Democracy in spotlight

Thursday 7 April 2016

Media students are helping to put democracy under the spotlight by filming council meetings.

Twice a month the Dimbleby’s and documentary-makers of tomorrow use a “BlackMagic” box to film every angle of key council and committee meetings at Borough Hall in Cauldwell Street. The films will be accessed via the Council website.

Bedford College Course Lecturer Tom Wild explained that Bedford Borough Council has donated the Vision Mixer machine so all sides of debate could be captured on film for the benefit 

of those who are unable to attend council meetings, to see democracy at work.

“Some of the meetings are more lively than others, but it is valuable experience for our students who may, in the future, be making their own real life documentaries or documentary dramas for television, You Tube or as movies,” said Tom,

Bedford College Media students are involved in films of fact and fiction as part of their studies. 

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Photo shows:  L-R Media Production Technician, Andrew Marshall and Tom Wild, with an image of the Mayor of Bedford Dave Hodgson captured during filming in the Council chamber.

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