This week, our Resource List of the Week concentrates on Film Studies. Before starting, let’s give a definition of the topic.
What is Film Studies?
According to the Guardian,
“The study of communication through broadcasting, cinema, the press and by electronic means”
To better understand the topic, we suggest you read the following titles.
1. History on Film/Film on History – Robert Rosenstone
Firstly, the book argues that history films have a key role in the discussion of historical events. Secondly, it examines how history films represent the past and demonstrate the need to understand this new visual world. Additionally, the title integrates detailed analysis of films, such as Schindler’s List, Glory, October, and Reds.
2. Crowd sourcing for Filmmakers – Richard Botto
The title explains how to use crowdsourcing to develop creative projects. Additionally, it encourages the use of social media, networking, branding, crowdfunding, and discusses the importance of understanding the audience to build effective crowdsourcing campaigns. Furthermore, it explains how to source everything from film equipment, to shooting locations. The book covers all aspects of crowdsourcing. From how to create the message of your brand, project, or initiative, to how to mold, shape, and adjust it based on mass response. From how to broadcast a message to a targeted group, to engage those with similar likes, beliefs, or interests.
3. Directing for the Screen – Anna Weinsein
This book is a collection of essays and interviews which explore the business of directing. It includes perspectives from experts in the industry, on topics such as the development and nurture of business relationships and the director’s responsibilities on set. This title is a resource for all filmmaking classes, demystifying the industry and the role of the director. As well as this, it includes real-world narratives and little-known truths about the business.
4. Film Art, An Introduction – David Bordwell
This title has a skills-centered approach and offers various examples, to help students develop a core set of analytical skills. This will help to enrich their understanding of any film, in all genres. Additionally, the book outlines in-depth examples to further students’ appreciation for how creative choices by filmmakers affect what viewers experience. Finally, it provides more than 1,000 frame enlargements taken directly from completed films. These images offer concrete illustrations of key concepts.
5. Critical Theory and Film – Fabio Vighi
This final title brings together critical theory and film, to enrich people’s understanding on society. Firstly, the title attempts to demonstrate how cinema and critical theory can explain the impact cinema can have on politics. Secondly, it discusses how cinema is an instrument of capitalism, used to promote the cultural and political regimentation of the masses. Finally, it demonstrates how the critical theory can suggest a different verdict on the progressive potential of cinema.
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