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Our Live & Technical Events Students ‘Do It For Real’ at The National Ice Centre

Students at The National Ice Centre
Our FdSc Live & Technical Events Students at The National Ice Centre

On Friday 31 March our second year FdSc Live & Technical Events students designed and ran the operation for the light show at Ice, Camera, Action. The National Ice Centre’s annual skating gala was a live event and will feature as part of series three of the CBBC documentary series, Ice Stars, which will air this year.

Our students have studied advanced lighting technology and have developed a better understanding of the scientific principles behind lighting for live events. During that time they’ve been examining the advanced functions of lighting control systems in preparation for beginning a career in the creative industries.

Live & Technical Events course leader Rob Baldock thought the day was very successful:

“This was an excellent opportunity for our Live & Technical Events students to gain real experience working in a large, world-class venue and we look forward to working with the team at the NIC again next year.”

Browse through our image gallery below and get a glimpse at what they got up to…

After the event we caught up with multiple-medal winning figure skater and current Director of Skating at the National Ice Centre Gurgen Vardanjan about his experience working with our students:

“This year we welcomed on our team young and talented students and their teachers from Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies who did amazing job on lighting and because of their support our Gala looked more professional. I would like to thank them all and hope they will join us on our project in future again.”

Want to ‘Do it For Real’ at Confetti like our FdSc Live & Technical Events students? Apply for a Confetti Degree course now! You can request a prospectus and if you want to explore our facilities, book a place onto our next open day.

Contemporary Music Hub – A New Home For Music & Events at Confetti

Work has begun on the new home for Music & Events at Confetti! Our new facility will give students access to brand new professional recording studios and editing suites, rehearsal rooms and a 300 capacity performance space (shown in the floor plans below). 

The Contemporary Music Hub will welcome its first students this October and will be fully operational early 2018.

The Contemporary Music Hub will give our students the opportunity to develop their skills in brand new, industry-standard facilities giving them the head start they need to pursue their creative career.

Not a current student and want to be part of it all? Visit our next open day and apply for a Confetti College or Degree course now!

Confetti student creates the ‘Notts Tonight’ credits!

The new Notts TV flagship show – Notts Tonight has got some pretty snazzy opening credits. Showcasing the very best of our local landmarks it’s proper Notts and we love it!

Best bit about them? They were made by our very own FdSc Visual Effects Production Technology student Liam Pacey. We caught up with him to see how it went…

Notts TV Notts tonight opening title

Hi Liam, how did you get this exciting opportunity?

I was approached by my tutors about the work, they had been asked by the Head of Programmes at Notts TV if a Confetti student would be interested in creating the graphics for an upcoming TV show. So of course I was up for it!

Did you use any skills that you learnt on your Confetti course?

Yes! The industry practice module proved to be invaluable when working on this client brief.

Including meeting with clients, communicating ideas coherently, professionalism and hitting deadlines.

What was your process for completing the brief?

I started by arranging a meeting to understand exactly what the client was looking for, but I also wanted to go into the meeting with an idea of my own. I decided to create a graphical version of Nottinghamshire’s landmarks – which they absolutely loved and so I continued building the assets for the animation.

I tried out several different movements and showed them to the Notts TV team for approval. They really liked the idea of the camera flying back through the scene and revealing the different landmarks, this was also my favourite version. I had weekly meetings with the team to discuss what they liked and what they thought still needed some work. This direct feedback was extremely useful in guiding my work and ensuring the client was happy.

“Opportunity is the best part of Confetti”

Sounds very organised, how did you find the experience?

The whole experience was fun, exciting and scary at the same time, as I had not previously done work for broadcast, but I trusted that the skills I have learnt at Confetti within the software (Adobe After Effects) and my work ethic to get the job done on time and to a high standard.

Have you had any other opportunities since this work experience?

Since working on the show, a relative of a colleague who runs an online video company has expressed interest in working with me and I’m currently putting together a small showreel for them. So I’m hoping this will lead to additional work and another great opportunity.

Sounds great! What’s your goal after Confetti?

Well I’m progressing onto the Confetti Visual Effects Production Technology Top-Up degree in September to complete my full BSc. Eventually I’d like to move within commuting distance of London and hopefully use the skills I’ve built at Confetti to develop my career at one of the many VFX houses there.

Sounds like a plan! Finally then… best thing about Confetti?

Ahhh, it’s hard to narrow it down to one thing, but I think opportunity is the best part of Confetti. If you make the most of the amazing resources and fantastic teaching team to build your skills, there are many opportunities to be had!

