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The BUFVC Moving Image Gateway includes over 1,400 websites relating to video, multimedia and sound materials. These have been subdivided into over 40 subject areas. To suggest new entries or amendments, please contact us by email or telephone or visit the Gateway at

Chronicle of Protest: The Film
This website complements Michael Chanan’s film about the anti-government protest movement, and covers events (including demonstrations, marches and sit-ins) from November 2010 to the end of March 2011. Chanan gives a detailed explanation of the reasons – theoretical, financial and political – for making the film as a video diary, filmed on a handheld camera, with no voice-over or commentary. As a seasoned documentary filmmaker and academic who was radicalised in the 1960s, he sees his film as a celebration of the politicisation of today’s students, as well as an expression of opposition to mainstream media representations of the protesters. The site also features reviews, links and a video blog, featuring some of the footage used in the final film. A DVD of Chronicle of Protest is available to buy via the site and the film is also free to view on Vimeo.

Engineering Sport
This site features blogs, articles and videos by sports scientists from the Centre for Sports Engineering Research at Sheffield Hallam University. A series of videos made during the run up to the 2012 Olympic Games look at cycling, diving, sailing, athletics and triathlon and consider the ethics of using technology to enhance performance. Another set of videos made by Professor Steve Haake in conjunction with Royal Institution, explores the history of science’s relationship with sport and looks at what the future holds, as developers and sports custodians try to find a balance between the advances of technology and preserving traditional rules.

Media production company have created this YouTube channel to showcase their output, which includes documentary films, radio programmes, podcasts, vodcasts, sound installations, websites etc., made for different cultural organisations. Many of the examples on the YouTube channel showcase films made in assocation with York Museums Trust. This film, made with the University of York, shows filmmaker Michael Winterbottom discussing the nature of historical re-enactment in A Cock and Bull Story (2005); his film adaptation of Laurence Sterne’s novel Tristram Shandy.

IBM Research
A platform to disseminate the work of IBM researchers and scientists, this useful resource features a page on Cognitive Computing, giving an overview of the subject, accompanied by a number of videos. In a more light-hearted vein, viewers can see A Boy And His Atom, a stop-motion film, made by nanophysicists researching data storage, which has been described as the world’s smallest movie.

At the heart of this resource is a video library of over fifty maths and science lessons. Led by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in collaboration with a number of international partners, the videos are freely available to stream or download in Quicktime or MPEG 4. DVD and VHS copies can also be ordered. Each lesson consists of video segments, a detailed summary, downloadable teachers’ guides and handouts, a transcript and links to additional relevant online resources. A number of the videos also have voiceovers and subtitles in Portuguese and Arabic. The lessons are organised according to topic and cover Mathematics; Engineering; Physics; Biology and Chemistry. A video introduction by MIT Professor Richard C. Larson, presents an overview of the project.

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