Confetti students do it for real this Christmas

Friday December 17, 2021

Students from a range of our courses have been supporting local events on Do It For Real opportunities in the build up to Christmas.

Live and Technical Events students transform the Universities of Nottingham Vice-Chancellors’ Reception into a Winter Wonderland

The Universities of Nottingham (Nottingham Trent University and the University of Nottingham) recently held a Winter Reception to reflect on the great contributions they’ve made to the city and the region. Confetti’s own Live & Technical Events Tutor, Rosie Halgh, and Venue Technical Manager, Bryan Rankin, led a group of BSc (Hons) Live & Technical Events students in providing lighting for this event.

The work involved building a variety of different truss towers on the balcony, projecting snowflakes and snow on the drinks reception area through use of moving lights, as well as washing the area with blue lighting to fit the winter theme. Downstairs, the team used battery powered uplighters to continue the theme throughout, complete with light up winter trees, star cloth and draping.

The students involved showed great professionalism throughout the long day (8am – Midnight), which involved multiple van trips of equipment, and a broken lift leading to lots of carrying heavy equipment up and down stairs! Fantastic work team, you did Confetti proud!

TV Production Technology students help NTU Music to deliver a wonderful night of Christmas tunes

At this year’s NTU Music Christmas Spectacular, a range of talented students, staff and members of the local community joined together to perform a selection of uplifting Christmas favourites for everyone to enjoy. The event consisted of a choir and band playing festive carols and songs in front of an audience. To ensure that those towards the back of the audience didn’t miss out, Confetti BSc (Hons) TV Production Technology students installed cameras around the building to capture the performers in action. It was a slick production from our students who operated the cameras and mixed footage (close ups, panning shots, wide angle etc.) using an outside broadcast set-up which were then projected onto a big screen. Our students also put lyrics to Christmas carols up on the screen for the audience to sing along to rather than using paper sheets.

The Christmas Spectacular concert was a perfect way to celebrate the festive season in style and the NTU Music department were really grateful for the support:

“We were very happy with the service provided by both the Confetti students and staff. Their expertise add a wonderful element to our annual Christmas Spectacular and we’ve had many positive comments from audience members who thought the screen was a great touch. All the students behaved in a professional manner and ensured the technical side of the event ran smoothly.” – NTU’s Music Co-ordinator, Jess Armstrong

Film & TV students support Nottingham’s Salvation Army with “Carols at Christmas”

Students from our Film & TV Production BTEC Level 3 course recently supported the Salvation Army and the Nottingham Rotary Club with their Christmas carol concert at Nottingham William Booth Memorial Halls. The event was a smashing success helping to raise over £1,000 for charity!

This year’s “Carols at Christmas” concert included brass bands, choirs, timbrels, drama, and readings. Confetti students supported with capturing the live performance on film. They will also support with editing a short video for social media, including a QR code for online giving allowing viewers to scan and donate as they watch. Salvation Army Officer, Robert Jepson, was supporting the event and had some great things to say about our students contributions:

“The Salvation Army with the Nottingham Rotary Club are very grateful to the Confetti college students who live recorded this years Carol Service. The students arrived with enthusiasm and quickly set to work. The equipment was all set up before the service started and they did an excellent job, we were impressed by their participation, support, and kind nature. We look forward to viewing the media presentation and sincerely thank the tutors and students for their commitment to us. We hope that we can work together again”.

“Being involved with a Confetti filming project like this was quite amazing, to be able to be in a real-world situation with a live event and audience gave a great experience and look into the industry, as well as given me great tips and advice for my future projects at Confetti and beyond.” – 1st Year, L3 Film & TV Production, Tyler Cope 

“The Salvation Army shoot was a really good first step into filming live events. A great opportunity to use professional gear and get behind a camera in a proper live setting and I’m very thankful to both Confetti and The Salvation Army for the opportunity.” – 1st Year, L3 Film & TV Production, Lee Deane,

We want to take this opportunity to thank all of the students who have been supporting on projects like these this Christmas. Here’s to another fantastic year of Do It For Real opportunities in 2022!

Are you interested in studying Live and Technical Events, TV Production or Film Production at college or degree level? Would you like to get hands-on work experience as part of your studies? Book onto an open day to find out more about all the opportunities on offer here at Confetti.