Learn all about the different aspects of filmmaking in fun and friendly classes.
All our classes are practical, hands on and based around making real film productions.
Classes reopen from 24 April 2021
“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.”
Creative & Technical Learning
Young filmmakers taking part delve into every stage of the creative filmmaking process.
Crew members learn:
✅ Directing Skills
✅ Camera & Photography Skills
✅ Acting for Camera
✅ Production Crew Roles
✅ Video Editing
✅ Production Design
✅ Scriptwriting & Story Development
✅ Sound, Lighting & Special FX
“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.”
Confidence Building & Creativity
Taking part helps to boost confidence and develop creative skills.
Filmmakers work on all their own productions, stepping into all the roles you’ll find on a professional filmset.
We help to expand imaginations, inspire new ideas and open up creative expression.
“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. ”
Filmmaking Classes for Ages 5-18
Crew members work in ‘Studios’ of peer ages…
Studio 1: Ages 5-7
(School Years 1-2)
Our youngest crews focus on filmmaking through creative storytelling in fun, playful settings.
Studio 1 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, filmmakers begin to learn about filmmaking 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.
Classes focus on developing imaginations and storytelling skills, as well as all the fundamentals of filmmaking.
Studio 3: Ages 9-11
(School Years 5-6)
In Studio 3, filmmakers 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 strcutures.
Studio 4: Ages 11-14
(School Years 7-9)
In Studio 4, filmmakers 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 filmmakers 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 Learning Experiences:
Our filmmaking class sizes are small, so that every child has plenty of opportunities.
We like to get to know every child well so we can support them to achieve their best.
Maximum Class Size:
12 filmmakers per studio
Staff Ratio = 1:8 maximum (in practice often 1:6)
Sparks filmmaking classes are led by qualified filmmaking instructors, who are all DBS-checked and take part in specialist training.
Our instructors are all passionate about inspiring others. They bring a sense of enjoyment to every class.
Our approach is all about child-led creativity.
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 filmmaking 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.”
Filmmaking Themes & Progression
Each term, filmmakers work towards new learning outcomes.
They explore a new creative theme and new techniques each time and they produce new films to add to their portfolio each term.
Many filmmakers stay for several year. Over time, they build up their film skills and knowledge as they progress through from Studio 1 to Studio 5.
Covid-19 Safety Measures
In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, we implement a range of safety measures that comfortably exceed government guidelines.
This includes operating a class bubble system, plenty of routine cleaning and hand washing, one-way travel and use of PPE.
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, you can also sign up to a trial period using a money-back guarantee.
Book a Free Trial Class
Summer Term starts 24 April 2021
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