Summer Shoots: Movie Making Summer Camps

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Movie Making Summer Camps 

Summer Camps for Ages 5-18

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

Emma Murphy, parent

Action-Packed Summer Camps

 

Summer Shoots are action-packed movie making summer camps for children and teenagers.

Each week is a unique, creative experience full of fun and imagination. ​Young movie makers develop their talents and skills, from both behind and in front of the camera. 

During the weeklong summer camp, they produce and star in their own movie masterpiece. 

“Finally, a summer camp that she actually wants to come to!

I’m thrilled and she’s loving it.”

Alexandra Veest, parent

Make a Movie in a Week

 

During the week, young filmmakers learn all about movie making.

They work with our specialist workshop leaders in small film crews. They express their ideas and devise their own stories and scripts. Throughout the week, they direct, shoot and crew each of their scenes, where they work together as a team. Everyone taking part takes away lots of new experiences, as well as developing new skills.

The young filmmakers enjoy taking responsibility as they work just like a professional film crew. They love to take ownership over their production and shape it into something special and unique.

At the end of the summer camp, the filmmakers proudly share their work with family in a special screening presentation.

Later on in the summer, we also celebrate with a fun red carpet screening event for family and friends.

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

Helen Eastman, parent

Creative Learning 

All the activities are hands-on and practical. There are skill-building workshop activities. Under guidance from our team of filmmaking instructors, the crews work to produce their own movie from scratch.

The crews work at different levels, in peer age groups called ‘Studios’. The programme increases in skill level and technicality with age and experience. There is plenty of opportunity for everyone to contribute towards the different production areas (e.g. scriptwriting, acting, or editing) and grow their skills.

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

Take a look behind the scenes…

Take a look behind the scenes at previous Summer Shoots:

Exceptional Learning Environments

Our summer camp practices are tried and tested to ensure that everyone is safe, happy and learning.

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

Qualified Staff

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 education backgrounds. We all enjoy working with young people and love to inspire the next generation.

Small Group Sizes

The young filmmakers work in small groups (max 12 children of peer ages).

Our small group sizes mean that we are able to get to know each of the young filmmakers well. Every child receives personalised attention and support from a dedicated instructor.

High Staff Ratios

Our staff ratios are typically at least 1:8, in practice this is often higher, especially with younger filmmakers.

The children are well supervised throughout the summer camps, which helps us to bring out their potential and learning, as well as bring added peace of mind for child safeguarding.

Project Based Approaches

We use a ‘Project Based Learning’ approach, which means the young filmmakers learn by doing.

It’s a programme that we’ve developed over the last nine years of running educational filmmaking workshops and summer camps.

The young filmmakers step into the roles you’ll find on a professional film set. They become directors, crew, actors, editors, etc.

The crews love taking on all the different creative roles and taking responsibility for their individual and group contributions. They love the sense of ownership, as well as the space to express their ideas and viewpoints. 

Parents enjoy feeling confident, knowing that their child is fully engaged, learning, having fun and developing new skills too. 

The sharing presentation is always a special time. The crews share their highlights and experiences as they present their work to parents with pride.

“She’s done so many camps. Sparks is by far her favourite – and mine!” 

S. Amin, parent 

Summer Camp Dates & Locations

 

Each summer camp runs Monday – Friday.

There are summer camps scheduled throughout the summer holidays.

To find what’s on near you, please see your nearest film school.

Studio System

The Sparks Studio System enables children and teenagers to develop all the key skills and creativity needed for movie making.

We welcome children aged 4 – 18, at any level of experience, to join and develop their skillset.

Studio 1: Ages 5-7 / School Years 1-2

In Studio 1, the approach is playful and imaginative. Filmmakers explore storytelling, drama, camera activities, making and painting (props and scenery) and sound. Together to make a fun film production. 

 

“Filmmaking makes me happy.” Dylan, age 6

Studio 2: Ages 7-9 / School Years 3-4

In Studio 2, filmmakers discover how to work as a film crew and how to get all of their ideas across in the production.

They learn skills in each of the crew roles and have fun devising their own storylines, characters and scripts. 

“Best. Time. Ever” Jessie, age 9

Studio 3: Ages 9-11 / School Years 5-6

In Studio 3, filmmakers explore creative and technical skills and develop their knowledge of film techniques.

They take on responsibilities as directors, camera operators and crew, as well as exploring different ways to tell their stories on screen.

 

“I enjoy directing others to do their best performances.” Mya, age 11

Studio 4: Ages 11-14 / School Years 7-9

In Studio 4, filmmakers begin to work as a professional film crew. They explore all the roles and responsibilities, developing lots of skills and techniques.

They explore advanced camera techinques, shot composition and share their own individual voices as filmmakers.

 

“It’s skills for life, really.” Oskar, age 13

Studio 5: Ages 14-18 / School Years 10-13

In Studio 5, young filmmakers hone their skills and techniques, developing a professional skillset. They take on greater responsibilities and work with more independence to develop productions with flair, imagination and impressive production techniques. 

 

“When I joined, I knew nothing about filmmaking. It really opened my mind up to how much you can do with a camera and an idea.” Patrick, age 16

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