Summer Shoots: The Stuff of Dreams and Nightmares!

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Summer is Coming… 

(Hooray!)

 

Summer Shoots – Sparks summer filmmaking camps – are on the way! The action-packed summer camps will start from early July and run through to the end of August across each of the different Sparks workshop centres.

 

With planning underway, we are so excited to share the details of this year’s theme!

 

The Stuff of Dreams and Nightmares

 

This year’s theme is “The Stuff of Dreams and Nightmares”. It’ll represent a fun and creative look into fantastical and subconscious adventures, from our visions of paradise to our deepest fears.

 

Every year, we set a new challenge for young filmmakers. There is a new collection of creative inspirations, which open up potential to explore new filmmaking techniques, try out new ideas and expand imaginations.

 

Within the theme, the young filmmakers taking part will explore:

 

  • techniques for conveying dream sequences
  • fantasy lands, utopias and dystopias
  • colour-work and scene setting
  • surrealism and dream-like transitions
  • prophecies and supernatural visions
  • point-of-view/first person cinematography
  • selective storytelling for building tension, suspense and horror

 

Each Studio group (age tiers) will work on a series of different workshop techniques.

 

The young filmmakers will produce their own film, which is based on their own ideas and imaginations. They will devise a story, before casting, writing and designing their production. They will also shoot and edit their work, ready to share with family at the end of the workshop. 

 

Behind the scenes, our team will begin researching fun and creative approaches into the theme. They will start to put together a series of unique activities, ready for the workshops. 

 

It’ll be a summer of bringing dreams and nightmares to life.

 

We can’t wait to get started!

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Summer Shoots are action-packed summer holiday camps for children and teenagers (ages 4-18).

Over the course of five fun workshop days, they develop lots of new creative skills in filmmaking and produce their own film production, which we share at the end of the week and in an exciting red carpet premiere screening.

To find out more, or to register to take part, take a look here >>>

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Student testimonials

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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