Excellent news this week from the Royal Television Society! We’re delighted to announce that our commercial for Mackney Photography’s POP superhero portraits has been nominated for Best Promotional Programme at the RTS Midlands Awards. This is a tremendous honour for us and we’re delighted to be attending the gala awards ceremony in Birmingham in November alongside some incredible talent. A huge thank you to the cast and crew for all their hard work on the commercial, and a special thanks to our client Mackney Photography for entrusting us to deliver the project. We had a blast working on it and are now looking forward to joining our fellow nominees in just a few weeks time. You can check out our award nominated commercial here!
Our sci-fi short Transcended was recently selected to screen at The Short Cinema in Leicester, an international film festival with a focus on shining a light on East Midlands talent. We had a terrific time at the event, joining a sold out crowd for a superb and diverse line up of films. If you’ve not seen it yet, you can view the film online here. Below is a photo of just some of the Transcended cast and crew on the festival red carpet at the wonderful Phoenix Cinema in Leicester. Our thanks to the organisers for another brilliant year and we hope to be able to submit again in 2017!
Poodle? Check. Skateboard? Check. Miniature car? Check. In one of our most unusual short projects to date, we teamed with animal trainer and poodle lover Lynne Land to develop a comedic, snappy short following the exploits of her superstar poodle Mojo. Filmed at the Arianne Photography Studios near Burton, a small team of crew got together for a day of madness and mayhem as dogs galore descended on the set. A huge part of the fun was building the idea that Mojo is indeed a ‘superstar’ dog, creating a faux-Hollywood feel to the film and scenarios. The film has been released simultaneously on Facebook as well as traditional video platforms, resulting a tremendous surge in views and shares from dog lovers all around the world. Mojo’s career has seen her appear on the sofa of ITV’s This Morning show and take a starring role in the Colin Firth starring Kingsman: Secret Service. Now Mojo is taking her next step into the world of showbiz and we had a great time being a small part of that.
In the lead up to the online release of Guy Jones’ latest single ‘Little Guys’ we’re delighted to unveil the official music video we produced for the track! A big thank you goes out to all of the cast and crew involved in this one. Check out some of the behind the scenes images below taken by Gemma O'Brien.
After two years away, YSP Media answered the call and once again joined the Sci-Fi London 48 Hour Film Challenge earlier this month. Bringing together a small and dedicated team, we came out after two days of solid work and no sleep with Transcended, a story of a test subject rescued from a lab by two conflicted friends, at odds over the best way to handle her rapidly deterioration and unusual symptoms.
As ever the Sci-Fi London organisers provide a title, line of dialogue and prop in order to help stimulate ideas and demonstrate that the film has indeed been made over the competition weekend. With ‘It must be some weird kind of metamorphosis’ as our line and the genetic manipulation of humans as an optional theme, we decided to move towards bioscience as part of our story. The cast for Transcended, Michael Muyunda, AJ Stevenson and Julia Quayle, all came into the project with no idea of the story or character they would be playing which proved to be an exciting challenge for all involved. Working closely with director Christopher Bevan and writer Dan McGrath, they were cast in roles from a script written hours earlier during the first hours of the competition.
Shooting through until 5am on the first day of the shoot, the team then relocated from the main base in Nottingham to a nearby forest location, wrapping after nearly 24 hours of solid work at around 8am on the morning of day two! Our sincere thanks go to the hardworking production crew who made it happen in such difficult circumstances. A shout out must also go to the post team, including editor Simon Dymond and sound designer Adam Fletcher, who both worked tirelessly through the night to complete the film alongside DP Karl Poyzer and director Christopher. You can find a team photo from the shoot above, with further images taken by Gemma O'Brien also available to view over on Facebook here. We hope you enjoy watching the film as much as we enjoyed making it!
We’re pleased to finally be able to unveil our latest film Hollow Men, a post-apocalyptic short inspired by the T.S Eliot poem of the same name. It’s been a long time coming after many months in post-production tinkering away and building the world our lead character, The Traveller, finds himself in. The genesis of the idea came as part of an experiment to move away from a traditional format and script, instead taking a poem and crafting a story and mood to fit. We were fortunate to have the incredible High Peaks of Derbyshire at our disposal with the unique Mam Tor offering a crumbling road and rocky outcrops, giving us some wonderful visuals to work with. The film has been premiered online which is a first for our shorts, an approach that has allowed us to reach new audiences and so far we’ve been thrilled with the response. Take a look and let us know what you think!
