Associate Environment Artist
Joe graduated from confetti in 2013, and has since gone on to finish university and enter into industry as an environment artist. Being relatively fresh to the industry he knows and understands the currently climate of recruitment for recent graduates and students – and is coming back home to Nottingham to explain how he went from Gears of War Fan Art to Game Art on Gears of War 4: DLC.
Animation Game Production
Games Design Graduate, experienced QA across multiple games companies (Sony, Travellers Tales, Ubisoft, Cloud Imperium Games), former Games Lecturer, Industry speaker and currently working in Animation/Mocap Production at Cloud Imperium Games.
Beginning her music career as an intern at BBC Introducing, Kristi has set up music blogs in Berlin, presented radio shows, written for websites such as Gigwise.com, been on the panel for PRS Foundation, advanced tours and shows in Europe and secured funding for upcoming acts.
Steven Thackray is a Junior User Researcher at Deep Silver Dambuster Studios. Originally from East Yorkshire, leaving retail management back in 2013 to join the studio. Where he started in the QA team, later joining the user research department and working in the GamesLab. He now uses player data to help developers create games. Over the years he’s worked on AAA franchises like Homefront and Metro.
Ben is a Senior Programmer at Deep Silver Dambuster. He’s spent the last decade working in the games industry on a variety of titles such as the multi-million selling Crysis Series and triple BAFTA winning Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture. He’s also independently released his own title on Steam.
Plates is a record shop, dubplate cutting house and music community. Our focus is on keeping alive things that inspire creativity, freedom and soul within music.
CEO of Steel Arts Software
CEO of Steel Arts Software and independent games designer/developer, Nathan is currently working on publishing his console release of Welcome to Hanwell after his successful release on PC.
Rick has worked in audio post for nearly 10 years on film, TV and documentaries including This Is England 86 and 88 (dir. Shane Meadows), Tyrannosaur (dir. Paddy Considine), I Believe in Miracles (dir. Jonny Owen) and NG83: When We Were B boys (dir. Sam Derby-Cooper and Claude Knight).
Director, kambeckfilm GmbH and Founder of the MEKA Network
Trained originally in sound engineering, Markus has always had a passion for, and belief in, the power of the screen industries to be able to impact and affect change. He developed quickly from working with sound into developing visual content, setting up his own film production company, kambeckfilm GmbH, in 2006. Now established as a successful production company in Karlsruhe, Germany, kambeckfilm has grown from strength to strength working with high profile companies such as Agilent Technologies, BASF, BOSCH, Daimler, Deutsche Bundesbank, L´Oreal, Zeiss and many more.
Director of the NVA
Allen Coombs is a director of the National Videogame Foundation and leads on the design and production of exhibitions for the National Videogame Arcade and beyond. Previously he has run technical departments and research units; produced motion graphics for TV and film; and practiced as an artist exhibiting in the UK, Europe and Japan.
Jonathan Parkes & Samad Abdessadki
Capcom Pro Tour Commentators
Jonathan Parkes (Tyrant) and Samad Abdessadki (Damascus) make regular appearances during the Capcom Pro Tour to provide commentary during high level Street Fighter play. Listen to their experiences, get an insight into how to be successful within the Industry and to pursue the avenue yourself.
Head of Talent at Framestore
Framestore bring extraordinary ideas to life in any space or screen through craft, imagination and technology. Known for our visual effects, we have created incredible scenes for major Hollywood pictures: Gravity, Paddington 2, Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, to name just a few. Amy has been working in talent related roles within the visual effects industry for over fourteen years, in both the UK and Canada. In each role she has had responsibility for working with schools, colleges and universities to provide careers guidance and support educators with content. Amy regularly provides input to the UK government on the skills agenda for the visual effects industry and the creative industries more widely.
Founder of DEEPROT
Mike is a 23 year-old UK based music promoter. He is the founder of the brand DEEPROT which has accumulated an online following of over +275,000 following from promoting artists in the rapidly growing UK Bass scene. DEEPROT has gone from a small YouTube channel to being the main promotional source for UK Bass music and the host of monthly events in different cities around the UK.
