Beyond Tomorrow: February Half Term Camp

Make Your Own Futuristic Movie in February Half Term
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February Half Term Camp 2021

Beyond Tomorrow: Feburary Half Term Movie Making Camp

“The best holiday course they’ve ever been on.” 

Emma Murphy, parent

Action-Packed Half Term Camp for Ages 7-11 & 11-14 

“They told us they came from the future…”

Take part in this February half term camp to make your own futuristic movie production and learn all about filmmaking.

Young movie makers produce their own movies full of fantastical adventures, all set lightyears into the future.  

It’s an action-packed camp, full of fun, imagination and creativityYoung movie makers develop their filmmaking talents and skills both behind and in front of the camera. With guidance from our team of friendly and supportive Sparks instructors, the young filmmakers produce their own original and unique film production. 

Please note: owing to the national lockdown, this camp is set to take place online.

Our online camps are still practical, interactive workshops and are project-focused.

The programme isn’t ‘solid’ screen time. There is lots of video shooting to do, as well as off-screen creative activities. 

There is plenty of social opportunity and collaboration built into the process, with filmmakers sharing their ideas and working together on their projects.

The programme is mapped as closely to our face-to-face camps as possible, with plenty of practical filmmaking activity, creative expression, group work and collaboration. You can find more details on the programme below. 

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Futuristic Movie Making Fun

During the February half term camp, young filmmakers learn all about filmmaking as they produce their own unique, original film production. 

In this half term’s theme, filmmakers will be exploring visions of the future. They’ll explore special effects and art direction, as well as lots of filmmaking techniques to produce their movies. 

Everyone taking part takes away lots of new experiences and develop new skills. They express their ideas and devise their own stories and scripts. They direct, shoot and crew each of their scenes, working together as a team.

By the end of the February half term camp, the filmmakers will have lots of new creative skills, as well as new friendships and their own movie production to feel proud of.

Storyboard demo

Creative Learning 

All the activities are hands-on and practical. There are skill-building workshop activities and creative exercises, as well as working to produce their film. 

There is plenty of opportunity for everyone to contribute towards the different production areas (e.g. scriptwriting, acting, and directing) and to grow their skills. The filmmakers work collaboratively in small film crews.

We welcome along any level of experience. Our team ensure everyone is working at the right level.

Programme Overview:

Monday:

9.00am – 10.30am:
Introductions, Warmup Activities & Camera Skills Exercises

10.30am – 10.45am:
Break

10.45am – 12.30pm:
Exploring “Futuristic” Production Techniques

12.30pm – 1.00pm:
Lunch Break

1.00 – 1.30pm:
Optional Social Time (supervised, structured team/friendship building activities)

1.30pm – 3.00pm:
Story Development & Pre-Production Tasks

Tuesday:

9.00am – 10.30am:
Filming tasks in line with the Shooting Schedule (e.g. Scene 3) / Themed Skills Session, e.g. Special FX

10.30am – 10.45am:
Break

10.45am – 12.30pm:
Filming tasks in line with the Shooting Schedule / Themed Skills Session, e.g. Special FX

12.30pm – 1.00pm:
Lunch Break

1.00 – 1.30pm:
Optional Social Time (supervised, structured team/friendship building activities)

1.30pm – 3.00pm:
Filming tasks in line with the Shooting Schedule / Themed Skills Session, e.g. Special FX

Wednesday:

9.00am – 10.30am:
Filming tasks in line with the Shooting Schedule / Themed Skills Session, e.g. Art Directing

10.30am – 10.45am:
Break

10.45am – 12.30pm:
Filming tasks in line with the Shooting Schedule / Themed Skills Session, e.g. Art Directing

12.30pm – 1.00pm:
Lunch Break

1.00 – 1.30pm:
Optional Social Time (supervised, structured team/friendship building activities)

1.30pm – 2.30pm:
Filming tasks in line with the Shooting Schedule / Themed Skills Session, e.g. Art Directing, Production Design

2.30pm – 3.00pm:
Wrap Party Celebrations

Please note: Exact times may vary slightly at each Sparks location, e.g. 9am – 3pm or 9.30am – 3.30pm. Your workshop leader and your welcome pack will confirm all group timetables. 

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Exceptional Learning Environments

For all of our half term camps, we seek for everyone to feel happy, engaged and learning.

We treat everyone as individuals, with their own strengths, talents and their own way of learning. Our half term camps all use Project Based Learning methodologies, which help to bring out the most creativity and encourage the young filmmakers to contribute and take ownership over their own work.

We work with high staff ratios, small class sizes and qualified instructors. Everyone is carefully trained to make sure our half term camps offer exceptional learning experiences and that everyone has the chance to learn and develop their skills.

We’re Ofsted approved. We passed our last inspection in October 2018.

We work with qualified Sparks instructors, who all undergo specialist training. We apply high staff ratios and work with routinely small group sizes to enhance opportunity and attention. 

Qualified Instructors

There is plenty of ongoing instruction and support from our specialist team of filmmaking workshop leaders.

Every Sparks team member takes part in specific training for programme delivery and child safeguarding. Everyone has an enhanced DBS check and follows our Ofsted approved practices and policies.

Within the team there is a mix of professional filmmaking and arts/media education backgrounds. We all enjoy working with young people and love to inspire young imaginations. We seek to encourage, inspire and facilitate so that every child is able to achieve their best, whilst having fun.

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What’s Involved? What Will I Need? 

  • You can take part in from anywhere in the world, but please be aware that the programme is hosted live and in spoken English
  • You’ll need a reliable internet connection, suitable for streaming video or making video calls 
  • Ideally, you’ll have two devices: one to access our virtual studio (such as a laptop or a tablet) and one to film with (such as a phone, or a camcorder/digital camera). You can work with one device (e.g. a phone) for all activities, but just be aware that you’ll need to reconnect outside of filming activities 
  • Filmmakers will be part of a community group online. There will be a maximum of 20 young filmmakers (in peer age groups), though you’ll mostly be working in smaller teams of 4-5. The smaller groups rotate/change so your child will be able to work with lots of new people the same age. All groups are supervised
  • All tuition is live, with workshop activities led by our team of Sparks instructors (everyone is qualified and DBS-checked).
  • There are breaks within the sessions, as well as a lunch break each day. The sessions are broken up into practical task-focused workshops, with filmmakers working on specific projects. It isn’t sold screen time, the workshop involves a variety of activities, such as collecting shots from around the house/garden and making props/sets.  
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Dates, Times, Locations:

This camp is scheduled to take place over Feburary half term 2021.

Camps will take place in our virtual studios (set up on Zoom).

Availability is now very limited. The following film schools have places available: