Film Academy for Kids

 

Guiding kids to boost their creativity on Media and arts

Digital Film Academy Specially Focused for Young Filmmakers

Sparks Film and Media Art is the UK’s leading provider of filmmaking courses for young kids and teenagers. We, as a film academy for kids, focus on developing young filmmakers’ skills for the future. Providing them guidance and tools to develop their skills, creativity, confidence and continuing to expand their imaginations.

Our film academy offers weekly classes and Holiday Camps to ensure continuous joy and freedom to get their creative thinking in a safe environment. We run small classes with 12 crew members to focus on each individual learning. These courses run for children and young people aged 5 to 18 year, giving them the opportunity to discover the passion and excitement of making movies. 

Our instructors are industry professional filmmakers.They make sure that every student receives the best experience and gets professional advice to improve their techniques and skills.

Sparks Film & Media Art as a film academy offers franchise partnership opportunities to other schools to run Sparks courses in their local area, all over the UK. As a franchise partnership you’ll be making a difference in children’s lives whilst growing your business. 

Motivating Young Aspiring Filmmakers

As a young aspiring filmmaker you tend to feel the pressure at times trying to consume every aspect that’s thrown at you. However, it is important to enjoy and have fun from the filmmaking experience. 

Firstly, students are able to discover their passion and their role within the film industry as they not only learn on-screen acting but discover life behind the lens. Though most people want to be a star in movies, some of us want to bring the vision to life. 

Sparks gives the opportunity to learn how to direct shots, scriptwriter, and are able to operate cameras and do product design. Partaking and learning the different crew member roles, gives a real life experience encouraging young filmmakers to expand their own creative ideas.

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Real-Life Filmmaking Projects to Boost Skills

In our filmmaking courses Sparks takes real-life films to give students an opportunity to make their own twist with the stories. They are able to recreate how they see fit with the story line and the ending they wish to see. Our students take on films such as Toy Story 2, Indiana Jones, Tomb Raider and Pinocchio using their creativity and imagination to come up with a unique ending for their filmmaking project.

Working in film and doing these projects helps boost their skills by pushing them to create wildly imaginative plot lines. In addition to this, they look at the different media techniques within action films, animation and music. This allows them to start to easily recognize when viewing films, giving them a better understanding on how it works on other types of movie they watch.

We also hold an online film festival for young filmmakers to compete and the chance to acquire exposure for their film projects as it will get influential people to notice.

Movie Making Holiday Camps on Different Locations

With our weekly classes, we also launch Holiday Camps taking place during school half-term and summer holidays. Each term gives the student a chance to be creative and discover new skills. 

Our classes are there to help extend their talent and skills as we help build a strong relationship in order to support them individually. The summer camp is separated into two groups, ages 5 – 11 in one and 12-18.There are October half-term workshops for 5 to 14 year olds. 

We are located in various areas within the UK. Offering locations such as Greater London, North West, South East and South of England. There will be new locations opening up soon in South England and Wales.

Find a close school near your home. Book your free trial class.

Fantastic experience. Supportive environment which boosts confidence and gives space for individual creativity. Wonderful concept – captures children’s imaginations and delivers impressive results in just one week.

Michele Reilly

Parent

Sparks Art and Media

FAQ’s

What skills will my child learn?

Specific skills vary depending on the programme you’re enrolled in, but typically participants develop skills in the different areas of filmmaking:

  • Directing Skills
  • Photography & Moving Image Skills
  • Editing Skills
  • Acting for Camera
  • Screenwriting

They also develop skills in storytelling, visual literacy and a host of different creative skills.

We also expect students to develop soft and transferable skills over time, for instance:

  • Improved communication skills
  • Collaborative working
  • Leadership
  • Taking responsibility
  • Decision-making and problem-solving
  • Time management
  • Reflection and Evaluation.

Taking part is also great for confidence building too.

Will my child enjoy filmmaking?

We certainly hope so! Our classes are definitely creative and engaging, as well as having the technological dimension too.

If your child shows signs of being creative or visual, then we’re confident that they’ll enjoy our classes.

Where we have availability, we offer trial classes, as well as money-back guarantees on trial periods, so you’re able to give it a try before fully committing.

Why is Sparks Film and Media Arts the best for kids?

At Sparks, we do not learn through a classroom setting but rather getting involved and being hands on with the projects whilst making the experience fun. We provide different roles within film making, offering both on screen or off screen roles so young people and students learn different aspects of film production. For example, learning on-screen acting, video editing, story developing and many more skills.

Do Sparks provide filmmaking classes in London?

Yes, we offer film making classes in London (Balham, Chiswick, Dulwich, Enfield, Hampstead, Highgate, Islington, Walthamstow, Wimbledon). As well as, 15 filmmaking schools across the UK, with more film schools lining up to open in 2021.

What does Sparks Film and Media Art do?

We are a digital film academy for kids ensuring to give them the knowledge and practical skills in the future. We provide practical and transferable skills to use within the filmmaking industry.

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This week is Mental Health Awareness week, and to mark the imitative, we wanted to share some stories from the recent work we’ve been doing with important charities around taking care of mental heath.   Promoting high confidence, resilience and good mental health...

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 Monday...

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 makers explored techniques...

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 support to help us win! ...

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, and so we...

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, they...

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 movie making in May with some...

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 Sparks...

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 Film Festival....

Watch all the October Half Term Movies

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 productions.    Our youngest movie makers,...

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...

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 2019), the young...

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.  We'd...

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 couldn't be prouder of the young...

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, young...

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

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...

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!

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 their best onscreen performances and edit their way to movie making success.

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

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

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 skill-building...

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 Stuff of...

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 were off to a...

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

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 productions. Earlier...

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 to grips...

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 represent the joys of the summer...

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 explore. This...

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...