'Creativity For Good' Nomination At Mainframe Derby Creative Business Awards 2019

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We were incredibly honoured to receive a nomination for this year’s Mainframe Awards in the ‘Creativity for Good’ category and attend the ceremony at QUAD in Derby earlier this month. Mainframe supports businesses from across Derby and Derbyshire, and their work is supported by a whole host of local and national enterprises and programmes. To be recognised in this way was a real boost for us and we’re grateful to the organisers and our category judge for shortlisting us alongside fellow nominees Mair Perkins Animation and Jane Hardstaff’s Common Threads.

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’Creativity for Good’ recognises businesses who have created projects that have ‘contributed to the betterment of lives through creative means; both locally or further afield’. We were pleased to be able to submit our portfolio of work for Green Eco Technologies (GET) for our nomination, with the effort to tackle the global challenge of food waste being the core focus of this work.

‘GET develops, supplies and manages technologically advanced, safe, efficient, and environmentally beneficial, on-site solutions for the conversion and re-purposing of putrescible organic waste into reusable resources.’ Our work involved a series of videos for their WasteMaster system which have been shared online and screened at exhibitions globally, and we have also supported GET’s social media management.

The Mainframe Awards evening was held on April 11th at QUAD in Derby, and our category was won by the terrific Mair Perkins and we send our warmest congratulations to her. To be amongst the nominees and such a vibrant, exciting group of creative individuals was a real privilege and we look forward to continuing our work for good both with GET and elsewhere through our documentary and promotional work.

To find out more about the Mainframe Awards and the full list of winners and nominees, head on over to their website here.

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Short Film 'Make Do Or Mend' Wins At Midlands Movies Awards

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Last week we attended the annual Midlands Movies Awards ceremony in Leicester, with our short sci-fi film Make Do Or Mend nominated for four awards. Represented by director and producer Christopher Bevan and lead Hair and Make-Up Artist Monica Montalvo, we were absolutely delighted to be presented the award for Best Make-Up, Costume and Hairstyling on the night!

A huge collaborative effort, our thanks must go to the whole nominated team including Monica, SFX Make Up team Father Phantom Studio (Laura, Katarina and Ben) and costume designer Chris Morris. They worked tremendously hard before and during filming, and we were so pleased with the end result and having this recognised by Midlands Movies is a real honour for us. Further thanks go to our production designer Milly White who was integral in bringing the vision for these departments together.

Elsewhere at the Midlands Movies Awards, we were nominated for Best Director, Editing and Sound Editing but faced with so much stiff competition, we didn’t pick up the awards in these categories but for us, the nods and award we received are reward enough.

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The evening itself was fantastically organised and a huge amount of fun, thanks to Mike Sales and the Midlands Movies team for all of their efforts in the lead up to and on the night to make it such a success. It was great to bump into fellow nominees, some familiar faces and some new, and the venue was the perfect choice for the occasion. Our thanks once again to all who have made this success possible, and we hope to have our next project ready to submit for the next Midlands Movies Awards in 2020.

Credit: Photography by Philip Eldridge-Smith

About Make Do Or Mend

“For Hunters, victory is the only alternative to death. When Irix (Miranda Heath) returns with a new trophy, her kill has already attracted dangerous attention from rival Hunters. With the seconds counting down until the next hunt, her companion Ashak (Dan McGrath) claims to have a way out for both of them. Surrounded by enemies and with another brutal hunt about to begin, the two Hunters must decide whether to make do and embrace the inevitable or take up the fight against their fate.”

Make Do Or Mend is directed by Christopher Bevan, written by Dan McGrath and produced by Christopher Bevan and James Hutton. To find out out more about the making of the film, visit our blog post here. To date the film has received a Special Mention in the Sci-Fi London 48 Hour Film Challenge, received official selections for The Short Cinema, Fargo Fantastic and Birmingham Film Festivals, and at the latter of these was nominated in 3 categories for Best Micro Short, Best Production Design and Best Costume. In early 2019 the film was picked up for online distribution by DUST, ‘the first premium sci-fi entertainment brand that reaches fans across all platforms, giving voice to emerging, diverse and established filmmakers.’ The film was nominated at the Midlands Movies Awards for Best Director, Best Editing, Best Sound Design and won for Best Costume, Make-Up and Hairstyling.

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YSP Media Joins Panel For Doc Media Festival 'Live Podcast'

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YSP Media director Christopher was please to be involved in last night's Documentary Media Festival’s 'Podcast Live' event held at De Montfort University in Leicester! Our thanks to the organisers for inviting us and fellow panellists for some great chat about all things documentary.

Representing YSP Media, Christopher was on hand to discuss his work with participatory arts organisation Junction Arts on the RTS-nominated documentary ‘JA40: The Junction Arts Story’.

The podcast has now been published by Decentered Media on their website at the link here for those interested in listening back. Taking part in the discussion was Ulrike Kubatta, Catherine Taylor, Christopher Bevan and Daniel Clifford alongside hosts John Coster and Rob Watson.

