Creative Industries students benefit from Strange Behaviours

Students provided sound production at Strange Behaviours

Creative Industries students benefit from Strange Behaviours

Sound Production and Digital Media students from Forth Valley College returned to the Tolbooth Theatre in Stirling for some more Strange Behaviours recently (17/18 November).

The HND students once again garnered some more valuable 'on the job' experience as they provided and operated sound systems for two stages at this year's Strange Behaviours Festival – which was back for its fourth year.

Over the course of the two nights, FVC students from 1st and 2nd year HND Sound Production managed the stages and mixed sound for eight talented bands and artists from across Scotland. BA Digital Media students were also involved creating pre-event social media promotion and filming at the festival itself.

This year's Sound Production team consisted of - Danny Trotter, Maison Stephens, Kris Domanski, Fiona Dick and Declan Kilgannon.

Kenny Bates, Music Development Officer at the Tolbooth, said: “It was brilliant having the Forth Valley Sound Production students take control of the Gallery stages on the night. It’s a space in which we try something new and somewhat experimental set up-wise each year, and they handled the challenge brilliantly. Great atmosphere and sound throughout. The partnership we’ve established with FVC for these events over the past three years is vital to its success, so we at the Tolbooth are greatly appreciative.”

FVC Creative Industries Curriculum Manager, Colin McGeoch, said: “Yet again, Forth Valley Sound Production students worked extremely professionally at Strange Behaviours, demonstrating their excellent technical ability in sound reinforcement and their management and problem solving skills in a demanding live project environment. Events like Strange Behaviours are essential for preparing our students for work in industry and we’d like to thank the Tolbooth for continuing to partner with us. Congratulations to our Sound Productions students too who really did an excellent job in preparing for, and running the two stages on the night.”

Joanna McIntyre, also a FVC Creative Industries Lecturer, said: “The second year BA Digital Media class participated with the ‘Strange Behaviours’ festival at the Tolbooth. The teams worked on the pre-promo social media material and also on the night working as part of multiple crews gathering material for video and radio. They covered the night working across three stages and also interviewing performers, and members of the public.

“The teams demonstrated their professionalism and exceptional technical ability with regards to camera, sound and communication skills during a very demanding live event. We are immensely proud of the outstanding work they produced from the pre-production, production and post productions stages. We are very thankful for the support of Kenny Bates from the Tolbooth for allowing our Students to be part of the event.”

The pre-event promotion team was: Hollie Callderwood, Louisa Smillie, Tanisha Cooper, Liam Whyte and Mark Wilson.

On the night production crews were: Backstage Crew - Natasha Cameron, Andrew Marr and Samantha Barr. Roving Crew - Anastasia Josephine Enya, Lemaitre, Nastassia, Beara and Myran Stephans. Behind the Scenes (Doc of the Doc) - Sara, Conchione, Josefina, Jarosova, Enija, Zelmene. Multi-camera Stage 1 - Viola Madau, Ryan Louch, Robyn Smith, Muteea Arif, Ellie Donald, Kieran Winters, Graham Cameron, Adam Campbell and Lauren. Multi Camera Stage 2 and 3 - Meghan Bain, Shannon Goundry and Claire Buchanan.

The team involved is also responsible for running FVC’s Connect Forth’s Radio, TV and Online Station where the material from the ‘Strange Behaviours’ event will be posted. Lecturers involved were Joanna McIntyre, Gail English (who has just left – Strange Behaviours being her last night), Gavin Orr, Elspeth Badger and Stephen Ramage. Thanks goes to our new Curriculum Manager Fi Milligan Rennie.

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