EXETER PHOENIX and FOUR OF SWORDS are supremely excited to present the fourth edition of their spectacular Summer Film School. This week long workshop (running from Monday 31st July to Friday 4th August) will provide aspiring actors and directors aged 10 to 14 years old with the opportunity to work with highly skilled local film-makers. They will work together to create a professional quality short film in just one week! Students will develop the short film all the way from script to screen, learning a number of valuable filmmaking skills along the way. This year, the activities will include drama games and prop and set making workshops, as well as providing hands-on experience with cameras, microphones, special effects and animation.
But most of all it will be plenty of fun! This year’s film school will be held at the magical and atmospheric Poltimore House (Poltimore, Exeter, Devon EX4, 0AU). Each day will run from 9am–4pm, with a dedicated lunch break. The final film will premiere at Exeter Phoenix in September 2017 (date TBC), where parents, family and friends will be able to see the finished meisterwerk on the big screen.
Spaces are limited. As there are only 25 places available, early booking is advised for this popular workshop.
photographs by Benjamin Akira Tallamy
FOUR OF SWORDS’ Sarah was involved in the very first SUMMER FILM SCHOOL back in 2014, and she brought team-mate Phil on board the next year. They have been involved in running SUMMER FILM SCHOOL ever since, and in February this year they ran a mini-version during half-term, which focused specifically on acting and resulted in a Sherlock Holmes-themed short film.
This year, FOUR OF SWORDS will be joined by local film-maker Jon Seal. Jon has been teaching and directing films for 40 years. Drama works have ranged from a one-man show toured around Ireland on a bike to a production of the entire Canterbury Tales with a cast of 80, an orchestra and a four-course meal. Short films include Back to Earth (Shortlisted for a Jerwood First Film Prize), Deserter and Hamster (made in partnership with Exeter Phoenix) and Kubla Khan (commissioned by Somerset Art Works). He has written and directed some 120 short films for Cambridge University Press GCSE English Literature series.
‘It’s no mean feat keeping a 13 year old completely absorbed, engaged and creatively challenged for a week and we are indebted to everyone involved in the organisation for their diverse skills, energy and enthusiasm… it’s been great for his confidence and shown him endless creative possibilities.’
Parent of 2015 attendee
SUMMER FILM SCHOOL PRIOR FILMS
Photos by Elliot Butler & Benjamin Akira Tallamy:
FOUR OF SWORDS is a theatre company specialising in multi-media, site specific and educational work. We’re currently working on preparation for our next big public performance, and will be keen to release details soon. In the meantime, click on a link below to find out about our previous shows:
OUR COMPLETE HISTORY OF SHOWS [click the title for more info on each]:
THE FOUR OF SWORDS MANDATE
SCHOOLS PERFORMANCES / EDUCATION DAYS / WORKSHOPS
FOUR OF SWORDS has been working hard to build up its portfolio of schools visits and educational projects. We have now performed for 1,000 students in total and collaborated with CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS on the production of digital resources for schools.
Are you a teacher? Do you work at a school or perhaps a youth group or language school? Surely you MUST be interested in booking FOUR OF SWORDS for a special performance of MACBETH, JEKYLL & HYDE, GAWAIN & THE GREEN KNIGHT or DOCTOR FAUSTUS!? We also offer supremely enlightening workshop sessions!
“The children felt very special to have a performance just for them…
I’ll never forget the look of horrified delight on their faces.”
Teacher feedback, Clyst Vale Community College
“The best impact day we’ve ever had!”
Teacher feedback, St Peter’s C of E Aided School, Exeter
WHO ARE WE & WHAT ARE WE ABOUT?
FOUR OF SWORDS THEATRE was founded in 2012, born of two friends’ determination to create sensational theatre. After several months of careful planning, in 2013 FOUR OF SWORDS exploded onto the South West theatre scene with two stonking shows.
We’ve come a long way in a short couple of years, and succeeded in developing a formula which seems to resonate with people and keep them coming back for more. In short, we are all about creating accessible, vibrant versions of classic stories in unusual spaces. We want to confront and break down notions of what is and is not viable or acceptable as part of a play. We are enthusiastic about multi-media and the use of live music. But most importantly, we want the audience to get swept up in the story.
“There’s only one problem with intimate and almost tangible theatre like this, the kind that which surrounds you, whisks you up and takes you with it – you won’t want to go back to sitting in an auditorium again.”
Fran McElhone, Express & Echo
“I was completely transported, I haven’t had such an intense theatre experience in such a long time and it’s so exciting to see something like that in the South West.”
Audience member feedback
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