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Celebrate 2017 – What’s On?

With the end of term just around the corner, we’re hosting an exhibition to celebrate the amazing work of our FE students over this academic year.

‘Celebrate’ will take place on Tuesday 11 July – and this year, our students will be going offsite to display their work at Broadway Cinema, The National Videogame Arcade and Rough Trade. All venues are within minutes of Confetti, in the heart of Nottingham’s Creative Quarter.


Broadway Cinema 10am – 3pm

Start your day at Broadway Cinema and enjoy our Celebrate ‘Short Film Festival’ – screening the best work from our TV, Film & Acting students.


Rough Trade 1pm – 6pm

Just a short walk away at Rough Trade, you can watch a free gig put on by our Performance, Music & Live Events students, which will continue over at the National Videogame Arcade Courtyard 6pm – 8pm.


National Videogame Arcade 3pm – 8pm

When you’re ready to move on, stroll up to The National Videogame Arcade for some interactive game play and to see our students’ Digital Media, VFX and Gaming work.


Use our map below to start planning your day and follow our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts for updates.

Want to be part of Celebrate next year? Find out more about our College Courses or come along to one of our college-level open days.

Degree Showcase 2017 – Winners

Every year the Confetti Degree Showcase Awards ceremony celebrates excellence and rewards the best degree students for their hard work and dedication.

Held at Confetti’s dedicated TV & Film centre – Space2 – this year’s ceremony was the culmination of the two-day Degree Showcase – where graduating degree students showcased their work to members of the public, family, friends, local leaders and creative businesses. On the opening night, exhibiting students had the chance to meet, amongst others, actor and Confetti TV & Film Ambassador, Vicky McClure, representatives from games companies Deep Silver, Sumo Digital and King and record labels Denizen and I’m Not From London. Even the Sheriff of Nottingham Councillor Glyn Jenkins attended! As doors to the public exhibition closed on Thursday 8 June, family, friends and nominees gathered for the awards ceremony.

Altogether 15 awards were handed out to the top-performing students studying Music, VFX, Games, Film & TV and Live Events degree courses.

It was an evening full of gags, heartfelt speeches, but above all true creative talent and was a testament to the supportive, talented community at Confetti.

“I’ve been here at Confetti for 6 years now – started at Level 2 and from day one I knew I wanted to be part of Confetti and the atmosphere and community here. I wouldn’t be here today without the help of my classmates and tutors and I feel truly blessed that Confetti gave me so many opportunities to grow along the way.” Akshay Soni, Games Student of the Year, BSc Games Production (top up degree)

 

Financial support towards further professional development and industry experience packages were awarded to Student of the Year winners in each individual course category and further awards were also given to the best final year projects in each subject area.

The night also included two very special awards:

  • The Do It For Real award was given for the first time ever to Merryn Rae Peachey for her incredible commitment to gaining extra-curricular work experience during her time on our FdSc Film Production Technology degree. In total she has worked 348 hours of industry experience over the past three years, on projects such as GameCity, Industry Week, Splendour and The Safer Living Foundation. Merryn has most impressively also undertaken 170 hours of work experience with Notts TV throughout her time at Confetti across nearly every student role available.
  • The Milo Kelly Rising Star award is given out in memory of Confetti student Milo, who sadly passsed away last year. The award recognises a first year undergraduate students who showed promise in their studies. The award was won by Alice Mills.

Milo Kelly’s mother sent the following message: “We are very touched by Confetti’s commitment to Milo’s memory and the work done by the organisation supporting talented young people. Milo loved Confetti and we think it’s true to say that for the first time felt a real passion for his studies. As his talents were nurtured and recognised, not only did his confidence grow but he began to have a sense of where he wanted to go and what he wanted to do in life. We are delighted that this award is being given to a Confetti rising star and we both congratulate them on their fantastic achievements and wish them the best of luck with their future studies and career.”

The night ended on a celebratory note as Confetti CEO Craig Chettle took to the stage to present the overall Confetti Student of the Year award to FdSc Television Production Technology student James Hutton: “Winning these awards means so much to me, it really makes all the hard work and effort worthwhile. I can’t speak highly enough of Confetti and all my course friends and tutors. It really does feel like a family here.

