Keep a Straight Face

February Filmmaking Half Term Camp for Ages 5-14

Make a Side-Splitting Comedy Movie in February Half Term

February Half Term Camp Comedy Workshop

Take part in Keep a Straight Face:

Comedy Movie Filmmaking Camp in February Half Term

In this action-packed half term filmmaking camp, young filmmakers will explore different styles of comedy movie making.  

They’ll devise their own comedy stories and produce a unique laugh-out-loud movie masterpiece. 

Learn All About Comedy

In this half term comedy workshop, young filmmakers will explore different styles of comedy, from slapstick to spoofs.

They’ll explore ‘fish-out-of-water’ stories and develop their own comedy ideas into a fully fledged film production.

The young filmmakers are involved in every stage of the creative process, from screenwriting their stories, through to starring on screen.

Boost Filmmaking Skills

Alongside developing their creative comedy skills, the young crews will also develop their knowledge or technical filmmaking. 

Everyone taking part will experience the different crew roles you find on a real film set.

They’ll work as film directors, camera crew, production crew, screenwriters and designers to bring you a film production to feel proud of. They’ll take away a host of new skills in filmmaking, inspiration and learning to inspire their next creative steps.  

February Half Term Camps Sparks Filmmaking for Kids

Sparks is extraordinary – brimming with exciting opportunities for kids.

My daughter has enjoyed both weekly classes and a magnificent Summer Club at Sparks.

She has loved every single second – this is active learning, there’s no chance to get bored. And the staff are the best of the best, bringing masses of lived experience of scripts and sets and enabling the kids to fearlessly explore their imaginations and leave their comfort zones.

Stevie Lee

Film Producer & Parent to Young Filmmaker

Keep a Straight Face: Programme Overview

The half term course runs over three, action-packed days. 

Day 1: 

Crew introductions and icebreakers

Creative comedy techniques

Story-lining and pre-production 

Introductions to the crew roles, filming equipment and schedule 

Day 2:

Rehearsals

Practising crew roles and onset activities

Shooting through the storyboard

Day 3: 

Shooting and finalising their production 

Wrap Party

February Half Term Camp 2022 Sparks Filmmaking

Learn from Filmmaking Specialists

All our half term camps are taught by specialist Sparks filmmaking facilitators, who are passionate about inspiring the next generation. 

Our team are all recruited from film/TV production backgrounds, as well as arts/media education backgrounds. Everyone has hands-on, working knowledge of film production and valuable filmmaking know-how to share with young filmmakers. 

All our team are DBS-checked and undergo careful Sparks training, including safeguarding. 

Practical, Hands On Filmmaking

All the filmmaking activities are hands-on and practical.

There is plenty of equipment and plenty of opportunity for everyone to contribute towards the different production areas (e.g. scriptwriting, acting, or editing).

The filmmakers work using a range of film production equipment to give their filmmaking a professional finish. This includes tripods and grip equipment, as well as greenscreen.

Our younger crews shoot on high spec camcorders and our older crews work iwth DSLR models. All our cameras shoot in 4K or Full HD, chosen for their image quality, user friendliness and the ability to withstand lots of adventurous filmmaking by young crews.

Practical Hands On Filmmaking for Kids
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Exceptional Learning Environments

All Sparks half term holiday camps provide exceptional environments to optimise learning and creativity.

Our half term camps work with small class sizes.

There are 12 filmmakers per studio, which offers everyone plenty of practical opportunity and a high level of personalised attention.

Our staff ratio is at least 1:8, in practice this is usually 1:6, especially with our younger studios. 

Great camp to develop creativity and for children to learn about film making.

In this short period of time the teachers were engaging; the group developed a story for a short film, acted, set the scenes and were behind the camera.

My son loved the activities.

Rachel Woolcott

Parent to Young Filmmaker

February Half Term Camp 2022 Sparks Filmmaking

Book Half Term Camps with Confidence

In the case of cancellations, we offer a transfer or a credit to a future filmmaking programme.

If you find you’re unable to attend over February half term, you can swap your booking to any other holiday camp programme, or to our weekly filmmaking classes.

Any bookings cancelled with at least 14 days notice can also receive a full refund.

“My son rated his day 10 million out of 10!”

Helen Eastman, parent

Helen Eastman

Parent

February Half Term Camps:

Dates, Times & Locations

This workshop is a three day programme during February Half Term.

Dates and times vary at each Sparks Film School, in line with local school holiday dates. 

Fees:

Fees for this filmmaking workshop start from approximately £220.00.

This includes the three day workshop, all equipment and a copy of the finished film production.

Please be aware that fees vary at each Sparks Film School location. Discounts are usually available for siblings or for group bookings.

For details of specific dates, times, course fees and locations, take a look at your nearest film school’s page.

Find Sparks Half Term Holiday Camps Near You

Find your nearest Sparks film school and details of half term holiday camp availability below.

To register using Childcare Vouchers or the Childcare Choices scheme, please contact us to set up an account.