BUDDING young directors and movie buffs are wanted for the first ever filmmaking school in the region.

Sparks Bournemouth gives children and teenagers the opportunity to learn how to become a film director, TV producer, script writer or even the star of their very own show.

Meeting every Saturday at Poole High School, students will join practical and hands-on sessions where they’ll learn all the tricks of the trade and create their own films.

They’ll get to use the professional camera equipment, write scripts and create sound and special effects.

Heading up the class is an industry expert of 15 years, Tim Berry, who said: “I’m so passionate about filmmaking and I’m particularly excited to bring this novel and new opportunity to young people in this area.

“We’ve got some great theatre schools in the BCP area, but some children can feel daunted by being in the spotlight. This gives them the opportunity to be either in front of the camera or behind it.

He added: “Wouldn’t it be great if Bournemouth could become renowned as being a hub for filmmakers?”

Tim also stressed that each child can dip in and out of various aspects of the course according to their interests.

Courses are split into age categories from five to 18 years old.

As an already established brand, Sparks has in fact been operating in the London area for more than 10 years, with clubs held in over 10 locations across the city.

Visit sparksarts.co.uk/locations/Bournemouth for more information.