Following a commission from Dreamfusion Productions, YSP Media recently had the pleasure of being a part of Shine A Light, a film participation project for Over 60’s in Derbyshire run by Derby QUAD. Funded by the Esmée Fairburn Foundation and delivered by the QUAD in Derby, the scheme saw a series of short films developed by professional filmmakers from ideas generated within groups of participants engaging with the scheme through script writing and story.
Working with Dreamfusion Productions and our production partner Top Box TV, we were assigned to work with the inspiring Seen Ya Rights, whose passionate journey to highlight the issues of dementia and LGBT care in older through film became the subject of our documentary. The film, ‘Seen Ya Rights - A Creative Journey for Change’ was produced by Belinda Basson of Dreamfusion Productions, directed by Christopher Bevan of YSP Media, working with Director of Photography Joff Whaite of Top Box TV.
Filming on the production began in July 2015 when we first met Seen Ya Rights and immediately we were drawn to their strength, activism and camaraderie, which set us on the path of developing what would become ‘A Creative Journey for Change’. Liaising with the group and QUAD, we began to tell the story of how Seen Ya Rights had formed through human rights activism and ultimately how they became a part of Shine A Light. After initially submitting their own ideas, the group had renowned director Christine Parker assigned to their group and after listening to their thoughts and concerns, she began development on her own short film The Carer which promised to address these issues.
Simultaneous Seen Ya Rights’ own script ‘My Secret Love’ was adapted into a stage production directed by Ava Hunt, and unexpected but very welcome outcome that allowed the issues of same-sex relationships in care and dementia to be debated and put across to a wider audience.
Having the opportunity to be able to tell such a wide ranging but impactful story, full of such important issues, was a real privilege and it was fantastic to see all of the Shine A Light films, including our documentary and The Carer, screened at QUAD in February 2016 where they received a tremendous reception. The documentary is now available online via QUAD and can be viewed here. It was a pleasure to be commissioned to direct this film by Dreamfusion Productions and we loved working with them and Top Box TV to bring this film to life.
Following on from our commercial for the award-winning Mackney Photography in July of this year, we were thrilled to be commissioned to work with them again on a promotional video for POP! A portrait series aimed at children, these stylish and imaginative pieces of artwork can be based around superheroes or fairies. We were tasked with bringing Mackney’s pop-up shop to life on film during its two-month presence in the Intu shopping centre in Derby, allowing us to spend a day on the shoots themselves and a day at the studio to see the magic of post-production. The film was released through Facebook and reached an audience of over 30,000 online viewers, a testament to the power of film and video for social media marketing. Take a look at the final film and we hope you enjoy!
We’re delighted to finally release our award winning short film Love & Other Chairs online following a great festival run over the last 18 months. Filming commenced way back in Spring 2013 and it’s been a fun journey full of exciting opportunities. Being given the opportunity to share our film with so many festivals, venues and events has been fantastic and seeing audience reactions has made all the hard work worthwhile.
Since going live on Vimeo earlier this month, the film has been shortlisted for Shooting People’s ‘Film of the Month’ and was added to the Director’s Notes featured channel which has further helped expand our audience online. Thanks to all who have watched and shared the film so far. Written by Luke Kondor and directed by Christopher Bevan, Love & Other Chairs follows Julian, a lonely man with a severe problem; every woman he meets turns into a chair. After trying to make it work with his girlfriend-turned-furniture-piece, he becomes desperate for love.
Winner of the Grand Prix at the In Short Film Festival, Love & Other Chairs was also awarded the Audience Award at the Focus Film Festival in London. The film was also nominated Best Comedy and Best Sound at the Southampton International Film Festival and received selections from several other festivals including Screen Stockport, Thurrock Film Festival and The Short Cinema.
Love & Other Chairs stars Mark Drake, Faith Knight, Rowan Scarborough, Katie Hind, Della Maylan and Freya Sharp.
We’d also like to take this opportunity to once again thank all of our incredible backers who helped fund this film through a successful IndieGoGo campaign. Without all of you it wouldn’t have been possible and you have our immense gratitude.
Following a fantastic shoot with a wonderful cast and crew in early July, our brand new commercial for Mackney Photography's POP! has landed! Inspired by the superhero themed portrait photographs Mackney has just launched, we were tasked with bringing the concept of mini superheroes to life in a fun and creative way. The end result is a tongue-in-cheek story of a young superhero boy who comes to the rescue, shocking his mum as much as all the onlookers as he strides towards an 'immovable' object, lifting it with ease above his head. Take a look!
