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


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


‘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.


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


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!

JA40: The Junction Arts Story Documentary Completed

From the Junction Arts archive, a lantern making workshop in Bolsover in 1995

From the Junction Arts archive, a lantern making workshop in Bolsover in 1995

Back in July 2016, we were thrilled to learn that our director Christopher Bevan had been commissioned to direct an exciting new documentary project for Junction Arts, a Derbyshire based participatory arts organisation. Established in 1976 and celebrating their incredible 40th Anniversary this year, the JA40 project was created by the organisation to look back at their history through archiving their past work and developing a short film that would tell the story of how they Junction Arts came to be. The film was created and supported with funds from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

“Working over the last five months on this project has been a fascinating and rewarding experience. I’ve had the chance to delve into the history of an organisation rooted deeply in rural communities where arts exposure is not as prominent, and to get a glimpse of what this has meant to those local people over the past 40 years is both inspiring and moving.

I’ve also been able to interview key individuals from throughout the history of Junction Arts including former team members, artists, participants and representatives of the organisation’s funding bodies including Arts Council England, Bolsover District Council and Derbyshire County Council. The 20-minute film was produced from hours of interviews filmed over the duration of the project and I hope that the end result will be a lasting tribute to Junction Arts’ work to bring art to the communities that need it most” – Christopher Bevan, Director ‘JA40: The Junction Arts Story’

Filming at the Bolsover Lantern Parade in November 2016

Filming at the Bolsover Lantern Parade in November 2016

The film screened for the first time in early December at a private event for the Junction Arts team, funders and associates of the organisation. In early 2017 the film will tour the areas in which Junction Arts has been based over the past 40 years. The film has been released online too and is available to view below.

About Junction Arts (via www.junctionarts.org)

Junction Arts is a participatory arts organisation and charity based in Chesterfield, Derbyshire. We have built a reputation, during the last 40 years, for delivering outstanding, transformational work in the arts through partnerships and collaborations within the rural areas of the East Midlands.  We believe that the arts changes people’s lives, builds confidence and skills, increases communication and supports community and personal empowerment.  Our primary aim is to increase and extend access to high quality arts through inspirational, innovative participatory arts projects and through partnership working and collaboration.

Attending the RTS Midlands Awards Ceremony

Last night we were thrilled to attend the annual Royal Television Society Awards for the Midlands. It was a tremendous evening and great to be surrounded by such talent and the competition in our category was no exception. We were nominated in the ‘Best Promotional Programme’ category for our commercial for Mackney Photography’s POP superhero themed portraits, released last year to coincide with the opening of their new studio and shop in the Intu Derby.

Whilst on the night we didn’t pick up the award, it was a genuine pleasure to be nominated and this recognition in an incredibly competitive field means a great deal. Our thanks go to RTS Midlands for their wonderful hospitality and a fantastic awards ceremony. We look forward to submitting again next year!