Winners

Achievement in Live Production Design

Callum Maxwell

Best Television Show

James Hutton

Best Games Project

Jaroslaw Wisniewski

Best Music Production

Joseph Langford & Christopher Ball

Best Film

Oliver Blair

Best Visual Effects Production

Jake Eden

Do It For Real

Merryn Rae Peachy

Milo Kelly Rising Star

Alice Mills

Events Student of the Year

Lewis Jones

TV Student of the Year

James Hutton

Games Student of the Year

Akshay Soni

Music Student of the Year

Joseph Legge

Film Student of the Year

Mitchell Brown

VFX Student of the Year

Ja’maul Adams

Confetti Student of the Year

James Hutton

From all of us here at Confetti we would like to congratulate all winners and nominees for their outstanding performance!

Confetti Degree Showcase – Award Nominees

On Thursday 8 June we’ll be celebrating the achievements of our degree students at our annual Degree Showcase.

The day will start with an exhibition taking place at our TV & Film centre – Space2 – which will showcase the work of our graduating degree students to industry guests, family, friends and the general public.

The Degree Showcase is open from 10am until 5pm on Thursday 8 June 2017.

The day will end with a private awards ceremony where students from each area of study – Games, Music, TV & Film, Events and VFX – will be recognised for their outstanding work and development throughout their time studying at Confetti.

We are pleased to announce the nominees for this year’s Degree Showcase Awards are:

Best Game Project

Sam Lapping

Will Willis

Jaroslaw Wisniewski

Games Student of the Year

Akshay Soni

Liam Handbury

Oliver Swales

Best Music Production

James Hunt, Joe Harby

Jack Goode, Kevin Doran, Adam Clarke

Joe Langford, Chris Ball

Music Student of the Year

Joe Legge

Jack Wright

Jack Goode

Best Film

Oliver Blair – Chestnut Effect

Alister Robson – Communion

Mitch Brown – The Event

Film Student of the Year

Mitch Brown

Merryn Rae Peachey

Jack Booth

Best VFX Project

Jake Eden

Ja’Maul Adams

Nikki Rynne

VFX Student of the Year

Ja’Maul Adams

Matthew Barnfather

Carla Meakin

Achievement in Live Production

Callum Maxwell

Henry Walker

Dan Warburton

Events Student of the Year

Lewis Jones

Owen Downs

Harvey Duddles

Best Television Show

James Hutton – The Big Lie

Ethel Mudavanhu – Of Age

Kat Brown/Rowena Brett/Katie Syson/Samuel Atkin/Thomas Wallen – Infinite Possibilities

TV Student of the Year

James Hutton

Ryan Peck

Amy Billington

On the night we’ll also be giving out special awards:

  • Do It For Real award – celebrating the student who has engaged in extra-curricular and industry-led projects the most
  • Milo Kelly Rising Star award – celebrating the most promising up and coming talent from within the ranks of 1st year degree students

Congratulations to all the nominees!

Want to be part of the Degree Showcase next year? Find out more about our Degree Courses or come along to one of our degree-level open days.

We’re back at Splendour in 2017!

We’re excited to announce that we’ll once again be a main sponsor of Nottingham’s favourite festival, Splendour – taking place this year on Saturday 22 July!

You can expect a lot to be happening all over Wollaton Park – including our Confetti stage powered by Nottingham Trent University.

We’re on board again this year, following a successful seven-year partnership with Splendour which sees our students gaining invaluable industry insight working across many aspects of the festival from crewing to recording the performances for Notts TV.

Last year’s Splendour Festival was a record-breaker for Confetti in terms of student engagement. We had over 70 students from across both our college and degree courses working in over 130 different roles – meaning they could gain experience in various aspects of festival production throughout the day. Altogether our students undertook over 1200 hours of work experience during Splendour 2016! And there’s many reasons to be excited for 2017 as we’re looking to top that record!

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.

Headliner announcement alert!

