We’re delighted to announce that following pitching with our upcoming feature film Only Us via arts organisation IdeasTap, YSP Media won a place on the Feature Film Creative Producing Elevator held at the Northern Film School in Leeds. The course involved a week of practical workshops designed to prepare us for making our debut feature film with the week being tailored to producer, writer and director teams. The week usually costs £375, but as the winners of the brief we were able to take part for free.
Elevator is a five-day programme for creative teams who are ready to produce their first feature film. Our project was submitted to a challenging week of workshops, seminars and conversations, with a focus on digital solutions. We were encouraged to think beyond the traditional realms of filmmaking to enable our project to compete in the digital world.
A range of industry thinkers and practitioners mentored us through practical, and applied, workshops in low budget financing, distribution and audience development. Thanks to the Northern Film School’s partnership with the Leeds International Film Festival, screenings were also provided and professional filmmakers contributed to the sessions.
Elevator took place between Friday 15 and Tuesday 19 November 2013 with speakers and mentors representing independent film production companies, Film London, Creative England, BFI, Cine Regio and many more individuals and organsations.
Stay tuned for more news on the development of Only Us during the coming months as we move towards production! Only Us is directed by Christopher Bevan, written by Karl Poyzer and produced by Belinda Basson.