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David Wood

David Wood


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  • Name David Wood 
    Gender Male 
    Person ID I8390  Brooksbank
    Last Modified 2 Sep 2012 

    Father Charles Harold Wood, OBE,   b. 10 Nov 1904, Bradford, Yorkshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1980, Wensleydale, Yorkshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Family ID F3378  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • HERITAGE OF SKILL (c.1962) is one of a very large collection of films made by film production company C. H. Wood of Bradford: over 3000 films and videos dating back to 1915. Charles Wood senior was a notable gas engineer, gaining an OBE in the 1880s, and who was later to design Moscow's gas system after the 1917 revolution. His son, Charles Harold Wood, set up the company of C. H. Wood's in Bradford in the 1920s. Charles was employed by both Pathe and Gaumont as a cameraman for the northern region.
      The C H Wood company specialised in aerial photography and filming. Charles used the expertise he had developed through his aerial photography to good effect during the Second World War when he pioneered infra-red lenses, used by the dambusters, and for which he too earned an OBE.
      When his sons, David and Malcolm Wood, took over the company was for a time known as 'Wood Visual Communications'. The company operated from Manningham Lane before moving to Leeds Road in Bradford. They were one of the most important film producers in Yorkshire, making mainly promotional or publicity films for private companies, not just local, but also national and international, for such as Yamaha, Castrol and Wallace Arnold, the holiday tour operators. These films, known as Public Relations Films, were distributed all over the world. They also made films for non-commercial organisations, covering special events, training films and public information films, especially road safety films. David expanded the business into making a wide variety of films and won awards including a BISFA and at Cannes and Bologna. Perhaps most impressive within the overall C. H. Wood Collection is the large number of films they made of motorcycle racing, mostly moto cross, such as the Scott Trials and the Ilkley Grand National. These include pre-war vintage motorcycle racing, and cover the 1940s and 1950s.