The commercial was a hit online and has received to date 30,000+ views online via Facebook and Youtube. We were excited to learn recently that the advert is playing in the Showcase Cinema De Lux in Derby on all 12 screens to promote the launch of the POP! shop in the Intu Shopping Centre, Derby. We've received some terrific feedback and our thanks go to the whole cast and crew for pulling out all the stops to make this happen!
We've got some fantastic behind the scenes photos taken by Jason Parrish of Arctic Productions up on the YSP Media Facebook page, you can check those out here. If you'd like to see more of the making of the commercial, have a watch of our behind the scenes video of the shoot below for more on how it all came together!
Ahead of the official online launch of our short film Love & Other Chairs, the film stopped by the Short of the Month Film Festival, a brand new online platform for independent shorts being developed to showcase up and coming talent. We were thrilled to be selected for the June edition of the competition and after a month being part of the showcase, Love & Other Chairs was awarded Best Film, Best Director and Best Original Score!
It's always great to hear responses to your work and a subsequent review focusing on our short was published by Indie Shorts Mag, where the film came in for some fantastic praise from the author. You can check out the full review here.
Director Christopher Bevan also took part in a short interview with the website too, going on to discuss the creative process, development of the project as well as working with Love & Other Chairs screenwriter Luke Kondor. It's a fun read and our thanks go to Indie Shorts Mag for their insightful questions and feedback on the film. If you're interested in having a read of the interview, you can do so at the link here.
We're building towards a final online release of the film and are hopeful to be able to announce a date very soon, along with a tie in podcast on Love & Other Chairs' eventful journey through production and on the festival circuit. In the meantime take a look at the trailer and keep an eye out for further updates!
APPLICATIONS FOR THIS PROJECT ARE NOW CLOSED. Exciting news! YSP Media are currently casting for our latest project with the working title ‘Out There’. It’s a short film being produced in Derby in conjunction with a locally based artistic company for an upcoming promotion.
Unfortunately we’re unable to publish the full details of the synopsis at this stage due to the secretive nature of the project, but we can tell you with some excitement that it’s a short, one minute comedy and if you’re a fan of comic books we think you’ll get a kick out of it! Script and project details will be provided for selected cast members following successful application.
To find out more on us, visit here. In short, we’re an award winning Production Company based in Derby, specialising in the development of narrative film content and commercials. Our shorts have won awards and screened at festivals around the world and we’re very excited to be expanding our portfolio and reach this year with the launch of our new website and production opportunities. We’d love to hear from any actors interested in working with us on our latest project! Take a look at our portfolio of film work to get a flavour of what we do.
APPLICATIONS FOR THIS PROJECT ARE NOW CLOSED. You can find details of the roles being cast for the film below and should you wish to register your interest, please get in touch via the contact box below with a list of credits, headshot and showreel where available, stating the name of the role you wish to apply for in the subject line. Please note that preference will be given to actors local to Derby, Nottingham, Leicester and the surrounding areas in the East Midlands.
Thomas - Age range between 6-8, Male (Non Speaking): A young and gifted comic book fan, Thomas is blessed with the inner strength and courage of a man ten times his size.
Mary – Age range between 30-40, Female (Speaking): A hard working and busy mum on the way to work and caught in an out of this world situation.
Ron (Builder) – Age 30+, Male (Speaking) – The gaffer, laid back and giving the orders. He is unusually calm in times of stress and strangeness.
Terry & John (Builders) – Age 30+, Male (Non Speaking) – The two tough blokes who get the job done. Only this time, they might have bitten off more than they can chew.
We also have a number of extra roles available with those involved required for a shorter time on Sunday July 5th. To express an interest in being involved in one of these roles, please fill out the same contact form with the word 'Extra' in the subject line. Please note that we are unfortunately unable to cover expenses for extras on this production, involvement in these roles is purely on a voluntary basis hence our suggestion for local applicants. APPLICATIONS FOR THIS PROJECT ARE NOW CLOSED.
It's been an incredible and fun ride for our short film Love & Other Chairs which has to date had over a dozen screenings around the country and most recently received the Audience Choice Award at the Barbican Focus Film Festival, which we're extremely grateful for. Screenings over the past nine months have taken place at festivals including but not limited to the Southampton International Film Festival (nominated Best Comedy), Screen Stockport, In Short Film Festival (winner Grand Prix), Thurrock International Film Festival and many more.
After a year of the festival circuit we've decided to make the jump online and we'll be bringing Love & Other Chairs out for public release very soon, date still to be confirmed. This an exciting next step in the journey and we can't wait to see what happens. This is where you come in.
