Dictionary of Film Studies 2e companion weblinks

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 U V W Y

 

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

Africa, film in
http://africa-archive.com/
The African Film Database is a collaborative digital project that seeks to create a catalog of films from and about the continent of Africa

amateur film
https://www.amateurcinema.org/
An online resource for learning more about the history of amateur moviemaking

animation
https://www.animationstudies.org/v3/
The website of the Society of Animation Studies

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

Arab cinema
http://al-bab.com/cinema-section/arab-cinema
Articles and other resources on Arab cinema

Asia, film in
https://www.asianfilmarchive.org/
The website of the Asian Film Archive

aspect ratio
https://nofilmschool.com/Aspect-Ratio-Examples-For-Filmmakers
A beginner’s guide to aspect ratios

Australia, film in
https://www.nfsa.gov.au/
The National Film and Sound Archive of Australia

avant-garde film
https://lightcone.org/en
The website for Light Cone, which specializes in the distribution, exhibition, and conservation of experimental film

B  Top

Bechdel test
http://www.mcc.sllf.qmul.ac.uk/?p=1326
A short guide to the Bechdel test

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

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

Britain, film in
http://www.screenonline.org.uk/
A website devoted to the history of British film and television, with downloadable film clips, although these are viewable only in registered libraries and educational institutions

British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies
http://baftss.org/
The website of BAFTSS

British Film Institute
http://www.bfi.org.uk/
The official website of the BFI

Bulgaria, film in
http://bnf.bg/en/film_library/
The website of the Bulgarian national film archive

C  Top

call sheet
http://www.dependentfilms.net/files.html
Tools and utilities for filmmakers, including links to call sheet templates in pdf and Excel formats

Cambodia, film in
http://www.antiarchive.com/
The website of the Anti-Archive Production Company

camera
http://www.arri.de/camera/introduction.html
The commercial website for Arriflex cameras

camera movement
https://filmanalysis.yale.edu/#movement
Yale Film Analysis part 3: cinematography, section 4 on camera movement

Canada, film in
https://canadianfilmday.ca/films/
The National Canadian Film Day website

canon
https://www.bfi.org.uk/news/fifty-greatest-films-all-time
Sight and Sound's list of the fifty best films of all time

Caribbean, film in the
http://www.caribbeanfilm.com/
Caribbean Film Database, launched by the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival

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

Caucasus, film in the
http://www.kinokultura.com/
The KinoKultura online journal has special issues on Armenia (2017), Azerbaijan (2018), and Georgia (2011)

CGI
https://vimeo.com/237568588?fbclid=IwAR0i7jEDZ2PeKZNJO1hiCOx0UsU8fJXfKNIpFoduvQwRmNAkqksAjz-IxCw
Alan Warburton’s video essay provides a guided tour of cutting-edge work in CGI

chiaroscuro
https://filmglossary.ccnmtl.columbia.edu/term/chiaroscuro/
Definition in Columbia Film Language Glossary, illustrated by a clip from the film noir T-Men (Anthony Mann, US, 1947)

cineliteracy
https://www.bfi.org.uk/sites/bfi.org.uk/files/downloads/%20bfi-a-framework-for-film-education-brochure-2015-06-12.pdf
A Framework for Film Education, British Film Institute (2015)

cinema of attractions
http://lcweb2.loc.gov/papr/mpixhome.html
The Library of Congress has a large collection of early American cinema (follow the Motion Pictures link)

CinemaScope
http://www.davidbordwell.net/blog/2013/04/24/scoping-things-out-a-new-video-lecture/
David Bordwell’s blog and illustrated lecture on CinemaScope

Cinémathèque Franҫaise
http://www.cinematheque.fr/
The website of the Cinémathèque 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

cinemetrics
http://cinemetrics.fredericbrodbeck.de/
Frederic Brodbeck’s data visualization website

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

contrast
http://www.lightsfilmschool.com/blog/latitude-dynamic-range/239/
Lights Film School blog on latitude and dynamic range with film and digital video

copyright
https://www.copyrightuser.org/
CopyrightUser.org aims to demystify UK copyright law for media producers

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

coverage
https://prestonkanak.com/2016/11/18/cover-scene-understanding-basics-scene-coverage/
A filmmaker’s blog entry detailing the basic elements of coverage

cult film
http://www.cine-excess.co.uk/the-cult-film-archive.html
The Cult Film Archive based at University of Brighton

