Hornets Show 2016


Date: 17th Nov 2016

Leading Premier League footballer Troy Deeney has visited Buckinghamshire New University to film the first in a new series of Watford Football Club's Hornet Show, working with students in the School of Arts & Creative Industries.

The club's top scorer was a guest on the monthly programme broadcast on the club's website and filmed using a Virtual Reality (VR) set in the TV Studio at the University's High Wycombe campus.

The 2016/17 season marks the fifth year Watford FC has filmed the Hornet Show at Bucks New University and for the first time it will appear 'as live' and shot on a new 3D CGI virtual set.

Deeney joined hosts Emma Saunders and Jonathan North, and former Watfordf FC player Derek Payne, for the programme and said he was impressed with the facilities and the professionalism shown by students.

He added: "This is the third or fourth time I have visited the University for the Hornets Show and each time I have been impressed by the set-up. The facilities are top drawer and the students have been great to work with."

Jon Marks of Watford Football Club said: "The club continues to be very proud of our partnership with Bucks New University and the new 3D CGI virtual set enables us to produce much more relevant content for our supporters to view on the Hornet Show.

"We are looking forward to working closely with the University and students over the coming season to further develop the Hornet Show into a flagship product befitting of a Premier League club's output."

Senior Lecturer Rob Kelly said: "As far as we know no other university in the UK offers this and this is a first for Bucks New University and a very important advance in our students' employability potential and the university's teaching potential.

"The programme comes together thanks to the hard work and professionalism of students at Bucks New University and the ground-breaking motion capture and live virtual reality technology set up by Stephen Partridge, Head of Academic Department for Media and Production."

Mr Partridge said the 'technologically-challenging curriculum area' had been developed to meet a skills gaps for VizRT operators in the broadcast sector.

The CGI virtual set was designed by BA (Hons) Animation and Visual Effects student Antoni Zakheos, overseen by Associate Lecturer Jon Samsworth. It uses motion capture cameras, the virtual reality software VizRT, and CGI.

BA (Hons) Audio and Music Production students manage audio for the interviews, as well as sound design on set, and BA (Hons) Film and Television Production students involved are studying a sports and live events production pathway.

The University's formal partnership with Watford FC is reflected in plaques at the campus and at Vicarage Road, Watford. The partnership also sees students from the School of Arts & Creative Industries carry out roles including filming live match coverage.

Picture captions: The new-look set for the Hornet Show for the 2016/17 season.

Images: Francis Siberini (in association with XLRVisions Productions)


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