Want to ‘Do it For Real’ at Confetti like Liam? Apply for a Confetti Degree course now!

Top Up Degree Students ‘Do It For Real’ and Become Part of History!

Our top up degree students got to be part of history on Sunday night when they recorded 11 year old Matthew Smith conducting the Nottingham Symphony Orchestra at Nottingham’s Royal Concert Hall, becoming the youngest person to conduct a 75 piece orchestra!

Such a momentous occasion can’t go undocumented so students from our top up degree courses, BSc Audio & Music Technology and BSc TV Production Technology, joined forces to ensure the occasion was professionally recorded. So far the footage and audio they captured has been used on the BBC and Notts TV!

Watch Notts TV's coverage of the performance with footage supplied by our top up degree students

On Sunday our BSc TV Production Technology Top Up degree students set up a backstage portable TV gallery that allowed for live multi-camera video broadcast.  They ran over 150 metres of cables across the length and breadth of the Royal Concert Hall, setting up cameras across the main hall to capture the event from different angles. One member of the team was responsible for vision mixing the production in an as-live approach, so everything they’ve captured and cut is the finished product – no room to make any mistakes, so the pressure was on!

Meanwhile, BSc Audio & Music Technology students recorded the audio from the performance for use in the broadcast and to be mixed as a final recording for Nottingham Symphony Orchestra.

Earlier this month FdSc TV Production Technology students also had their recordings of Matthew’s rehearsals shown on BBC East Midlands Today! All of the footage of Matthew captured by our students, will be used to form a documentary directed and produced by HE TV & Film Course Leader Sam Wheatley (Toadstool Media). Watch this space!

Looking to study a degree or top up year in TV Production Technology or Audio & Music Technology? Come along to an Open Day to find out more or Apply Now.

Splendour 2017 – More Acts Announced for the Confetti Stage!

Earlier this year we’ve announced that we’re returning to Splendour and we’re excited to confirm the line-up for the Confetti stage.

Billy Ocean

Headlining the Confetti Stage, powered by Nottingham Trent University, will be Grammy Award winning singer Billy Ocean. With a string of hits, including “Love Really Hurts Without You”, “Suddenly” and “When The Going Gets Tough The Tough Get Going”, along with last year’s album ‘Here You Are: The Best Of Billy Ocean’ soaring to number four, Ocean will be bringing plenty of crowd pleasers to his headlining set. Our students will be back running the stage taking this amazing opportunity to work alongside and support the performance of a massive star.

Buzzcocks

Buzzcocks

Regarded as one of the most influential bands ever, Buzzcocks have been entertaining audiences for more than four decades. Fresh from their global 40th anniversary tour, Pete Shelley, Steve Diggle, Chris Remington and Danny Farrant will bring their high-octane guitar, bass and drum power to the Confetti Stage. With six successful and well-received studio albums under their belt, along with years of high profile gigging, expect an epic set of crowd pleasers including the landmark “Orgasm Addict” and UK top 40 single “Ever Fallen in Love”.

British Sea Power

International treasures, British Sea Power have some remarkable admirers – the late, great David Bowie and Lou Reed were among them as well as ardent fan Daniel Radcliffe! They’ve played on ships at sea, deep inside Cornish slate mines and atop the Great Wall of China, and now, with brand new album ‘Let The Dancers Inherit The Party’ due out at the end of March, the lustrous, panoramic art-rock stalwarts are a fantastic addition to the Confetti Stage line up.

We are also excited to announce that two of the artists signed to our very own artists management company Denizen will be playing on the Confetti stage.

Former Confetti student Josh Wheatley will be making a return to the festival! Having just released his debut single Runaway (the video was directed by FdSc TV Production student Ryan Peck) the future is looking bright for Josh and we can’t wait to see him perform live.

Josh will be joined by Nottingham artists Bud. Bud’s vibrant reggae beats have been played by BBC Radio 1’s Alice Levine, Greg James and Scott Mills and championed by BBC 1Xtra’s David Rodigan. At the end of 2016, the rising star was one of the most played artists on BBC Introducing in the East Midlands.

Keep an eye on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for more acts to be announced on the Confetti stage.

Main Stage

Multi award-winning band Busted have also been announced for the main stage today.

