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Want to help Deep Silver develop their games?

Local AAA games developers Deep Silver Dambuster have launched an exciting new games research lab in Nottingham and Confetti students have the opportuntiy to get involved!

The Deep Silver GamesLab will analyse player emotions and reactions and use the findings to shape the next generations of video games.

As a participant you’ll be called in for playtests and simply have to play through missions and levels. But it’s not just released titles that you’ll be testing. As part of GamesLab you’ll get the chance to test out future releases before they are even announced!

Oh, did we mention that you’ll also be paid for your time? Basically, you’ll earn some money for a couple of hours of gaming!

Sound exciting? You can sign up for the next playtest here: https://gameslab.dsdambuster.com/

Check the eligibility criteria below to see if you can be a part of GamesLab.

You are not eligible to sign up if:

  • You’re under 18 years old (sorry!)
  • You’re currently working or have previously worked in the gaming industry
  • You’re a games journalist/blogger

Want to get involved in games development? We offer courses at both college-level and degree-level in both Games Technology & Games Art.

Casting Call for Exciting Channel 4 Project in Nottingham

BTEC Broadcast Production – Level 3 at Confetti Nottingham

Great opportunity for Confetti students, as Nina Gold – the casting director behind Star Wars, Game of Thrones and The Martian – is coming to Nottingham in search of fresh talent.

The open casting call is aimed at Asian teen actors who would fit the following description:

JALAL (Male) Age 18-­‐24yrs.
British Indian Asian.
This is a major leading part in this drama. Looking for very sharp, charismatic, street-­‐smart British Asian young men for this challenging role.

USHNA (Female) Age 16 – 21yrs.
British Indian Asian.
Small but with an iron resolve and surprisingly steely determination. A terrific leading role in this major new series.

All those who fit the description and would like to have an informal chat about the role can go along on Wednesday 25 May between 4-7pm at The Nottingham Actors Studio (Number 1 Kayes Walk, The Lace Market, Nottingham, NG1 1PY).

If you would like some script to prepare in advance please email Kate at info@ninagold.co.uk with ‘CROSSING THE BORDER NOTTS’ in the title or you are welcome to just turn up!

Industry Week Highlight – Jon Harris

 

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Oscar-nominated film editor Jon Harris – who has edited 127 Hours, Kick Ass, and The Woman in Black, (to name but a few…) took to the Arts Theatre to share his knowledge, and give us a glimpse into the life of a successful editor.

Jon grew up making short films as a child, all of which he acted in, filmed, and edited himself. His passion grew from there, and he went on to complete a film course at Harrow in London.

He then spent a year assisting on films, where he met Guy Richie. Gaining editing work through him, he’s now lucky enough to earn a living doing what he enjoys.

Jon explained how he achieves his edits and how different cuts create different effects, to enhance the storyline of the film. “I’m always studying story-telling, as that’s what it’s all about.” He showed examples of scenes from his different films, and how each scene revealed part of the story. With each draft, the edit progressed to get to that ‘perfect’ final cut.

Jon expressed – “Editing is a broad canvas – it’s not all about matching shots together, but it’s about the over-all structure of the edit, and what you can bring out of it. Nothing ever works on screen as it does on the script – it’s one continuous, organic process. The final draft of the edit is the final draft of the script.”

He finished by explaining that editing is all about engaging the audience, as they have the ultimate say of the film – no matter what the director, editor, or otherwise think.

Ellie Kemp – Level 3 TV & Film Production

Industry Week Highlight – Barry Ryan

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As head of production at Warp Films – Barry Ryan shared his experiences of producing films & TV shows.

Warp Films first began as Warp Records in 1989, CEO Mark Herbert expressed his concern with trying to push visual artists. Following this they soon became Warp Films – Dead Man’s Shoes became the first feature – length film produced. The company also worked with director Shane Meadows to produce This Is England, and decided to continue the success with a TV series, as they wanted to re-visit the characters and explore their interests.

Barry got his foot in the door of the film industry through a film school in Sheffield. He set out to be a director, but self-admittedly ‘wasn’t good enough,’ so tried producing instead. He made useful contacts and when he left, he set up a small short-filmmaking company, and worked at Nickelodeon as a floor manager at the weekends. Eventually, he landed his first production job.