YSP Media Attends RTS Awards 2017

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We were delighted to attend the awards ceremony for the Royal Television Society Awards 2017 for the Midlands last week where our documentary 'JA40: The Junction Arts Story' was nominated for Factual Programme of the Year. It was wonderful to be nominated in such a competitive category and we proud to have our short film standing alongside programmes developed for each of the main terrestrial broadcasters. Tough competition to be sure! The award was won by the Richard Ayoade fronted 'Travel Man: 48 hours in...' by North One Television for the third year in a row and we send our congratulations to their team. The Baird Medal, awarded to an individual from the Midlands with contributions of significance both nationally and internationally, were given this year to Bodies and Line of Duty creator, Jed Mercurio and actor and comedian, Neil Morrissey. 

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On a personal note we would also like to congratulate our friends at Vermillion Films for their well deserved win in the Best Promotional Programme category for their stylish and impactful film 'Holy Ground' for Javelin Block.

A recap of the evening's winners can be found here courtesy of Film Birmingham and a list of nominees for this year's awards can be found on the RTS Midlands website here. Our thanks go to the RTS for recognising our work on the film this year and thanks also go out to our partners on the film, without whom none of this would have been possible; Junction Arts, Arts Council England, The Heritage Lottery Fund, Bolsover District Council and Derbyshire County Council. The film will next receive a screening at the Derbyshire Record Office in Matlock on Thursday 29th March 2018.

YSP Media Director Working With Junction Arts & New Bolsover Community Filmmakers

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‘Community Film Makers’ is a three year film project for residents of New Bolsover Model Village to document the progress of the Heritage Lottery Funded conservation and regeneration project. The film makers have been monitoring the changes, both physical and emotional responses, at regular intervals and will continue to do so until the regeneration is complete.

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In 2017 YSP Media director Christopher Bevan began working on the project with Junction Arts and the volunteer community film making team in New Bolsover. His first event was held at The Big Lunch at Vale Park, where he ran a short film competition during the day. The prize of a free starter lantern making kit was given to three brothers who really took to the challenge of capturing the event with Chris. The following event, an iMovie editing workshop, was held on the 1st August at the Community House (133 New Bolsover). Those who took part storyboarded, filmed and edited two short films and contributed to the documenting of the regeneration work that will be included in a short film for the Heritage Open Day in September 2017. More details about the screening in September to follow.

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The documentary film will be a valuable record and educational tool showing the improvement work and will be something that can be used in the future by researchers, advocates and local historians alike. The film will also record the changes in people’s attitudes and day-to-day lives as the work progresses. The film will be a wonderful resource to promote the work of HLF and the impact of HLF funding towards supporting the positive impact of community participation in such projects to the wider community and further afield.

For further information please visit http://junctionarts.org/projects/community-film-makers/. The above post on our site was created from the article originally published by Junction Arts. As ever we are incredibly grateful to be working closely with them and look forward to sharing news of the community filmmakers and their progress over the next 12 months.

Green Eco Technologies 'WasteMaster' Promotional Video

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Working in co-production with Dreamfusion Productions, we recently completed video work for Green Eco Technologies (GET) for their range of WasteMaster food conversion systems. Our focus whilst developing the project was to convey an effective message on how GET develop, supply and manage their innovative, efficient, and environmentally beneficial, on-site solutions for the conversion and re-purposing of food waste into reusable resources.

The process of development on the film allowed us to work alongside the GET team to deliver a film that explains the challenges of food waste for businesses, and how the WasteMaster presents a green-friendly solution. A combination of live action footage and animation was used to explore the operation and management of the system, as well as the many benefits it canprovide.

The final film, a 5-minute showcase of the WasteMaster has been released online ahead of the unveiling of the system at the RWM Exhibition in Birmingham for the energy, water, waste and recycling markets. GET’s WasteMaster food conversion system uses unique proprietary technology to accelerate the decomposition of food waste, without any additives and without odour, reducing it to a more manageable residual material, which can be re-used in positive ways such as the production of green energy through anaerobic digestion.

With offices in the UK, Australia and Japan, GET is focused on helping customers to reduce the impact of their food waste disposal both on their businesses and the Environment.

It was a pleasure to work with our co-production partners Dreamfusion Productions on this film along with our client GET. The completed film is now available to view above and will be distributed across social media platforms beginning this Autumn. For more information on the WasteMaster system please visit www.greenecotec.com. If you are interested in finding out more about the film and are looking for something similar for your own business, please get in touch with us here.

Music Video for Lost At Home 'Don't Change On Me' Released

We were recently pleased to work with the up-and-coming band Lost At Home on the official music video for their new track ‘Don’t Change On Me’. An upbeat, energetic track, the brief was for a performance led video shot in a studio space with a quick pace and colourful onscreen elements. Director Christopher Bevan worked closely with the video’s director of photography Louis Vella to achieve the right look, with a key challenge being the necessity for the camera to remain in the same position throughout the video to allow the frequent performance snap cuts in the edit to work

We filmed at the Studio Factory in Nottingham on their large infinity curve studio set, giving us the room we needed for the band to perform. We’re grateful to our hard working crew who helped us bring the end result together, including assistant director Alec Jordan, costume designer Sammy-May Buxton, art director Emma Wylie, make-up artist Madz Abbasi and our production assistants Alex Pickavant and Jake Majthenyi. We’re delighted to say that Lost At Home were over the moon with the end result and we’re hoping to begin discussions soon about the next video, one with a narrative styling potentially. Again a big thanks to all involved in bring this one to life!