Dictionary of Film Studies Companion Website
Here is a list of recommended web links, arranged alphabetically by the relevant dictionary entries:
The AMPAS official website.
Afghanistan, film in
A website containing interviews and articles by Afghan filmmakers, with a particular focus on issues of gender.
A guide to the UK's twelve public-sector film archives, including detailed information and viewable extracts from amateur and personal films.
The website of the Society for Animation Studies.
Anthology Film Archives
The Anthology Film Archives website.
The website of the International Federation of Film Archives
The website of The Film Foundation.
black cinema (US)
Black Camera film journal, with a focus on black cinema in the US.
A website that pays tribute to the blaxploitation film.
Detailed explanation of the bleach bypass technique.
The Numbers—a website containing box-office information and, where available, details of production budgets.
Britain, film in
Screenonline - a website devoted to the history of British film and television with downloadable films clips for registered users; though these are viewable only in registered libraries and educational institutions.
British Film Institute
The official website of the BFI.
The BFI Production Board.
Bulgaria, film in
The website of the Bulgarian National Film Archive.
Templates for film production paperwork, including a call sheet template.
Yale Film Analysis part 3: cinematography, section 4 on camera movement.
Sight and Sound's list of the ten best films of all time.
Website of the Casting Society of America.
The website for special effects company Industrial Light and Magic demonstrates the use of CGI techniques in a number of well-known films.
A list of the top 100 chicano films.
Report of evidence submitted to the Film Education Working Group, British Film Institute (1998).
cinema of attractions
The Library of Congress has a large collection of early American cinema (follow the Motion Pictures link).
The website of the Cinematheque provides information about archive opening times, film screenings, and educational events and exhibitions.
The website of the American Society of Cinematographers.
The website of the Society for Cognitive Studies of the Moving Image.
An intelligent manifesto for aspiring costume designers, written by Tara Maginnis.
4Filmmaking's page on shooting coverage.
Kodak document outlining duties of different crew members.
Skillset information on film job profiles.
International Conference and Festival website
The Conversations with Filmmakers series of books provides insight into the filmmaking process from the director's perspective.
This issue of the Bright Lights online film journal has a number of articles focusing on the director's cut.
A useful introduction to the subject, focusing on technologies and key players.
A Yale University website demonstrating many different transitions and editing techniques.
A blog by filmmaker Adam Curtis which combines photography, film and written text in an essaystic format.
European Network for Cinema and Media Studies
The European Network for Cinema and Media Studies website.
A website offering a guide to cinemas in Australia, Canada, the US, and Britain.
An explanation of exposure on the photo.net website.
A short illustrated essay about the influence of Expressionism on Hollywood, on Midnight Palace, a website dedicated to 'classic film culture'.
Website of the International Federation of Film Critics.
The website of the Film Festival Research Network, including a critical bibliography.
The International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF) indexes over three hundred important film periodicals.
Collection of articles on film preservation compiled by Stanford University.
The website of the US National film Preservation Foundation.
The website of the International Federation of Film Societies.
Document produced by Kodak describing different film types and formats
Catherine Grant's blog, Film Studies for Free, covers and constantly updates work in all areas of film studies.
Website of a leading manufacturer of filters and gels for cinematography [commercial site].
Finland, film in
National Audiovisual Institute, Helsinki.
A depth of field calculator with illustrations of the principles of focus.
Article on Rose Hobart in the online journal Senses of Cinema.
An interactive talk about Free Cinema, with Malcolm McDowell.
Germany, film in
Film Portal, information on German film since 1895.
Technical information on film grain, resolution, and fundamental film particles.
Screening the Past - a free, online journal focusing on the history film, broadly defined.
The website of The Hollywood Reporter, an entertainment industry trade paper founded in 1930.
Hong Kong, film in
The website of the Hong Kong Film Archive.
The Internet Movie Database.
Independent Film and Video Distribution in the UK: information and research projects.
independent cinema (US)
The website of the Independent Filmmaker Project.
India, film in
Website of the South Asian Cinema Foundation.
Native Networks: online information about film, video, and radio produced by indigenous peoples of the Americas and Hawaii.
Further discussion of intensified continuity on David Bordwell's blog.
Ireland, film in
The website of the Irish Film Institute.
Israel, film in
The website of the Jewish Film Archive housed at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
A number of explanations for the use of jump cuts in Godard's A bout de souffle.
Cambridge in Colour: a useful guide to understanding different camera lenses.
A website devoted to this new media form, containing examples of machinima films.
A history of the magic lantern.
A website devoted to the work of Stanislavski.
Walt Disney explains the development of the multiplane camera.
National Film Board of Canada
The official website of the NFB includes a number of films to view and an excellent year-by-year history of the organization.
New American Cinema
The website of Jonas Mekas, including a number of his short films.
The British Universities Film and Video Council News on Screen database.
Northern Ireland, film in
The website of Northern Ireland Screen, set up to promote filmmaking and film culture in the province.
A brief illustrated description of the 180-degree rule.
Stephen Teo on In the Mood for Love.
Peru, film in
A history of cinema in Peru on FilmBirth, a site devoted to the history of cinema.
PolishPoster.com: a website specializing in the sale of Polish poster art.
A description of the role of the production manager from the Creative Skillset website.
The website of the Producers Guild of America.
The website of the Classification and Rating Administration.
rule of thirds
A short article explaining the rule of thirds, illustrated by film stills and diagrams.
Russia, film in
A list of films made by the Mosfilm studio, with many available to view online.
A website celebrating the work of Hollywood composer Jerry Goldsmith.
Scotland, film in
A list of links to websites relating to Scottish cinema.
Practical information on screenwriting.
A website devoted to the work of Eadweard Muybridge.
Website of the International One-Minute Film Festival.
Definition of shot-reverse shot, with details of shooting and editing techniques, on The Art of the Guillotine, a site run by and for professional film editors.
Yale Film Analysis - Cinematography: examples of shot size in section 3, "scale".
SilentEra.com: a website devoted to sharing news about films and events relating to the silent era.
"Towards an aesthetics of slow in contemporary cinema", article (in English) from Danish film journal 16/9.
Society for Cinema and Media Studies
The website of SCMS.
FilmSound. Org: a website devoted to film sound, with a useful collection of key writings on the topic.
Pinewood Studios: the 007 sound stage.
Spain, film in
A short history of Spanish cinema, with film extracts.
A website celebrating the work of special effects guru Ray Harryhausen.
Sri Lanka, film in
An article in the Sunday Times (Sri Lanka) on the Government Film Unit and the preservation of Sri Lanka's documentary heritage.
The American Film Institute's list of the world's fifty most influential film stars.
A website showing sequences from some of Alfred Hithcock's films alongside their storyboards.
Professional Stunt Training Centre.
Sub-Saharan Africa, film in
A database of films, videos, and other audiovisual material relating to African cinema.
The website of the Dolby company.
Notes and illustrations on setups for three-point lighting.
A guide to time-lapse photography.
A site describing the work of Burton Holmes, an important influence on the travelogue/travel film.
The Widescreen Museum offers a historical account of the development of widescreen in the US, as well as numerous visual examples of the different formats.
The Directory of World Cinema
The website of The World Cinema Foundation (WCF), a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and restoring neglected films from around the world
Yorkshire, film in
Yorkshire Film Archive.
The YouTube website.