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Film and Digital Media: Definitions, Summaries, and Facts

Basic Encyclopedias, Dictionaries, and Handbooks
Nominees and winners of the Oscar in all categories.

American Film Industry: A Historical Dictionary
Main Library Reference PN 1993.5 .U6S539 1986
Lists over 600 entries for American film producing and releasing companies, technological innovations, film series, industry terms, studios, genres, and organizations.

Cinema: A Critical Dictionary
Main Library Reference PN 1993.45 .C5
A collection of signed articles by an international roster of film critics. Most entries are devoted to directors, but there are some entries for individual actors and topics such as "American Film Noir" and "Polish Cinema Since the War."

Complete Film Dictionary
Main Library Reference PN 1993.45 .K66
A comprehensive lexicon of the motion picture, including aesthetic, technical, and business terms.

Facts on File Dictionary of Film and Broadcast Terms
Main Library Reference P 87.5 .P43
Contains 3,000 short definitions.

Film and Video Lighting Terms and Concepts
Main Library Reference TR 891 .F472
Defines (and in some instances, iluustrates) more than 1,000 terms and phrases used by cinematographers, lighting directors, camera operators, gaffers, electricians, and grips.

Film Encyclopedia
Main Library Reference PN 1993.45 .K34
While the emphasis is on individual film stars and film makers (along with complete or selective filmography), also includes definitions of terms, historical articles on countries, profiles of studios and other film organizations.
Definitions of terms and phrases frequently used in film production, from the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) site.

International Motion Picture Almanac
Main Library Reference PN 1993.3 .I55
Provides a wealth of information on films, actors, and film companies. Includes statistics and lists of award winners.

Key Concepts in Cinema Studies
Main Library Reference PN 1993.45 .H36
A glossary of 142 key terms in theory and history, indexed by film title, names, and subjects.

Language of Visual Effects
Main Library Reference TR 858 .M325 1993
A glossary of approximately 1,500 special effects terms.

Movie Quote Book
Main Library Reference PN 6083 .M75 1980
A collection of memorable lines from films, classified by topic, with category cross-references.

The New Historical Dictionary of the American Film Industry
Main Library Reference PN 1993.5 .U6S539 1998
The emphasis of the approximately 800 entries is on companies and chains, studios, genres, technical innovations, and general subjects (e.g., "Blacks in Film"), with brief bibliographies appended to most.

About Reference Sources

Reference sources such as encyclopedias, dictionaries, and handbooks, provide summary and factual information. These sources generally contain well established knowledge and can provide a basic understanding on which to build. Use reference sources to:

> Find basic concepts of a topic;

> Get historical context and relationships to other topics;

> Identify and define special terms used to discuss the topic; or

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