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Live Events and Creative Media students help with Plymouth Light Fantastic event

By 17th December 2014 No Comments

First year Live Events and Creative Media students from City College Plymouth got involved in an exciting work placement with Real Ideas Organisation, Illuminos, a digital media organisation and Plymouth Museum and Art Gallery, where they worked with them on the Plymouth’s Light Fantastic show, a 2 day light show to mark the centenary of the amalgamation of Plymouth, Stonehouse and Devonport into one city. The event, funded by the Arts Council England, saw three buildings in each of the towns come to life with haiku poems, moving images and audio with a grand finale event on the Saturday night where the Civic Centre lit up with a projection combining all three shows from the previous night.

Light Fantastic show on Plymouth’s Civic Centre 29th November 2014

The students were set a live brief where they were asked to create a haiku poem about Plymouth – a specific area, element or idea – and then they were asked to create content – images, audio and film that depicts the poem.

The content from the live brief they created formed part of the light projection onto the Civic centre building for the grand finale on the Saturday evening.

Students covering the windows of Plymouth’s Civic Centre to create the ‘screen’ for the projection light show on Saturday 29th November 2014

Students covering the windows of Plymouth’s Civic Centre to create the ‘screen’ for the projection light show on Saturday 29th November 2014

Young people were also involved in the set up for the events and marshalled the three sites on the Friday night; acting as advocates for the project and providing visitors and the local community with information about the events.

As well as this, the Creative Media students went along to all the community workshops to film and photograph them, which will go towards a documentary-style film of the whole process. They also filmed at each of the three sites and edited these ready to appear on Plymouth’s Big Screen in the Plaza area for the community to watch in case they missed the previous night’s action.

Some of the creative trainee’s ready to steward the Light Fantastic shows on 28th November 2014.

The City College Plymouth students who took part in the creative traineeship were invited to an official ‘thank you’ celebration event at Plymouth Guildhall and received a special mention from Councillor Tudor Evans for their work and dedication in making the events a success.

Jodie Bishop, Plymouth Museum and Gallery’s Public Arts Officer said, “It was brilliant to have the young people on board, their enthusiasm and professionalism was fantastic and they played a key role in helping make the event happen. RIO’s management of the young people was great and really helped to ensure the event ran smoothly.”

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