Dictionary of Film Studies Companion Website

Film Studies

Web links

Here is a list of recommended web links, arranged alphabetically by the relevant dictionary entries:

A B C D E F G H I J L M N P R S T W Y

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Academy Awards
http://www.oscars.org/
The AMPAS official website.

Afghanistan, film in
http://www.mazefilm.de/english/cinema.php
A website containing interviews and articles by Afghan filmmakers, with a particular focus on issues of gender.

amateur film
http://www.movinghistory.ac.uk/
A guide to the UK's twelve public-sector film archives, including detailed information and viewable extracts from amateur and personal films.

Animation
http://ww2.animationstudies.org/
The website of the Society for Animation Studies.

Anthology Film Archives
http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/
The Anthology Film Archives website.

archive
http://www.fiafnet.org/uk/
The website of the International Federation of Film Archives
http://www.film-foundation.org/common/11004/default.cfm?clie...
The website of The Film Foundation.

 

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black cinema (US)
http://www.indiana.edu/~blackcam/home/
Black Camera film journal, with a focus on black cinema in the US.

blaxploitation
http://www.blaxploitation.com/
A website that pays tribute to the blaxploitation film.

bleach bypass
http://www.finalcolor.com/bleach.htm
Detailed explanation of the bleach bypass technique.

box office
http://www.the-numbers.com/
The Numbers—a website containing box-office information and, where available, details of production budgets.

Britain, film in
http://www.screenonline.org.uk/
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
http://www.bfi.org.uk/
The official website of the BFI.
http://www.screenonline.org.uk/film/id/1348538/index.html
The BFI Production Board.

Bulgaria, film in
http://bnf.bg/en/film_library/
The website of the Bulgarian National Film Archive.

 

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call sheet
http://www.dependentfilms.net/files.html
Templates for film production paperwork, including a call sheet template.

camera
http://www.arri.com/camera/alexa/
Arriflex cameras.

camera movement
http://classes.yale.edu/film-analysis/htmfiles/cinematograph...
Yale Film Analysis part 3: cinematography, section 4 on camera movement.

canon
http://explore.bfi.org.uk/sightandsoundpolls/2012
Sight and Sound's list of the ten best films of all time.

casting
http://www.castingsociety.com/
Website of the Casting Society of America.

CGI
http://www.ilm.com/
The website for special effects company Industrial Light and Magic demonstrates the use of CGI techniques in a number of well-known films.

chicano cinema
http://www.chicano.ucla.edu/press/media/Top100List.asp
A list of the top 100 chicano films.

cineliteracy
http://sic.conaculta.gob.mx/centrodoc_documentos/21.pdf
Report of evidence submitted to the Film Education Working Group, British Film Institute (1998).

cinema of attractions
http://www.loc.gov/rr/mopic/mpcoll.html
The Library of Congress has a large collection of early American cinema (follow the Motion Pictures link).

Cinematheque Francaise
http://www.cinematheque.fr/
The website of the Cinematheque provides information about archive opening times, film screenings, and educational events and exhibitions.

cinematography
http://www.theasc.com
The website of the American Society of Cinematographers.

cognitivism
http://scsmi-online.org/
The website of the Society for Cognitive Studies of the Moving Image.

costume
http://thecostumersmanifesto.com
An intelligent manifesto for aspiring costume designers, written by Tara Maginnis.

coverage
http://production.4filmmaking.com/cinematography1.html
4Filmmaking's page on shooting coverage.

crew
http://motion.kodak.com/motion/uploadedFiles/US_plugins_acro...
Kodak document outlining duties of different crew members.
http://www.skillset.org/film/jobs/
Skillset information on film job profiles.

cult film
http://www.cine-excess.co.uk/cult-film-archive.html
International Conference and Festival website
 

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direction
http://www.upress.state.ms.us/search/series/6
The Conversations with Filmmakers series of books provides insight into the filmmaking process from the director's perspective.

director's cut
http://www.brightlightsfilm.com/61/
This issue of the Bright Lights online film journal has a number of articles focusing on the director's cut.

 

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early cinema
http://mediahistoryproject.org/earlycinema/
A useful introduction to the subject, focusing on technologies and key players.

editing
http://classes.yale.edu/film-analysis/htmfiles/editing.htm
A Yale University website demonstrating many different transitions and editing techniques.

essay film
http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/adamcurtis/
A blog by filmmaker Adam Curtis which combines photography, film and written text in an essaystic format.

Europe, film in
http://www.mediasalles.it/ecjourn.htm
European Cinema Journal.
http://ec.europa.eu/culture/media/index_en.htm
The European Commission's MEDIA website.

