Classes for Ages 5-18
Sparks filmmaking classes inspire imagination, develop confidence, creativity and skills.
Class members learn all about the different aspects of filmmaking, from directing, to camera and photography skills, screenwriting, acting for camera, editing and more.
“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.” Danny Leigh, parent and film critic
Young filmmakers taking part delve into every stage of the filmmaking process.
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 creative skillset.
Members learn how to direct scenes and sequences, tell stories and write their own screenplays. They develop camera and photography skills, as well as production skills. Members also explore acting for camera and perform in their productions. They create sound and lighting effects, edit their productions, create special effects and even more.
Through their active participation, filmmakers develop their imaginations. They learn to express their creativity and bring their ideas to life. Through our collaborative projects and experiences, they also develop their soft and transferable skills, including teamwork, communication and social skills.
“To say this is the highlight of his week is an understatement. He counts down from one Saturday to the next. He is so inspired.”
N. Montaigue, parent
Creative Skills Development
In our filmmaking classes, 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.
The young filmmakers step into the professional roles you’ll find on a real film set. They become directors, crew, actors, editors, etc and work collaboratively to produce their own films.
It’s a programme that we’ve developed over the last 10 years. Our approach empowers young filmmakers. It accelerates the development of life skills such as teamwork, taking responsibility and decision-making. It’s also inclusive for children who learn in different ways and engage with individual interests.
The young 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.
“He genuinely loves it and is beginning to gain confidence and ability across the gamut of technical, production and editorial skills. But more importantly he has fun – watching Netflix takes on a whole new narrative!” Helena Tait, parent
Fun and Friendly Environments
All our filmmaking classes are designed to encourage confidence. Our instructors work to understand each child’s passion and interest, build a strong rapport and support them individually to discover and develop their talents and skills.
We know that children learn in different ways, we use inclusive and adaptable approaches to make sure that every child has a chance to shine.
In all our classes, we encourage teamwork and collaboration, so that every child is made to feel welcome.
“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. ” S.P. Parent
Filmmaking Classes: What’s Involved?
Filmmaking classes are reopening from September 2020, with plenty of enhanced safety measures that we’ve tested over the summer.
The crew member work in ‘Studio’ groups of peer ages, progressing from the introductory Studio 1 (for ages 5-7) through to advanced Studio 5 (ages 14-18).
Membership is offered on a termly basis (10 weeks), which is renewable each term, though many children stay with us for several years. Each term, members work towards new learning outcomes and explore new techniques. Over time, they build up their skills and knowledge. They progress across different skills area each time.
During each class, the young crews take part in structured filmmaking and workshop activities, as well as undertaking work as a film crew on their own productions. At the end of each term, we share their productions in a special screening presentation. We also organise screening events and other celebrations throughout the year.
“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.” Yasmin, parent
Groups & Instruction:
We like to get to know every child well and make sure classes feature plenty of practical experiences.
Class sizes are small to ensure every child has plenty of opportunity to contribute, as well a high level of personalised attention.
Maximum Class Size: 12 filmmakers per studio
Staff Ratio = 1:8 maximum (in practice often 1:6)
Activities are led by the Sparks team of specialist instructors, who are all DBS-checked and qualified. Our team members are all friendly, passionate about inspiring others and they bring a sense of fun and enjoyment to every class. All our team take part in specialist training and operate under our Safeguarding Policy.
We’re also Ofsted registered and follow strict Safeguarding practices and policies.
In light of Covid-19, we also implement a range of safety measures that comfortably exceed government guidelines.
This includes operating a bubble system, one way travel and use of PPE. We also build in lots of frequent cleaning of the workshop space and equipment. If you’d like to know more about our safety measures, please contact us.
We offer a money-back trial period, valid for new joiners to filmmaking classes.
You can sign up to a full term, with two week trial period. If, after two sessions, you decide it isn’t for you, then we’ll refund you the term’s fees.
We’re also happy to offer free trial classes, wherever we have availability.
Unfortunately, it’s difficult for us to confirm these until very close to the term’s start date. Classes do fill up and we need to be able to manage our group sizes and registers.
To book a free trial class, please click below, or to be sure of a place, sign up using our money-back offer here.
Find Filmmaking Classes…
Class availability and class fees vary at each Sparks film school location.
Take a look at your nearest film school for details of class dates, times and fees.