Media and Communications
A very valuable resource, this meta-index provides organized access to articles, bibliographies, recommended readings and other links related to television, film and other media. Many of the articles are freely available online or use the Full Text Periodical Directory (http://lib.westfield.ma.edu/ftguide.htm) to check their availability at the Ely Library.
Voice of the Shuttle: Media
VoS provides a collection of annotated links to resources in media studies.
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Film: General Resources
Glossary of Film Terms
"Filmmaking is an art with a very complex, and in some ways confusing, vocabulary of terms." This glossary attempts to make the vocabulary easier to understand with brief definitions of terms for the beginning film student. There is both an alphabetical index and a subject index. A bibliography is included as well.
Internet Movie Database (IMDb)
Labeled as the "Earth's Biggest Movie Database," the IMDb provides searchable access to information on films worldwide. Users can find information on cast and crew, genre, plot outline, production information, trivia, goofs, quotes, awards and more. There is also biographical information about actors, actresses and crew members.
New York Public Library Best of the Web: Film
A resource portal from the New York Public Library. Subjects covered include film genres, film history, international resources, film festivals and film reviews.
Public Moving Image Archives
and Research Centers (Library of Congress)
This site is a list of links to film sites worldwide. The links are arranged by region: Africa and the Near East, Asia and Oceania, Canada, Europe, Latin America and the United States.
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Bright Lights Film
Originally a print journal, Bright Lights Film Journal is a popular-academic hybrid of movie analysis, history and commentary; looking at classic and commercial, independent, exploitation and international film from a wide range of vantage points from the aesthetic to the political. Most of the articles are written by scholars.
Film Journal International
FJI is "is a trade publication covering the motion picture industry, including theatrical exhibition, production, distribution and allied activities." A very good place to start for those who are interested in the film industry.
Images: A Journal of Film
and Popular Culture
"Images publishes articles about movies, television, videos, and other popular visual arts." This journal is not peer reviewed, but many of the features are written by scholars.
indieWIRE is the"leading news, information, and social networking
site for the international independent film community, including comprehensive
coverage of indie, documentary and foreign language films, as well industry
news, film festival reports, filmmaker interviews, and movie reviews."
The Thinking Eye: LatinoAmerican and Spanish Cinema Online
An online cinema magazine devoted to the discussion and promotion of LatinoAmerican and Spanish Cinema, as well as reviews and information provided by critics, journalists and scholars.
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The latest news, a discussion forum, and an organized collection of links make this site useful for "professional motion picture camera people." The link categories include camera service and accessories, camera support and stabilizers, cameras (sales and rentals), film and tape stock, film schools, grip and electric, optics, organizations, and production services.
This web site has a wide variety of resources about film sound design, including articles on the history of film sound, movie sound articles, a bibliography, film sound cliches, news, game audio, animation sound, glossaries, links to sound effects libraries and more.
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Film - Philosophy
"Film-Philosophy is an international academic journal dedicated to philosophically reviewing film studies, philosophical aesthetics, and world cinema. The journal is published three times per year and is fully peer-reviewed."
Movie Review Query Engine (MRQE)
MRQE aggregates reviews, news, interviews and other material associated to specific movies. MRQE also partners with leading movie blogs so that their content is collected in the MRQE database and searchable by any user. Registered users are able to access movie-specific forums and provide thoughtful discussion and their own reviews. The unique combination of reviews + news + user discussion, allows any MRQE user to read and add to the Internets most comprehensive collection of opinion about film.
New York Times : Movies
Quick access to New York Times film reviews, showtimes, trailers, critics' picks, multimedia as well as news and features.
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America at Work / America
at Leisure: Motion Pictures from 1894-1915
"Work, school, and leisure activities in the United States from 1894 to 1915 are featured in this presentation of 150 motion pictures. . . . Highlights include films of the United States Postal Service from 1903, cattle breeding, fire fighters, ice manufacturing, logging, calisthenic and gymnastic exercises in schools, amusement parks, boxing, expositions, football, parades, swimming, and other sporting events.
Early Cinema aims to "provide an introduction to the first decade of motion pictures and the developments which helped shape cinema as we know it today." Through this site, one can explore a timeline of key events, the pioneers of film and early film technology.
The Early Motion Pictures and Sound Recordings of the Edison Companies
"The collections in the Library of Congress's Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division contain an extraordinary range of the surviving products of Edison's entertainment inventions and industries. This site features 341 motion pictures, 81 disc sound recordings, and other related materials, such as photographs and original magazine articles."
Practically a one-stop shopping portal for those interested in silent film, Silent Era contains a wealth of information such as film reviews, book reviews, biographies of those involved in the silent film industry, silent film events, silent film theaters, as well as an archive and a listing of lost silent films.
Who's Who of Victorian
Cinema (British Film Institute)
Based on the book of the same name, "[t]his website is a biographical guide to the world of Victorian film. It features 300 biographies of those who, behind and in front of the camera, played a significant part in creating the phenomenon of moving pictures." Brief information about machines, a chronology, a technical essay and a bibliography are also available on this site.
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Encyclopedia of Television
Also can be found in the Reference Collection, (REF PN1992.18 .E5 1997)
This encyclopedia has essays on TV shows, actors and actresses, television in various countries and issues related to television. Each entry has a further reading list.
A vast archive of episode guides for television series past and present, this site contains Episode Lists for over 3900 TV shows.
The Music Video
mvdbase is "dedicated to the promotion of music videos, while serving as a guide at the same time. The site offers a large variety of information -- from artist biographies to director videographies, including an index sorted by video titles and weekly new release updates." This database should serve as the most complete index of music videos, with over 56,000 videos indexed on the site, and new additions added often.
The Museum of Broadcast Communications
The website of The Museum of Broadcast Communications, which is the "premiere broadcast museum in America," this site provides infomation on the MBC collection, events, news, publications and the like.
Television News Archive
"The Television News Archive collection at Vanderbilt University is the world's most extensive and complete archive of television news. The collection holds more than 30,000 individual network evening news broadcasts and more than 9,000 hours of special news-related programming." Identify material in the archive by using the TV-NewsSearch Database. Covers 1968 to the present.
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