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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 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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