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50 years on from the birth of Yorkshire Television this documentary tells the incredible untold story of its early years
50 years on from the birth of Yorkshire Television this documentary tells the incredible untold story of its early years
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MADE IN YORKSHIRE 

A documentary feature film.

Fifty years ago, a group of young men and women took over a derelict trouser factory in a rundown part of Leeds and set about creating what would become one of the world’s greatest television studios.

In the decades that followed, Yorkshire Television made programmes that were viewed across the planet, including many that would shape and define the era in which they were broadcast.

It was a ground-breaking period in television history - for the first time, local news was beamed into millions of homes across the north. There were documentaries that challenged the status quo and changed society, there was pioneering drama and shiny-floor entertainment series - all created within YTV’s Kirkstall Road studios, as it played host to some of the world’s greatest actors and entertainers.

“Made In Yorkshire” is a feature-length documentary film that will, for the first time, tell the incredible, fascinating - and often hilarious - story of the first decade of this northern powerhouse.

To help tell a truly definitive account of the Yorkshire Television story, the producers of Made In Yorkshire have been granted rare and unprecedented access to the ITV Archives.

The production team includes archivists who have an intimate knowledge of the YTV library and have the skill and experience to track down the most fascinating pieces of footage to be found in this precious regional resource.

One of the aims of this film is to unearth these priceless pieces of television history and bring them to a wider audience, in doing so creating a valuable document not just of Yorkshire Television, but life in Yorkshire as a whole.

PURPOSE AND LEGACY

The 29th of July 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the birth of Yorkshire Television. We feel it is the perfect time to reflect on, and celebrate, this special part of Yorkshire history.

To the millions who grew up watching its programmes in those early days, Yorkshire Television remains a very special part of their lives. This film will be filled with nostalgia - a chance to celebrate the rich and varied range of programmes that made us laugh, cry, or think - and also helped us discover, and connect with, the world around us.

It is also an important record of what television used to be like - both on our TV screens and behind the camera.

For the television industry in Yorkshire, the film will be a timely reminder of its roots. A chance to come together and celebrate a company that played a big role in the careers of so many talented programme makers and high profile names.

For students of television and the media, this film will be a vital resource for many years to come.

Through interviews with the key protagonists from YTV’s early years, this film will record for posterity the memories and first hand accounts of those who were there to witness, and help create, TV history. These in-depth interviews will also be a precious resource to preserve for future generations.

PRODUCTION OVERVIEW AND DISTRIBUTION

Made In Yorkshire is a completely independent film production being made with the support and co-operation of ITV Studios.

The film is a passion project for those who care about the story of Yorkshire Television.

The production team - working under the banner of Chevron Films - is made up of programme makers and other TV professionals, many of whom worked at Yorkshire TV for many years.

Pre-production planning on Made In Yorkshire began in June 2017.

Filming on Made In Yorkshire will take place in the Spring and Summer, primarily interviews, with some location shoots and dramatic reconstructions.

Post Production will take place over the summer, aiming to complete the film for Autumn 2018.

The aim is for the film to be shown at a series of special screenings and events throughout October-December, to help mark the 50 year anniversary. We also hope the documentary will be shown at some top film festivals.

There are currently no plans for the film to be broadcast on television, however if the film is a success and the necessary rights and clearances can be paid for, then the film-makers would be open to discussions for other ways in which the film can reach a wider audience.

FUNDRAISING

The vast majority of the team are working voluntarily and for no fee and a lot of the production costs we have also got covered for no fee.

However, a film of this scale does require a certain level of budget to get made and to help us achieve the production values we feel this film deserves.

Costs include props, wardrobe and locations for dramatic reconstructions, crew costs, editing, specialist equipment, media storage, promotional materials, music royalties, graphics and screening costs.

The estimated budget for the film is currently between £20,000 - £25,000. Bearing in mind that the average cost of making a low budget feature-length documentary is £300,000, the film-makers believe this offers fantastic value for money in creating a film that will be watched and enjoyed for generations to come.

Funds will be raised through a combination of crowdfunding, sponsorship and individual donations.

