Yeah we get asked that a lot.
Ever heard of "link rot"? Pobably not - but you will have almost certainly run into it just when you didn't need another problem. Link rot Is simply a term used to describe the really annoying way in which that really brilliant web link you found on German Expressionism disappears two weeks or three months after you bookmarked it. That's link rot. The Internet I'm afraid, my friend is a curious place, and often transient place for information you may or may not be able to trust - let alone still find some time later - and just when you think you can go to that great weblink resource you've used before, you suddenly find it's gone, dead, deceased, It's an ex-link. It has ceased to be. Its called a 404.
That's really why we, as teachers like you, created UKfilmNet. It's a growing repository of knowledge and information that won't disappear, go out of date (we hope) or simply vanish with one of those awful 404 messages.
And what about Youtube? Well, Have you ever visited a news website or article from a few years ago only to find the video link of that great film clip has disappeared? Well, welcome to video link rot and the famous Youtube takedown notice.Something else you'll find when you try bookmarking those video clip. Before you know it someone, somewhere has taken down that video because perhaps they didn't make it, they didn't get permission to use it or the channel has simply closed. Who knows? So again,With UKfilmNet we film or licence all of our own clips wherever posible, so that you don't have to go looking for where they've disappeared to.
Finally, there is the matter of trust. If you try googling for "three or four point lighting", or "the 180° rule" Guess what? You're probably find 25 or more different videos each explaining (with wildly differing degrees of clarity) what those concepts mean. If you're lucky they may be right, they might be relevant, they may be accurate and they might be made by an expert (you hope?) But you don't know do you? So again, with UKfilmNet what we try to do is to remove the hopes and guesswork and hunting, and try to ensure the very best, trusted experts in film and television from centres of excellence, broadcasters and universities are the people you trust - to bring you reliable advice.
Think of us as tools you can trust.
So next time someone tells you how it's probably on Youtube, they may be right, today. But tomorrow?