Bradford TV pro gets BBC Countryfile gig after amazing drone footage features Yorkshire's Robin Hood's Bay, Chellow Dean Reservoirs, Horton Bank Country Park, Ilkley Moor and the Piece Hall

This brilliant drone footage featuring Yorkshire landmarks is the work of a budding television professional whose work has already appeared on the BBC's Countryfile.

Friday, 22nd January 2021, 4:45 pm

Conor MacMahon has shared his drone showreel with The Yorkshire Post after shots he took at Crag House Farm in Cookridge, Leeds, were used earlier this month for a segment with Helen Skelton on shopping local and supporting independent farmers.

The former University of Bradford student, from Northern Ireland, said: "It makes the north of England look good really - the opportunities are there and hopefully they will only get better."

Mr MacMahon, 22, of Holywood, is hoping to Bradford soon for his job at the students' union at the West Yorkshire university, where he studied film and television production.

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A still from drone footage of Halifax's Piece Hall by Conor MacMahon.

Filming took place for Countryfile in November after he got the gig through his working relationship with Professor David Wilson, director of Bradford UNESCO City of Film, who he met after moving to Yorkshire four years ago.

And he received an all important credit for his work at the end of the January 10 episode New Year, New Me - his first on a mainstream show.

He said: "When you apply for jobs, a lot of them say you need a credit.

"To get only on a high profile show, it makes you feel that you're going somewhere. It's a tough industry to get into."

Conor MacMahon.

Mr MacMahon added: "It's good to see that these TV opportunities are available in the north of England.

"It's possible to get yourself quite a good career and progress in TV here.

"I think it has not always been like that, I think there have been major strides."

Mr MacMahon's drone showreel includes footage of Robin Hood's Bay in North Yorkshire, Chellow Dean Reservoirs and Horton Bank Country Park in Bradford, Ilkley Moor and the Piece Hall in Halifax, as well as locations in London, Cornwall and Ireland.

Professor David Wilson, director of Bradford UNESCO City of Film.

It comes as organisations such as Bradford City of Film and Screen Yorkshire continue to promote opportunities for young people wanting to embark on a career in film and television.

A number of career avenues have been identified as "in demand" as the region's screen sector grows, including: grip, lighting, hair and make-up, costume, and production assistant.

Last year, the National Film and Television School opened a hub at Leeds's ITV base, while Channel 4 this year hopes to bed into its new home at the city's Majestic building.