Our Industry Week 2018 Highlights

March 19, 2018

What a fantastic week Industry Week was! We welcomed 69 influential guests from Film, TV, Music and Games who gave our students a week to remember. Timetables were ripped up and replaced with tasters and fantastic insight into the most exciting and competitive creative industries in the world. Have a look through our highlights from the week…do you agree?

Vicky McClure – Made in Notts

BAFTA award-winning actor, Vicky McClure had a great chat with filmmaker Fenn O’Meally about her career, from learning and developing in Nottingham, to discussing the new Action Team series she stars in, which is airing on ITV2.

vicky mcclure - made in notts

So you want to be a Music Promoter? – Justin Turford, Bru-C (Krudd Events), Kath Pryer (Detonate) & Will Robinson (I’m Nott From London)

We had three of the biggest event promoters in Nottingham (and beyond) to share their secrets for putting on the best events. Our students were fascinated hearing stories about behind-the-scenes of some of the most popular events in Notts.

Promoter Panel

Frank Benbini – The Performing and Touring Beast

By the end of Frank’s talk, he was a favourite with our students. The multi-platinum artist revealed what it’s like to be on the record-tour-record cycle, speaking about touring the world and recording with some of the best names in the music industry.

“When you’re waiting from month-to-month for a gig, with no income, that’s when you start to get anxious, so don’t stop, keep yourself active!”

frank benbini

Andy Copping – Putting on the Download Festival

Festival booker and promoter Andy gave great insight into the running of live promotion at its highest level. He spoke about the hugely popular Download festival, his life and promoting live events.

andy copping download festival

Music Expo

Back again after last year’s success, the Music Expo showcased the best manufacturers for our students who were able to chat to, while trying out some of their amazing products. Some of the best names in the business came including Focusrite, Pioneer DJ, Novation, Audient, Synthetic Pro Audio, Synthax Audio and Aston Microphones.

Jack Goode won Novation’s competition and received a Launchpad MkII!

music expo

Games Expo

Nottingham is well known as the world capital of tabletop gaming with a tremendous amount of Games companies setting up in and around the City over the years. This year, for the first time, we showcased this vibrant and exciting industry with a Tabletop Gaming Expo day.

games expo

Conner Turner and Youngman – Songwriting Masterclass

These songwriters/producers taught our students just what it takes to take your songwriting skills to the next level in our brand new Contemporary Music & Live Events Hub. Getting the listeners attention, inviting them into your song and keeping them there for long enough is vital for your song to become “their song”.

youngman and conner turner

VFX Industry Panel – Phil Attfield, Steve Wright & Jason Halverson

Our students heard from some of the best names from visual effects as they gave an insightful talk about breaking into the industry. If you attended this event, you’ll be better prepared to forge out a successful career in VFX after listening to their top tips. VFX artist Steve Skyped us all the way from Denver, Colorado!

vfx panel

Al Clark – A Level Playing Field

It’s not very often you get to hear the secrets of success from Nottingham’s most successful film company. Well, that’s what happened during Industry Week when Al from Wellington Films came and gave a great talk about how the company has been so successful.

al clark - wellington films

Joe Dickens – Gamer Gamer with Imran Yusuf, Inel Tomlinson and David Longley

We were provided a top night of weirdness and gaming fun from a few top comedians to finish Industry Week. Funny was an understatement as our students got involved in this 18+ game show – a retro showdown filled with battles, banter and laughter.

gamer gamer

Confetti Live – #IW18 Closing Party

We ended Industry Week with a bang! Fans of DJs, beatboxing, bands and singers were treated to a mix of incredible local artists including beatboxer Motormouf, and Confetti students Black Cats & Magpies, Clonk! and Holly Taylor Gamble.

confetti live closing party iw18

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