Confetti’s 2nd year FdSc Film Production Technology students had an assessment with a difference this week, when they presented their own Digital Cinema Packages on the screens at The Broadway Cinema, Nottingham.
For the purpose of this assessment, students were tasked to create a trailer for Nottingham’s Mayhem Film Festival, a yearly four-day event – showcasing horror, sci-fi and cult feature films from around the world.
Students were briefed by the festival’s directors and had to pitch their trailers and review ideas in regular meetings throughout the weeks leading up to assessment day.
Film Production Technology lecturer Tanya Jones spoke about the importance of such projects for the career development of her students: “Studying a practical degree – such as film production – is difficult if you do not have the opportunity to engage with the industry. Creating a Digital Cinema Package is so different to burning DVDs and working closely with the Broadway cinema has given our students insight into the most up to date processes and technologies in film production.”
Festival directors Steve Sheil and Chris Cooke also spoke of the importance of industry-student cooperation: “It was good to show work in the cinema. It’s been a good experience seeing the process of students working from a brief to a product that can be potentially played in the cinema. A good project and one we would like to be a client for again.”