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.
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.
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!”
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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!
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.
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.
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.