Half Term Movie Making Workshop for Ages 11-14
Take part this Easter holiday to make a dramatic thriller full of suspense.
In this fun half term movie making workshop, young filmmakers will explore techniques for building drama and learn how to put together their own film production. It’s an action-packed camp full of imagination and creativity.
Filmmakers taking part will explore dramatic thriller techniques and Nordic Noir styling. They’ll craft their own storylines, exploring interweaving plots, cliffhangers and suspenseful storytelling. There will be plenty of drama to keep you gripped and on the edge of your seat.
At the end of the camp, they’ll have a unique, compelling film production to proudly share with friends and family, as well as lots of new creative skills and some new friends too.
Monday 12 – Friday 16 April 2021
9am – 3pm daily
La Retraite School, Atkins Road, Balham, SW12 0AB
Over an action-packed week, young filmmakers will produce their own original and unique film production, inspired by Nordic Noir genre techniques and dramatic thrillers. They’ll have fun crafting their own interwoven storylines, full of suspense and intrigue, all with a sense of flair and fun.
Young filmmakers taking part will learn lots of fundamental filmmaking skills. They’ll explore the roles of directors, camera crew, production crew, screen actors, art directors, editors and more.
At the end of the workshop, they will have a complete production ready to share with you, as well as to keep and add to portfolios.
The young filmmakers delve into every aspect of the filmmaking process. Through participation, filmmakers develop their imaginations. They learn to express their creativity and their ideas. They also develop their soft skills, including teamwork and communication.
Under guidance from our team of workshop instructors, they explore professional film production techniques, covering pre-production through to post-production. They work towards their own film productions, gradually building up their portfolio of work, as well as their skillset.
Groups & Instruction
Maximum Class Size: 12 filmmakers per studio
Staff Ratio = 1:8 maximum (in practice often 1:6)
We like to get to know every child well and give them plenty of practical opportunity. Class sizes are small to ensure every child has plenty of opportunity to contribute, as well a high level of personalised attention.
Sessions are led by the Sparks team of specialist instructors, who are all DBS-checked. The team is highly trained filmmakers and artist-educators. Our team members are all friendly, passionate about inspiring others and they bring a sense of fun and enjoyment to every workshop session. All our team take part in specialist training and operate under our Safeguarding Policy.
Our staff to student ratios are at least 1 staff member: 8 students (often higher than this is practice). We’re also Ofsted registered and follow strict Safeguarding practices and policies.
Project Based Learning
We use an educational methodology known as ‘Project Based Learning’, which means the young filmmakers learn by doing and taking on responsibilities in real projects.
It’s a programme that we’ve developed over the last 10 years. It empowers the young filmmakers, and accelerates the development of life skills such as teamwork and decision-making. It’s also inclusive for children who learn in different ways and engage with individual interests.
The young filmmakers step into the professional roles you’ll find on a real 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. It inspires them to try their best and to continually push their creativity.