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11 Lesser Known Options for a Film Career

We all know that the film industry is full of glamorous high profile film career options like actor, director of photography and director. However, the film industry is vast and diverse. There are lots of different ways people can work in the industry. Join us as we take a look at some of the range … Read more

Congratulations to the Winner of the Best Film Award in this year’s Camera Games

The Results are in! The Best Film Award is part of the Camera Games and is a yearly filmmaking competition held across the Sparks network for films created in the Summer term as part of our weekly filmmaking classes. The submitted films are judged by a professional panel of filmmakers working within the industry. Each … Read more

Using Colour in Film at Sparks Film School

Behind the Scenes: Getting Creative with Colour in Film Sparks Film School members have been finessing their use of colour in film this term as we have been exploring our new theme ‘True Colours’ in our weekly workshops. Each term, our members of our weekly film classes are introduced to a new theme focused on … Read more

Top 10 Screenwriting Tips: How to Write Better Characters

Are you looking to improve your screenwriting? Writing believable characters is the cornerstone of great storytelling, and it’s a skill that can elevate your writing to new heights. Whether you’re penning a thrilling adventure, a heartwarming romance, or a dystopian epic, mastering the art of character creation is essential. In this guide, we’ll explore ten … Read more

Behind the Scenes on February Half Term at Sparks Film Schools

This week at Sparks Film Schools we’ve been creating tension, solving crimes and piecing together the evidence as our filmmakers created films inspired by the theme: Scene of the Crime. Pulling Off the Perfect Crime Film Over the course of three days, members our our filmmaking courses have explored filmmaking techniques and narrative features of … Read more

Nominations for the Best Film Award from The Camera Games: Sparks Awards 2023

The Camera Games | Sparks Film School | Youth Filmmaking Courses

The Nominations are in! Every year during the summer term of filmmaking classes, the Sparks film students compete in the Camera Games – an exciting annual filmmaking competition for the chance to win the Best Film title. The films have been watched, and the nominations have been announced! The Camera Games Within the Camera Games … Read more

Sparks Film School’s Film of the Month: January 2024

Film of the Month | Sparks Film School

January 2024’s Film of the Month Award Sparks Film School’s Film of the Month Award celebrates a film production made by Sparks film crew members. Each month, our panel of judges – assembled from our team of filmmaking instructors – look at submissions from across Sparks Film Schools nationally. They assess based on each film’s … Read more

Sparks Film of the Month: December 2023

Film of the Month | Sparks Film School

December 2023’s Film of the Month Award Sparks Film School’s Film of the Month Award celebrates a film production made by Sparks film crew members. Each month, our panel of judges – assembled from our team of filmmaking instructors – look at submissions from across Sparks Film Schools nationally. They assess based on each film’s … Read more

Simple Ideas to Celebrate National Storytelling Week 2024

Simple Ideas for National Storytelling Week 2024

We love to celebrate National Storytelling Week here at Sparks Film School. Storytelling is such an integral part of filmmaking or video making. We love the opportunity to recognise storytelling in its own right and to explore storytelling with creative freedom! What is National Storytelling Week? In 2024, National Storytelling Week will take place from … Read more

Take Part in the Festive Foodie Film Challenge

Sparks Film School | Festive Foodie Film Challenge 2023 | A gingerbread house with lots of colourful decorations

Make a Festive Foodie Video this Christmas The festive season is famed for its fabulous food, with plenty of favourite celebratory treats to enjoy. From gingerbread, to mince pies, yule log, or dare we say, even sprouts, there are festive favourites both sweet and savoury to choose from. To help celebrate, we’re inviting filmmakers to … Read more

Team Spotlight: Meet Kate, Head of Sparks Film School St Albans

Kate Klevit, Head of Sparks Film School in St Albans

This month, as part of our Team Spotlight regular feature, we met with Head of Sparks Film School in St Albans, Kate Klevit. Kate shares the role with partner Elliot and together they run Sparks in St Albans, where they help lots of young filmmakers to hone their skills, develop their creativity, build confidence and … Read more

Sparks Film of the Month: November 2023

Film of the Month | Sparks Film School

November 2023’s Film of the Month Award The Sparks Film School’s Film of the Month Award celebrates a film production made by film crew members taking part in Sparks Film School courses. Or young film crews work incredibly hard to produce their own film productions, where they work collaboratively to make a film that expresses … Read more

