British Universities Film & Video Council

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Recently added to the Moving Image Gateway

The BUFVC Moving Image Gateway includes over 1,600 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, telephone or visit the Gateway at

Brain Science Podcast
This podcast reviews the latest books and publications in neuroscience as well as featuring interviews with leading neuroscientists. Over 100 past episodes are available to download and subscription is available via iTunes or RSS. The 25 most recent episodes are free – older content must be paid for. No scientific background is necessary and the show is designed to have a broad appeal: according to the FAQ page, the site’s demographic ranges from high-school students to working neuroscientists. A bibliography and list of interviewees is available. Transcripts of the show are available to paying subscribers.

KWLS Audio Archives
KWLS stands for Key West Literary Society: an organisation which aims to promote the understanding and discussion of important literary works and their authors and to recognise and support new voices in American literature. Both strands of this mission are reflected in the content of the site’s podcasts, which feature a selection of presentations, lectures and interviews with well-known authors at the Society’s seminars and workshops. Contemporary writers such as Geoff Dyer, John Banville, Joyce Carol Oates, Siri Hustvedt and Paul Muldoon, are among the participants.

Learn About Film
A website with useful practical information for anyone wanting to know about film, filmmaking and how to make short videos. The site is the creation of film educator Tom Barrance and features a guide to film language and grammar called How Films Work, followed by a brief, step-by-step practical guide to the process itself, called Making a Film. There is also a blog and information about a range of courses and training days which Barrance runs, as well as interactive resources on filmmaking which are available as DVD-ROMs or Apps for the iPad.

Public Domain Review
An online journal dedicated to celebrating and disseminating interesting public domain content. The strength of the collection lies in its scholarly but imaginative curatorial focus, which is on the ‘surprising, the strange and the beautiful’. The site’s content is organised according to Image, Audio, Film and Books. The moving image content features newsreel clips, fiction films, home movies, industrial and public information films and propaganda films: all of it in the Public Domain. Each film is accompanied by a short contextual essay, giving the provenance of the clip, and links to its parent archive, copyright information and download options. There is a search function but the site is really designed for browsing and it is easy to become absorbed in the gems on offer.

Science Animations
A collection of Flash animations featuring games, tutorials, and demonstrations in science, technology and mathematics. The animations cover thermodynamics, waves, gravity, gears, fluid mechanics, pneumatics, mathematics and electricity.

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