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!


Royal Television Society Award Nomination For YSP Media

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!

Sci-Fi 'Transcended' Festival Selection For The Short Cinema

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!

(From L to R) Gemma O'Brien, Michael Muyunda, Julia Quayle, Dan McGrath, AJ Stevenson & Christopher Bevan. Photo by Pamel Raith Photography

(From L to R) Gemma O'Brien, Michael Muyunda, Julia Quayle, Dan McGrath, AJ Stevenson & Christopher Bevan. Photo by Pamel Raith Photography

Mojo The Movie Star Poodle!

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.

Post-Apocalyptic Short 'Hollow Men' Launches Online

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!

Shine A Light Film 'Seen Ya Rights: A Creative Journey' Premieres at QUAD

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.

Director Christopher Bevan briefs Seen Ya Rights on the day's filming

Director Christopher Bevan briefs Seen Ya Rights on the day's filming

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.

The full documentary is now available to view online above.

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.

John Raybould of Seen Ya Rights interviewed in the documentary

John Raybould of Seen Ya Rights interviewed in the documentary

In the script read through, Jenny King listens intently

In the script read through, Jenny King listens intently

Mackney Photography POP! Promotional Video

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!

Short Film 'Love & Other Chairs' Released Online

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.

Casting Call For New Film From YSP Media! (CLOSED)

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.

Trailer for Award Winning Short 'Love & Other Chairs' Follows Festival Success

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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.

Music video for KETO 'Change' Premieres

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!

A Whirlwind Tour of Derbyshire for YSP Media's Latest Promotional Video for Visit Derby

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.

Grand Prix Win for Love & Other Chairs at In Short Film Festival

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. 

St. George’s Knights Powerchair Football Documentary Completed

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.

Love & Other Chairs Festival Run Begins

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!

For more information on the film and details on the cast and crew involved, please visit the official Love & Other Chairs Facebook page at www.facebook.com/loveotherchairs or the IMDB page here.