The film-makers are keen to speak with any companies or individuals who are interested in sponsoring the film, making a donation, or working together collaboratively.

REWARDS

There are some fantastic rewards on offer in exchange for your support - from special prints, t-shirts and mugs, to tickets to a VIP Premiere screening, or a copy of the finished film.

SOME OF THE REWARDS ON OFFER...

£20 or more - Limited edition YTV 50th Birthday mug! Choose from two different designs (mast with TV logo or simple TV logo)

 £20 or more - Yorkshire TV Studios Art Poster

£25 or more - YTV 50th birthday t-shirt 

Wow your friends with a stylish, specially-designed Yorkshire TV 50th birthday t-shirt! Available in three different colours and two different logo designs as per below. Please specify size, colour (black, white or khaki) and which logo you prefer (TV set logo or mast with TV set logo).

Pledge £30 or more - Limited Edition YTV 50th Birthday Artwork 

A2 Limited Edition silkscreen print of Emley Mast, specially created for the 50th anniversary of Yorkshire TV. Created by amazing Leeds artist Graham Pilling (Army Of Cats)

Pledge £50 or more - VIP Premiere Screening & After-Party

Emmerdale Village and Emmerdale Studio Experience tickets & Emmerdale Script signed by the current cast

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*You can tell the world you have contributed to the documentary by using the hashtag #MadeInYorkshireFilm on Twitter and Instagram.

FOLLOW US ON TWITTER @madeinyorksfilm FOR PICS AND UPDATES ON HOW THE MAKING OF THE FILM

THANK YOU FOR TAKING TIME TO VIEW THIS CAMPAIGN AND FOR YOUR VALUABLE SUPPORT

We'll sithee at the premiere...

CHEVRON FILMS 2018

Risks and challenges

There are many challenges involved a longform project of this scale and tackling such a big subject matter and story - and with the amount of work involved, there is always the chance it may take longer than expected, but we hope that by meeting our funding target it will will help us get the film made as quickly and efficiently as possible and in time to be shown within the anniversary year of 2018.

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    Thank You

    Challenge stereotypes about Yorkshire folk by making a generous and altruistic pledge towards the making of Made In Yorkshire, with no reward for yourself.

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    Ltd Edition YTV 50th birthday mug

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    DVD of "Made In Yorkshire"

    Be one of the first people to own a physical copy of the film with a DVD of the “Made In Yorkshire” documentary with bespoke sleeve artwork.

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    Ltd Edition YTV 50th Birthday Artwork

    ORIGINAL ARTWORK - "Made In Yorkshire" Poster Artwork - A2 Limited Edition silkscreen print of Emley Mast, specially created for the 50th anniversary of Yorkshire TV. Created by amazing Leeds artist Graham Pilling (Army Of Cats)

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    YTV 50th Birthday Goodie Bag!

    Celebrate the Big 50 in style with a Yorkshire TV 50th birthday "Goodie Bag" - Includes digital download of the film, YTV t-shirt, YTV Studio art poster, a rare YTV behind the scenes photo and a few very special surprises...!
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    X2 Emmerdale Studio Experience Tickets

    Experience the drama at the former ITV Studios at 27 Burley Road as we take you on a guided journey into the world of Emmerdale.
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    Make a Cameo In The Film!

    Ever fancied being a movie star?
    Cement your own place in television history by taking on a part in one of our dramatic reconstructions.
    *please note these cameos may be limited to background or non-speaking roles

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    * A Credit at the end of the film
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    Emmerdale Village Tour For Two People

    Follow in the footsteps of Yorkshire's best loved soap-stars as you visit the outdoor Emmerdale village set. When the cameras stop rolling, the gates will open to allow you to enjoy an exclusive tour of the popular fictional village.

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    VIP Premiere Bundle

    £100 gets you two tickets to the VIP Premiere plus a Digital Download of the finished film and your choice of either the Limited Edition YTV 50th Birthday Artwork of Emley Mast OR a YTV t-shirt

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    Name In The End Credits

    Anyone pledging £100 or more (for any reward) will receive a special thank you credit at the end of the film

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    Emmerdale Script signed by current cast

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