Final Script – David Whitfield

This is the logo that will become more recognisable as Hull has been designated as the 2017 UK City of Culture.

As part of the celebrations, Hull’s music will be at the forefront of events held, including here in Queens Gardens.

The focus of my documentary will look back at a name from a long line of recording talent connected with the city.  A man who performed across Hull and the East Riding, before moving further afield.  His rich tenor voice was also heard across Europe, thanks to broadcasts by Radio Luxembourg, and via the BBC.

He was born in 1926, and grew up in the east of Hull.  Educated at St. Peters School, his love of music developed at the nearby church, and this grounding started the musical journey.

Hull was a seafaring city, and after leaving school, David joined the Royal Navy, and was part of the D-Day landings aboard HMS Ramilles.  He also saw further service in the Far East.

After leaving the Navy, David continued his singing career, performing in venues such as Hull City Hall, and impressed packed houses across the country.

His statue, commissioned at a cost of £50,000, was unveiled in 2012.  Sculpted by Graham Ibbeson, it portrays a humble man sharing his voice with the audience.

His audience that became worldwide after sell out performances in North America, Australasia, and the Far East.

He performed on the Ed Sullivan – Toast of the Town show, even before The Beatles.  His final performance had a TV audience of over 65 million people.

So in this documentary, I want to look at what drove a working class man from Hull to such success, how his path has inspired others, and why his legacy deserves further recognition.

A name and face not particularly well-known to the younger generation, is this man.  This is David Whitfield.

From humble roots in the Drypool area to international recording artist conquering America and Australia, in this documentary, I will be looking at the life and career of a man who had 2 Number 1 Singles, 9 other Top 10’s and wowed audiences around the world until his untimely death in 1980.

So please join me on my journey of discovery to find out just who David Whitfield was, and why his contribution to Hull’s rich heritage deserves to be celebrated in the run up to “Everyone Back to Ours”, Hull as City of Culture, starting on the 1st of January 2017.

Filming – David Whitfield

Throughout the last week, I have filmed at a number of locations in and around Hull City Centre for my David Whitfield documentary pitch.

I have created a first edit of the video, using the footage, and have noted a few observations regarding the initial cut.

Having looked at the footage, I feel that the locations are suitable, but the use of the on-board microphone doesn’t give enough volume or quality of audio, so I will be looking to go out over the next few days to re-shoot the video, but with external microphones to ensure that the audio is of a higher quality.

Video Script – David Whitfield

As 2017 approaches, with Hull designated as the United Kingdom’s City of Culture. the eyes of the world will be focused on one of the largest conurbations in the UK.

Hull, or Kingston Upon Hull, to give it it’s full title, has always had a rich cultural heritage, be that in terms of poetry, acting, or music.

Being a radio presenter, Music has always had an influence on my life, so I’ve decided to focus on the music of Hull, and the journey that it has taken to where we are in 2015.

Bands such as The Housemartins, The Beautiful South, and Everything But the Girl have been around since the 1980’s, but chart success first came to this man in the 1950’s.

A name and face not particularily well known to the younger generation, this is David Whitfield.

From humble roots in the Drypool area, to an international recording artist, conquering America and Australia, in this documentary, I will be looking at the life and career of a man who had 2 Number 1 singles, 9 other top 10’s and wowed audiences around the world, until his untimely death in 1980.

So, please join me on my journey of discovery to find out just who David Whitfield was, and why his contribution to Hull’s rich cultural heritage deserves to be celebrated in the run up to “Everyone Back to Ours”….City of Culture 2017, 1st of January 2017.

Final Filming Locations Photos – David Whitfield

With the locations finalised for the filming, I decided to plan out my filming locations.

I will start my filming outside Hull New Theatre, where there is a statue of David Whitfield.

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David Whitfield Statue

Using this location, I will film a close up of the statue, as well as a couple of pieces to camera, so that I can use the statue in multiple ways within the 3 minute pitch.

After my establishing shot, I will move my filming to various positions within the city centre, that will add context and a sense of location to the short film.

I will next move to the city centre, and use three locations.

BBC

BBC TV and Radio – Queens Gardens

By using the BBC building, it is designed to show part of the rich musical history of Hull, and also a focal point of music within the city.

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Queens Gardens – From Wilberforce Drive

In using the greenery of Queens Gardens, there is an opportunity to use different elements for further establishing shots, and also to use the 2017 City of Culture logo that is located within the lake at the BBC end of Queens Gardens.

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Queen Victoria Square and City Hall

Queen Victoria Square and City Hall will be used as background shots, but I am aware of the redevelopment of the area, which may cause an issue both in terms of access for the best locations for filming, and also the noise of the construction work in the area.

Viking FM

Viking FM

Another location for a background shot, Viking FM on Commercial Road.  I have looked at using this shot to show how newer music is shared with the audience that David Whitfield would have commanded back in the 1950’s.

HullHistoryCentre

A final location is the Hull History Centre.  A lot of my research regarding the musical history of both Hull, and David Whitfield will take place in the various libraries within Hull, and in my opinion this is the most photogenic of them.  This could be used for a background shot, and also for a piece to camera, which may or may not replace one of the filmed pieces outside of Hull New Theatre.

 

 

 

Provisional Script – David Whitfield

As 2017 approaches, with Hull designated as The UK’s City of Culture, the eyes of the world will be focused on this city, nestled on the north bank of the River Humber.

Hull, or Kingston Upon Hull to give it it’s full title, has always had a rich cultural heritage, be that in Poetry, Acting, or Singing.

Being a radio presenter, music has always had an influence on my life, so I’ve decided to focus on the music of the city, and how we have got to the position we are in today.

Bands such as The Housemartins, The Beautiful South, Everything But The Girl, and musicians including Mick Ronson and Roland Gift have been around since the 1970’s, but chart success first came to the focus of my documentary in the 1950’s.

A name and face not particularily well known to the younger generation, is this man.  This is David Whitfield.

From humble roots in the Drypool area to international recording artist conquering America and Australia, in this documentary, I will be looking at the life and career of a man who had 2 Number 1 Singles, 9 other Top 10’s and wowed audiences around the world until his untimely death in 1980.

So please join me on my journey of discovery to find out just who David Whitfield was, and why his contribution to Hull’s rich heritage deserves to be celebrated in the run up to “Everyone Back to Ours”, Hull as City of Culture, starting on the 1st of January 2017.

Final Filming Locations – David Whitfield

Having created a storyboard for my 3 minute documentary pitch, I have compiled a list of final filming locations for my documentary on David Whitfield.

These locations are:

By using a range of locations across the city, it will not only showcase parts of the city that are relevant to the story, but will ensure that the pitch has wide scope of possibilities for the full 60 minute final documentary.

Shot List – David Whitfield

On my way into work this morning, I walked past the statue of David Whitfield that is located outside Hull New Theatre.

The sun was peeking through the clouds, and gave a nice setting to the statue, which was surrounded by leaf fall.

One of the main shots that I am considering using for my video piece is the statue in the morning sun, with the different colours of leaves on the trees and also on the ground surrounding the statue.

Using this lighting from the morning sun, will also be for a brief piece to camera which will give a background to my reasoning for the documentary pitch.

I will be using my camera and tripod, which will be controlled by my camera assistant, so that as I walk towards the statue, the video footage will pan across my walk, with me ending up at the statue, with a direct shot of me talking to the camera.