Busted, one of the biggest homegrown pop acts of the 21st century, will generate plenty of excitement joining Kaiser Chiefs as the next act confirmed for the Main Stage. Beloved by a whole generation of fans who grew up with them in the noughties, the double Brit Award winning band are sure to go down a storm playing a mix of their unforgettable hits and songs from their third studio album ‘Night Driver’. After a sell-out show at Rock City in February, expect to be taken to the “Year 3000” with a sing-along set from the band with an incredible five million record sales, platinum albums and hit singles, including “Crashed The Wedding”, “What I Go to School For”, “You Said No”, “Who’s David” and “Thunderbirds”.

They will be joined on the main stage by:

  • Tony Hadley
  • Gabrielle Aplin
  • Georgie
  • Future Sound of Nottingham competition winner
  • Yola Carter
  • Will Varley

Acoustic Rooms Stage

Headlining the Acoustic Rooms Stage are a range of talented local artists!

Including:

  • Into the Ark
  • Yazmin Lacey
  • Jimi Mack
  • Unknown Era
  • Tom Lumley
  • Billie
  • Young T & Bugsey
  • Lisa Hendricks
  • Sunflower Thieves 

Want to find out how to Do It For Real and work at Splendour next year? Check out our college courses and degree courses now.

Guitar Heroes – Photos & Podcast

During Industry Week many of you attended the popular Guitar Heroes event which featured Guitar legends Mikey Demus, Aziz Ibrahim & Andy James.

The guests were asked questions about their first memories with a guitar, their passion, and their journey to where they are now. They mixed in some amazing solo performances showcasing an array of foot pedals they use to create their wicked sounds. Many of you created memories collecting souvenir photos and signatures to look back on, so have a look at our photos in the gallery to the right. Can you spot yourself?

The session was hosted by Mark Packham from Guitar Nerds, and they recorded the whole thing! If you missed the event or just want to relive it, listen the this handy podcast!

Want to be part of Industry Week 2018? Find out more about our creative college courses and degree courses and book an open day.

Your Top Tweets From Industry Week

Industry Week Do It For Real

Throughout Industry Week many of you took to Twitter to share your thoughts and pics with us. So without further ado, let’s have a look at some of your best tweets!


1. None of you struggled to get out of bed on Monday with Industry Week to look forward to

2. Our students had an amazing view in the gallery for world-reowned filmmaker Philip Bloom’s talk

3. We had a Q&A which featured live shredding from three amazing Guitar Heroes

4. Mike Davis brought in his homemade 3D printer and some of you made your own Pokémon

5. Nick Broomfield provided some Friday feelgood when he left everyone a message

6. Some of you went one better and met the inspirational Documentary Filmmaker

7. We got advice on starting up a Youtube channel from Playstation Access Channel Manager Hollie Bennett

8. Our Film & TV Students filmed the entire week. Check out the Industry Week highlights video.

9. The week had to come to an end eventually – great talks from DJ Yoda & Nick Broomfield closed the day

10. But for those of you at DJ Yoda’s AV show, the night was still young

What a week that was!

Ohh… and Neil Gorton wasn’t happy with our choice of headliners – sorry Neil!


Want to be part of Industry Week 2018? Find out more about our creative college courses and degree courses and book an open day.

Thinking about studying a degree at Confetti?

Confetti Students Having Fun

We know choosing the right degree course can be a difficult decision, so we thought we’d help you out and show you why studying at Confetti is a great choice.

We’re developing our facilities

We’re constantly making sure our students are studying in the best facilities, packed with the latest industry standard equipment. Last year we opened our dedicated Film & TV facility – Space2!

Now we’re going even further:

Contemporary Music Hub 

The new home for Music & Events at Confetti opens October 2017! Our students will have access to brand new professional recording studios and editing suites, rehearsal rooms and a 300 capacity performance space. The hub will give our students the opportunity to develop their skills in brand new, industry standard facilities giving them the head start they need to stand out in industry.

Digital Media Hub

Our new £9.1m Digital Media Hub which opens in September 2018 and will feature state of the art studios, labs and classrooms, a contemporary cafe, Learning Resource Centre and a rooftop terrace. Our expanded Music Hub contains rehearsal rooms, professional recording & editing suites and a live performance space.

New Build Digital Media Hub

Industry Week 2017

Each year we go off timetable for a week of workshops, lectures and masterclasses, delivered by top names from across Film, TV, Music and Games. As part of this year’s exclusive Industry Week we’ve had workshops with award-winning documentary filmmaker Nick Broomfield, a performance from world renowned DJ – DJ Yoda and advice from PlayStation Community Manager Hollie Bennett! This really is a one of a kind event, exclusive to Confetti students!

