This month we have an exciting guest contribution to our blog! Glyn Middleton, Senior Lecturer in Broadcast Media writes about the Library’s featured resource for April: BoB National…
I’ve spent my whole working life as a journalist, TV researcher, producer, director and now as a Lecturer – so you’d think my ability to explain, describe and capture the magic of Television at its best would be pretty good.
You’d be wrong.
Nothing that I can write, or say, comes close to the power of the moving picture.
I find it almost impossible to describe the sensation you get as a viewer when you watch a high-quality documentary, a hard-hitting current affairs investigation or a beautiful piece of film-making, which moves you, shocks you, or makes your blood boil.
You need to see it, to feel it and experience it to understand it.
And that’s why BoB, the Box of Broadcasts is – for me – more like a Box of Magic Tricks, which I can use to enthuse and inspire.
It’s a remarkable resource, which allows me – as a Lecturer specialising in primarily visual subjects like documentary, location filming and the casting of strong, colourful characters – to pluck inspiring clips from some of the world’s best programmes (whether it’s Blackfish, The King in the Car Park, The Murder Detectives, Exodus or Amy) and to show them to students at the click of a mouse.
It means I can:
Choose from thousands of programmes in all genres – observational documentary, current affairs, history, arts, children’s, wildlife, religion and daytime – from a huge variety of broadcasters;
Select shows from several years ago, from last week – or, with the help of the BoB Guide – from next week’s schedule;
Create excerpts of programmes (whatever length I need), to showcase a fantastic Intro, a spell-binding interview, a mind-blowing title sequence, a memorable piece of camerawork, a beautifully-judged use of music or archive or a tear-jerking conclusion;
Devise Playlists to keep themed clips together – and I can download them onto my Desktop or onto a Drive, so I can embed them into PowerPoints.
Most of all, it allows me to use the clips to inspire my students and to instil in them a sense of ambition. To make them want to emulate – or even improve upon – the programme-makers they’ve been privileged to view.
And as a student, why wouldn’t you love it? Here’s a resource, which means you can view the best TV shows around when you want to watch them. Where you can see the most extraordinary, mind-blowing shows – or just relax with a soap, an FA Cup match or a bit of light entertainment on a Saturday night – all totally free.
Senior Lecturer, Broadcast Media
Leeds Trinity University
If you’d like to find out more or try it for yourself, you can use BoB by visiting the library website here.
There are also some handy video guides to help you find your way around here.
And if you need any help or further information about BoB or any of our other fantastic resources, please come and ask us in the Library!