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Summer Camps 2022: Discover How we Theme our Filmmaking Summer Camps to Champion Creativity

Sparks Film School - Discover How We Theme Our Filmmaking Summer Camps

Summer Shoots: Filmmaking Summer Camps As we approach the summer holidays, planning for our filmmaking summer camps is in full swing. The Summer Shoots are 5-day filmmaking summer camps for young filmmakers, which run each year from Sparks film schools around the UK. In each Summer Shoots summer camp, small crews of young filmmakers provide … Read more

How to Write Dialogue in a Screenplay? 5 Foolproof Strategies for Writing Better Dialogue

Write Dialogue in a Screenplay

Writing dialogue convincingly in a screenplay can feel like a challenge, but if you can master writing dialogue, it can help take your script from mediocre to masterpiece. So, if you’re wondering how to write dialogue effectively in your screenplays, read on for our 5 foolproof strategies for writing dialogue for screen… 1. Write Dialogue … Read more

Top 10 Filmmaking Tips for Beginners

Top 10 Easy Filmmaking Tips for Beginners

If you’re a beginner interested in learning about filmmaking, take a look at our Top 10 Filmmaking Tips for Beginners below. Whether you’re a complete beginner, or an experienced filmmaker, making a film can be challenging. It’s often a lot of work, and there are several traps you can easily fall into that can affect … Read more

5 Fun Photography Activities for Kids

Photography Activities for Kids

Whether you’re just starting out in photography, or you want to improve your photography skills, you can try out these 5 fun photography activities for kids. These photography activities for kids are designed to boost imagination and inspire creativity. They’re designed for children or young photographers, but adults can absolutely join in too. Take a … Read more

Get Confident on Camera: 6 Media Training Tips for Performing to Camera

Get Confident on Camera - Performing to Camera Tips

Want to feel more confident on camera? Take a look at our 6 easy to apply tips to boost your confidence when performing to camera. Even the world’s top actors can feel under confident watching themselves back. As Zac Efron told Collider, “I tend to, especially the first time around, pick out every single flaw, … Read more

Can Filmmaking Help with Children’s Mental Health?

Children's Mental Heath Week

As we mark Children’s Mental Health Week 2022, we’re taking a look at the different ways filmmaking and other activities can support with improving children’s mental health. Children’s mental health is at the forefront of conversation, with increasing rates of mental health referrals, increased anxieties and mental health concerns in children and young people. Recently … Read more

Film Courses: What Can I Expect to Learn?

Film Courses for Kids

If you’re interested to learn about film or filmmaking, then there are lots of different film courses you can explore: Full time film courses Part time film courses Face-to-Face film courses Online film courses Film Studies courses Filmmaking or film production courses Specialist filmmaking courses, e.g. animation or VFX courses… Whatever style or format of … Read more

Is it Worth Attending an Elite Film School?

Is it worth attending an elite film school

Firstly, by film school, here I’m talking about conservatoire style film schools. I’m not talking about part-time film schools, or extra-curricular filmmaking courses like the ones we offer. Conservatoire style film schools are specialist providers of vocational film training at a higher education or postgraduate education level. Examples of conservatoire-style film schools in the UK … Read more

Master Storyboarding

Master Storyboarding - Storyboard example

[et_pb_section fb_built=”1″ _builder_version=”4.9.10″ _module_preset=”default” da_disable_devices=”off|off|off” global_colors_info=”{}” da_is_popup=”off” da_exit_intent=”off” da_has_close=”on” da_alt_close=”off” da_dark_close=”off” da_not_modal=”on” da_is_singular=”off” da_with_loader=”off” da_has_shadow=”on”][et_pb_row _builder_version=”4.9.10″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″ _builder_version=”4.9.10″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_text _builder_version=”4.9.10″ _module_preset=”default” header_2_text_color=”#007da5″ global_colors_info=”{}”] Why Storyboard? Your storyboard is a crucial resource to help plan for success when working on a movie. A well thought-out storyboard doesn’t just help you to keep production … Read more

