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Welcome to Sparks: Film Making Classes for Kids

At Sparks, we’re passionate about potential.

We inspire young movie makers. Our film schools for kids offer engaging film making classes, fun school holiday camps and inspiring events for ages 5-18.

Through our film making activities for kids, young film makers develop their creative talents and skills – on and off camera.

Our unique, practical programmes support children and teenagers to develop a wealth of new skills and gain confidence.

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.

Sparks Film Making Classes for Kids:

Film Classes are Open!

Learn about every aspect of film making in Sparks film making classes for kids. Produce your own movie masterpiece, set for a red carpet premiere screening!

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“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 

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Join the 100s of Sparks Alumni in Our New Network

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Easter 2021: Behind the Scenes at the Easter Movie Making Camps

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Introducing… The Summer Shoots 2021

Introducing the Summer Shoots: Movie Making Summer Camps for 2021 Get ready for the Summer Shoots - action-packed movie making camps for ages 5-18 throughout the summer holidays.  We're so excited to be back in action and welcome young movie makers to the Sparks set...

Movie Making Projects:

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

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...

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,...

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

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Movie Making Project: Friends from the Future

Make a Solo Movie using Shot-Reverse-Shot   Take a look at our free project guide for young movie makers. This project is ideal for making movies at home, without a big cast, or the need for a crew. It explores a technique called 'shot-reverse-shot' to build a...

Sound Design Q & A with Dan K

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