Cyprus, film in
http://www.colonialfilm.org.uk/country/cyprus
Information about films about Cyprus produced by the British Colonial Film Unit

Czech Republic, film in the
https://nfa.cz/en/
The web portal of the Czech National Film Archive

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Denmark, film in
https://www.dfi.dk/en
The Danish Film Institute website (including film database, including section on Danish film history and articles)

diasporic cinema
http://www.migrantcinema.net/
Website of the Migrant and Diasporic Cinema in Contemporary Europe research project

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

E  Top

East Germany, film in
https://www.kanopy.com/category/supplier/defa-film-library
The East German Film Collection is presented on Kanopy by the DEFA Film Library at the University of Massachusetts Amherst (free subscription for university students and public library card holders)

editing
http://womenfilmeditors.princeton.edu/
A website profiling women editors across film history

Egypt, film in
http://filmingrevolution.supdigital.org/
Interviews with thirty Egyptian filmmakers, artists, activists, and historians responding to the 'Arab Spring'

Embrafilme
https://www.ancine.gov.br/en
The website of ANCINE

F  Top

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

ethnographic film
http://sel.fas.harvard.edu/
The website of the Harvard Sensory Ethnography Lab

Europe, film in
https://ec.europa.eu/digital-single-market/en/25-years-media-programme
An overview of the Culture Europe film programme

European Network for Cinema and Media Studies
https://necs.org/
The website of the European Network for Cinema and Media Studies

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

film archaeology
https://loriemerson.net/2016/06/25/as-if-or-using-media-archaeology-to-reimagine-past-present-and-future/
Lori Emerson reflects on her work at the Media Archaeology Lab at the University of Colorado, and the MIT Media Lab

film archive
http://www.fiafnet.org/
The website of the International Federation of Film Archives

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
https://www.fiafnet.org/pages/Publications/International-Index-Film-Periodicals.html
The International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF) indexes over 300 important film periodicals

film preservation
http://www.filmpreservation.org
The website of the US National Film Preservation Foundation

film society
https://infoficc.wordpress.com/
The website of the International Federation of Film Societies

filter
http://www.leefilters.com/index.php/cinematography
The commercial website of Lee Filters, with some useful contextualizing information

Finland, film in
http://www.kavi.fi/
The website of the National Audiovisual Archive, HelsinkI

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

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

G  Top

Germany, film in
https://www.goethe.de/en/kul/flm.html
Goethe Institut website’s Film section

grain
https://filmschoolrejects.com/video-essay-experimentation-with-film-grain/
On experimenting with film grain in the 2018 film Mandy

H  Top

history film
http://screeningthepast.com/
A free, online film studies 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

Holocaust cinema
https://en.jfa.huji.ac.il/
The website of the Steven Spielberg Jewish Film Archive housed at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

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

Hungary, film in
https://filmarchiv.hu/en
The website of the Hungarian National Film Fund film archive

I  Top

Iceland, film in
https://www.bfi.org.uk/news-opinion/news-bfi/lists/10-great-icelandic-films
A short history of Icelandic cinema, and the BFI’s ten recommended recent films

identity
http://criticalmediaproject.org/why-identity-matters/
The Critical Media Project on why identity matters

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

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

indigenous film
http://www.imaginenative.org/
The ‘world’s largest presenter of indigenous screen content’

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

Ireland, film in
https://ifi.ie
The website of the Irish Film Institute

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

Latin America, film in
https://wfpp.columbia.edu/essay/writing-the-history-of-latin-american-women-working-in-the-silent-film-industry/
An account on Women Film Pioneers website of Latin American women working in the silent film industry

lens
http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/tutorials/camera-lenses.htm
A useful guide to understanding different camera lenses

Libya, film in
https://www.theguardian.com/film/2012/oct/01/libya-film-gaddafi-arab-spring
Article from The Guardian newspaper on filmmaking in Libya in the wake of the ‘Arab Spring’

lighting
https://filmanalysis.yale.edu/#lighting
Yale Film Analysis—Mise-en-scene: section 2 Lighting

M  Top

magic lantern
http://www.magiclantern.org.uk/
The website of the British Magic Lantern Society

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

modern language studies and film
https://www2.mmu.ac.uk/languages/flame/
The website of FLAME

Morocco, film in
http://moroccancinema.exeter.ac.uk/en/
The website of the AHRC-funded Transnational Moroccan Cinema project

