Welcome to Sparks Film & Media Arts

Film School for Kids & Teenagers

Film & Media Classes for Young Filmmakers

Igniting Ideas and Inspiring Imaginations

Boosting Confidence & Skills

Training the Creators of Tomorrow

Welcome to Sparks

Film Schools for Kids & Teenagers

We’re passionate about potential.

Our film school for kids and teenagers offer engaging filmmaking and media classes for filmmakers age 5-18.

Our filmmaking and media activities help to develop creative talents and skills, both on and off camera.

We’re proud to support young filmmakers to gain confidence, skills and creativity.

Inspiring Young Filmmakers Since 2010 

With over 10 years experience and over 20 film schools around the UK, Sparks is the UK’s leading provider of filmmaking and media training for children and young people. 

We strive to unlock creative talent and to build confidence in young filmmakers. 

Through filmmaking and media, we inspire and empower the creators of tomorrow to take bold steps towards their futures.

We pride ourselves on our unique, engaging approach that prioritises building valuable, real-life skills and celebrates individuality.

Our students have gone on to win film festivals and screen their work around the world. Some have gone on to professional acting work for film, TV and stage, as well as entry to top universities and film schools to further their filmmaking training. 

“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 & Film Critic

Sparks Filmmaking Classes for Kids

In Sparks filmmaking classes, young filmmakers learn about every aspect of making a film.  

Sparks crew members develop skills as directors, cinematographers, actors, production crew, editors and even more. 

Each term, they work on their own productions, growing in confidence and creativity. 

Sparks Film Schools for Teenagers

Half Term Clubs & Holiday Courses

Discover Sparks filmmaking half term courses and summer camps for young filmmakers.

Take part in inspirational and creative film workshops to experience the joy of filmmaking.

Learn new skills, meet new friends and fill your portfolio with movies to be proud of.

Filmmaking courses and camps during half terms and summer holidays…

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...

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...

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: 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...

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 – 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...

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...

Complete the Lockdown Photo Challenge

Phew - Lockdown 2 is Over! If you've been following our social media posts, then you'll know we've been running a creative Photo Challenge for the last four weeks. Each day we've posted a quick photo brief. Each one offers some inspiration for taking photos and...

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...

Laughter is The Best Medicine: Writing Comedy Scripts For Films

Have you ever wanted to write a side-splittingly funny comedy screenplay? Producing a genuinely funny film script is not as easy as it might first appear. You might be able to get plenty of belly laughs when telling jokes out loud, but knowing and writing comedy...