Chris Titus King
Director of Photography
Christopher Titus King is an Emmy nominated DOP (James Cameron’s Expedition Bismarck) with over 30 years’ experience in the film business. He crosses the bridge between documentary and drama with great success, bringing skills developed in one genre to the other. Chris is known for his ability to visualise directors’ ideas with speed, adding his own ideas to finesse the results, always keeping a good sense of humour.
Since 1991 Sophie has worked happily as a filmmaker and cinematographer specialising in natural history in remote locations throughout the world from Africa and The Americas to Nepal and Mongolia.
Nick is a Senior Designer at Spitfire Studio in Nottingham and has worked with a diverse range of clients including Denby Pottery, Google and Mercedes-Benz. Nick is an established Graphic Designer specialising in art direction, advertising, branding and interaction design.
Jo is a passionate commercial Illustrator and fine artist currently working for Equator Design. She’s experienced working across a wide range of creative industries, including package design, print design and curation in the UK and Australia. Her clients include Next, Barbour, Mothercare and Aldi.
Founder of The Television Workshop
Ian has been instrumental in kickstarting acting careers for thousands of young hopefuls – supplying the British film and TV industry with talent since 1983. He joined the Workshop as a part-time tutor, alongside his job as an English and drama teacher, but took over full-time in 1988, retiring in 2015. Ian has since taken the Workshop style ethos as far afield as China and is now directing.
Paul Allen is a board game designer and owner of Strangely Games an indie games publisher based in Nottingham. Paul has created games from an early age with opportunity and experience this has gone full circle and has arrived back at his original passion of designing tabletop games, with the success of Full Moon JacketTM on Kickstarter at the end of 2017. Paul Allen left his full time teaching position to start up Strangely Games Ltd, an independent tabletop and games publishing company. Paul and Strangely Games are currently working on game number 2 which is scheduled to appear on crowd funding website in the near future.
Experimental Sound Artist
Aja Ireland (UK) is a sound artist dedicated to the exploration of the grotesque and obscure by the experimental manipulation of psycho-rhythmic noise, anguished cries, homemade electronics, industrial beats and distorted drones. The English artist was nominated for The Oram Award in 2017 and is also one of the standard bearers of a new wave of music created in the UK, invented as “New Weird Britain” and combines all these elements with a brutal live performance with a psycho-visceral energy.
High-profile recognition for his talents came in 2010 when Youngman signed to Shy FX’s elite Digital Soundboy label, then in 2012 when his songwriting skills led to a publishing deal with Warner Chappell. His collaboration with multi-genre maestro Skream, “Who Knows?” proved his credentials as an artist and songwriter. This Polydor-signed track took a spot on the playlist at Radio 1, 1Xtra and Kiss FM, chalking up plaudits from the likes of Zane Lowe, Annie Mac and MistaJam in the process.
3D Environmental Artist
Liam Turton is a former Games Technology student here at Confetti and now a 3D Environmental Artist for Playsport. Playsport have released Motorsport Manager which have been nominated for awards across the gaming industry. Liam is a fantastic product of Confetti’s alumni and is proudly coming back to share his achievements and advice.
Phil Attfield is a VFX professional with more than 20 years’ experience as an artist, entrepreneur and educator. A nominee for BAFTA TV and Emmy awards between 2000 and 2002, he has more than 20 feature film credits including ‘The King’s Speech’ in 2010. Phil also develop courses, qualifications and Apprenticeship standards.
BBC 1Xtra DJ
Sian Anderson is a 25 year-old media powerhouse and Grime Ambassador. Alongside running Sightracked which is her own marketing and PR company. Sian also holds down a specialist presenter and DJ slot on BBC Radio 1Xtra and is a freelance journalist for a handful of well-respected publications including The Fader, I-D Magazine, Red Bull & Noisey (Vice).
