Sparks Film of the Month: April 2024 Well done Sparks Film School Glasgow South

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 their ideas and creativity, whilst also showcasing their technical abilities and skills. We love to shine a celebratory spotlight on their achievements.

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 impact on screen and explore all its little details to uncover all the things we love about each film chosen.

To be selected as Sparks Film of the Month, a film production needs to be…

Original: 
We look for originality and imagination above all else when choosing the winner of Film of the Month. We looks for films that surprise us, offer some inventiveness and challenge convention.

Interesting: 
To be chosen as Film of the Month, a production needs to be interesting. We want to see what happens next; we want to learn more about the characters. We should be invested in watching until the very end.

Well Made: 
We need to be appreciate the technicality in how a film has been made for it to be awarded Film of the Month. It should feature a clear storyline, be well shot, well acted, well edited and put together.

Made by Students of Sparks Film School: 
Film of the Month can be awarded to any film production made by students at any Sparks Film School across the UK. It can be made independently or during film school sessions.

The crew of Human Nature, a film made by Sparks Film School Glasgow South

For April’s Film of The Month we are turning our gaze to Sparks Film School Glasgow South! This month’s winner is the thrilling and exciting film ‘Human Nature’! The film was created by Sparks Studio 4 (ages 11-14) members in Sparks Film School Glasgow South as part of their weekly filmmaking workshops during the Autumn term.

The film revolves around two friends and business partners who are at odds: one needs to leave the business due to poor health and the other can’t quite accept it. The panel were impressed with the questions of morality and themes of what is right and wrong in this film. The crew have tackled some big ideas and a sensitive storyline within a short film, and it has a great effect with a clear message.

We spoke to Audra, Sparks Glasgow South Director about the film:

‘’Human Nature is the first term-time project from studio 4 at the Glasgow South location! The film opens with the two colleagues hanging out and watching a trailer for a fantasy movie set in an authoritarian world about good and evil colliding. The rest of the story in the “real world” examines how seemingly latent evil that can exist in everyday people. The idea for a “film within a film” came up during the pitching process and allowed the crew to creatively weave the two story ideas together.’’

Audra Merrick, Sparks Film School Glasgow South

The film opens with an intriguing introduction. A film trailer within a film! Our panel really loved this idea of hinting at themes woven throughout the story, hinted at in the beginning using this technique. The two main characters sit and watch the trailer, and it makes for an effective and memorable opening. We are then straight into the drama and main plot.

The young filmmakers at Sparks Film School Glasgow South have clearly been inspired by the terms theme in which masterclasses explored interesting framing and camera techniques. The group have also explored the idea of ‘Dual Narratives’, in which we see multiple stories at once, such as when one of our main characters is panicking looking for their medication whilst the other decides if she should reveal she has the medication or not. The film makes great use of camera work during this sequence, with the handheld and close up shots whilst searching for the pills being a great highlight, really allowing the audience to feel that panic of looking for something important that is lost!

Sparks FIlm School Glasgow South hard at work on  the set. of Human Nature

Our panel would also like to commend the acting performances in ‘Human Nature’! The cast have done a great job here, all characters are given good energy and the more sincere and dramatic moments were well played. Well done!

Congratulations to Sparks Film School Glasgow South for winning the Film of The Month for April 2024! We can’t wait to see what else the young filmmakers create!

This film was made by young crew members taking part in the Sparks Film School weekly classes. Sparks Film School offers filmmaking, animation and photography workshops for ages 5-18, including term time classes and holiday camps.

We offer free taster classes and there are lots of opportunities to get involved. You can find out more about our filmmaking courses here >>>

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