Movie Making Projects: One-Take Scary Movies

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...
Sparks Enfield & Sparks Walthamstow Launch Next Week

Sparks Enfield & Sparks Walthamstow Launch Next Week

Our newest film schools – Sparks in Enfield and Sparks in Walthamstow – are set to launch with their first workshops on Monday! For October Half Term, the two new schools will be taking crew members off on scary movie adventures! The newest crew members to...
A Dive into London’s Black History

A Dive into London’s Black History

This week we share with you two different events that explore the culture and the heritage of African and Caribbean communities in London. We feel it is important to highlight the historical past of Black communities in London, and in Britain, as they have made major...
‘Black Art Matters’ at the Sophie Tea Gallery

‘Black Art Matters’ at the Sophie Tea Gallery

This October, as we celebrate Black History Month, we’ll share details of some events happening around London to take part in.  We’re starting off with ‘Black Art Matters’, an event organised by Black Minds Matter x Sophie Tea Gallery.  Black Minds...
Don’t Miss October Half Term

Don’t Miss October Half Term

October Half Term Movie Making Camps: Ages 7-11 & 11-14   It’s less than two weeks until October half term. We can’t wait to get started with some incredible movie making projects! This half term, we have two new movie making camps to take part...
Congratulations to All the Summer Shoots Award Winners

Congratulations to All the Summer Shoots Award Winners

Well done to all the Summer Shoots filmmakers once again, for all their amazing hard work and creativity in producing lots of fun ‘Transformation’ themed movie productions. We were delighted to celebrate with you and announce the award winners with you...
Latest Updates: Covid-19

Latest Updates: Covid-19

Following on from the latest announcements, we’re pleased to confirm that we are safe to operate in all three of the government’s new tiers. We know how tough this year has been for everyone, especially for children and young people. We’re committed...
Introducing: Sparks Walthamstow

Introducing: Sparks Walthamstow

Welcome to Sparks Walthamstow! We want to tell you all about our new film school… A new Sparks film school is launching in Walthamstow.  Sparks Walthamstow will be based at Walthamstow School for Girls.  October half term will see the launch of two filmmaking...
Design Preparation for October Half Term

Design Preparation for October Half Term

It’s been a fun few days planning out all the details of our our upcoming October half term camps. We’re definitely fans of a fun theme and October always lets us go a bit crazy with all the fun things we love about scary movies.  Both filmmaking camps are...
Welcome back to Classes :-)

Welcome back to Classes :-)

Welcome back to all our young filmmakers!    This weekend marked the start of a brand new autumn term. It was so good to be able to welcome lots of students back to weekly filmmaking classes. It’s been since mid-March, when we were last able to work with all our...
Film Classes Start from Tomorrow

Film Classes Start from Tomorrow

Filmmaking Classes – Autumn Term Starts 26 September 2020   We are so (soooo) excited to be starting back for a brand new term of filmmaking classes! Our weekly classes for young filmmakers help to inspire imaginations, build creativity and develop new...
Vote for the Members’ Choice Award

Vote for the Members’ Choice Award

Members’ Choice Award   On Saturday, we’ll be drawing our online film festival to a close with an online awards ceremony.  We’ve been celebrating all the incredible film productions made by young filmmakers at the Summer Shoots. The films are...
Latest Updates: Covid-19

Latest Updates: Classes & Safety Measures

Following the latest announcements from the government, we’re updating some of our Covid-19 safety measures.  Classes are scheduled to reopen from 26th September. We’re excited to welcome filmmakers back to Sparks.    We are exempt under the latest...
Online Film Festival: The Secret Treehouse

Online Film Festival: The Secret Treehouse

Online Film Festival – Day 9   We’re almost at the end of our online film festival!  We’re celebrating all the work made by young filmmakers taking part in the Summer Shoots. This is our last film presentation made by young filmmakers, but we still have a...
Online Film Festival: Who Dun It?

Online Film Festival: Who Dun It?

Online Film Festival – Day 8 We’re celebrating all the work made by young filmmakers taking part in the Summer Shoots. Every day we’re sharing and celebrating a new production made this summer.    Presenting… Who Dun It?  Made by: Studio 4, Dulwich   A...
Online Film Festival: The Princess & The Potion

Online Film Festival: The Princess & The Potion

Online Film Festival – Day 7 We’re up to our seventh instalment in our online film festival! We’re celebrating all the work made by young filmmakers taking part in the Summer Shoots. Every day we’re sharing and celebrating a new production made this summer. ...
Online Film Festival: Switched

Online Film Festival: Switched

Online Film Festival – Day 6 It’s Day 6 of our online film festival and a new film presentation! We’re celebrating all the work made by young filmmakers taking part in the Summer Shoots.    Presenting… Switched  Made by: Studio 3, Dulwich A body swapping school...
Online Film Festival: In My Shoes