Alexandra joined the games industry after completing a PhD in the psychology of sarcasm (no, really!). She specialises in mining game-generated data in order to better understand player behaviour. After two years of working as a data scientist and running a UX lab for AAA franchises like Homefront, Metro, and Dead Island, she now works on Lockwood’s mobile game, Avakin Life.
Senior Software Engineer
Ruan is a senior software engineer at Lockwood Publishing, where he specialises in the highly-scalable client and server tech for extracting, processing and visualising mobile game analytics. Prior to this, he worked on AAA franchises like Metro and Dead Island on PC and console. A brief detour lead to him writing the software to operate a gaming playtest lab, complete with biometric sensors.
Spencer Wells has signed artists to major labels including James Morison and discovered acts such as David Gray and Beverley Night while doing A&R at Polydor and Chrylalis records. Spencer now offers artist development within education giving advice and mentoring.
Senior Concept and Environment Artist
Anna is a senior concept and environment artist at Dream Reality Interactive and 2017 BAFTA Breakthrough Brit, specialising in creating worlds and defining art styles, low poly modelling, and hand painted texturing. She has worked on large scale IPs such as Adventure Time and Magic: The Gathering, as well as lending her visual knowledge to helping craft new IPs. Alongside her work, she is also an advocate for mental health and greater diversity in games.
Graduating from Confetti with an FdSc in Games Technology in 2015 and ‘topping up’ to a full BSc honours degree a year later, Rhianne now works as a Junior Level Designer for Sumo Digital Sheffield.
Daniel P Carter
Radio 1 DJ
BBC Radio 1’s Rock Show DJ, Dan has toured the world in multiple hardcore / rock bands, curates The Pit stage at Reading and Leeds, and has given many musicians their first National radio play on his show.
Detonate Co-Founder & Producer
Kath Pyer is the co-founder and producer for Detonate, one the longest running and most successful of the UK’s ‘Bass Culture’ events companies. Starting in 1999 in Nottingham, they have put on all-nighters and club events around the country showcasing the best and most forward-thinking acts in Drum & Bass, Bassline, Grime and all the various subgenres in the scene. They have also run several Detonate festivals at Colwick Park and are involved in event production with other festivals.
INFL Managing Director
Will Robinson is the founder and Managing Director of I’m Not From London, a music & events promoter, record label, label service and music publisher. Starting in Nottingham 13 years ago, INFL have since given early platforms to huge artists such as Heck, Jake Bugg and Sleaford Mods. The enterprise now curates festival stages and runs up to 20 events a month with independent venues, national blue chip clients and large organisations as well as raising tens of thousands of pounds for local charities.
Radio 1 Producer
BBC Radio 1 and 1 Xtra producer for almost 10 years, Kate has a passion for supporting new artists, and spent the last 3 years producing Huw Stephens’ show on Radio 1.
Bru-C is a 26 year old MC/Entrepreneur based in Nottingham. Founder of Krudd, 2Much & various other events/clothing brands, Bru-C knows his way around the dance, being one of the main faces for rappers in the UK Bass scene, quoted “The voice of Bassline in 2017” by UKF. High energy performances and strong collaboration tracks with the likes of Skepsis, Darkzy, Bassboy & Hadean make Bru-C a well known figure in 2017.
Head of Music at Radio X
With over 25 years of experience in the industry, Mike has been part of managing the XFM Radio brand since 2005. Currently a Mercury Prize judge, Mike has previously worked with the likes of Coldplay and Blur. As well as staging gigs with household names like Noel Gallagher, Kings of Leon, and Mumford & Sons, his tireless appetite for new music has lead to first time airplay for many emerging, and now widely recognised artists.
Producer and Managing Director
Al Clark founded Wellington Films in 2000 with producing partner Rachel Robey. Their BAFTA nominated début feature, London to Brighton, earned them the Best Achievement in Production award at the 2006 British Independent Film Awards and a nomination at the London Critics Circle Film Awards for British Film Producers of the Year.
