From camera techniques, scriptwriting, directing, editing and more, it is an exciting hands-on experience!"

Throughout the sessions, students work alongside our qualified and DBS checked filmmaking instructors to develop their skills, grow in confidence and expand their imaginations. At the end of the term, the film crew will have created their very own movie.

Each term we look at a new theme. Our recent theme was about seeing things from a different perspective. Our students have just finished editing their films, and we will share this with you all very soon. Our theme for January is around snapshot storytelling, where we work with characters telling big stories and making them into shorter versions. A great theme for getting those creative juices flowing!

In addition to our weekly sessions, we also hold holiday workshops where you learn all the techniques and create your own film in just one week. Our next workshop will be in the Easter holidays from the 4th to the 8th April 2022 and the theme will be Superheroes!

For further information on our sessions and workshops or to book a place, please visit our website. We'd love you to join in the fun and get inspired by filmmaking.

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.