film festival

The format for our interactions over the coming two weeks is a series of tutorials (in Synchtube and then Twitter) around a film festival, pieced together from interesting short films and classic clips on YouTube and elsewhere. All these engage in some way with themes emerging from the readings, and your brief is to tease these out a bit in discussion, extend the thinking and get familiar with some of the theory. So please do the readings first, or at least alongside, viewing the movies.

How does it work? We’ve sourced a collection of films and extracts which we’ve loosely clustered around the themes of ‘dystopia’, ‘other worlds’ and ‘being human’. There will be two ‘real time’ tutorials offered in Synchtube in week one, to get us started, and then three tutorials in Twitter (‘twittorials’ : )), each taking place over several days, and each focussing on one of these themes.

Holding a couple of short tutorials in real time gives us a chance to meet as a group, do some socialising and (text) chat about two of the week 1 films. Synchtube adds a chat facility to any YouTube movie, enabling us to watch and talk at the same time. The Course Guide has more detail on how to use Synchtube – basically just by clicking on the link below at the set time. We are offering two half-hour Synchtube tutorials in the hope that most people will be able to make at least one of them. Just enter the Synchtube space at the right time, add your name, click on ‘Synch Me’ and you are ready to go!

For the remainder of this section of the course, we will discuss the films asynchronously in Twitter. Just watch the films over this period as detailed below and tweet about them as you go. When you tweet on the movies, remember to include the course hashtag - #ededc. Using Tweetdeck or something similar will make keeping track of the tutorials easier – the Course Guide and Technologies Handbook has more on this.

And remember to feed your tweets into your lifestream, or they won’t count towards the final assessment.

For each tutorial, you can recommend your own movies too. Nominate your own by tweeting them.

Here’s our timetable of movies and tutorials. Any queries, make a comment on this page or ask your tutor.

week 1

Real time chat in Synchtube:

Synchtube tutorial 1: Wednesday 22 September, 8pm
Duration: half an hour
Film: Bendito Machine

link to the tutorial space here:

Synchtube tutorial 2: Thursday 23 September, 10am
Duration: half an hour
Film: Existenz – the restaurant scene

link to the tutorial space here:


wednesday 22 september 2010


sunday 26 september 2010

film cluster 1 (dystopia)

Twittorial hashtag: #ededc

Bendito machine (Episode 3 – Obey His Commands) – 6:46

Stop Dave, I’m afraid (from 2001: A Space Odyssey) – 3:12

eXistenZ: the restaurant sequence – 6:05

The computer virus (Futureshorts) – 12:46

plus student nominated

week 2, part 1

Real-time chat in Synchtube:

Synchtube tutorial 3: Tuesday 28 September, 8pm UK time
Duration: about half an hour
Film: World Builder and The Poetic Holodeck

link to the tutorial space here:


monday 27 september 2010


wednesday 29 september 2010

film cluster 2 (other worlds)hashtag: #ededc

World builder – 9:15

Red or blue pill? You decide. (from The Matrix) – 7:40

Elephants dream – 10:53

nominate your own films in this theme too…

week 2, part 2


thursday 30 september 2010


sunday 3 september 2010

film cluster 3 (being human)

hashtag: #ededc

Tears in rain (from Bladerunner) – 6:17

Social network for two – approx 2 mins

They’re made out of meat – 7:21

AI: final scene – 8:58

remember also to nominate your own!

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    am getting a message that the red or blue pill video from matrix is no longer available as pending copyright claim by warner brothers


    Thanks Ali – I’ve changed the link to an alternative one.


    I get a similar message for Abandoned in the Woods “This video has been removed due to terms of use violation”.

    I’ve had a search around and so far can only find links to the soundtrack.

    Would it be possible to find a replacement (fingers and toes crossed :) )


    Pesky YouTube – sorry. I found a replacement;

    For the backstory see;

    There needs to be a tear-jerker warning on this one!