Online Film Festival: In My Shoes

Online Film Festival – Day 5   We’re sharing the fifth presentation in our online film festival.  We’re celebrating all the work made by young filmmakers taking part in the Summer Shoots. Every day we’re sharing a new production.     Presenting… In My...
Online Film Festival: The Lunar Mystery

Online Film Festival: The Lunar Mystery

Online Film Festival – Day 4 It’s Day 4 of our online film festival! We’re celebrating all the work made by young filmmakers taking part in the Summer Shoots. Every day we’re sharing and celebrating a new production made this summer.     ...
Online Film Festival: The Rose Ring

Online Film Festival: The Rose Ring

Online Film Festival – Day 3 It’s Day 3 of our online film festival. We’re celebrating all the work made by young filmmakers taking part in the Summer Shoots.  Presenting: The Rose Ring Made by: Studio 2, Dulwich   A fun fantasy adventure film...
Online Film Festival: Turned

Online Film Festival: Turned

Online Film Festival – Day 2 It’s Day 2 of our online film festival! We’re celebrating all the work of young filmmakers this summer. Each day we’ll present a new feature to watch and enjoy… Presenting: Turned   Made by: Studio 4,...
Online Film Festival: Merge

Online Film Festival: Merge

Online Film Festival We’re celebrating all the productions made this summer in our online film festival! Thanks for joining us for our first presentation.  Each day we’ll share a new production, and ask you to vote for your favourites. Today, we’re...
Online Film Festival

Online Film Festival

Take part in our online film festival. We’re celebrating all the incredible work of young filmmakers from this summer.  Normally, we’d be preparing for the annual red carpet cinema premiere, but 2020 had some other ideas in store. Instead, we’re...
Goodbye, Summer 2020

Goodbye, Summer 2020

That’s a wrap! This week, we finished our last summer camp of 2020.  It’s been a summer like no other we’ve seen, but we’re proud to be arriving at September having helped 145 young filmmakers to have produced some fantastic creative work over...
October Half Term Camps

October Half Term Camps

October Half Term Camps  We’re busy getting ready for the upcoming October half term camps. We’ve got two new fun filmmaking camps, as well as two new locations to get involved with!  October Half Term is always a really fun time, when we try and get stuck...
Film Classes Start from Tomorrow

Saturday Shoots Confirmed

Saturday Shoots – Confirmed for September   We’re so happy to let you know that our weekly filmmaking classes are confirmed to go ahead from September!  We have missed seeing you all so much. To say we’re excited to see you again is a massive...
Introducing Sparks Enfield!

Introducing Sparks Enfield!

Sparks Enfield – Launching October 2020   We’re delighted to share with you that a new branch of Sparks will be opening up in Enfield for October Half Term!  The newest branch of Sparks is set to open for the half term break. There will be lots of...
Thank You

Thank You

Thank you so much to everyone who has taken part this summer. This will be one we’ll always remember – for lots of positive reasons…    We Made Movies All Over the World This summer, we delivered our first ever online camps and got to work with...
Movie Making Projects: POV Videos

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: Little People, Big World Animations

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...
Movie Making Projects: Graphic Match Cuts

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,...
Introducing Online Summer Camps

Introducing Online Summer Camps

We’re Launching Online Summer Camps We’re delighted to introduce some online summer moving making camps for 2020. In our online camps, movie makers will explore different filmmaking techniques. They’ll build up their skills and work collaboratively...
Movie Making Projects: Make a Movie with an Inanimate Character

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...
Latest Updates: Covid-19

Latest Updates: Covid-19

We Are Reopening! We plan to reopen in time for the summer holidays. We know that safety is still paramount. We’ll be introducing lots of new safety measures for face-to-face sessions and operating strict maximum class sizes.  In the first instance, we’ll...
Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter

Like many others, we were horrified by the recent murder of George Floyd in Minnesota; the murder of Armaud Arbery in Georgia; the murder of Breonna Taylor in Kentucky; the countless murders, suffering and premature deaths of many other Black people and people of...
Mental Health Survey

Mental Health Survey

We’re currently developing a project for young people that explores issues around mental health.   The project is currently in the consultation stage. We’re looking to find out what are the most pressing issues and what we can do to help. The project...
Online Screenwriting Workshop

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...
Movie Making Project: Make Some Noise

Movie Making Project: Make Some Noise

Explore How to Use Sound Creatively in Your Filmmaking   This filmmaking project is all about using sound creatively. It’s for young movie makers who want to explore using different sound techniques in their work. You’ll discover the different types...
Movie Making Projects: Nature in Your Neighbourhood

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...
Movie Making Project: Friends from the Future

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’...
Movie Making Projects: Shots in Motion

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

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...
Enter the BFI’s See Yourself on Screen Competition

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…  ...

