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 the last couple of months.
It’s been incredible to work with everyone. We’ve seen such imagination, creativity and enthusiasm. It’s really felt as though everyone taking part has been determined to create something special – and we think they’ve achieved just that. We’re so proud of all the filmmakers, who have given their all and in some very challenging circumstances.
Our last course was one of our new online filmmaking camps. These have been a new introduction this summer (for fairly obvious reasons) but we’re delighted at how well they’ve gone, and how well they’ve been received.
It’s been wonderful to work with young filmmakers from all over the world. We’ve helped them to develop new skills and knowledge in filmmaking, helped them to collaborate – from different locations – and helped them to complete Arts Award qualifications in recognition of their work.
We’re thankful to all the parents and filmmakers, who have shared such positive feedback with us. As new programmes – and for us, certainly unchartered territory – we wanted to create something great. To hear stories of success andjust how much everyone has enjoyed them means so much to us. Thank you.
We were also able to host a small programme of Summer Shoots this year, with courses running at our film schools in Balham, Dulwich and Highgate. It was a much smaller programme than we’ve run for probably around 8 or 9 years, but it meant the world to us to be able to open up and welcome young filmmakers back to Sparks.
We were joined by lots of familiar faces, some of whom have been making movies with us for years. For lots of these filmmakers, this is a real passion. From our conversations with you, we know how much it meant to you too.
These were Sparks film sets like never before, with distancing, visors and masks, and rooms full of high-strength cleaning wipes. Somehow we all made it work and there are some truly brilliant film productions to show for it. Thank you so much to all of you for taking part and choosing to spend your summer with Sparks.
We’ll be sharing the productions made by all the crews this summer very shortly.
We hope you enjoy watching them.
We’ll also be celebrating all the work, with our first ever online film festival, culminating in an awards ceremony presentation on 19th September.
What Happens Next?
Next, we’ll be reopening our weekly filmmaking classes (at most locations).
We wholeheartedly cannot wait to see all our class members again. We’ve missed you all so much.
This term, we’re going to be focusing on creative expression and working together as much as we can. We’ll be looking at ensemble casting and storytelling, having fun and telling the most imaginative, fantastical narratives.
We’re very excited and have lots of creative energy to make this term the best one ever.
We’re also busy preparing for October half term, with similar resolve. We have two brand new workshops to get involved with:
The Curse of the Forbidden Tomb (ages 7-11) and Project X: Paranormal Investigations (ages 11-14). We’re looking forward to both projects, which explore some new themes and techniques. We’re especially looking forward to creating some supernatural special effects!
You can find more details about October half term here. We’d love to see you there!
Some New Locations
We’re also going to be opening up two new film schools – Sparks Enfield and Sparks Walthamstow! These will be locally owned and operated by two longstanding supporters…
We’ll be supporting them to open up camps over October half term and we’re so excited to see lots of new filmmakers take part.
In 2021, we’ll see some new locations open up around the UK. We’ve long wanted to increase local access to Sparks filmmaking classes and camps, we’re delighted that this is finally happening. Watch this space, as we’ll be shouting about lots of new locations very soon!
There is lots still to come, but for now, we’re congratulating everyone who has taken part this summer and celebrating all your achievements. We can’t wait to see you all on 19th September for the awards!
We’re wishing you all the best/smoothest/most enjoyable possible return to school, and a very happy bank holiday weekend!