This year multiple Brit award winning band Kaiser Chiefs will be headlining the festival and there will be more big names announced soon. In the meantime, keep an eye on the Splendour website for more information and keep checking the Confetti website and Facebook page for updates on who will perform on our Confetti stage.

The Yorkshire quintet are the first of over 40 acts announced to perform at the city’s biggest summer day out at Wollaton Park, and winner of ‘Best Festival’ at the 2016 Live UK Business Awards. With an amazing back catalogue of six albums, including the Brit Award winning ‘Employment’, expect a set of huge sing-along anthems including I Predict a Riot, Oh My God and UK number one single Ruby.

Kaiser Chiefs said: “We’re really looking forward to performing at Splendour. We know the crowd and the setting will make for an unforgettable atmosphere.”

George Akins, owner, DHP Family, said: “Following the biggest ever Splendour last year, we’re delighted to announce Kaiser Chiefs as 2017 headliners. The award-winning band has an amazing back catalogue as well as a great new album out. I can’t wait to see over 20,000 people at Splendour singing along to what is sure to be a real belter of a set.”

Performing at Hockley Hustle… Guy’s Story

Hockley Hustle 2016

On Sunday 9 October the Hockley Hustle blessed Nottingham with some of the best musical talent the city has to offer, so it was only fair we provided the best talent we have at Confetti to open our stage at GameCity. We caught up with Guy Ellerton, winner of the Confetti Competition which gave him the opportunity to perform at the Hustle, after the festival…

So Guy, tell us a bit about yourself?

I’ve just completed my first year here at Confetti studying Music Performance and Songwriting. I got the chance to perform at the Hockley Hustle through a competition set up by Confetti at the National Videogame Arcade, where we had to play a set to the best of our ability. After performing I found out I’d won and the feeling was amazing because I knew the prize was performing at the festival – an opportunity like that doesn’t come round often.

What sparked your interest for music and more importantly performing?

I’ve always been interested in music however, I only first started playing guitar four years ago after seeing my dad, uncle and cousin play guitar together. Not only did I want to join in, but I wanted to perform at the level they were at. Luckily for me playing the guitar seemed to just click, and I found it easy to pick up, quickly perfecting new and different techniques. I’m a very competitive person so I was motivated by wanting to become better and better.

Performing however was a different matter. I was very shy in this area and would often just sing to myself, until my uncle convinced me to sing in front of him. He was engaged at the time and my performance to him led to me performing at his wedding. After constant practice I could feel myself becoming more confident, with my performances improved dramatically. Playing at the wedding was amazing – the crowd’s response after singing was incredible and I received a lot of helpful feedback. After that day everything seemed to just flow – I was performing at more gigs, constantly improving to the level I’m at today.

Guy Ellerton
Pictured: Guy Ellerton

How has Confetti helped with your career?

Studying here has definitely developed my skills, helping me learn a lot about my music, mainly with my guitar and various playing styles through the different performance levels! Receiving constant constructive criticism from tutors has aided the development of my temperament within music, something I struggled with before. This has improved my ability to sing and play, taking me to new heights I didn’t think I’d reach in such a short amount of time.

Tell us about your experience being at Hockley Hustle?

It was a great experience and one I’d recommend to anyone who’s given the chance. A fair few people attended my opening set, such as people from the NTSU Music Society, which made it very enjoyable for me. I received a lot of positive feedback afterwards, making the whole event a positive learning curve and I hope to get many more opportunities like this in the future.

What was the best thing about performing there?

Confetti at Hockley Hustle 2016

It’s hard to single out one thing, but if I had to choose one then it has to be the atmosphere around Hockley. It was so different to how Hockley usually is and it made the whole performance that extra bit better – playing in front of a crowd with such a good vibe made it hard to stop when my set was over.

Have you got any advice for any students wanting to get into performing and songwriting?

For me, the key to songwriting follows two rules. The first is to practice as much as possible – when you run a dirty tap, water is going to flow out dirty, but the longer you run it for, the more the tap will clean, and the cleaner the water will get. When you start writing songs, you’ll write some awful songs, I wrote some terrible songs, but with practice you’ll get so much better.