Latest Updates on Covid-19

We remain ready and eager to get back to movie making fun as soon as we’re able to. We miss working with all our young filmmakers and we’re thinking of you and your families. We will be so thankful to see you all again very soon.   For the meantime, the Sparks...

See You on the Other Side

Closed until Further Notice    It’s with heartbreak and regret that we write to let you know that all of our upcoming classes and activities have been postponed. This is owing to the impact of the Covid-19 outbreak.    The office will be closed from...
Watch the Survival Instincts Movies

Watch the Survival Instincts Movies

Watch the February Half Term “Survival Instincts” Movies   In February half term, young movie makers set about producing their own action-adventure movie productions in the ‘Survival Instincts’ camp.    Over three days, the movie...
Vote for Us

Vote for Us

We’ve Been Shortlisted for the Hoop Awards!   We’re delighted to have been nominated and shortlisted for the Hoop Awards 2020.   Our Weybridge centre is shortlisted for the ‘Best for Learning’ Category in Surrey. We’d love your...

Woooohooooo!!! We’re Finalists :-)

We just want to say a huge thank you to the judges at the ClubHub UK Awards, who’ve voted for us to become finalists in the Leader of the Year category 2020.    The awards are judged by a panel of industry experts from the children’s activity sector,...

Behind the Scenes: Survival Instincts in Hampstead

Congratulations to the Survival Instincts Crews in Hampstead!    Over February Half Term, young movie makers were busy producing their own action-adventure productions in Hampstead.    The young crews explored inspirations from Indiana Jones, Jumanji and...

Behind the Scenes: Survival Instincts Weybridge

Congratuations to All the Crews in Weybridge!    Last week, young movie makers at Sparks in Weybridge were busy making epic action-adventure movies as part of the ‘Survival Instincts’ February Half Term workshop.    Over three action-packed days,...
Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Here’s to 2020…    Happy New Year! We hope you’ve had a lovely Christmas and we’re excited for what the new year holds.    It’s Our Birthday! 2020 marks our 10th anniversary. We’re looking forward to marking a decade of...
Sparks at #TeenFest, Prague

Sparks at #TeenFest, Prague

Our Visit to the TeenFest – the International Children and Youth Film Festival in Prague, Czech Republic   This past weekemd, Sparks were thrilled to attend the #TeenFest debut film festival in the Czech Republic. We were proud to share a film made by...
Congratulations to the Crew Behind ‘Soap’

Congratulations to the Crew Behind ‘Soap’

‘Soap’ Selected for the Prague International Children & Youth Film Festival   We’re delighted to share news that filmmakers from Studio have had their work selected for screening at #TeenFest, the Prague International Children & Youth...

Watch all the October Half Term Movies

Watch the October Half Term Movies Watch Now We’re delighted to share all the fantastic movie productions from October half term!    At the end of October, during half term, young movie crews worked on their own supernatural scary/spooky/slightly strange...
Movie Making Projects: We Are the World

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...

Our Next Adventure… Sparks Franchises

Sparks was founded in 2010 by our current directors, Dan and Donna, who set out to create exceptional learning experiences to empower young filmmakers.  We’ve been running filmmaking classes and camps for children and teenagers for almost 10 years.   We started...

Watch the Summer Shoots Movies!

Watch All the Movies from the Summer Shoots 2019!   Young movie makers taking part in the Summer Shoots have produced some incredible, epic movie masterpieces!    All the movies produced during the movie making summer camps are now ready to watch and enjoy...

Watch all the Saturday Shoot Movies

Watch All the Movies from the Saturday Shoots Production Term   After their impressive Red Carpet Premiere debut, we’re excited to share all the productions made by young filmmakers at the Saturday Shoots.    In the Summer Term (April – July...

The Red Carpet Premiere 2019

Congratulations to All the Young Filmmakers   Last weekend, we hosted the annual Red Carpet Premiere at the ICA Cinema in London.   It was a such an incredible occasion and so lovely to see so many young filmmakers take their moment on the red carpet. ...

That’s a Wrap on the Summer Shoots

That’s a Wrap on the Summer Shoots   Congratulations to all the crew members who took part in 2019’s Summer Shoots!    The last of the Summer Shoots – our movie making summer camps for ages 5-18 – wrapped last week and we...

Behind the Scenes at Sparks Weybridge

This week, young movie makers taking part in the Summer Shoots in Weybridge are making their own unique movie productions. Over five days, the young movie makers will devise their stories, shoot their scenes, give their best onscreen performances and edit their way to...

Behind the Scenes in Sparks Highgate

This week, young movie makers taking part in the Summer Shoots in Highgate are making their own unique movie productions. Over five days, the young movie makers will devise their stories, shoot their scenes, give their best onscreen performances and edit their way to...

