Timothy Corrigan, Patricia White
The Film Experience: An Introduction
The Film Experience is a comprehensive introduction to film that recognizes students as movie fans while surpassing all other texts in helping them understand the art form’s full scope. Noted scholars and teachers Tim Corrigan and Patricia White capture the complete film experience, situating their strong coverage of the medium’s formal elements within the larger cultural contexts that inform the ways we all watch film—from economics and exhibition to marketing and the star system. A host of learning tools gives students the support they need to make the transition from movie fan to critical viewer. Now with a sharper focus that highlights the essential formal and cultural concepts of cinema, and a powerful new suite of video and media, The Film Experience is the consummate introductory film text.
Film Studies: The Basics (2nd edition)
Film Studies: The Basics is a compelling guide to the study of cinema in all its forms. This second edition has been thoroughly revised and updated to take account of recent scholarship, the latest developments in the industry and the explosive impact of new technologies. Core topics covered include:
The history, technology and art of cinema
Theories of stardom, genre and film-making
The movie industry from Hollywood to Bollywood
Who does what on a film set
Complete with film stills, end-of-chapter summaries and a substantial glossary, Film Studies: The Basics is the ideal introduction to those new to the study of cinema.
Britain’s First TV/Film Crime Series and the Industrialisation of Its Film Industry, 1946-1964
The first study devoted to the genesis of domestic TV/Film production, this project presents an industrial and cultural history of the transformation of the lower reaches of Britain’s film industry during the period 1946-1964. From 1946-1964 the production of second (or ‘B’) features and programme fillers aimed primarily at the domestic market was progressively phased out as the sector moved towards the wholesale production of TV/Film series intended for exhibition on the newly-franchised commercial television channel as well as the burgeoning international market. With extensive recourse to contemporary trade journals, the biographies of key personnel and, of course the early series themselves, the project charts and comments upon the growth of the new form whilst focusing upon its largest generic component, the crime narrative. As an industrial history, the project concentrates on case studies in order to demonstrate similar and diverse responses to extremely fluid market conditions. The study argues for the reconsideration of these films in the context of the positive response of particular companies and studios in the supporting feature sector to fundamental issues that had long plagued the industry. Boosted by technological investment and domestic and American distribution deals, these companies were able both take advantage of support from the National Film Finance Corporation and survive when that aid was no longer available. Some studios even achieved continuous production by making a combination of supporting features and studio-bound TV/Film series. The inception of ITV and the exponential growth of the American and world markets in TV/Film had a catalytic effect on the burgeoning sector further promoting tendencies that were already in development – talent before and behind the camera now found regular employment, though their roles and status altered dramatically. In tandem to this industrial history, the study analyses the ways in which these series selectively rework and transform a rich and diverse heritage of domestic crime fiction in order to provide the basis for product differentiation in the international market. Moreover, in addition to such borrowings, it examines many emergent, unresolved elements that would be retained when the form became a more stabilized – and predictable – entity. In a word, this is the story of how domestic producers and American arrivistes alike negotiated the virgin terrain of TV/Film. As such, it often proffers a view of the period that runs counter to the prevailing current and offers a perspective on the fledgling form and the cultural preoccupations of the period.
Ephraim Katz, Ronald Dean Nolen
The Film Encyclopedia – The Complete Guide to Film and the Film Industry (7th Edition)
Ephraim Katz’s The Film Encyclopedia is the most comprehensive single-volume encyclopedia on film and is considered the undisputed bible of the film industry. Completely revised and updated, this seventh edition features more than 7,500 A–Z entries on the artistic, technical, and commercial aspects of moviemaking, including:
Directors, producers, actors, screenwriters, and cinematographers;
Styles, genres, and schools of filmmaking;
Motion picture studios and film centers;
Film-related organizations and events;
Industry jargon and technical terms;
Inventions, inventors, and equipment;
Plus comprehensive listings of academy award–winning films
And artists, top-grossing films, and much more!
The British Film Industry in the 1970s: Capital, Culture and Creativity
Throughout the 1970s the British film industry struggled to produce films which performed well at the box office and appealed to audiences. As a result, the decade has often been considered as one of the low points of British cinema. But was this really the case? Conventional film histories of the decade have emphasised key texts and specific genres, such as the Bond films, the Carry On series or low budget horror. Yet British cinema in this period offered a great deal more to audiences, and careful study of original documents demonstrates the diversity and variety of an industry, and a decade, typically perceived as limited and unimaginative. An examination of important material – much of it newly discovered or previously under-used – offers an insight into the industry in this decade while key case studies present a detailed picture of the eclectic, diverse and often challenging film culture of the period.
The New Historical Dictionary of the American Film Industry
The New Historical Dictionary of the American Film Industry is a unique reference work, a “what’s what” of the history of filmmaking not only in Hollywood but throughout the United States. More than 750 entries document the history of studios, production companies and distributors, and provide complete information on technical innovations, genres, industry terms, and organizations. Included are entries on more than 100 film companies active in the ‘teens, as well as all major Hollywood studios, and major technical innovations such as CinemaScope and Dolby Sound. General entries range from “The Cold War” to “Westerns” and include film series such as “Andy Hardy” and “The Thin Man.” Extensive cross referencing and an index help the reader locate information throughout the text.
A completely revised and updated edition of The American Film Industry, this new edition furnishes an informed, experienced look behind the scenes of filmmaking and an invaluable reference source.