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1 FILM STUDIES Sarah Green, Rachel Howell, Adriana Marroquin, and Ashley Moser

2 WHAT IS FILM STUDIES? The study of film is a fascinating and diverse subject that includes analyses of film industries and technologies, textual analysis of films, ethnographic analyses of audiences and film consumption, and cognitive-psychological research into how we watch and experience films. Nick Redfern, Research Blogging in Film Studies.

3 PART I: A TALE OF THREE RESOURCES From Celluloid to Digital as An overview of the electronic research environment Film Stills Resources as Our understanding of information seeking behavior Film Studies for Free as An emerging approach to research

4 FROM CELLULOID TO DIGITAL As an entertainment medium, some of the most useful resources may include non-scholarly publications and sites, such as the general IMDB site, or popular and trade magazines. Alternatively, its entertainment-based value means there is a lot of information to fish through in order to find sources with a reputation of reliability.

5 FROM CELLULOID TO DIGITAL The electronic scholarly environment offers sources based on print sources, as well as scholarly commercial products (e.g. BFI Filmographies, American Filmscripts On-Line).BFI FilmographiesAmerican Filmscripts On-Line Membership-based versions of public sites (i.e. IMDB) also hereIMDB Film is inherently interdisciplinary, making non film-specific resources unexpected but vital to many aspects of film studies.

6 FILM STILLS RESOURCES Product of Emilee Mathews, a University of Bloomington library science student Consulting for resources done by Angela Courtney, subject librarian for Communication and Culture at Bloomington. Based on a survey of information needs given to film studies students.survey

7 FILM STILLS RESOURCES Why we like this resource: Based on actual film studies student needs. A good starting point for people wishing to learn how to effectively navigate resources and acts as an instructional tool for approaching the scholarship. Navigation points include Bibliography and Resources, Copyright Information, Film Still Resources for Librarians, and Recommended Library Resources.Bibliography and ResourcesCopyright InformationFilm Still Resources for LibrariansRecommended Library Resources.

8 FILM STILLS RESOURCES Disadvantages: Focuses mainly on finding film stills which is a more narrow field of inquiry for film studies, but still gives valuable resources and tips for researching the field in broad terms as well. Not peer reviewed, but as it is assembled by information professionals it should be reliable

9 FILM STUDIES FOR FREE Organized by Catherine Grant, Ph. D., at the University of Sussex. Lists open-access online film studies journals, ebooks and film studies websites. Links to Audiovisualcy, also operated by Grant as well. Basically, essays on film in video format.Audiovisualcy

10 FILM STUDIES FOR FREE Why We like this resource: All of these resources are open-access, making them easily accessible. Easily searchable through search box. Includes not just journal articles, but conference papers and essays from non-peer-reviewed journals, bringing in a more diverse and more quickly updated range of perspectives. Linked resources cover interdisciplinary topics, which has become increasingly prevalent in this field.

11 FILM STUDIES FOR FREE Drawbacks: If a user wants to know if an article is peer-reviewed, she may have to look up the journal title in UlrichsWeb. Organized chronologically instead of by topic, which might not be intuitive to some people.

12 PART II: A DARK AND STORMY SEMESTER The course is thematic. The primary concern is not so much the history of horror films, but rather what horror is. What is horror? How do we represent horror? What cultural function does horror serve? And similar to Aristotle's line of questioning in his Poetics, why do we 'like' horror? What pleasure do we derive from horror? Cinema 344: Horror Film Syllabus

13 HORROR FILMS: ARTICLES AND BOOKS IN THE UC BERKELEY LIBRARY Bibliography curated by the Moffitt Library Media Resources Center at UC Berkley Lists books, journal articles, video recordings and documentaries on different horror films. Includes citations for journal articles on specific horror tropes, including zombie movies, werewolf movies and slasher films.

14 HORROR FILMS: ARTICLES AND BOOKS IN THE UC BERKELEY LIBRARY International films are also covered, being British, Italian and Asian. There are also several sections on specific horror directors including John Carpenter, Wes Craven, George Romero, Dario The Italian Hitchcock Argento and Mario Bava One can look up articles or books on specific films including American Psycho, Day of the Dead, The Exorcist, and The Ring. While these links are for UC Berkeley access, the citations are still helpful to other students studying horror films.

15 DARK THOUGHTS Editors: Stephen Jay Schneider, Ph.D. Candidate of philosophy at Harvard & film student at Tisch School Daniel Shaw, professor of film and philosophy at Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania.

16 DARK THOUGHTS Why we like this resource: Draws on different scholars contributions and addresses some of the questions posed by the syllabus. Essays include: Horror, tragedy and pleasure: the general theory of horrific appeal (Noël Carroll) The lived nightmare: trauma, anxiety, and the ethical aesthetics of horror Murder as art/the art of murder: aestheticizing violence in modern cinematic horror

17 DARK THOUGHTS Why we like this resource (cont.): Gives a good introduction to what horror is and why it is appealing as a genre ; lays a foundation on which a student could then examine other cultural products of horror cinema. Accessible

18 DARK THOUGHTS What we would like to see accomplished further in this resource: Focuses mainly on American/British horror cinema while the second half of the syllabus has an international scope. For the course this resource would need to be augmented by another resource that highlights international horror cinema.

19 A post by Catherine Grant on her Film Studies for Free. Curated collection of links to conference proceedings, roundtable discussions, and scholarly articles from open-access journals on the philosophy of horror. Many of the below studies have been inspired by the extensive considerations of film horror by philosopher Noël Carroll or engage with the themes raised by his work. HALLOWEEN GUIDE TO THE PHILOSOPHY OF HORROR

20 HALLOWEEN GUIDE TO THE PHILOSOPHY OF HORROR Why we like this resource: Based around the philosophy of horror, which matches the aim on the syllabus of exploring what horror is. Includes essays on non-U.S. films, fitting with international bent of the second half of the course

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