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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.

Sparks Film Making Classes for Kids

Learn about every aspect of film making in Sparks weekly film making classes for kids.

Boost creativity, skills and confidence.

Produce movie masterpieces as part of your own film crew.

October Half Term Camps

Make a movie this October Half Term!

Join the Sparks crews for some epic movie making fun as we embark on action-packed sci-fi adventures.

Half term camps for Movie Makers aged 5-14…

Film Classes for Kids | Sparks Film and Media Arts | Filmmaking Classes and Holiday Camps

“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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Latest News…

Top Tips For Trying Out For The School Play

Now that schools are back and pandemic restrictions are easing, many students are seeing the welcome return of the school play. Whether a pantomime is being planned, or a musical being made, it’s time to tread the boards at school once more. After such a long time...

Camera In Your Pocket? How To Make Films On a Phone?

Move over, Spielberg, there’s a raft of new movie makers in town. Thanks to smart technology, we all have the means to make films on a phone or tablet. That includes filming, editing, sharing results and even ordering pizzas for the wrap party afterwards. Today,...

Film Making Classes Are Back

Sparks Film Making Classes are Back! Hooray! From September, Sparks film making classes will reopen to young movie makers. We can’t wait to welcome both familiar faces and newcomers to the Autumn term of film making classes at Sparks! This term, young film makers are...

New Film Schools: Introducing Sparks Tunbridge Wells and Sparks Uxbridge

Introducing two new Sparks film schools! There are two new Sparks film schools opening up this autumn! We’re delighted to introduce the two newest Sparks film schools - Sparks Tunbridge Wells and Sparks Uxbridge! The two newest Sparks film schools for children and...

That’s a Wrap: Summer Camps 2021

That’s a Wrap - 2021's Summer Camps Come to an End Thank you so much to everyone who has taken part in 2021’s Summer Shoots camps! It's been a summer of so much creativity, fun and fantastic filmmaking. We have loved every second, we hope you have too!This year's...

Ideas On How To Bring a Movie Character To Life

Making a movie requires several different ingredients. You need an exciting or engaging plot and suitably inspiring locations to set the story in. You need talented cast and crew, gorgeous costumes and expert direction. Above all, however, you need believable,...

Master Storyboarding

Why Storyboard? Your storyboard is a crucial resource to help plan for success when working on a movie. A well thought-out storyboard doesn't just help you to keep production on track and on style, it helps you to develop creatively too. There are different...

Can You Write The Perfect Film Review?

The answer to the question, ‘can you write a perfect film review?’ is almost certainly no – nobody’s perfect, after all! However, with a few simple tips, you can get pretty close. One purpose of a film review is to give an informed opinion on a film or movie to let...

Working with Quick Cut Camera Angles

In lots of ways, making videos is easy. You just take a camera and shoot, right? This is true, but making videos and working with camera angles well is an art . One of the things we tend to see from beginner filmmakers are types of camera shot which are unwieldy long...

Why should you choose media studies and study film at school?

The modern world is geared more and more towards screens and visual media. We get much of our news, entertainment, social contact and advertising via moving images on screens. why take media studies is an important question to the ones who are interested in media and...

Creative Summer Camps For Kids: 7 Super Activities To Boost Creativity

The long summer holidays are upon us, with several weeks of freedom from school and loads of time to fill doing fun and creative things. After more than a year of COVID-19 restrictions, we are all more than ready to get out there and start making summer memories....

Movie Making – Our A to Z of Must-Know Movie Making Terms

Interested in movie making? Here, we take you through our A-Z of must-know movie making terms in a movie making crash course.  How many do you know? Where are you expert level and where can you boost your knowledge?  A is for Acting Acting performances are vital to a...

Movie Making Projects:

Looking for some film making inspiration? Take a look at these projects and resources for young film makers…

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...

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...

Life behind the lens part two: five more key non-acting roles in film

In the second of our series of blogs about film roles that operate ’behind the scenes’, we look at five more jobs that allow regular access to film sets and movie projects and offer exciting opportunities to get your hands dirty making a real movie. We have already...

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...

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...

Movie Making Projects: Practise Your Photography Skills

Practise Your Photography Skills Here, we're sharing some activities designed to boost photography skills. These tips and exercises will help young movie makers (or young photographers) to capture images with great visual style.  These activities are quick and easy to...

Working with Quick Cut Camera Angles

In lots of ways, making videos is easy. You just take a camera and shoot, right? This is true, but making videos and working with camera angles well is an art . One of the things we tend to see from beginner filmmakers are types of camera shot which are unwieldy long...

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...

Life behind the lens part one: five key non-acting roles in film

Becoming a film star is often high up on young people’s lists of dream jobs they would love to do when they grow up. However, acting is just one aspect of making a movie. There is a whole army of talented professionals behind the cameras, working together to bring the...

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...