Introducing: True Colours

True Colours: New Theme for Spring Term at Sparks Filmmaking Classes

As part of our term time filmmaking classes at Sparks Film School, we introduce a brand new theme every term. The termly theme offers new inspiration and opportunities for creativity. It’s also an educational gateway for us to introduce new specific filmmaking techniques to our classes, so that every term, our film students are continuing … Read more

Sparks Film of the Month: Discover the Winner, October 2023

Film of the Month | Sparks Film School

October 2023’s Film of the Month Award Each month, Sparks Film School’s Film of the Month Award celebrates a film production from one of our talented, imaginative and dedicated film crews. The Film of the Month Award shines a celebratory spotlight on a student production, which has been made by Sparks Film School students. Our … Read more

Meet Miro, Sparks Film School Alumni and Independent Filmmaker

Meet Miro, Sparks Film School alumnus and independent filmmaker. Miro on location with members of his crew.

Independent filmmaker Miro Alleyne McCarthy is one of our Sparks Film School alumni. We sat down with Miro to find out more about his journey as a young filmmaker and his time with Sparks Film School. Hi Miro! What filmmaking projects have you been working on recently?  Quite a lot! On IMDB, I have three … Read more

Sparks Film School Students Selected at Little Venice Film Festival

Sparks Film School students selected for the Little Venice Film Festival

In even more film festival success this week, young film students from Sparks Film Schools took part in the Little Venice Film Festival. Young filmmakers from Sparks Film Schools in Balham, Highgate and from Sparks Communities CIC had their work selected for inclusion in the 2023 screening programme. The films How Do You Feel? by … Read more

Sparks Filmmakers Win at CIFFOW 2023

Sparks Film Schools win at CIFFOW 2023

Young filmmakers from Sparks Film Schools are celebrating another year of success at the Children’s International Film Festival of Wales! We’re delighted to share our congratulations with young film students from Sparks Film Schools in Hove and in Guildford, as well as to filmmakers from Sparks Film School Teesside & North Yorkshire. Film productions by … Read more

How Collaboration Boosts Creativity

How collaboration boosts creativity | a group of young filmmakers on set producing a film together

In the world of creative endeavours, team collaboration can be that key secret ingredient that can elevate a project from good to great, and from great to exceptional. Whether you’re working on your next groundbreaking film, or a scientific discovery, the power of collaboration can help to transform the process and the outcome. In this … Read more

How to Boost Film Sound Quality: 7 No or Low Budget Tips to Improve Film Sound

How to Improve Your Film Sound Quality | Filmmaking Equipment - Microphones

At Sparks Film Schools, we believe that everyone, regardless of budget or location, can create incredible and imaginative films. Film sound quality is a crucial but often underestimated aspect of filmmaking. Sound can be a very challenging thing to get right, especially without lots of technical equipment, knowledge of microphones and attention to detail. But … Read more

Sparks Film School Students selected for CIFFOW

Sparks Film School students have been selected for the Children's International Film Festival of Wales

We’re delighted to share that students from not one, not two, but three Sparks Film Schools have had their work selected for inclusion at the Children’s International Film Festival of Wales! Huge congratulations to all the filmmakers involved in the chosen productions. CIFFOW receives a great many submissions, from all over the UK and beyond, … Read more

Sparks Film of the Month: Discover the Winner, August 2023

Film of the Month | Sparks Film School

August 2023’s Film of the Month Award Every month, the Sparks Film School’s Film of the Month Award celebrates a film production from one of our talented, imaginative and dedicated film crews. The Film of the Month Award shines a celebratory spotlight on a student production, which has been made by Sparks Film School students. … Read more

Film Production Design:

What is Film Production Design? | two technical specialists craft prosthetics in a workshop

What is Film Production Design? Production design in filmmaking refers to the process of creating the overall visual and aesthetic look of a film. Film production design involves designing and coordinating various elements such as sets, costumes, props, and locations to establish the desired atmosphere, style, and tone of the movie. The production designer, often … Read more

How Do You Feel? Selected for Northampton Film Festival 2023

How Do You Feel? selected for Northampton Film Festival 2023

Congratulations to the Studio 5 filmmakers behind the film How Do You Feel?, the production has just been selected for screening as part of the Northampton Film Festival! How Do You Feel? is a surreal short film that explores different emotions and issues of mental health through captivating, visual sequences. The film was produced by … Read more

The Basics of Cinematography: 6 Cinematography Techniques to Master

A Camera Operator holds a camera on a shoulder mount filming outdoors. Cinematography Techniques | Cinematography Basics | Sparks Film School

Cinematography Basics – 6 Cinematography Techniques Cinematography is the art of capturing moving images on film or digital media. It is an essential element of filmmaking that can have a huge impact on the success of a film, cinematography techniques play a big part in establishing the overall look and feel of a film. The … Read more

The Heart of Harlesden: Making Documentaries with Young Filmmakers in Brent

The Heart of Harlesdon - Youth Filmmaking Project with YBF. A group of young filmmakers interview a subject for a documentary.