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

N  Top

National Film Board of Canada
http://www.nfb.ca/
The official website of the NFB includes a number of films to view and a year-by-year history of the organization

Netherlands, film in the
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ts46byEXVy8
Short film about the EYE Filmmuseum, Amsterdam

New American Cinema
http://jonasmekasfilms.com/diary/
The website of Jonas Mekas, including a number of his short films

New Cinema History
http://homernetwork.org/
The website of the HOMER Network

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

North Africa, film in
https://guides.library.cornell.edu/MideastIslamStudies
A reading guide produced by Cornell University listing useful resources on North African and Middle Eastern cinema

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

North Korea, film in
https://northkoreanfilms.com/
A blog and English-language database of North Korean films

O  Top

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

P  Top

Palestine, film in
https://filmquarterly.org/2018/09/14/cinema-of-the-palestinian-revolution-a-conversation-with-nadia-yaqub/
An interview with scholar Nadia Yaqub

point-of-view shot
http://www.davidbordwell.net/blog/2007/11/05/three-nights-of-a-dreamer/
David Bordwell’s blog on the point-of-view shot

Poland, film in
http://www.repozytorium.fn.org.pl/?q=en
The digital repository of the Polish National Film Archive

Portugal, film in
https://portuguesewomendirectors.wordpress.com/
An overview of Portuguese female filmmakers

poster
https://alternativemovieposters.com/
A collection of fan-produced poster art

practice as research
http://screenworks.org.uk/
A peer-reviewed academic journal devoted to PAR

pre-production
https://www.screenskills.com/careers/job-profiles/film-and-tv-drama/production-management/production-coordinator/
A description of the role of the Production Co-ordinator from the Creative Skillset website

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

Puerto Rico, film in
https://letterboxd.com/film/cinema-puerto-rico-una-antropologia-visual/
Details of a 2014 documentary film about Puerto Rico and its cinema from the early 20th century to the present

R  Top

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

rule of thirds
https://www.photographymad.com/pages/view/rule-of-thirds
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

S  Top

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

Scotland, film in
https://earlycinema.gla.ac.uk/
The research project website of the AHRC-funded Early Cinema in Scotland project

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

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

shot-reverse shot
http://www.aotg.com/index.php?page=shotreverseshot
Art of the Guillotine on shot-reverse shot, with examples

shot size
https://filmanalysis.yale.edu/#scale
Yale Film Analysis—Cinematography: examples of shot size in section 3, ‘scale’

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

silhouette animation
https://wfpp.cdrs.columbia.edu/pioneer/lotte-reiniger/
An overview of the work of Lotte Reiniger, part of the Women Film Pioneers Project

Slovenia, film in
https://www.film-center.si/en/film-in-slovenia/
The website of the Slovenian Film Centre, including a film database

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

sound
http://www.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/stages/007-stage-pw
Pinewood Studios: the 007 sound stage

South Korea, film in
http://www.koreanfilm.or.kr/eng/main/main.jsp
The website of the Korean Film Council

Soviet republics, film in the
http://www.kinokultura.com/
An academic journal with individual entries on each Soviet republic

Spain, film in
http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/filmblog/2011/mar/29/short-history-spanish-cinema
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.

split screen
http://www.criticalcommons.org/Members/ccManager/clips/bathtub-split-screen-scene-from-pillow-talk/view
Analysis of the bathtub split-screen scene from Pillow Talk

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

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

stunt
http://www.stuntschool.com/
The website of the International Stunt School

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

T  Top

Taiwan, film in
http://twcinema.tnua.edu.tw/en
The website of the Taiwan Cinema Studies Network

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

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

U  Top

Ukraine, film in
https://theibtaurisblog.com/2015/06/18/nationalist-themes-in-ukrainian-cinema-five-essential-films/
Blog post about national(ist) themes in Ukrainian Cinema

useful cinema
http://www.screenculture.org/cesif/
The website of the Canadian Educational, Sponsored, and Industrial Film Project

USSR, film in
http://sensesofcinema.com/category/soviet-cinema/
A collection of articles celebrating 100 years of Soviet cinema

V  Top

videographic film studies
https://vimeo.com/groups/audiovisualcy
Audiovisualcy—an online forum for videographic film studies

W  Top

World cinema
https://www.intellectbooks.co.uk/books/view-Series,id=20,start=0/
The publisher Intellect’s Directory of World Cinema series

Y  Top

Yorkshire, film in
https://www.screenyorkshire.co.uk/
The website of Screen Yorkshire