Check out our Industry Week highlights here.

We Take Squad Goals to the Next Level!

Confetti Christmas Nightmare
Confetti Christmas Social 2016

At Confetti you’ll be part of a community full of talented, inspirational creatives. Studying alongside students with the same goals means instant squad! We’ve seen loads of our students start their own businesses with classmates. So not only will you study with friends, work with our tutors on high profile projects but you’ll generally have a great time being part of a creative community.

We also know how to party! Last year we took over Nottingham’s super cool Broad Street for Fresh, our Christmas parties are legendary and DJ Yoda just played our Industry Week after show party, need we say more?

Life in Nottingham

Ok, so if you aren’t from Notts you might just think we all love Robin Hood and mushy peas. And you’re not wrong! But Nottingham is also home to some wicked music venues, cinemas, independent shops and festivals and the city is electric! We take to the streets to party for loads of events including Dot to Dot Festival, Hockley Hustle, Light Night or if one of our local sports teams are playing.

You’ll never be short of things to do in Nottingham and if the parents come to visit you can always take them to Wollaton Hall (Batman’s place) and act all posh!

Hockley Hustle 2016
Hockley Hustle 2016
Splendour Festival 2016
Splendour Festival 2016

NTU

We’re part of Nottingham Trent University which means you get the best of both worlds, the experience of working in a close-knit creative community and the benefits of being a student at one of the country’s biggest universities. This means you can get social and be part of the events taking place in their 2,400 event space, as well as the numerous bars and cafés. Why not join one of NTU’s 70 societies and sports clubs?

You’ll also be able to live in NTU’s accommodation which comes with some pretty great benefits but best of all, accept us as your firm offer and it’s guaranteed!

NTU accomodation NEW HALL
New Hall Accomodation

Have a look at our partnership with NTU and how it could benefit you.

Do It For Real

When it comes to industry experience we can put our blogs where our mouth is.

In the last year we’ve been offering students real work experience at some pretty big events. Whether running the Confetti stage at Splendour Festival (working with The Darkness and the Fratellis), crewing Notts TV programmes or performing at Confetti Live, we offer loads of opportunities to Do it For Real – read Hollie’s story.

Confetti student at splendour festival
Confetti student filming at Splendour Festival 2016

Degree Showcase

During our degree showcase we throw open our doors to family, friends and industry leaders to show off our degree students’ work. We really go to town to make it a special event and as day turns to night we bring out the champers for our Degree Awards – check out last year’s programme!

Celebrating the best degree work the awards not only recognise exceptional performance, we also give out paid internships to our Students of the Year!

Want to be part of it all? Visit our next open day and apply for a Confetti Degree course now!

Our Industry Week 2017 Highlights

Well what a week that was! From 6 – 10 March we welcomed over 70 guests from across Film, TV, Music and Games for Industry Week 2017! Timetables were replaced with insightful workshops, lectures and masterclasses giving you tips, tricks and insider knowledge of the industries you aspire to join. Check out our highlights from the week…

Acting with Roxy Shahidi & Sammy Winward

For many of you, Industry Week started early as we welcomed Emmerdale favourites Roxy Shahidi & Sammy Winward on Friday 3 March. Not only did they hold a Q&A session on getting into acting, but they also gave tips during a once-in-a-lifetime acting masterclass. The actors spoke about starting a career, having an agent and auditions, before moving on to teach screen acting techniques in their workshop.

Level 3 Acting & Film Production student Ellie Kemp loved the session: “There was something surreal about getting to perform in front of two soap actresses; it was just as exciting as it was nerve-racking, but it was an amazing opportunity! “

Industry Week Sammy Winward & Roxy Shahidi

Our Confetti Alumni Panels

On the first official day of Industry Week our Confetti graduates gave talks and workshops aimed to give you insight into the industry you want to join. The day started with our Do It For Real Games panel which saw our FdSc Games Technology graduates Lee Fox, Sam Cotton & Rhianne Murphy return to discuss their career journey in the games industry. Many of you will want to follow in their footsteps so it was a great to hear how their careers have developed.

