are constantly adapting new technologies and techniques, but
the older methods can still be of value, especially to the
low-budget film maker. Here are some tips on finding a
variety of resources.
To find materials,
you can look through these catalogs:
Library Catalog is what you can find in the
Circuit is the joint
catalog for CSUSM, SDSU, UCSD, and USD with delivery in
1-3 days for CSUSM users.
Melvyl searches the entire University of
California catalog system and delivers in 5-10 days
through Interlibrary Loan for CSUSM.
searches a 'universe' of library catalogs and delivers
in 5-10 days through Interlibrary Loan for CSUSM.
Useful Subject Terms
Can't think of terms to accurately describe your topic?
Library catalogs use specific subject headings to group
related books together. 'Film', "motion picture' and 'technique' are such large topics
and can be defined in multiple ways, you will
want to think of ways to narrow it down, by type of
technique or aspect, etc. Ask a librarian to
help, or here are some
examples to consider:
Looking for films that
have been adapted from books?
Search the CSUSM catalog using the genre/form search
field (instead of the usual keyword or subject search).
Type in FILM ADAPTATIONS to see the current list of
films in our collection. Or, type title of either the
book (or movie) in the keyword field and add the word
adaptation to limit to any possible adaptations.
Databases at CSUSM will offer both articles on filming
general and discussion of a specific techniques. Try to be
specific when constructing your search query as otherwise,
you will spend a lot of time searching through unnecessary
Some databases do not offer
full text of the articles. Use the
to check our other resources for full text.
ABI Inform Trade & Industry
Abstracts and full-text articles from more than 1,000
leading business and management publications, with
full-text for most popular sources. This addresses the
'business' side of film making
Academic Search Premier
Covers a wide array of subjects with full text for
nearly 1,850 scholarly journals, including more than
1,250 peer-reviewed titles.
Communication & Mass Media
Provides abstracts and full text for more than 200
Contains complete full-text back files (EXCEPT for the
latest five years) of core scholarly journals in such
areas as sociology, history, economics, political
science, mathematics, African-American studies, Asian
studies and others
Includes abstracts of articles from critical literary
and language journals. This is primarily concerned with
the original work of literature, but you will find
plenty of articles on adaptations here.
Full-text coverage for hundreds of scholarly journals in
the humanities, social sciences, and mathematics
RILM Music Abstracts
Abstracts from scholarly journals on international music
and related disciplines.
These may not be
as scholarly as published journal reviews, so be aware
of the credentials of the reviewer. Keep in mind when
searching the internet that not all material will be
scholarly and other search terms will be 'cinema' or 'film'
rather than 'movie'.
A resource for independent filmmakers including
information on production and networking.
For the independent as well as Hollywood-based
filmmaker, this site offers information on a wide range of
technical and business aspects.
Along with some useful reference sources, there is a
directory of film schools and classified for equipment.
iEarn MovingVoices: The Filmmaking Process: Plan on Paper
A guide to plotting the film before getting behind the
Nuts and Bolts Filmmaking
For the "guerilla filmmaker",
articles, tips, and downloads.
Resources assembled by the University of Alabama for film
students and teachers.
The Art and Science of Film and Motion Picture Production
A list of sites collected by an individual, this offers a
lot of links to various aspects of film technique and
Traditional Film Camera Techniques
General explanations of various film effects, including angle
and depth of field.