European Network for Cinema and Media Studies
http://necs.org/
The European Network for Cinema and Media Studies website.

exhibition
http://cinematreasures.org/theaters
A website offering a guide to cinemas in Australia, Canada, the US, and Britain.

exposure
http://photo.net/making-photographs/exposure
An explanation of exposure on the photo.net website.

Expressionism
http://www.midnightpalace.com/articles/the-influence-of-german-expressionism
A short illustrated essay about the influence of Expressionism on Hollywood, on Midnight Palace, a website dedicated to 'classic film culture'.

 

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film criticism
http://www.fipresci.org/
Website of the International Federation of Film Critics.

film festival
http://www.filmfestivalresearch.org/
The website of the Film Festival Research Network, including a critical bibliography.

film journal
http://www.fiafnet.org/uk/publications/default.html
The International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF) indexes over three hundred important film periodicals.

film preservation
http://cool.conservation-us.org/bytopic/motion-pictures/
Collection of articles on film preservation compiled by Stanford University.
http://www.filmpreservation.org
The website of the US National film Preservation Foundation.

film society
http://www.ficc.info/
The website of the International Federation of Film Societies.

film stock
http://motion.kodak.com/motion/uploadedFiles/US_plugins_acro...
Document produced by Kodak describing different film types and formats

film studies
http://filmstudiesforfree.blogspot.com/
Catherine Grant's blog, Film Studies for Free, covers and constantly updates work in all areas of film studies.

filter
http://www.leefilters.com/
Website of a leading manufacturer of filters and gels for cinematography [commercial site].

Finland, film in
https://kavi.fi/en/
National Audiovisual Institute, Helsinki.

focus
http://www.dofmaster.com/dofjs.html
A depth of field calculator with illustrations of the principles of focus.

found footage
http://www.sensesofcinema.com/2001/cteq/hobart/
Article on Rose Hobart in the online journal Senses of Cinema.

Free Cinema
http://www.screenonline.org.uk/tours/mcdowell/tourmcdowell.html
An interactive talk about Free Cinema, with Malcolm McDowell.

 

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Germany, film in
http://www.filmportal.de/en/df
Film Portal, information on German film since 1895.

grain
http://cool.conservation-us.org/coolaic/sg/emg/library/pdf/v...
Technical information on film grain, resolution, and fundamental film particles.

 

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history film
http://screeningthepast.com/
Screening the Past - a free, online journal focusing on the history film, broadly defined.

Hollywood
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/
The website of The Hollywood Reporter, an entertainment industry trade paper founded in 1930.

Hong Kong, film in
http://www.lcsd.gov.hk/CE/CulturalService/HKFA/en/index.php
The website of the Hong Kong Film Archive.

 

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IMDb
http://www.imdb.com/
The Internet Movie Database.

independent cinema
http://alt-fv-distribution.net/
Independent Film and Video Distribution in the UK: information and research projects.

independent cinema (US)
http://www.ifp.org/
The website of the Independent Filmmaker Project.

India, film in
http://www.southasiancinema.com/
Website of the South Asian Cinema Foundation.

indigenous film
http://www.nativenetworks.si.edu/frameset_html.html
Native Networks: online information about film, video, and radio produced by indigenous peoples of the Americas and Hawaii.

intensified continuity
http://www.davidbordwell.net/blog/2007/05/27/intensified-con...
Further discussion of intensified continuity on David Bordwell's blog.

Ireland, film in
http://www.irishfilm.ie/
The website of the Irish Film Institute.

Israel, film in
http://www.spielbergfilmarchive.org.il/#
The website of the Jewish Film Archive housed at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

 

J  Top

jump cut
http://pov.imv.au.dk/Issue_06/section_1/artc10.html
A number of explanations for the use of jump cuts in Godard's A bout de souffle.

 

L  Top

lens
http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/tutorials/camera-lenses.htm
Cambridge in Colour: a useful guide to understanding different camera lenses.

 

M  Top

machinima
http://www.machinima.org/
A website devoted to this new media form, containing examples of machinima films.

magic lantern
http://www.magiclantern.org.uk/
A history of the magic lantern.

method acting
http://method.vtheatre.net/stanislavsky.html
A website devoted to the work of Stanislavski.

multiplane camera
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YdHTlUGN1zw
Walt Disney explains the development of the multiplane camera.

 

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National Film Board of Canada
http://www.nfb.ca/
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
http://jonasmekasfilms.com/diary/
The website of Jonas Mekas, including a number of his short films.

newsreels
http://bufvc.ac.uk/newsonscreen
The British Universities Film and Video Council News on Screen database.

Northern Ireland, film in
http://www.northernirelandscreen.co.uk/
The website of Northern Ireland Screen, set up to promote filmmaking and film culture in the province.

