Welcome to Sparks Film & Media Arts

Home of Filmmaking Classes for Ages 5-18

Latest Updates:

 We are excited to fully reopen for face-to-face classes under Step 2 (from 12 April).

Easter Holiday Camps will go ahead face-to-face.

Dates for the Spring Term will also be rescheduled to start from 24 April. 

We look forward to welcoming filmmakers back to Sparks soon!  

Welcome to Sparks…

Our film schools for children and young people offer inspiring programmes of filmmaking classes, holiday camps and workshops for ages 5-18.

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

“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 

Book Now for Easter Holiday Camps

Easter Camps are Open for Registration

Over the Easter holidays, movie makers are off on tall-tale adventures. Find out all about the creative themes and save your space…

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Weekly Filmmaking Classes

Take part in weekly filmmaking classes. Develop imagination, creativity and skills.

Learn lots of filmmaking techniques, work on your own film projects and productions. Develop skills as directors, camera crew, production crew, actors, editors and more.

Film classes start back from 24 April. We look forward to welcoming filmmakers back to Sparks. 

Latest News…

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...

Latest Updates: Plans to Reopen Face-to-Face

Face-to-Face Filmmaking Classes – Reopen in Step 2 We’re so pleased to share that we’ll soon be able to reopen face-to-face filmmaking classes and camps. Under the latest announcements, and with everything crossed, we should be able to fully reopen from 12 April....

Book Now for February Half Term

Coming up this Half Term: Beyond Tomorrow This half term, young movie makers at Sparks are off on a filmmaking adventure to the future. In a fun-filled half term camp, the young crews will make their own futuristic adventure productions. In addition to exploring a...

Take Part in the Online Filmmaking Clubs

Online Filmmaking Clubs for Ages 7-18  We're introducing some brand new online filmmaking clubs to take part in.  There are sessions for ages 7-18. Dates:  Saturday 16 Janaury - Saturday 13 February 2021 Times: 11am - 1pm  Each online filmmaking club is full of...

More Updates (Again)

We write with further updates. Due to the latest National Lockdown, we are unable to deliver any classes face-to-face until the restrictions lift.  Please know that this brings us great sadness. We understand the part we (and all others) need to play in helping to...

Happy New Year / Latest Updates

Happy New Year!  From all of us here, we hope you had a lovely Christmas and a happy (or at least a somewhat OK) start to 2021. We know the year hasn't opened with the best of news. We're hoping to soon be out of the woods and moving onto brighter horizons. We have...

Happy Holidays

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas... We want to wish you all a very special end to the year and a lovely time over the holidays. We know this year has brought along more than its share of challenges - for us too - and we're incredibly thankful for the support and...

Latest Updates: New Restrictions and Filmmaking Classes 2021

We have some new updates in response to the latest government announcements. (We hope that we are nearing the end of needing these updates!)  We are aiming to run the spring term of filmmaking classes as planned, so long as we are regionally permitted to do so. We're...

Get ready for… Beyond Tomorrow

Introducing... Beyond Tomorrow: February Half Term   Over February half term, we're off on fantastical, futuristic movie making adventures! In the Beyond Tomorrow half term camps, movie makers will produce exciting and imaginative movie productions, all set light...

Spring Term: Open for Registration

Filmmaking Classes Starting in January   Registration is open for next term's filmmaking classes. Classes are opening up from January through to March, with opportunities for new joiners to start.    New Locations In addition to a brand new creative theme,...

Launching in Wimbledon: Sparks Film Classes for Kids

Sparks Filmmaking Classes are Launching in Wimbledon... Young filmmakers can join in with Sparks film classes in Wimbledon.  Filmmaking classes for kids will start up from 16 Janaury, taking place at Dundonald Primary School in Wimbledon. Classes will take place every...

Film Classes for Kids – Launching in Chiswick

Sparks Filmmaking Classes are Launching in Chiswick... From January, young filmmakers in West London can take part in fun and inspiring film classes based in Chiswick.  Sparks filmmaking classes will start up from 16 Janaury, based at William Hogarth Primary School....

Movie Making Projects:

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

Movie Making Projects: POV Videos

POV Video Project    You’ll need:  A video camera (this can be a phone/tablet camera, or a camcorder, etc) Editing software or an editing app (see the Technical Guide)   This video challenge is perfect for movie makers who love to roam free with their cameras!...

Movie Making Projects: Shots in Motion

Practise your camera skills!   Take a look at our free project guide for young movie makers. You'll discover the different types of moving shots you can use for storytelling. Perfect your panning shots to show off your scenery. Try out tracking shots for dramatic...

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...

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...

Movie Making Projects: We Are the World

Make a Tutorial Video about the Environment This movie making project is inspired by some of the work we're doing this term in our weekly filmmaking classes.   We're exploring environment impact as a creative inspiration. Here, we're asking young filmmakers to...

Movie Making Project: Silhouette Shots

Make a Movie with Stunning Silhouettes  This project is a great, creative look at how you can use lighting in your film projects to create mood, atmosphere and impressive visual storytelling. Dramatic lighting can really help to grab attention and create strong...

Editing Q&A: Find Out Answers to Your Video Editing Questions

Video Editing Q&A:    We asked Sparks movie makers their questions about video editing. We answered them in a Q&A session with Dan (one of the founders and directors at Sparks). Take a look at the video below for info on how to create some special...

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: One-Take Scary Movies

We've got a brand new movie making project to try out! This half term, we'd love to see you make some single take wonders! This challenge is all about producing a great video in just one long take - no cutting and no fixes in post-production.  Take a look below for...