PlayStation Access Channel Manager
JRPG aficionado, Yakuza specialist and Tank main, Hollie has been working in the video games industry for 8 years after leaving behind her career as a midwife. From PR to Community Management to Content Creation Hollie has worked on some of the biggest game titles; such as The Witcher, Dark Souls, The Last of Us and even the launch of the PlayStation 4 before focusing on PlayStation Access.
Alex ‘Motormouf’ Young
Motormouf is a hip-hop hippy who travels the galaxy armed with a loop pedal, a microphone, quick fire lyrics and beatbox vocals as his weapon of choice. Since 2008, Alex ‘Motormouf’ Young has gone from beatboxing all around his home town of Nottingham, to competing overseas, and has progressively made a name for himself ever since. He has supported the likes of Dead Prez, Akala, Beardyman, Petebox, The Sugarhill Gang, Dr. Syntax and more! Motormouf is 2x semi-finalist in the UK Beatbox Championships (2015 and 2016) and came 3rd in an international loop pedal competition called Vocaloops in Fossano, Italy in 2016.
Founder of MacLarty Brown Media
MacLarty Brown Media’s Len Brown is a former NME music journalist with an impressive track record producing successful and award-winning documentaries for the BBC, ITV, Channel Four and Sky. Based in the East Midlands, MBM won its first BBC commission – Geri’s 1990s: My Drive To Freedom – in late 2016. The documentary, presented by the former Spice Girl Geri (Halliwell) Horner, attracted 1.5 million viewers to BBC2. In November 2017, Sky Arts transmitted MBM’s second documentary for its Passions series – Chi-chi Nwanoku MBE on black British composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor.
Music Video Director
Nottingham-born and raised, Holyk has established a reputation as a versatile director of music videos, live performance and artist documentaries, with work that includes music videos for Sam Smith, Jake Bugg, Benga, Jack Garratt and Gabrielle Aplin with docs for a succession of emerging and successful artists including Smith and Rag N Bone Man.
YouTube Content Creator
Whilst studying the FdSc in Games Technology at Confetti, Alex was pursuing a career in YouTube Content Creation. Upon completing the course and generating a strong and loyal fanbase, Alex gained great successes in publishing multiple videos to YouTube focusing on the lore and trivia of the newly reintroduced and massively successful Pokémon and Pokémon Go.
Festival Booker and Promoter
Andy Copping started in the music business in 1980 when, as a teenager, he became a DJ in rock clubs in his spare time. Andy has come a long way – from securing his first DJ gig at the infamous Rock City in Nottingham in 1989, to developing a portfolio of acts that he works with and promotes, which includes AC/DC, Def Leppard, Drake, Haim, JAY Z, Kendrick Lamar, Kasabian, Kylie, Iron Maiden, Rihanna, Shania Twain, Slipknot, System of a Down and many others!
An artist manager, tour manager, conference manager, lecturer, mentor and frequent commentator within the music industry, Andy’s career started in Scotland in 1990, DJing and running raves around the country. He began managing bands and small electronic labels, moving to London in 1997 to continue the work. In 2005, he co-founded The Luminaire, winning London Venue of The Year and UK Venue of The Year in the first two years. He booked Quart – Norway’s biggest and oldest music festival and manages Mercury Prize-nominated artist William Doyle (formerly East India Youth). He co-runs Sørveiv Conference in Kristiansand, lectures internationally and runs mentoring initiatives to help young people into the music industry in Germany, Poland, Norway and the UK.
Managing Director, VMI
Barry is Managing Director of VMI with 25 years of Broadcast experience and an MBA from Imperial College. Barry runs VMI, managing key clients, projects and business planning. Barry delivers most of the VMI events and presentations, writes widely and has spoken at MIP in Cannes, the Edinburgh Festival, Broadcast Live Show, HD Show and Production Show in London, the EMIT show in Frankfurt and many others.
