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VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever
VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever
This publication "reviews movies that are available on DVD or tape. Each entry includes title, alternate title, one-to four-bone rating, year released, MPAA rating, brief review, length, format, country of origin, cast, technical personnel, awards and made-for-television/cable/video designations." Available to members of Thrall.


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Academy Awards Database
"The Academy Awards Database contains the record of past Academy Award winners and nominees." Includes a basic and an advanced search, acceptance speeches, as well as statistical lists.
All Movie Guide
Search not only by title and actor, but also by author, location, technical criteria or creator.
Film Study Guides
Cinematic classics and contemporary films examined and explained. Topics (per film) include: Context, Plot Overview, Character Lists and Analyses of Major Characters, Themes/Motifs/Symbols, Genre, Important Quotations Explained, Key Facts, Quizzes, Suggestions for Further Reading. From SparkNotes.
Filmsite
"Filmsite - also known as Greatest Films - is a unique website containing interpretive, descriptive review commentary and background history on many of the best Hollywood and American classic films in the last century. The site initiated the recent trend to select 100 Landmark Movies in the history of American/Hollywood cinema, that serve as signposts to map the milestones of our cinematic past. The site includes rich reference material including Academy Awards history, film genres, film terms, film history by decade, trivia, and lots of lists of 'best' films, stars, scenes, quotes, resources, posters, etc." From American Movie Classics.
Internet Movie Database
"IMDb is now the world's most popular and authoritative source for movie, TV and celebrity content. We offer a searchable database of more than 100 million data items including more than 2 million movies, TV and entertainment programs and more than 4 million cast and crew members."
Kids-in-Mind: The Parents' Guide to Movies and Video
Provides "objective, non-critical assessments of the potentially objectionable material contained in movies." Movies are listed by release date and can be searched by title. Each movie is given a rating on a scale of 0-10 in three distinct categories- sex and nudity, violence and gore, and profanity.
Metacritic
Ratings and reviews of major releases from notable film reviewers.
Movie Review Query Engine
Search for reviews for over 410,000 movies or use one of the prepared lists.
Video Browser
Browse videos (DVD, VHS) within the RCLS library system catalog.

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Cinematography - Filmmaking & Filmmakers
The Essential Reference Guide for Filmmakers
PDF or EPUB, 200+ pages. Sections include: A Chronicle of the Motion Picture Industry; The Nature of Light and Color; Film Structure; Film Types and Formats; Basic Sensitometry and Characteristics of Film; Motion Picture Cameras and Lenses; Planning Your Workflow Filmmaking Resources; Film Crew; Film Specifications; Film Storage and Handling; Exposing Film; Exposure Tools; Camera and Lighting Filters; Lighting; Processing; Optical Workflow; Digital Workflow; and Filmmaker's Checklist. From Kodak.

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Glossary of Motion-Picture Terms
Film Terms Glossary
"This is not a complete collection of all film-making terms, because so many of them are too obscure or technical to be included. However, this listing should provide enough background for a majority of the important terms, and prompt the reader to research them further. When discussing film and the creative craft of film-making, many of these terms are used to describe the complicated and expensive process or task of making movies - from conception to finished product. The multiple areas of film-making included within this fairly comprehensive glossary are: the key film theories, movements, and genres; aspects of film history and film criticism; various slang, lingo or buzzwords; kinds of film-making equipment; the basics of cinematography and stylistic information (types of camera shots); numerous industry-specific, business terms or technical terms; the various movie crafts (screenwriting, directing, special effects, sound, editing, etc.); the personnel involved (including actors, writers, directors, producers, designers, and behind-the-scenes technicians)." From American Movie Classics (AMC).
Filmmaker Toolkit
An ongoing series of articles of interest to current and prospective filmmakers. From IndieWire.com. See also IndieWire.com: "Since launching on July 15, 1996, IndieWire has grown into the leading news, information and networking site for independent-minded filmmakers, the industry and moviegoers alike. Originally conceived as an online forum and newsletter for filmmakers and festivals, IndieWire has grown over the last two decades into a preeminent source for film and television news, reviews, interviews, global festival coverage and more."
Filmmaking
"Continue your Film School education online with our extensive online resources that cover the many demands and skills required of aspiring and working filmmakers. From in-depth articles looking at the current realities of the film industry, insightful Q&A's and interviews, and helpful how-to guides, you will find the answer to your many filmmaking questions." From New York Film Academy.
Filmmaking 360
"A curated collection of the best articles and videos on the scope of filmmaking covering multiple disciplines." From FilmmakerIQ.com.
FilmSound.org
"Learning space dedicated to the art of film sound design." Includes information and articles on film sound history, the art of foley (named after sound artist Jack Foley), animation sounds, film music, sound effects, glossaries of related terminology, and much more.
Movies and TV
Numerous articles on cinematography and related topics. Topics include: When Is a Movie a Film?, Purposes of Editing, The Five Basic Techniques of Camera Movement, Production, Distribution, Preproduction, Postproduction, How a Film is Made, among many more. For more articles, follow the page number links at the bottom of their pages. From Infoplease.com.

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