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Young Moviemakers Are Back At Sparks Olney!

Our January term begins ...

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Posted by David Pibworth on 11/01/2022 @ 8:00AM

We hit the play button on Sunday on the January term of our fun, weekly filmmaking sessions. It was great to welcome back some familiar faces and also a number of new ones. Our group of young students gelled instantly ...

At Sparks Olney, our sessions are very much hands-on as this is the best way for young people to learn!

At Sparks Olney, our sessions are very much hands-on as this is the best way for young people to learn!

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It was a fantastic session full of conversation, creative energy and fresh, new ideas. After our highly skilled tutors, David and Emily, carried out the classroom element of the session, where they discussed and refreshed the filmmaking process, equipment, creative roles etc, they introduced our students to this terms theme.

Each term we have a new theme to work with to keep our student's creativity alive enabling them to turn their hand to new ways of thinking and try new moviemaking techniques. This term we are working with the theme Double Acts!

This covers everything from Laurel and Hardy to Bonnie and Clyde. It also looks at buddy movies where a film portrays a close friendship between two people and also films where the two main characters hate each other.

There are so many different elements and avenues that students can go down to really explore creativity, ideas and group work. Watch this space to see what comes out of these discovery sessions. This is going to be another exciting term for us here at Sparks Olney.

Don't think that just because our term has just started that you won't be able to join. Students can join at any point. Our tutors are extremely supportive, nurturing and knowledgeable and will help all our students to succeed in their time with us.

Our sessions are very much hands-on as this is the best way for young people to learn. 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.

If you are interested in finding out more or joining us for a free moviemaking trial session, take a look at our website to discover more. Our sessions run every Sunday from 10am - 12pm at The Olney Centre, Olney.

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.