Behind the Scenes in Sparks Balham

This week, young movie makers taking part in the Summer Shoots in Balham are making their own unique movie productions. Over five days, the young movie makers will devise their stories, shoot their scenes, give their best onscreen performances and edit their way to...

Behind the Scenes: Hampstead Summer Shoots

 Welcome to the Summer Shoots in Hampstead!    It’s the last Hampstead Summer Shoot of 2019 and movie makers are getting stuck into their movie making projects!    Summer Shoots are action-packed movie making summer camps for ages 5-18. All this week,...

Behind the Scenes: Dulwich Summer Film Shoot

Young filmmakers at Sparks Dulwich are busy making Summer Shoots productions!    Filmmakers aged 5-18 are taking part in movie making summer camps, full of filmmaking activities. This week, they’ve been working to produce their own original and unique movie...

Behind the Scenes on Highgate Sparks Summer Shoot

This week, young movie makers taking part in the Summer Shoots in Highgate are making their own unique movie productions. Over five days, the young movie makers will devise their stories, shoot their scenes, give their best onscreen performances and edit their way to...
Movie Making Projects: Practise Your Photography Skills

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...

Behind the Scenes in Weybridge

Behind the Scenes: Summer Shoots in Weybridge   This week, young movie makers taking part in the Summer Shoots in Weybridge are making their own unique movie productions. Over five days, the young movie makers will devise their stories, shoot their scenes, give...

Behind the Scenes in Kensington!

Behind the Scenes: Summer Shoots in Kensington   This week, young movie makers taking part in the Summer Shoots in Kensington are making their own unique movie productions. Over five days, the young movie makers will devise their stories, shoot their scenes, give...

Behind the Scenes in Hampstead

Behind the Scenes: Summer Shoots in Hampstead   This week, young movie makers taking part in the Summer Shoots in Balham are making their own unique movie productions. Over five days, the young movie makers will devise their stories, shoot their scenes, give...
Summer Shoots: Behind the Scenes in Balham

Summer Shoots: Behind the Scenes in Balham

Behind the Scenes: Summer Shoots in Balham   This week, young movie makers taking part in the Summer Shoots in Balham are making their own unique movie productions. Over five days, the young movie makers will devise their stories, shoot their scenes, give their...
Summer Shoots Kensington: Updates from the Set

Summer Shoots Kensington: Updates from the Set

Movie Making Summer Camps in Kensington   It’s been a fantastic week of movie making at the first Summer Shoots camp in Kensington. Crew members are working hard towards their productions. So far this week, the young filmmakers have taken part in...
Hampstead Summer Shoots: Updates from the Film Set

Hampstead Summer Shoots: Updates from the Film Set

Summer Shoots: Movie Making Summer Camps in Hampstead   The Summer Shoots crews are hard at work in Hampstead this week. They are working through a five day movie making summer camp to produce their own unique movie productions. This year’s theme is The...

Summer Shoots: Behind the Scenes in Kensington

Welcome to the Movie Makers in Kensington!   This week is the start of Summer Shoots – our summer movie making camps – in Kensington. Young filmmakers, aged between 7 and 14, are teaming up to produce their own unique movie productions.  The crews...

Summer Shoots: Behind the Scenes in Hampstead

Welcome to the Movie Makers in Hampstead!    Yesterday marked the start of the Summer Shoots in Hampstead. Young filmmakers taking part in the movie making summer camps are getting started on making their own movie productions.  In age-tiered crews, the...
Summer Shoots in Dulwich: Behind the Scenes

Summer Shoots in Dulwich: Behind the Scenes

Movie Making Summer Camps in Dulwich   The Summer Shoots are underway! It’s the first week of movie making summer camps, with the first Shoot taking place in Dulwich. Young movie makers (ages 7 – 14) are busy working on their own unique movie...

Behind the Scenes: Summer Shoots, Day 1 in Dulwich

It’s Day 1 of the Summer Shoots 2019!    Join movie makers behind the scenes at the Summer Shoots movie making summer camps in Dulwich!  Today, marks the start of the Summer Shoots, movie making summer camps for ages 5-18.  The young crews have been getting...
June Movie Makers: Make a “School’s Out” Montage

June Movie Makers: Make a “School’s Out” Montage

Make a “Schools Out” Montage!   It’s almost time for the summer holidays! Woohoo!!! This month, the Sparks Monthly Movie Makers challenge is to produce a montage video that sums up the feeling of “school’s out”. It should...
The Stuff of Dreams & Nightmares

The Stuff of Dreams & Nightmares

The Summer Shoots (our Movie Making Summer Camps) are on their way! We’re excited to share the details of this year’s theme!  Every year we set a new challenge for young filmmakers. Each year there is a new collection of creative inspirations to...