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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

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

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