Education Outreach Manager- PRS
As Education and Outreach Manager, Stuart’s role is to engage with the wider music industry community in order to raise awareness and a better understanding around PRSfM – what it is, what it does, how and for whom. He provides talks and lectures at educational establishments, is involved at music industry events and develops and hosts events and advice sessions.
Having worked at PRS for Music for the last 30 years, Stuart has an extensive knowledge of the organisation.
Visual Effects Artist
Steve Wright is a senior visual effects artist with over 20 years of production experience creating digital effects for over 70 feature films and 70 television commercials. His extensive film credits include Night at the Museum 2, Shutter Island, Ray, Ali, Traffic, Air Force One, Batman & Robin, and many more. As a Senior Digital Compositing Artist and 2D Technical Director, he has an unusual combination of both artistic and technical understanding of visual effects compositing. He is also a published author, writer, public speaker, and a widely recognised expert in the visual effects industry.
Frank Benbini is an established singer, music producer, songwriter, director and also the drummer/singer of the international band, Fun Lovin’ Criminals (FLC). Frank also goes by the names, Uncle Frank and TRM which stands for “The Rhythm Man”. The multi-platinum artist has had an interesting career in the music biz for the last two decades, from touring the world to recording with the best names in the music industry.
Jon Burton has been working as a sound engineer since leaving school, working with a wide range of artists, either as a front of house or monitor engineer. In recent years he has worked with Bombay Bicycle Club, Richard Hawley and, for the last 14 years, The Prodigy. Jon has also worked in TV and radio on programmes like ‘Later with Jools’, and is old enough to have worked on Top of the Pops! Jon co-owns a five studio recording complex in Sheffield, The Laundry Rooms, where he has an analog mix room. Jon recently completed an MSc at York in Music Technology.
Conner is a 24 year-old songwriter, producer and DJ based between Nottingham and London. He graduated in 2015 with a first class BA (Hons) degree in Audio Engineering from SAE Institute Oxford. Following his graduation he began his current project NVOY – to which he is half of. NVOY are signed to Black Butter Records/Sony Music.
Victoria van Garrett
Senior Lead QA
Victoria is one of our original FdSc Games Technology graduates who has made her mark on the games industry. Having worked for Ubisoft Blubyte, Quantic Dream, Riot Games and now Splash Damage, she has a wealth of knowledge and experience to share with any student wishing to enter the games industry.
Capcom Community and Esports Manager
Former freelance journalist and now, Community Manager for Capcom. Matt writes for gamesTM, Edge, ONE Gamer, Play, Guinness and NEO. He also claims to know a thing or two about fighting games.
With a history of working with the biggest games companies in the world including Rockstar Games, King, Splash Damage and now Facebook; Andy returns to Confetti to deliver his top tier industry tips and tricks alongside a range of different 3D modelling and scripting masterclasses.
Senior Live Music Producer
Our longest running IW guest returns for his 9th year! Andy is the producer of Radio 1’s Live Lounge and sessions in the BBC’s Maida Vale studios. Andy has been busy in the recording studio working with superstars, including Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, Metallica, Foo Fighters, Beyonce and Stormzy.
James has been crafting visual effects and design in a career spanning 17 years. James has a wealth of VFX knowledge and lead projects as a Shoot Supervisor, Autodesk Flame, Foundry Nuke and Adobe After Effects Artist. James has worked on a range of international campaigns for the likes of: Audi, Amazon, Cadburys, Coca Cola, Lucozade, McDonalds, Adidas, Nike, Mazda, Yamaha, Nissan, Ford, Lancome, Givenchy, Pink Floyd, Kanye West, Madonna, Paul McCartney & Kasabian.
With 25 years in the music business Justin has a wealth of experience in just about every sector of the industry. As a performer and DJ (aka Ex-Friendly) he has played at venues from Glastonbury Festival to Sameheads in Berlin and produced and released several successful dancefloor records on a number of international labels.