180-degree rule
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HdyyuqmCW14
A brief illustrated description of the 180-degree rule.

 

P  Top

pastiche
http://sensesofcinema.com/2001/wong-kar-wai/mood/
Stephen Teo on In the Mood for Love.

Peru, film in
http://www.filmbirth.com/peru.html
A history of cinema in Peru on FilmBirth, a site devoted to the history of cinema.

poster
http://www.polishposter.com/
PolishPoster.com: a website specializing in the sale of Polish poster art.

pre-production
http://creativeskillset.org/creative_industries/film/job_roles/3068_production_manager
A description of the role of the production manager from the Creative Skillset website.

production
http://www.producersguild.org/
The website of the Producers Guild of America.

 

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Rating system
http://www.filmratings.com
The website of the Classification and Rating Administration.

rule of thirds
http://www.mediacollege.com/video/shots/rule-of-thirds.html
A short article explaining the rule of thirds, illustrated by film stills and diagrams.

Russia, film in
http://www.cinema.mosfilm.ru/
A list of films made by the Mosfilm studio, with many available to view online.

 

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score
http://www.jerrygoldsmithonline.com/soundtracks.htm
A website celebrating the work of Hollywood composer Jerry Goldsmith.

Scotland, film in
http://www.scotlandinter.net/cinema.html
A list of links to websites relating to Scottish cinema.

script
http://www.screenwriting.info/
Practical information on screenwriting.

series photography
http://www.stephenherbert.co.uk/muybCOMPLEAT.htm
A website devoted to the work of Eadweard Muybridge.

short film
http://www.filminute.com/home.php
Website of the International One-Minute Film Festival.

shot-reverse shot
http://www.artoftheguillotine.com/index.php?page=shotreverse...
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.

shot size
http://classes.yale.edu/film-analysis/htmfiles/cinematograph...
Yale Film Analysis - Cinematography: examples of shot size in section 3, "scale".

silent cinema
http://www.silentera.com/info/index.html
SilentEra.com: a website devoted to sharing news about films and events relating to the silent era.

slow cinema
http://www.16-9.dk/2008-11/side11_inenglish.htm
"Towards an aesthetics of slow in contemporary cinema", article (in English) from Danish film journal 16/9.

Society for Cinema and Media Studies
http://www.cmstudies.org/
The website of SCMS.

sound
http://www.filmsound.org/
FilmSound. Org: a website devoted to film sound, with a useful collection of key writings on the topic.

sound stage
http://www.pinewoodgroup.com/our-studios/uk/pinewood-studios...
Pinewood Studios: the 007 sound stage.

Spain, film in
http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/filmblog/2011/mar/29/short-hi...
A short history of Spanish cinema, with film extracts.

special effects
http://www.rayharryhausen.com/index.php
A website celebrating the work of special effects guru Ray Harryhausen.

Sri Lanka, film in
http://sundaytimes.lk/100613/Plus/plus_25.html
An article in the Sunday Times (Sri Lanka) on the Government Film Unit and the preservation of Sri Lanka's documentary heritage.

stars
http://www.afi.com/100years/stars.aspx
The American Film Institute's list of the world's fifty most influential film stars.

stop motion
http://www.stopmotioncentral.com/
Stop Motion Central site, with tips on stop-motion techniques and software.
http://www.aardman.com/
Aardman Animations.

storyboard
http://filmmakeriq.com/2010/11/hitchcocks-storyboards-from-1...
A website showing sequences from some of Alfred Hithcock's films alongside their storyboards.

stunt
http://www.stunt-training.com/
Professional Stunt Training Centre.

Sub-Saharan Africa, film in
http://www.ngsw.org/~afrmedia/index.php
A database of films, videos, and other audiovisual material relating to African cinema.

surround sound
http://www.dolby.co.uk/index.html
The website of the Dolby company.

 

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three-point lighting
http://www.mediacollege.com/lighting/three-point/
Notes and illustrations on setups for three-point lighting.

time lapse
http://content.photojojo.com/tutorials/ultimate-guide-to-tim...
A guide to time-lapse photography.

travel film
http://www.burtonholmes.org/
A site describing the work of Burton Holmes, an important influence on the travelogue/travel film.

 

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widescreen
http://www.widescreenmuseum.com/widescreen/index.htm
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.

World Cinema
http://worldcinemadirectory.co.uk/
The Directory of World Cinema
http://worldcinemafoundation.org/
The website of The World Cinema Foundation (WCF), a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and restoring neglected films from around the world

 

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Yorkshire, film in
http://www.yfaonline.com/
Yorkshire Film Archive.

YouTube
http://www.youtube.com/
The YouTube website.