The second thing is to make sure you write your own thing – make it real to what’s happening in your life and write what you want to listen too. This lets you develop your own musical style, adding emotion and feeling people can relate to. With performance, it’s kind of the same thing, it’s all about practicing and being confident in what you’re doing because if you look like your enjoying yourself, so will everyone else! The final key aspect of performing is to engage with the crowd as much as possible, making them feel as involved as you are in the performance.

Confetti at Hockley Hustle 2016

If you want to see how Confetti got on at the Hustle, check out our article covering the day. If these opportunities interest you, check out the Music Performance and Songwriting course along with our other FE and HE courses and book a place at our open days today!

An Action Packed Trip for our VFX Students

BFX

This week our HE Visual Effects students have the opportunity to go to Bournemouth for the Visual Effects, Animation and Games Festival – showcasing the best games, films and animations from 2016. They’re also checking out the visual effects company Industrial Light & Magic, founded by George Lucas, and Frame Store who’ve worked on blockbuster hits like the Harry Potter series and Gravity.

The students are travelling tonight and will wake up tomorrow to visit the CORE day of Bournemouth’s Visual Effects, Animation and Games Festival (BFX) during which they will be meeting some of the leading visual effects companies. They’ll also get the chance to see an evening screening of the film that won the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects this year. Read on to find out more about the BFX and the CORE event…

What is the BFX?

The BFX was set up to celebrate the visual effects, computer games and animation industry, showcasing the very best, hoping to attract the next generation and share the latest knowledge. The festival opened in 2012 to show off the creative industries, but to also highlight the amazing new talent coming through in the UK as well as to inspire the next wave of talent. It has been hugely successful, gaining loads of support and now has some amazing partners including; Double Negative,Framestore, Moving Picture Company, The Mill, Cinesite, Creative Skillset and BAFTA.

What’s going on this year?

This year’s festival programme promises to provide loads of variety, as well as a fantastic line up featuring the creative minds involved in Finding Dory, The Jungle Book and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Let’s take a look at this years events…

BFX PRO

BFX PRO returns with a great line-up of panel discussions and poster sessions aimed to showcase the latest innovations and practices from the creative industries over the past year. Guest speakers focus around the theme ‘Tomorrow’s Innovation in the Creative Industries’ and will provide an insight into the industry. Rob Pieke of MPC who worked on The Jungle Book will present an overview of the technology and work flow improvements which allowed the design to match the directors beautiful vision for the jungle, as well as managing the complexity of over 1200 shots. Check out the 2016 line up to see who else is part of this amazing event.

BFX CORE

BFX

This unique four day programme is aimed at students, professionals and hobbyiests, featuring some fantastic speakers from the top studios around the globe – presentations, screenings, workshops and a career hub will provide insight into behind the screens activities of some of the biggest films, television series, commercials, games and software. Our VFX students will be meeting with Pixar, Blue Zoo, Frame Store and Cineaste to see their recent work on their latest projects – Cineaste talk about the making of Independence Day. They’ll also watch an evening Screening of Alex Garland’s Ex Machina with a Q&A with the team behind the visual effects.

Thursday’s visit to Soho in London

The students will wake up on Thursday for the return journey back to Confetti but not before they travel to Soho in London to visit the offices of two highly rated visual effects companies who’ve worked on many blockbuster movies. They’ll get the chance to meet their teams to speak about the work they do and their recent projects. The visit will give our students an insight into the VFX industry and tips on how to boost their career prospects.

Industrial Light & Magic

George Lucas founded ILM in 1975 as a division of his film company Lucasfilm. It is considered the leading industry-standard production house for computer graphics in film. Our students will look at the work the company has produced, including the first partially computer-generated main character, the T-1000 in Terminator 2: Judgment Day; the first computer-generated photo-realistic hair and fur (used for the digital lion and monkeys) in Jumanji; and the first computer generated character to have a full human anatomy, Imhotep in The Mummy.

