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About Film Production

Film & TV Production

An imaginative concern for film and television, that’s what we are about at YSJ Film Production. Through a combination of practical work and theoretical and critical studies we aim to help students become creative and intelligent makers of film and TV. 

“We don’t want our students to fit in a box – it’s all about facilitating their creativity. What we are looking for is passion, commitment and enthusiasm”

Students filmingYou will study feature, documentary and short film and screenwriting, work on short features in fiction and factual film and television and develop your own scripts. You will also learn about budgeting, post-production and film analysis; gain skills in studio management, lighting, sound, and camera work. And, in your final year you can focus on film production, screen writing or documentary production.

Here students will not only get to know about the latest technology in media but also how that technology will shape film and TV, engaging with the future of the industry.

You will have access to professional standard equipment with two television studios, and support from a dedicated team of technicians.

We have links with a wide range of organisations – we bring the outside in and take your work outside the campus. Industry practitioners are regular visitors, coming not only to see your work but to work with you on projects. Recent guests have included Mark Herman (Brassed Off, Little Voice, Purely Belter), Ian Bevitt (Coronation Street), Nicky Ball (Screen Yorkshire), Pete Harness (Wallander) and Jerry Ibbotson (MediaMill). Mark Herman helps with script development and editing for our third year students.

RTS fiction award winners from York St JohnWe also enjoy a close relationship with the Yorkshire Centre of the Royal Television Society and Screen Yorkshire, and have launched joint ventures with York’s independent cinemas. At the end of your degree, your work will be shown to an audience of professionals and the public.  Student work has won significant awards including the Royal Television Awards in 2010 and 2011.

At YSJ you will learn transferable skills - from the development of creative ideas to an understanding of budgets; from working in a team to writing skills and technical knowhow.

Currently we have graduates working with Yorkshire Television, as editors with BBC TV, ITN, Granada, Chameleon Television, Screen Yorkshire, the British Film Institute, Aardman Animation, Century Films, Channel 5, Sky Digital and Sky News amongst many others. One YSJ graduate is one of only two to gain a camera apprenticeship and is now a freelance camera operator. Others have chosen to continue their studies with Masters degrees and PhDs as well as PGCEs and some have also established their own production companies, including Rogue Frame and Orillo