In what has been an incredible youth filmmaking project, Sparks Film School recently partnered with the Young Brent Foundation to make youth film productions as part of a local heritage project. Their Now You See Me project aims to champion and platform the voices of young people, a cause we feel passionate about and an … Read more

Meet Robin, Sparks Film School Alumnus and Young Film Critic

Robin Baxter, Sparks Film School Alumnus

We catch up with Robin Baxter, Sparks Film School alumnus, a Film Studies graduate, screenwriter and also a film critic with Whatculture.com. Robin first joined our filmmaking classes in 2012. As part of our initial ‘Startups’ crew, which later became known as Studio 5, our programme for filmmakers age 14-18. Robin also joined the Sparks … Read more

How to Apply to Film School: 6 Simple Tips for a Winning Film School Application

How to Apply to Film School | A professional video camera stands on a tripod at the back of an audience and a panel of people at a desk.

Film schools are highly competitive. When it comes to how to apply to film school, you need to write a winning application that can cut through the competition and showcase your potential. Writing a winning application for a prestigious film school degree programme can be challenging, but with proper preparation, effort and some know-how, you … Read more

6 Essential Techniques to Succeed with Documentary Filmmaking

Documentary Filmmaking Techniques Title | 6 Essential Techniques to Succeed with Documentary Filmmaking

What is documentary filmmaking? Documentary filmmaking is a style of non-fiction filmmaking that shows or explores real life events or factual stories taking place. Documentaries can take on different styles and use different techniques to achieve their purpose. For instance, some documentaries might seek to be entertaining, some informative, some educational and some persuasive. Some … Read more

Sparks Film of the Month: Discover the Winner, February 2023

Film of the Month | Sparks Film School

Announcing February 2023’s Film of the Month Award! The Sparks Film of the Month Award celebrates a film production from one of our talented, imaginative and dedicated film crews. The Film of the Month Award shines a spotlight on a student production made by Sparks Film School students and celebrates all its strengths. We look … Read more

Power Shots: 8 Tips for Powerful Cinematic Storytelling on Screen

Shoot Power Shots with Mise-en-Scene for Cinematic Storytelling

As filmmakers, we are always aiming to create impactful, powerful cinematic storytelling on screen. It’s at the very heart of every filmmaker’s ambition. Having strong mise-en-scène within a film is one of the most helpful tools available to strengthen on-screen storytelling and turn your shots into powerful storytelling moments. What is Mise-en-Scène? If you haven’t … Read more

Soft Skills Development: How Filmmaking Develops 6 Important Soft Skills at Sparks Film School

A group of young filmmakers gather around a DSLR camera on a tripod. One of them waves, they are are all smiling at the camera taking this photograph | Sparks Film School | Filmmaking Classes for Soft Skills Development

We know how important it is for children and young people to develop soft skills.  Soft skills development offers so much for the future, not just for children or teenagers, but for all of us at any stage of life. Wherever we are – whether we’re learning how to make new friends, thinking about our … Read more

How We Use Project Based Learning: 5 Ways We Empower, Inspire and Build Valuable Lifelong Skills

A notebook page reads Project Based Learning with a doodle of some cogs and a mortarboard hat. Some pens rest at the edges of the notebook | Sparks Film School | Project Based Learning

In all Sparks Film School programmes, Project Based Learning is one of the fundamental parts of our approach to inspire learning, empower young filmmakers and encourage valuable, lifelong skills.  We believe that everyone learns at their best when they are having fun, immersed, involved and able to take both ownership and responsibility. Project Based Learning … Read more

5 Top Animation Styles to Master

2D Drawn Animation - a hand holding a pencil can be seen drawing figures onto a white sheet of paper | Sparks Film School | Animation Classes | Animation Styles