Frame Store

Gravity
Gravity: images courtesy of Warner Bros. Films and Framestore

Frame Store are a British company who specialise in visual effects and work across several different areas of the media: feature films, commercials, music videos, feature animation and digital. In 2008, they won their first Oscar for Best Digital Effects on The Golden Compass. For the film Gravity, it took the team three years to complete the techniques realised by VFX supervisor Tim Webber. The film won the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects at the 86th Academy Awards. Our students will look at the day to day running of the company, as well as the latest projects they’ve worked on including their latest project – studying the behaviour of a live fish to explain, in visual terms, the water-resistant properties of the new £5 bank note material.

Brian Hurst, the Visual Effects course leader believes the trip will be very beneficial to the students. He said:

“From this trip the students will be returning to Confetti with a head full of dreams and a newly invigorated desire to succeed in the realm of Visual Effects and Post Production.”

We hope our staff and students have an amazing time and remember, anyone can go to the BFX festival so if you fancy a trip down south it’s highly recommended and something you won’t regret!

If you’re interested in studying VFX at Confetti check out our FE and HE VFX courses and book an open day today.

Confetti at Splendour Festival – Do It For Real

On one of the hottest days of 2016, 21,000 people gathered in Wollaton Park for Splendour Festival. Nottingham’s biggest outdoor event celebrated its ninth year on Saturday 23 July 2016 with performances from Jamie Lawson, UB40 and Jess Glynne amongst many others.

Confetti was once again a main sponsor and our students worked alongside our technical teams to help bring Splendour festival to life. The Confetti Stage hosted big names, such as The Fratellis, The Rifles and headline act The Darkness, whilst Confetti-band Super Furniture opened the main stage after winning the Future Sound of Nottingham accolade.

CONFETTI AT SPLENDOUR 2016 IN NUMBERS

Over 70 Confetti students

Over 130 opportunities

Over 1200 work experience hours

Our students were working around the clock both in the days leading up to the festival and throughout the day to make sure stages were set and some of the world’s biggest names in music were ready to grace the stage. The Live & Technical Events students spent the day setting up marquees and controlling the behind-the-scenes technology, while our TV & Film Production students covered the entire event through filming and photography, and worked with our industry partner Notts TV to film and record all the backstage action.

Industry experience lies at the heart of our courses, offering our ambitious talented students many chances to get real industry experience during their studies and Splendour 2016 was the perfect opportunity for our students to Do It for Real. Andy King, Music & Events Curriculum Leader spoke of the importance of such opportunities for our students: “The experience that our students gain through Splendour is invaluable in their development as industry practitioners and a perfect example of Confetti’s ‘Do it for Real’ ethos.”

This year’s Splendour Festival was also a record-breaker for Confetti in terms of student engagement. We had over 70 students from across both Further and Higher education courses working in over 130 different roles – meaning they could gain experience in various aspects of festival production throughout the day. Altogether our students undertook over 1200 hours of work experience during Splendour Festival 2016 making it our most successful year to date!

We're back at Splendour 2017

We’re excited to announce that we’ll once again be a main sponsor of Nottingham’s favourite festival, Splendour – taking place this year on Saturday 22 July!

You can expect a lot to be happening all over Wollaton Park – including our Confetti stage powered by Nottingham Trent University.

We’re on board again this year, following a successful seven-year partnership with Splendour which sees our students gaining invaluable industry insight working across many aspects of the festival from crewing to recording the performances for Notts TV. Read more.

Want to work with us at Splendour? Find out more about our Further Education and Higher Education courses and apply now.

Celebrate 2016 – What’s On?

Celebrate-web-bannerWith the end of term just around the corner, we’re hosting an exhibition to celebrate the amazing work of our FE students over this academic year.

This year we’ve taken over the Creative Quarter to showcase the work of our students – see the schedule and map below to find your way around.


Broadway Cinema 9.30am – 3pm

Start your day at Broadway Cinema and enjoy our Celebrate ‘Short Film Festival’ – screening the best work from our TV, Film & Acting students.


National Videogame Arcade 12pm – 3pm

When you’re ready to move on, stroll up to The National Videogame Arcade for some interactive game play and to see our students’ Digital Media, VFX and Gaming work.