Industry Week 2017 Do It For Real
(Left to Right) Sam Dovaston, Nick Starky, Gaz Frost & George Patchett - Do It For Real Panel
Do it for real games panel
(From left to right) Sam Cotton, Rhianne Murphy & Lee Fox - Do It For Real Games Panel

The day ended with another Do It For Real panel featuring Sky Camera Operator Sam Dovaston, Head Sound Engineer George Patchett, Camera Operator Louis Vella, Ubisoft Games Tester Nick Starkey and Producer Gaz Frost from music duo Congi. They all answered questions on their career path after leaving Confetti, highlighting the importance of not being put off by rejection. Overall it was a fantastic opportunity to hear from industry professionals who were students just like you only a few years ago!

A Masterclass from a World-Renowned Filmmaker

Director of Photography Philip Bloom stopped by Industry Week on Tuesday to not only share his experiences & tips, but to give you the opportunity to work alongside him, creating a cinematic zombie film without ever leaving Space2’s S05! Using our filming equipment, he demonstrated the techniques he uses on a daily basis, and the outcome was fantastic (above)…there were quite a few inspired filmmakers after this workshop!

“The important thing is to know how to tell the story. At the end of the day you can have the greatest kit ever, but if you don’t connect with the audience you haven’t accomplished anything.”

Hollie Bennet’s Top 7 Tips for YouTube!

Playstation Access Channel Manager and Industry Week favourite Hollie Bennett stopped by on Wednesday for an animated and insightful talk on what it takes to make a successful Youtube channel. If you had the chance to be in the audience you would’ve heard all about what it takes to get started with streaming. From how to style your video thumbnail, to how to avoid getting into copyright trouble or why the first 15 seconds of your video are the most crucial – by the end of Hollie’s talk everyone was on their way to building the next successful gaming YouTube channel.

Hollie Bennett Industry Week 2017

Social Virtual Reality

This year we welcomed two full days of virtual reality fun hosted by games developers Triangular Pixels. This was an incredibly popular event – evident from the huge waiting times – but well worth watching Robot Wars patiently before testing their social VR games. You got past many exciting puzzles and epic challenges, looking cool but not so elegant outside the headset!

Guitar Heroes

Back by huge demand was one of the most popular sessions from last year which featured guitar legends Aziz Ibrahim, Andy James & Mikey Demus. Host Mark Packham asked questions about their first memories with a guitar, their passion, and their journey to where they are now – mixed in with some amazing solo performances showcasing an array of foot pedals they use to create their wicked sounds. Many of you went home with souvenir photos and signatures to look back on. We hope you were inspired to take your guitar skills to the next level!

Industry Week 2017 Guitar Heroes
(Left to right) Andy James, Aziz Ibrahim & Mikey Demus
Industry Week 2017 Guitar Heroes

Jobs For The Girls

Hot off the back of International Women’s Day, Frances Finn hosted a Notts TV special in front of a live audience, which celebrated females working in the creative industries. The panel was made up of TV star Vicky McClure, musician Harleighblu, NTU pro vice-chancellor Barbara Matthews MBE & Legendary Games’ CEO Ewan Lamont. From discussions about sexism in the industry, to women being judged on their appearance, it was uplifting to hear the thoughts of the role models many young girls and women look up to.

Watch Jobs For The Girls on Notts TV.

Industry Week 2017 Jobs For The Girls

The Art of DJ’ing

DJ & Producer DJ Yoda gave an inspiring talk covering how he got into DJ’ing and demonstrating on stage many of the techniques he uses daily. Not only did he talk about his accomplishments, but he also focused on what he failed at, but learnt from. He also explained the art of scratching by first showing the incorrect technique he used when he was a teenager. Many of you who’re aspiring to be DJ’s will have learnt a lot of new skills – maybe some of you were scratching incorrect this whole time?

DJ Yoda Industry Week 2017

A Life in Documentary Filmmaking

Those lucky enough to have been at one of Nick Broomfield’s talks will have come away with a lot of knowledge. During the day he gave small groups the chance to learn his documentary process, from finding a story you want to tell, to convincing someone to fund it. In the afternoon you were treated to a once in a lifetime opportunity to hear Nick talk about his career – he even premiered an unfinished trailer for his new documentary on Whitney Houston, making those in the room the first to see it! He spoke about many amazing experiences, including when Aileen Carol Wuornos admitted to him while on death row her reasons behind killing six men.

Industry Week 2017 Nick Broomfield
Industry Week 2017 Nick Broomfield

Keep up with all of our social channels for more on Industry Week and look out for the Industry Week special WIRE magazine next month – it features interviews with DJ Yoda, Nick Broomfield and much more!


Want to be part of Industry Week 2018? Find out more about our creative college courses and degree courses and book an open day.