Welcome to Sparks Film & Media Arts

Home of Filmmaking Classes for Ages 5-18

Latest Updates:

 We’re Reopening! Take a look at What’s On at your nearest Sparks Film School…

Filmmaking Classes:

Summer Term Starts 24 April

Take part in Sparks filmmaking classes.

Learn about every aspect of filmmaking.

Produce your own movie masterpiece, set for a red carpet premiere screening!

Click to book for a Free Trial Class or sign up now for the term

Book Now for Summer Shoots 2021

Movie Making Summer Camps for Ages 5-18

Take part over the summer holidays and make an epic movie production.

Incredible creative fun throughout the summer holidays.

Places fill up very quickly, so we recommend booking ASAP.

Welcome to Sparks…

At Sparks, we’re passionate about potential.

We inspire young movie makers. Our film schools offer engaging filmmaking classes, holiday camps and events for ages 5-18.

We support young filmmakers to develop their creative talents. We help grow their skills and help them to express their ideas. Along the way, we boost confidence, nurture creativity and build a wealth of valuable skills.

“The perfect place for any young person with the first spark of a love for film, a fully-fledged passion, or who just wants to express themselves creatively.

My son has relished every second he’s been going, and while it’s embarrassing to be jealous of your own child, on this occasion I have to admit that I am.”

Danny Leigh, parent and film critic 

Sparks | Film Classes for Teenagers

Latest News…

That’s a Wrap! Easter Camps 2021

Congratulations to all the Easter Camp Crews - That's a Wrap! After five days of movie making fun, the Easter camps have come to a close. Congratulations to all the young movie makers, it's been such a fun week of creativity and making things happen!  For their last...

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...

Register Now for the Summer Term

Summer Term Filmmaking Classes Start 24 April - Register Now to Join Sparks weekly film classes are about to reopen! We are so very excited to welcome all the wonderful and talented Sparks filmmakers back to classes. There are spaces for new joiners. We would love to...

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...

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...

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...

Countdown to Easter Camps

Easter Movie Making Camps Start on Monday...   We are so so so excited to welcome movie makers back to Sparks from next Monday. We'll be helping young movie makers to produce some incredible productions, all themed around tall tales and hidden identities.  ...

Introducing: It’s All About the Atmosphere

Discover the Brand New Theme for This Term's Filmmaking Classes   In this terms filmmaking classes, Sparks movie makers are set to explore the theme 'It's All About the Atmosphere'. In fun film classes, the crew members will learn how to create 'mood', 'look and...

An actor’s life for me? 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 programmes and theatre productions around the world. However, for every successful school-aged star that have made it big,...

Help your child embrace their creative side

We all have a creative side. Whether we love making models, performing plays, dancing to music, whipping up a culinary storm in the kitchen or designing the garden of our dreams, there is much satisfaction to be gained from discovering a creative outlet that we can...

Sound Design Q & A with Dan K

Interested in sound for film?   In this Q&A video, Sparks Instructor Dan K is answering Sparks movie makers' questions all about sound design. Dan is a professional sound designer for film and TV. As an instructor for Sparks, he's always encouraging...

Easter Camps: Registration is Open

Easter Camps - Registration is Open   This Easter holiday, we're excited to welcome movie makers to a brand new series of movie making adventures! We have three brand new creative Easter camps to get involved with. There are movie making camps for ages 5-7, 7-11...

Movie Making Projects:

Looking for some filmmaking inspiration? Take a look at these projects and resources for young filmmakers…

Sound Design Q & A with Dan K

Interested in sound for film?   In this Q&A video, Sparks Instructor Dan K is answering Sparks movie makers' questions all about sound design. Dan is a professional sound designer for film and TV. As an instructor for Sparks, he's always encouraging...

Movie Making Projects: Graphic Match Cuts

This movie making challenge is all about using graphic match cuts.   Graphic Match Cuts place two shots with visual similarities next to each other. This is a great technique to use creatively to highlight themes or to establish connections between characters,...

Movie Making Projects: Little People, Big World Animations

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... Can you create any of your own scenes? For more...

Enter the BFI’s See Yourself on Screen Competition

See Yourself on Screen Competition:   Our friends at the BFI are inviting children and young people (ages 4-18) to pitch their own TV show. Entries will be considered for a chance to win a unique broadcast slot on national TV...   "Once-in-a-lifetime...

Online Screenwriting Workshop

Thanks for joining us for this online screenwriting workshop...   This workshop is designed for young filmmakers to practise screenwriting techniques using the 'three act' story structure. It's been written with ages 7-14 in mind, but anyone interested in...

Movie Making Projects: Nature in Your Neighbourhood

Make a Competition Film Inspired by Your Local Neighbourhood   Our friends at Into Film are inviting young movie makers to submit entries to their 'Nature in the Neighbourhood' competition.  "We want children and young people to create a short film and use nature...

Happy World Book Day

Happy World Book Day! Here at Sparks, we’re big believers in the value of storytelling. We love World Book Day.  One of the things we love most is the opportunity for children to immerse themselves in their favourite stories. It helps to feel close to favourite...

Movie Making Projects: Jump Scares

Create a Jump ScareIf you're looking for fun half term or Halloween activities, we have a great new filmmaking project to try out. Below, we're exploring a favourite workshop technique... jump scares! Ideal for horror movie making, or just for fun, jump scares are a...

Movie Making Projects: Make a Father’s Day Movie

Make a Father's Day Video   For Father's Day, we've put together a fun filmmaking guide for kids to help them produce a special, personalised video greeting.   Just follow our easy project guide and produce a unique father's day gift in under an hour. All...

Movie Making Projects: Make a Movie with an Inanimate Character

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 there are lots of possibilities to create 'other worldly' and sometimes terrifying...