5 Useful Acting for Camera Skills (from Stage)

Acting for Camera: Skills to Transfer from Stage to Screen

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Easter Camps: Day 4

That’s a wrap on Day 4! Movie makers taking part in this week’s Easter camps are knee-deep in their productions, with just one day left to go. It’s been an action-packed few days, with movie makers developing their story ideas, working through pre-production and now shooting through most of their storyboards. They are making great … Read more

Easter Movie Making Camps: Day 3

That’s a wrap on Day 3 of this week’s movie making camps! Today has been an epic day of shooting, with all the movie makers starting work on filming their productions. There are movie makers in Studios 1-4 at nearly all the Sparks film schools. All the crews are making their own original and unique … Read more

Easter Camps: Behind the Scenes on Day 2

Easter Movie Making Camps – Day 2 The Easter Camp movie makers are making great progress on their productions today. After a day of introductions and getting started yesterday, they’ve moved onto developing their ideas, pitching and pre-production activities. This is all the preparation work that happens on a film production before shooting begins. The … Read more

Lights… Camera… Action! Behind the Scenes of Easter Movie Making Camps – Day 1

We’re behind the scenes on Day 1 of the first face-to-face movie making camps of 2021! Young movie makers joining us for this year’s Easter Holiday Camps are meeting for the first time. They’ll get their creativity flowing. They’ll start to share ideas and get to grips with the week’s challenge: to make a unique … Read more

An actor’s life for me? How to become a child actor

How to become a child actor

From the Harry Potter trainee wizards to the Sound of Music’s Von Trapp children, child actors have played a large part in many iconic films, TV programs, and theatre productions around the world. However, for every successful school-aged star that has made it big, there are quite literally thousands of hopeful young actors, singers, and … Read more

Behind The Scenes: October Half Term Highgate

[et_pb_section fb_built=”1″ _builder_version=”4.6.6″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}” da_is_popup=”off” da_exit_intent=”off” da_has_close=”on” da_alt_close=”off” da_dark_close=”off” da_not_modal=”on” da_is_singular=”off” da_with_loader=”off” da_has_shadow=”on” da_disable_devices=”off|off|off”][et_pb_row _builder_version=”4.6.6″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″ _builder_version=”4.6.6″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_video src=”https://youtu.be/EzogLsQuiHQ” _builder_version=”4.7.0″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][/et_pb_video][et_pb_text _builder_version=”4.6.6″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”] Congratulations to the October Half Term Crews in Highgate! [/et_pb_text][et_pb_text _builder_version=”4.6.6″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”] Over October Half Term our young filmmakers had the opportunity to create their … Read more

Behind the Scenes: October Half Term in Balham

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Sparks Enfield & Sparks Walthamstow Launch Next Week

What's New? New Locations

[et_pb_section fb_built=”1″ _builder_version=”4.6.6″ _module_preset=”default”][et_pb_row _builder_version=”4.6.6″ _module_preset=”default”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″ _builder_version=”4.6.6″ _module_preset=”default”][et_pb_text _builder_version=”4.6.6″ _module_preset=”default”] Our newest film schools – Sparks in Enfield and Sparks in Walthamstow – are set to launch with their first workshops on Monday! For October Half Term, the two new schools will be taking crew members off on scary movie adventures! The newest crew … Read more

Welcome back to Classes :-)

[et_pb_section fb_built=”1″ _builder_version=”4.6.5″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}” da_is_popup=”off” da_exit_intent=”off” da_has_close=”on” da_alt_close=”off” da_dark_close=”off” da_not_modal=”on” da_is_singular=”off” da_with_loader=”off” da_has_shadow=”on” da_disable_devices=”off|off|off”][et_pb_row _builder_version=”4.6.5″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″ _builder_version=”4.6.5″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_text _builder_version=”4.11.3″ _module_preset=”default” hover_enabled=”0″ global_colors_info=”{}” sticky_enabled=”0″] Welcome back to all our young filmmakers!   This weekend marked the start of a brand new autumn term. It was so good to be able to welcome … Read more