He revealed that, as a producer, you’re responsible for everything, and you’re more diplomatic. You need to understand scripts, script editing, financing, and be good at talking to people. He said – “Don’t worry about the size of the budget, worry about how you’re going to control it.”

Barry spoke out about what’s best in being a producer – “It’s nice to see the country houses and landscapes of the UK, and you get to work within lots of different environments. Sometimes I forget the importance of where we are.”

So, what advice can Barry give to aspiring filmmakers? “If you devote two years of your life to making a film, you have to be passionate about it – you have to make stuff to understand it, fail hard and then work on your mistakes.”

Ellie Kemp – Level 3 TV & Film Production

Integr8 Media Competition

Integrate Media Competition

Nottingham charity Harmless invite you to take part in their media competition.

Would you like to influence national thinking about mental health?

Could you use your skills and stories to reduce the stigma & bring concepts to life?

This exciting new competition is looking to generate interest from skilled and inspired individuals of all ages to bring the world of self harm to life in a healthy, helpful, creative and challenging way.

Whether you want to create a documentary piece to tell a particular story, or create a short animation or blog to illustrate an issue Harmless want to hear from you!

Winning pieces shall be up…

– To 3 minutes in length

– Follow national guidance*

– And be happy to be used in training and web materials

Further to this, the winners shall be awarded a recognition award and receive vouchers for their contributions.

Themes can include:

– Young people

– Black & Minority Ethnic Communities

– Social media

– Self harm

– Suicide

– Mental health

– Recovery

– Hope

*Samaritans Media Guidance

Deadline: 24th February

For more information: info@harmless.org.uk

Freelancing talk – Lyndsey Hardiman, Musicians Union

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Lyndsey Hardiman from the Musicians Union is coming to Confetti to discuss freelancing.

Where: A001, Nottingham Arts Theatre

When:  10th November, 11:00

Lyndsey is the Regional Officer covering the Midlands. She regularly helps union members with legal issues including fee recovery for unpaid or cancelled work, as well as organising promotional and continuing professional development events. Throughout her career, Lyndsey has done extensive work as a freelancer, enabling her to be aware of the practical challenges musicians face regardless of genre. Lyndsey’s talk will provide advice and guidance on doing freelance work and the challenges which surround it.

Interested? Sign up here http://bit.ly/1jQCLXT.

See you there!

Award recognition for Confetti students

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The Student Microfilm Awards took place on the 19th of October, as part of NIMFEST, and Confetti students were winners!

Awards were won in 3 of the 4 categories, for which a total of 7 Confetti students were nominated:

Extreme Short
The Fair With Goose, Jake Eden, Confetti

Animation
I Want You Girl, Maddy Pendergast, Confetti
The Urban Worm, Adam Nixon and Liam Bagshaw, Confetti

Drama
Fluffy, Damien Ebanks, Confetti
Partial Silence, Michael Jobling, Confetti
Your Secrets Are Sins, Richard Minkley, Confetti
Tuesday Afternoon, Ryan Harvey, Confetti

In addition to leading the Animation category, Maddy Pendergast has also been pronounced Overall Winner at the event.

 

And that’s not all…

Another 2 nominations were secured by Confetti students at the RTS Midlands Centre Student Awards – with winners due to be announced on the 12th of November.

Animation
I Want You Girl Animated Music Video
Confetti Institute Of Creative Technologies, Maddy Pendergast

Drama
Your Secrets Are Sins
Confetti Institute Of Creative Technologies, Richard Minkley

From everyone here at Confetti we’d like to congratulate all the nominees and winners for their hard work and enthusiasm. Here’s to many more awards to follow!

Confetti teams up with Splendour Festival 2015!

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Confetti are proud to announce we will once again have a stage at this year’s Splendour Festival following the huge success of last summer’s celebration in Wollaton Park.

Confetti students and staff will be among thousands due to attend this year’s Splendour on Saturday 18th July. Our students are preparing to work around the clock to make sure the stages are set for some of the world’s biggest names in music including the likes of The Specials, Bananarama, Jess Glynne, Lawson and Roots Manuva.