Nottingham Arts Theatre 2pm – 5pm

Just a short walk away at Nottingham Arts Theatre, we’ll be celebrating the Music Performance course with a great gig line-up and a chance to see our Technical Events students in action.


Do you want to be exhibiting at next year’s Celebrate and start your career within the creative industries? Read more about how to join our creative courses here.

And the winner is…

Confetti Degree Showcase

Congratulations to our Confetti Degree Show Awards Nominees 2015. We’ve been announcing them all via Confetti’s Facebook page over the last few days and now the nominees are all in!

Students who have excelled throughout their studies have been nominated by their tutors and the category winners will be presented with their award at a special ceremony taking place following the degree show on Thursday 11 June. The nominees are:

Games Technology

Achievement in Game Concept

Jess Parry
Raheem Johnson
Tom Abbot

Achievement in 3D

Dale Williams
Lee Fox
Tom Honeybell

Achievement in Games Audio

Rhianne Murphy
Dale Williams
Chris Platt

Achievement in Level Design

Tom Honeybell
Lee Sanby
Dale Williams

Music Technology

Achievement in Audio Engineering

Jake Sharpe
Thomas Cotton
Rory Wallace

Award for Academic Achievement

Alexander Midgely
Matthew Hunt
Rory Wallace

Best Music Production (voted for by the public)

Visitors will be able to listen to all entries and then vote for their favourite at the Degree Show. The vote closes at 6:45pm on the day and the top three are shortlisted, with the winner being revealed at the evening awards ceremony. Use hashtag ‪#‎ConfettiMade on Twitter throughout the day.‬

TV and Film

Best Short Film

Michael Jobling
Damien Ebanks
Richard Minkley

Achievement in Picture Editing

Richard Minkley
Elliot Bastiani
Laura O’Dwyer

Achievement in Sound Design

Richard Minkley
Gemma Rowe
Michael Jobling

Best Client-Led Production

Liam Parnham
Zara Zabair
Emma Bowley

Student of the Year Awards

Student Ambassador of the Year

George Patchett
John Alexander

FdSc Games Technology Student of the year

Rhianne Murphy
Tom Honeybell
Will Gray

FdSc Music Technology Student of the year

Thomas Cotton
Matthew Hunt
Jake Sharpe

BSc Audio and Recording Technology Student of the Year

Rory Smith
Jake Smith
Rory Wallace

FdSc TV and Film Student of the Year

Gemma Rowe
Allan Njanji
Richard Minkley

Confetti Student of the Year

To be announced on the night!

All winners will be announced at the Degree Awards Show Thursday 11 June, from 7pm.

Booked your free place for the Degree Show yet? This year we are open to the public during the day. Book now here.

Confetti team up with Detonate Festival 2015!

Detonate Festival

Confetti are delighted to announce that we will be sponsoring a stage at Detonate Festival at the end of May featuring none other than grime artist Kano, Mike Skinner of the Streets, Scorzayzee and Klashnekoff.

Nottingham’s biggest underground and electronic dance music festival takes place on May 30th and will include the Confetti Stage, situated near the lake at the scenic location of Colwick Country Park.

Confetti students will be amongst the crowd and many will have a chance to help out behind the scenes on the day with the planning and implementation of the event. With more than 40 acts, across 4 stages, this one is not to be missed!

Rap legend Nas is headlining the day with his performance of ‘Illmatic’ and will be joined by the likes of David Rodigan, Roni Size, Ame, Dusky, Sub Focus, Skepta, Sigma, Camo & Krooked, Shy FX and Wilkinson to name just a few. So if you’re a fan of hip-hop, drum and bass, grime or underground and electronic dance music, there’s only one place to be on Saturday 30th May. Get your tickets now here.

We’re also giving one Confetti student the chance to DJ a whole set on stage in front of thousands to warm up the crowd before the artists come out! You can enter your mix here.

Detonate provides a fantastic example of the hands-on experience that Confetti students get while studying with us. Want to find out how to #DoWhatIDo and study a music course with us in Nottingham? Check out our College Courses and Foundation Degrees now.