To build the buzz and acheive great exposure for the film, we would love for you to share on Facebook and Tweet the link to our brand new trailer for the film! Particularly to our IndieGoGo crowdfunding backers, your involvement and generous contributions two years ago made the film possible and if you'd like to carry on the journey with us, any support you can give would be greatly appreciated.
Here's the link to the film's first official trailer, have a watch, leave a comment and please share on your social media networks!
Julian has a problem; every woman he meets turns into a chair. After trying to make it work with his girlfriend-turned-furniture piece, he becomes desparate for love. Love & Other Chairs is a darkly comic, award winning short film written by Luke Kondor and directed by Christopher Bevan, starring Mark Drake, Faith Knight and Rowan Scarborough.
Our latest music video for the super talented KETO's debut single 'Change' has premiered on Clash Music! Released on Denizen Recordings, 'Change' marks the first step in a new direction for Nottingham artist Leah Sinead and we jumped at the chance to work with her in the Autumn of 2014. When shooting the video, director Christopher Bevan was strongly influenced by Lord of the Flies and the Lost Boys when it came to shaping the story of a group of young and older children fighting and living wild in dense woodlands, watched over by a mysterious and manipulative presence.
Leah and Chris both felt the song and visuals perfectly complimented each other and as the collaboration progressed, everything fell into place. We're excited that the final result has now been released. You can take a look at the final video below via our Vimeo channel or head over to KETO's official Youtube link here. Thanks of course go to our cast and crew for their hard work in bringing this to life!
As part of YSP Media's entry into Genero's Visit Britain competition, we took on the task of creating a wide ranging, all encompassing event film capturing highlights of the fantastic county of Derbyshire. Seven days of back-to-back filming saw director Christopher Bevan and producer Belinda Basson of Dreamfusion Productions head on a dash around some of the county's most memorable landmarks and local tourism hotspots. Just some of our fantastic locations and events included the iconic Chatsworth House, Bolsover Castle, the iPro Stadium, the Heights of Abraham and Matlock Illuminations. We were also treated to local hospitality in Ashbourne's Bramwells and Young Ideas designer fashion store along with restauraunts in Derby including the Cardomom Club, Fusion and Seven.
It was an eventful, hectic but rewarding week and we certainly had our eyes opened to the amazing delights on offer in the county. Royal Crown Derby and Denby also opened their doors to us and we're so grateful to them and so many others for getting behind the project. The film was entered into the Genero Visit Britain contest where the theme 'Sounds of Great Britain' helped us shape the edit, with the sounds of each location helping the smooth and energetic transitions around the county.
There's still so much more to see and we're hopeful we'll get to film more amazing locations some day soon. In the meantime please have a watch of our entry which, having been named a finalist in the contest, has now been picked up by Visit Derby for their official website. A huge thank you to all involved in helping us make this happen and we can't wait for our next adventure.
Delighted that announce that our short film Love & Other Chairs was awarded the Grand Prix at last night's In Short Film Festival in London! We'd like to thank all who made this possible, from our dedicated cast and crew to our amazing IndieGoGo backers! Thanks also to the In Short team and festival grand jury, we're over the moon! Over the coming weeks and months we've got several more screenings and events coming up where the film will be shown and all of the details will be revealed on the Love & Other Chairs Facebook page.
Following the film's success here, there'll be further screenings in Dinan, France as well as ahead of the Raindance award winning Kebab & Horoscope at the Play Polish Film Festival later in the year.
Over the past few weeks, YSP Media has been busy working with Belinda Basson of Dreamfusion Productions to produce a short documentary on the St. George’s Knights, a powerchair football team based at the England training ground of St. George’s Park near Burton. The film was completed for the video content production website Genero’s brief for Unscriptd, a company involved in distrubuting inspiring and engaing sports stories online.
We received some fantastic support from the St. George’s Knights team, coaching staff and parents, with manager Warren Kelsall helping us create the final result thanks to his incredible enthusiasm to help bring the sport and team to greater awareness. The competition brief will be won by 6 filmmakers, with each receiving $5,000 for their film and it is our intention, should our documentary be selected, to donate our prize money back to the club to allow more players to get into this amazing sport. You can find the film at the website Genero here and we’d appreciate any support through sharing to help spread awareness.
St. George’s Knights are a team of inspiring young men who refuse allow their disabilities to prevent them from playing and enjoying sport. Powerchair football gives them ‘a level playing field’ and their courage, passion and competitiveness drive them to be the very best they can be.
A big thank you to all of the crew who helped make this happen and we look forward to helping the film and team reach as wide an audience as possible.
