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Film Production

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The Complete Film Production Handbook - Eve Light Honthaner
Call Number: PN1995.9.P7 H66 2010
ISBN: 9780240811505

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The Filmmaker's Handbook 2013 - Steven Ascher; Edward Pincus
Call Number: TR850 .P54 2012
ISBN: 9780452297289

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The Independent Filmmaker's Law and Business Guide - Jon M. Garon
Call Number: PN1993.5.U6 G34 2002
ISBN: 1556524722

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The Power Filmmaking Kit - Jason Tomaric
Call Number: PN1995.9.P7 T65 2008
ISBN: 9780240810218


Film History

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The Oxford History of World Cinema - Geoffrey Nowell-Smith (Editor)
Call Number: PN1993.5.A1 O96 1995
ISBN: 0198112572

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Story of Film - Mark Cousins
Call Number: PN1993.5.A1 C68 2004
ISBN: 1560256125

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The Genius of the System - Thomas Schatz
Call Number: PN1993.5.U65 S3 1996
ISBN: 0805046666

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The New Biographical Dictionary of Film - David Thomson
Call Number: PN1998.2 .T49 2010 REFERENCE
ISBN: 9780307271747

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Spike, Mike, Slackers, and Dykes - John Pierson; Kevin Smith
Call Number: PN1998.2 .P56 1996
ISBN: 0786882220

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Easy Riders, Raging Bulls - Peter Biskind
Call Number: PN1998.2 .B56 1999
ISBN: 0684857081


Film Editing

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The Eye Is Quicker - Richard D. Pepperman
Call Number: TR899 .P465 2004
ISBN: 0941188841

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In the Blink of an Eye - Walter Murch
Call Number: TR899 .M87 2001
ISBN: 1879505622

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Cut by Cut - Gael Chandler
Call Number: TR899 .C45 2004
ISBN: 094118899X

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Film Editing - Gael Chandler
Call Number: TR899 .C46 2009
ISBN: 9781932907629


Finding Film Reviews

*Film Reviews in the library*:

Looking for an original review of an older movie? Check the index of the collections below, or look up the release date in a source like to locate reviews:

New York Times Film Reviews. - 1913 to 1996 - PN1993.45 .N48 - Reference Stacks

Variety Film Reviews. -  1907 to 1995 - Location: PN1995 .V34 -  Reference Stacks

Film review annual. - 1988 - 1991  - PN1995.F465 -  Reference Stacks

 Life Magazine - 1936 - 1972Periodicals Stacks - (to search Life's archives online)


**Film Reviews through eResources**:

ProQuest Historical New York Times (1851-2009)

InfoTrac Newsstand (current N.Y. Times and over 2800+ other news sources) - Go to 'Advanced Search' and select "Reviews" from the 'By Document Type' menu to limit your results.

 Newspaper Source (articles from 200+ newspapers from around the country) - From the 'Search Options' box, select "Film Reviews" under 'Document Type'.

Academic Search Complete  - Thousands of publications from popular to scholarly. From the 'Search Options' box, select "Film Review"  under 'Document Type'.

Art Source - Hundreds of publications on art and related topics. From the 'Search Options' box, select "Film Review" and/or 'Film Criticism" (use Ctrl to select multiple types) under 'Document Type'.

Film & Television Literature Index - citations and some full text articles/reviews.


Directing / Cinematography

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American Cinematographer Manual - American Society of Cinematographers
Call Number: TR850 .A57 2007 v.1-2 REF
ISBN: 0935578315

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Film Directing Shot by Shot - Steven Katz
Call Number: PN1995.9.P7 K38 1991
ISBN: 0941188108

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Making Movies - Sidney Lumet
Call Number: PN1995.9.P7 L86 1996
ISBN: 0679756604

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Cinematography for Directors - Jacqueline B. Frost
Call Number: TR850 .F76 2009
ISBN: 9781932907551

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Cinematic Storytelling - Jennifer Van Sijll
Call Number: TR850 .V36 2005
ISBN: 193290705X

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Film Directing Fundamentals - Nicholas Proferes
Call Number: PN1995.9.P7 P758 2005
ISBN: 9780240805627

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Directing the Film - Eric Sherman
Call Number: PN1995.9.P7 D54 1988
ISBN: 0918226155

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Film Directing: Cinematic Motion - S. D. Katz
Call Number: PN1995.9.P7 K37 2004
ISBN: 9780941188906

Finding Books

The Visual Arts Library has many books on film and animation.  Some subject searches to try are:

For general books on films and filmmaking:
CINEMATOGRAPHY (for the technical aspects of making motion pictures)
MOTION PICTURES (click Next to browse through the many subdivisions of film genres)

For books on animation:


    Magazines and Journals

    Magazines and journals are great sources for current and historical information.  For articles on film and animation, it’s best to start with the indexes Film and Television Literature Index, Academic Search Elite, JStor, and Art Full Text.

    The following is a list of magazines and journals on film and animation available at the Visual Arts Library:

    American Cinematographer
    Animation Magazine
    AV Video Multimedia Producer
    Camera Obscura
    Cinema Journal
    Computer Arts
    Creative Screenwriting
    Digital Video (DV)
    Entertainment Design
    Entertainment Weekly
    Film & History
    Film Comment
    Film Journal International
    Film Quarterly
    Independent Film & Video Monthly
    Journal of Popular Film & Television
    Journal of Short Film*
    Literature Film Quarterly
    Quarterly Review of Film & Video
    Rue Morgue
    Sight & Sound


    *DVD periodicals


    On the Web

    American Film Institute -
    Digital Librarian: Movies -
    Film Festivals Server -
    Internet Movie Database -
    New York Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre & Broadcasting -
    P.O.V. Interactive -
    Student Filmmakers - Student Filmmakers
    UC Berkeley Film Studies Resources -
    Writers Guild of America -

    Metacritic -
    Movie Review Query Engine -
    Rotten Tomatoes -

    Animation World News -
    ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Archive -
    Cartoon Brew -
    Cartoon Research -
    Don Markstein's Toonopedia -
    Librarian's Guide to Anime and Manga -
    Origins of American Animation -

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    Film Criticism

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    American Movie Critics - Phillip Lopate (Editor)
    Call Number: PN1995 .A448 2008
    ISBN: 9781598530223

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    The Age of Movies - Pauline Kael
    Call Number: PN1995 .K195 2011
    ISBN: 9781598531091

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    Awake in the Dark - Roger Ebert
    Call Number: PN1995 .E2323 2006
    ISBN: 0226182002

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    The American Cinema - Andrew X. Sarris
    Call Number: PN1998.2 .S266 1996
    ISBN: 0306807289

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    The Oxford Guide to Film Studies - ed. John Hill, et al.
    Call Number: PN1995 .O93 1998
    ISBN: 0198711158



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    Screenwriting - Paul Gulino
    Call Number: PN1996 .G84 2004
    ISBN: 0826415687

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    Screenplay - Syd Field
    Call Number: PN1996.F53 1982
    ISBN: 0385339038

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    Save the Cat! - Blake Snyder
    Call Number: PN1996 .S65 2005
    ISBN: 1932907009

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    Story - Robert McKee
    Call Number: PN1996 .M465 1997
    ISBN: 0060391685


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