Saturday Shoots Confirmed

Filmmaking-Classes-for-Kids- Saturday Shoots Confirmed

[et_pb_section fb_built=”1″ _builder_version=”4.5.6″ _module_preset=”default” da_disable_devices=”off|off|off” global_colors_info=”{}” da_is_popup=”off” da_exit_intent=”off” da_has_close=”on” da_alt_close=”off” da_dark_close=”off” da_not_modal=”on” da_is_singular=”off” da_with_loader=”off” da_has_shadow=”on”][et_pb_row _builder_version=”4.5.6″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″ _builder_version=”4.5.6″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_text _builder_version=”4.13.1″ _module_preset=”default” global_colors_info=”{}”] Saturday Shoots – Confirmed for September   We’re so happy to let you know that our weekly filmmaking classes are confirmed to go ahead from September! We have missed seeing … Read more

Introducing Sparks Enfield!

Welcome to Sparks Film Clubs for Kids Enfield

[et_pb_section fb_built=”1″ _builder_version=”4.4.8″][et_pb_row _builder_version=”4.4.8″][et_pb_column type=”4_4″ _builder_version=”4.4.8″][et_pb_image src=”https://www.sparksarts.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Welcome-to-Enfield-1.jpg” alt=”Welcome to Sparks Film Clubs for Kids Enfield” title_text=”Welcome-to-Enfield” _builder_version=”4.4.8″][/et_pb_image][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row _builder_version=”4.4.8″][et_pb_column type=”4_4″ _builder_version=”4.4.8″][et_pb_text _builder_version=”4.4.8″] Sparks Enfield – Launching October 2020   We’re delighted to share with you that a new branch of Sparks will be opening up in Enfield for October Half Term!  The newest branch of Sparks … Read more

Movie Making Projects: Little People, Big World Animations

[et_pb_section fb_built=”1″ _builder_version=”4.5.0″ _module_preset=”default” da_is_popup=”off” da_exit_intent=”off” da_has_close=”on” da_alt_close=”off” da_dark_close=”off” da_not_modal=”on” da_is_singular=”off” da_with_loader=”off” da_has_shadow=”on” da_disable_devices=”off|off|off”][et_pb_row _builder_version=”4.5.0″ _module_preset=”default”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″ _builder_version=”4.5.0″ _module_preset=”default”][et_pb_text _builder_version=”4.5.0″ _module_preset=”default”] This week we have an animation challenge to get stuck into, using classic stop motion technique.  We’re drawing inspiration from ‘Little People, Big World’ photography. Take a look at some of the examples below… … Read more

Movie Making Projects: Make a Movie with an Inanimate Character

Movie Making Projects for Kids

[et_pb_section fb_built=”1″ _builder_version=”4.4.8″ hover_enabled=”0″ da_disable_devices=”off|off|off” global_colors_info=”{}” sticky_enabled=”0″ da_is_popup=”off” da_exit_intent=”off” da_has_close=”on” da_alt_close=”off” da_dark_close=”off” da_not_modal=”on” da_is_singular=”off” da_with_loader=”off” da_has_shadow=”on”][et_pb_row _builder_version=”4.4.8″ global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″ _builder_version=”4.4.8″ global_colors_info=”{}”][et_pb_text _builder_version=”4.9.11″ hover_enabled=”0″ global_colors_info=”{}” sticky_enabled=”0″] In this movie making project, we’re challenging young filmmakers to produce a film that stars an inanimate object as one of its lead characters. This might sound really strange, but … Read more