Confetti’s technical events students will be setting up marquees and controlling the behind-the-scenes technology at the massive event, while our TV & Film students will also provide coverage of the entire festival. Splendour 2015 is set to be one of the biggest days out of the Nottingham summer calendar and Confetti are proud to be sponsoring the spectacle for a fifth consecutive year.

Splendour 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 work at Splendour next year? Check out our College Courses and Foundation Degrees now.

Tickets for this summer’s Splendour Festival are available now. Get your tickets here.

Full line-up below

Splendour Festival 2015 line-up

Professor Green at #IW15 “All it takes is one song.”

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Concluding an incredible Industry Week at Confetti, Professor Green took students through his music industry career, offering insights into his success and passing on the advice learned through his years as a musician.

Stephen Paul Manderson, better known by his stage name Professor Green, is an English rapper and singer-songwriter. He rose to success upon winning the inaugural JumpOff MySpace £50,000 battle rap tournament in July 2008. In the year that followed he worked with Lily Allen on her 2009 concert tour.

After touring with Lily Allen, Green was signed to Virgin Records and released I Need You Tonight featuring Ed Drewett. He also joined up with Allen on his second single Just Be Good to Green.

Professor Green’s debut album, Alive Till I’m Dead, which features guest vocals from Lily Allen, Emeli Sandé, Fink, Labrinth and Example, as well as The Streets, was released in July 2010. He followed this with the album At Your Inconvenience in October 2011.

Professor Green Industry Week Confetti

Pro Green started off by explaining how he got into music through rap battles, playing a clip of one of his early bouts. “It would have gone so much better if I didn’t fall off the stage,” he joked. “Although it was while taking part in battles and finding my own style in 2006 that I was signed to The Beats.”

Pro Green’s battle with depression is well documented and following his father’s suicide in 2008, he admits that he struggled. His account was refreshingly honest, explaining that ‘the music industry can have its ups and downs’ and that ‘sometimes it can just be about sitting down and unloading’. “I see a therapist and it’s nothing to be embarrassed about”, he says. “It’s good to talk and get things out.”

While discussing the various sponsorships he’s been involved with (such as energy drink – ‘Relentless’) Green explained that there’s not always a lot of money coming in through the record label and that, ‘you have to be creative’.

Professor Green

This theme of creativity continued as he spoke about the importance of social media. “YouTube is a great platform to launch your career and sometimes all it takes is a tweet.”

In fact, this is exactly how 2010 collaboration Just be good to Green with Lily Allen came about. “It was literally a twitter message”, he admits.

As the talk concluded, Green gave some good advice to the crowd’s aspiring musicians, explaining that it’s vital to ‘always keep contacts’ and also to ‘be ready for some rejection’.

The key to Professor Green’s success? “Work hard at something you love and to continue to enjoy the journey. All it ever takes is one song.”

Kagoule to support Sleaford Mods at Rescue Rooms

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Punk-hop ranters Sleaford Mods are hitting up Rescue Rooms in Nottingham next Tuesday (27th Jan) before their appearance at Confetti’s Industry Week, and we’ve just heard that rising stars Kagoule will be supporting them too! That gives the already sold-out crowd the perfect combination of indie rock, grunge and punk hip-hop. Hurrah!

Confetti’s sister brand Denizen Artists manage the three-piece group from Nottingham and critics are already predicting they are heading for the top. Kagoule appeared on the BBC Introducing Stage at Glastonbury last year and have a massive year ahead in 2015 with their debut album due to drop in late August.

Rolling Stone magazine have named the Nineties indie-rock trio in their “10 New Artists You Need to Know” list for January and said Kagoule have an “artfully retro sound”. They’ve already been compared to the Smashing Pumpkins and Fugazi and admit their songs often fall into that style, even if not intentionally.

If you’ve got a ticket already for the sold-out gig then lucky you! If you missed out, keep your eyes peeled for Kagoule in the very near future and catch up on their movement on their Facebook page.

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P.S. Don’t forget to catch the Sleaford Mods duo right here at Confetti live in Industry Week this March. Vocalist Jason Williamson and musician Andrew Fearn will be speaking about their experiences in the music industry. We’ve heard they might even tell you what’s going off with them and a certain Mr Noel Gallagher in the press! Keep your Twitter locked on hashtag #IW15 for more.

Peace X

Industry Week 2015