As we introduce Animation Classes to the Sparks Film School offering, we’re starting with a look at the 5 main animation styles. In our animation classes we’re going to cover all five animation styles.  What is Animation? Animation is the process of “bringing to life” a sequence of still images by way of illusion. Subjects … Read more

Sparks Film of the Month: Discover the Winner for January 2023

Film of the Month | Sparks Film School

Welcome to our Film of the Month! Our Film of the Month Award celebrates a film production from our talented, imaginative and dedicated film students. It shines a spotlight on a student production made by Sparks Film School students and celebrates all its strengths. We look at its impact on screen and all its little … Read more

Sparks Film Crews in Highgate Win Into Film Award, November 2022

A small film crew stand around a camera, filming a shot. One is holding the camera on top of a tripod, one is holding sound equipment and wearing headphones whilst another looks on from behind the camera | Sparks Film School | Film Classes for Soft Skill Development | This image was taken during the making of How Do You Feel? winner of the Film of the Month Into Film Award, November 2022.

Young filmmakers from Sparks Film School in Highgate have won the prestigious Film of the Month Into Film Award! Congratulations to all the filmmakers involved in making How Do You Feel? which picked up the Into Film award earlier this month. How Do You Feel? is a short film production made by Studio 5 crews … Read more

Sparks Film School Hove Students Win at the Horsham Film Festival 2022

Sparks Film School Hove Win Best Film at CIFFOW

Young filmmakers from Sparks Film School Hove have yet another Best Film award to add to their trophy cabinets! The young filmmakers who produced A Spy Through Time earlier on this year were congratulated and awarded at the Horsham Film Festival, where they were were awarded ‘Best Film by Under 18s’. It’s their second Best … Read more

Meet Zak, 15: Sparks Film School Student and Aspiring Cinematographer

Meet Zak - Sparks Film School student and young cinematographer. Zak behind a DSLR camera, he is focusing the camera using the focus ring. The camera is on a tripod and there are other young filmmakers in the background.

Young filmmaker Zak (age 15) is a film school student at Sparks Film School in Highgate, where he is an integral part of the Studio 5 film crew. Recently, Zak was part of the film crew who made How Do You Feel?, a short film that has entered into several film festivals and has won … Read more

Meet Ruby Ballantyne, Sparks Film School Alumnus & Emerging D.o.P.

Ruby Ballantyne - Sparks Film School Alumnus - working on a recent film production.

This month, we caught up with Ruby Ballantyne, a Sparks Film School alumnus and a young filmmaker currently making waves in London’s film industry. Ruby (she/they) is now working a Cinematographer and Director of Photography working within the film industry and had lots of impressive advice to share with aspiring young filmmakers looking to develop … Read more

Meet Alfie, Emerging Young Filmmaker and Winner of Crew Member of the Year 2022

Meet Young Filmmaker Alfie, Sparks Film School Student

Young filmmaker Alfie (age 15) has attended Sparks Film School in Balham for the last 5 years. Alfie is a member of Studio 5, part of Sparks’ programme of filmmaking classes, and has also attended several filmmaking holiday courses. In September, Alfie won an award as Crew Member of the Year 2022, in recognition of … Read more

Sparks Film School Hove: Winners of Best Film, Children’s International Film Festival of Wales 2022

Congratulations to the young filmmakers from Studio 3 at Sparks Film School Hove on their epic film festival win! The makers of A Spy Through Time, a production make by young filmmakers at our Hove branch, have just been awarded the incredible title of Best Film at the Children’s International Film Festival of Wales. The … Read more

Screen Legends: 7 Legendary Filmmakers You Need to Know

Screen Legends: 7 Legendary Filmmakers We're Exploring in Sparks Film Classes

In this Autumn’s filmmaking classes, we’re exploring legendary filmmakers to seek out inspiration, techniques, influence and know-how for our student’s latest film productions. What makes a legendary filmmaker? We’ve put together a list of seven legendary filmmakers we think every young filmmaker should know. This isn’t another list of auteurs, though we’ve included one or … Read more

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 | Best Cameras for Beginners

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

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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

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Behind the Scenes: October Half Term in Balham

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Sparks Enfield & Sparks Walthamstow Launch Next Week

What's New? New Locations

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Welcome back to Classes :-)

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Saturday Shoots Confirmed

Filmmaking-Classes-for-Kids- Saturday Shoots Confirmed

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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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