Latest Updates: Covid-19

Sparks Film Schools Latest Updates

[et_pb_section fb_built=”1″ _builder_version=”4.4.8″ da_disable_devices=”off|off|off” da_is_popup=”off” da_exit_intent=”off” da_has_close=”on” da_alt_close=”off” da_dark_close=”off” da_not_modal=”on” da_is_singular=”off” da_with_loader=”off” da_has_shadow=”on”][et_pb_row _builder_version=”4.4.8″][et_pb_column type=”4_4″ _builder_version=”4.4.8″][et_pb_text _builder_version=”4.9.10″ text_line_height=”2em” hover_enabled=”0″ sticky_enabled=”0″] We Are Reopening! We plan to reopen in time for the summer holidays. We know that safety is still paramount. We’ll be introducing lots of new safety measures for face-to-face sessions and operating strict maximum … Read more

The Red Carpet Premiere 2019

[et_pb_section fb_built=”1″ _builder_version=”3.25.4″ da_is_popup=”off” da_exit_intent=”off” da_has_close=”on” da_alt_close=”off” da_dark_close=”off” da_not_modal=”on” da_is_singular=”off” da_with_loader=”off” da_has_shadow=”on” da_disable_devices=”off|off|off”][et_pb_row _builder_version=”3.25.4″][et_pb_column type=”4_4″ _builder_version=”3.25.4″][et_pb_text _builder_version=”3.27.4″] Congratulations to All the Young Filmmakers   Last weekend, we hosted the annual Red Carpet Premiere at the ICA Cinema in London.   It was a such an incredible occasion and so lovely to see so many young … Read more

Behind the Scenes in Kensington!

This week, young movie makers taking part in the Summer Shoots in Kensington are making their own unique movie productions. Over five days, the young movie makers will devise their stories, shoot their scenes, give their best onscreen performances and edit their way to movie making success.

Behind the Scenes: Summer Shoots, Day 1 in Dulwich

[et_pb_section fb_built=”1″ _builder_version=”3.25.4″ da_is_popup=”off” da_exit_intent=”off” da_has_close=”on” da_alt_close=”off” da_dark_close=”off” da_not_modal=”on” da_is_singular=”off” da_with_loader=”off” da_has_shadow=”on” da_disable_devices=”off|off|off”][et_pb_row _builder_version=”3.25.4″][et_pb_column type=”4_4″ _builder_version=”3.25.4″][et_pb_video src=”https://youtu.be/UQM4N-X8ps0″ _builder_version=”3.25.4″][/et_pb_video][et_pb_text _builder_version=”4.9.10″ hover_enabled=”0″ sticky_enabled=”0″] It’s Day 1 of the Summer Shoots 2019!   Join movie makers behind the scenes at the Summer Shoots movie making summer camps in Dulwich! Today, marks the start of the Summer Shoots, movie … Read more

The Stuff of Dreams & Nightmares

Summer Shoots 2019: Summer Filmmaking Camps for Kids

The Summer Shoots (our Movie Making Summer Camps) are on their way! We’re excited to share the details of this year’s theme!  Every year we set a new challenge for young filmmakers. Each year there is a new collection of creative inspirations to explore. This year’s theme is “The Stuff of Dreams and Nightmares”. It’ll … Read more

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Rachel Woolcott

Parent

Great camp to develop creativity and for children to learn about film making. In this short period of time the teachers were engaging; the group developed a story for a short film, acted, set the scenes and were behind the camera, my son loved the activities.

Seb.

Young Filmmaker

I've learned so much here I don't know where to start.
I’ve learned how to shoot a film properly, how to compose a shot. I’ve learned how to edit, how to take an idea and turn it into something you can see on the screen. It’s been amazing.

Guilia Merlo

Parent

My 7 year old had the best time at Sparks summer camp, it really helped him grow his confidence too! He was initially reluctant to be in front of the camera, we were reassured by Sparks that he wouldn't need to but once he was there, he actually really enjoyed having a few lines in the final movie :) He still speaks highly of his time at Sparks several weeks later!

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