Careers in Film

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

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

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

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