Sparks Film Making Classes
Learn all about the different aspects of movie making in our fun and friendly film making classes for ages 5-18.
Build confidence, creativity and a host of new skills. All our film making classes are practical, hands on and include making real film productions.
“It’s the perfect place for any young person with the first spark of a love for film, a fully-fledged passion for cinema, or who just wants to express themselves creatively.
My son has relished every second he’s been going, and while it’s embarrassing to be jealous of your own child, on this occasion I have to admit that I am.”
Learn All About Film Making
Young film makers taking part in Sparks film making classes delve into every stage of the creative film making process.
They learn all about the creative aspects, as well as the technical aspects too. Crew members explore all the different crew roles you find on a real film set, explore and develop their own creative ideas and work on real-life film making projects to boost their skills.
By taking part, Sparks crew members learn:
✅ How to Direct Shots, Scenes and Sequences
✅ Camera Operation & Photography Skills
✅ Acting for Camera Skills
✅ Film Production Crew Roles
✅ Video Editing
✅ Production Design/Art Direction
✅ Scriptwriting & Story Development
✅ Sound, Lighting & Special FX
“I’ve learned so much here, I don’t know where to start.
I’ve learned how to shoot a film properly, how to compose a shot. I’ve learned how to edit, how to take an idea and turn it into something you can see on the screen. It’s been amazing.“
Confidence Building & More
Along with developing creative and practical skills, taking part helps to boost confidence, imagination and social skills too.
Crew members meet new friends who share similar interests and passions. They work collaboratively within each film making class to build up their social skills, team-working skills and communication skills.
The whole process helps to build confidence and open up new social opportunities for everyone taking part.
“To say this is the highlight of his week is an understatement. He counts down from one week to the next, he is so inspired.”
Sparks Film Making Classes for Ages 5-18
Sparks crew members work in ‘Studios’:
Studio 1: Ages 5-7
(School Years 1-2)
Our youngest crews focus on filmmaking through creative storytelling in fun, playful settings.
Studio 1 film making classes introduce visual storytelling and include lots of different media elements to create stories for the screen.
We combine lots of imagination activities and creative games, as well as photography, animation, filming, arts and crafts, drama and music.
Studio 2: Ages 7-9
(School Years 3-4)
In Studio 2, film makers begin to learn about film making techniques including shots and sequencing. They step into crew roles and start to learn some of the skills and techniques involved in different stages of the process.
Studio 2 film making classes focus on developing imaginations and storytelling skills, as well as all the fundamentals of film making.
Studio 3: Ages 9-11
(School Years 5-6)
In Studio 3, film makers begin to develop their technical awareness. They build on the skills from Studio 2, becoming more independent and taking on more responsibility.
They explore techniques linked to directing, camera skills, acting, editing and design. They’re also introduced to different storytelling concepts, including genres and dramatic story structures.
Studio 4: Ages 11-14
(School Years 7-9)
In Studio 4, film makers expand their technical knowledge. They begin to work with more advanced concepts, including photography/cinematography skills and advanced video editing.
They begin to explore specific conventions and formats, as well as sophisticated storytelling structures and devices. They take on more ownership of the production process and greater responsibility in each of the crew roles.
Studio 5: Ages 14-18
(School Years 10-13)
Studio 5 film makers form their own production crews, where they take on increased responsibility in pre-production, production and post-production tasks.
They hone their technical skills, learning advanced techniques in sound and lighting, as well as screenwriting, directing, editing, production and screen acting. They regularly produce work to submit to international film festivals, as well as building up their own portfolios.
High Quality Creative Learning Experiences:
In each of our film studios, we strive to create the best possible environments for learning and having fun.
All our film making classes are practical, hands on, with plenty of equipment for each crew member to work with.
Our class sizes are small (max 12 crew members per studio), so that every child has plenty of opportunities and the chance to contribute to every project. We like to get to know every child well so we can support them to achieve their best.
Film Making Class Sizes & Ratios:
Max 12 film makers per studio
Staff Ratio = 1:8 maximum (for younger studios 1:6)
Qualified, Inspirational Instructors:
Sparks film making classes are led by well qualified film making instructors.
Everyone is DBS-checked and take part in specialist training to deliver the Sparks programme. Our instructors come from professional film making backgrounds, with lots of independent film makers, as well as Arts Education professionals and qualified teachers.
Our instructors are all passionate about inspiring others. They bring a sense of enjoyment and enthusiasm to every class.
“She really really loved the session on Saturday. She has been talking about it a lot.
It is especially good for her as she has been unhappy at school and having anxiety issues, making films is a huge new passion for her.
She was determined to come on her own, without a friend. You’ve made her feel really welcome and involved. ”
Our approach at Sparks is all about child-led creativity and expression. We believe that everyone does their best learning whilst having fun.
We use an educational techniques centred in Project Based Learning. Filmmakers learn through working on practical projects, where they take on ownership and responsibility.
Our approach empowers young filmmakers and enables to development of real-world transferable skills including teamwork, taking responsibility and decision-making.
It’s also inclusive for children who learn in different ways and engage with individual interests.
Our young crews love taking on all the different creative roles. They enjoy taking responsibility for their individual and group contributions, they love the sense of ownership and the space to express their ideas.
“Sophie’s confidence has sky-rocketed. She hasn’t been this passionate about anything for three years and I can’t thank you enough for that.”
Fun and Friendly Environments
Sparks film making classes help to boost confidence.
Our instructors work to understand each child’s passion and interest. They build a strong rapport and support them individually to develop their talents and skills.
We know that children learn in different ways. Our inclusive and adaptable approaches make sure that every child has a chance to contribute and to shine. We encourage teamwork and collaboration.
Every child is made to feel welcome and a part of the crew.
“My son has been going to Sparks film school for three years.
If your child is interested in film, it’s a wonderful spring-board for them. They learn about everything from angles to scripts to costumes to sound and lighting, with some acting thrown in too.
It’s a fun and comprehensive course. It’s clear a lot of love goes into it from Dan, Sheena and the team rest of the Sparks team.”
Film Making Themes, Knowledge & Progression Pathways
Each term, crew members work towards new learning outcomes, which progress with each level.
They explore a new creative theme and new techniques each time and they produce new films to add to their portfolio each term.
Over time, they build up their film skills and knowledge as they progress through from Studio 1 to Studio 5, gaining Awards to recognise their achievements.
Covid-19 Safety Measures
In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, we implement a range of safety measures in line with the current advice. These include use of PPE for staff team members, as well as managing class bubbles and one-way travel.
If you’d like to know more about our safety measures, please contact us.
Book a Free Trial Class
You can take part in a free trial class to discover all the fun of the Sparks film set.
If we’re unable to offer a trial class due to a lack of availability, you can also sign up to a two week trial period using a money-back guarantee.
If you don’t want to stay after the first two weeks, we’ll refund your booking in full.
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