Following the film’s completion last month, we’re delighted that our latest short Love & Other Chairs has begun it’s festival run with two selections so far and more than a dozen submissions. Filmed in early 2013 after a successful IndieGoGo crowdfunding campaign which raised £1637 (£437 more than our target!), Love & Other Chairs has been in post-production since as we’ve taken time to fine tune the film and ensure that the final product represents the film we set out to make as closely as possible. Written by Luke Kondor and directed by Christopher Bevan, the film tells the story of Julian (Mark Drake), a lonely wreck of a man with a problem; every woman he meets turns into a chair. After trying to make it work with his girlfriend-turned-furniture-piece, he becomes desperate for love.
Since submission to festivals began last month, the film has so far been selected for the Viewster Online Film Festival and the Thurrock Film Festival as part of the Fiction category and we’re keeping our fingers crossed for further selections in the coming months. A massive thanks goes to all of our IndieGoGo backers for making this film possible along with our fantastic cast and crew for working hard to bring it to life. Particular thanks go to our superb editor Silvia de Abreu for bringing the best out of the film and helping push us during a very challenging but exciting post-production.
‘Love & Other Chairs’ is a darkly comic short film which follows Julian’s bizarre unravelling as he tries to come to terms with what is ostensibly the end of a relationship, with the absent loved one taking on the form of a chair. As a director this was such an eye catching idea and the script that writer Luke Kondor had developed was brilliant at showing not just the darkly humourous concept, but also the heartache Julian goes through. In development we discussed the idea of metaphors taking on physical manifestations and we hope that the film will provoke laughter and thought through the unusual manner in which the tale unfolds. The themes resonate quite strongly with us, and we feel like it’s a concept that people can enjoy and hopefully take something away from. We look forward to you seeing the film very soon!
After a week’s shooting up in Scotland and in Derby, production has officially wrapped on the spec trailer for our feature film ‘Only Us’! With development of the film underway, the team decided to embark on an ambitious shoot at the beginning of April to capture scenes and moments that best reflect the full length feature we hope to create. With this in mind the core YSP team and cast set off for Scotland to film in stunning locations on the Isle of Arran and in Glencoe in the Scottish Highlands. It was a fantastic experience to be able to shoot several scenes from the film and this gave us real scope for continuing development and having a glimpse of what a full length feature shoot might be like for a film as unique as ‘Only Us’. A huge thank you to the crew and cast for their hard work on what was a difficult but rewarding shoot and we’re very excited to share the results with you as soon as we can.
A British psychological drama thriller, ‘Only Us’ is the story of Josh and Nathalie, a young couple going nowhere and desperate to leave their mundane and unfulfilling lives behind. When a threatening criminal from Josh’s past is released from prison after years behind bars, the couple are forced to run away and set out on the open road. Their trip takes them across the length of the UK and eventually to Paris as they search for a new life whilst escaping from the dangerous and relentless enemy set on making their life a living hell.
For the full length feature, we plan for a small and dedicated core team to travel in the shoes of the characters chronologically as we create this unique and exciting film. Over a month we’ll take in landmarks both known and obscure, giving our film a British identity but also allowing it to translate across borders. We intend to work with actors cast in supporting roles along the way, thereby creating the sense of journey the story takes.
The spec trailer is currently in post-production and we’re looking to begin promoting the film and look to raise interest during Summer 2014. Only Us also represents an opportunity to invest in an innovative film project. The making of this film will be publicised and shared with an extensive community of potential viewers through social media. Whilst looking for traditional distrubution too, we are also looking at directly distributing the film to smaller regional cinemas around the UK with a special focus on cinemas located where filming took place with further plans for DVD and VOD releases. Our proposed budget includes all stages of production and interested investors will have the opportunity to take advantage of generous tax concessions through SEIS arrangements. If you would like to invest in the making of Only Us, or for more information about this exciting project, please contact producer Belinda Basson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please visit the film’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/onlyusfilm to keep up to date with all the latest info and photos.
We’re delighted to be able to bring you our latest corporate video for Shrewsbury based Rolling Homes, a small and experienced family business that converts and manufactures bespoke motorhomes. All of Rolling Homes’ work is carried out in their own premises. Mark Cooper and his small team of craftsmen pride themselves on producing very high quality campers. For more information please visit www.rolling-homes.co.uk.
We filmed the promotional video for the company late last year and after editing through December and early January, we’re now delighted that the video has finally been released online via their Facebook and Youtube accounts. Our thanks go to voice over actor Andy Barrow of Oddsocks Productions and composer Ben Haynes for their work on the project in collaboration with YSP. If you’re interested in a short video for your company, why not send us a message via the contact form. We’d be happy to discuss your requirements and hope we can help!