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Whether you are researching for personal use or an academic endeavor, this guide was built to help you navigate the many resources available on film and television. This guide specifically examines the rich topic of culture and the impact television and film media has had on the American social landscape. This page is an introduction to film and television theory. You will find entertainment industry news websites, along with helpful books on theory. At the bottom of this page, you will also find links to various major television platforms, including network, cable, premium cable, and streaming services.
Use the navigation tools above to investigate other topics. All links should open in a new page and repeated sources are reposted where relevant, with additional annotations.
This is a small selection of books on film making, theory, and history. These books are intended to support you as you engage with the other topics in your research. As with the other sections of this guide, many of the highlighted authors have written other texts. It is recommended that you explore other titles by the same author or works cited within the pages of helpful texts.
The Art of the Moving Picture by
Publication Date: 2000-03-07
Originally published in 1915, this book was one of the first examinations of film making as an art. An excellent resource to examine the culture value of films at the dawn of their popularity.
Critical Dictionary of Film and Television Theory by
Publication Date: 2000-12-19
This Critical Dictionary of Film and Television Theory is a resource for the novice media critic or researcher who would like to learn more about the terminology involved in creating and reviewing film and television.
A Short Guide to Writing about Film by
Publication Date: 2014-07-13
This short book is an introduction to film theory and a resource for writing a critical analysis of film.
Talking Pictures by
Publication Date: 2018-11-06
This book details how movies are made, who is involved, and the influence of representation in film on American culture. For beginners wanting to a new perspective on movie watching, this is a helpful resource.
Where to Watch
This is a section of television news platforms. Network channels like ABC, CBS, NBC, and PBS are all free with access. Cable networks like AMC, BET, Disney, Comedy Central, MTV, and Nickelodeon require a cable plan to view. Premium cable networks like HBO and Showtime also require a cable subscription, but digital access to their on demand platforms can be purchased a la carte. Streaming services like Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, and Netflix are subscription services which can sometimes be bundled with cable and other technology bills, but often are purchased independent of other plans. The network websites offer a wide range of free content, while the paid channels and services offer opportunities for free trials and restricted time offers. Research into the programs available on these platforms can be conducted on YouTube where many networks post clips, trailers, and other content for free.
The Amercian Broadcasting Company is a network television station. A subsidiary of Disney, the channel is known for its news, original content, both scripted and unscripted.
Amazon Prime Video
Amazon Prime Video is a subscription streaming service provided by amazon.com with original movie and TV content, as well as acquired film, television, and stand-up.
Formally American Classic Movies, now AMC, this cable network station was known for limited commercial licensed films. Today it is known for its critically acclaimed original, scripted television content.
Black Entertainment Television is a cable network station known for original programming, syndicated television shows, acquired films, and music featuring black artists and creators.
The Columbia Broadcasting System is a network station known for its news and original content. It has developed its own subscription streaming network called CBS All Access.
Comedy Central is a cable network station known for its original stand up, acquired films and syndicated television, as well as licensed comedy specials.
Disney Channel is a cable network station owned by Disney providing original content in the form of television shows and films made for children.
Home Box Office is a premium cable and satellite network station known for its continuous, commercial free licensed films, original documentaries, television movies, and original, scripted television.
Hulu is a subscription based online streaming platform viewed using internet or cellular data. The platform includes options with and without commercials. Live and TV on demand is available to stream, along with original television content, and licensed movies and TV.
Music Television is a cable network station previously known for broadcasting music videos throughout the day. Now it is known for its reality show programming and music themed content.
The National Broadcasting Company and its affiliates are known for their news and original programming, scripted and unscripted. Associated networks include Bravo, MSNBC, Oxygen, Syfy, and USA, among others.
Netflix is a subscription streaming platform viewed using internet or cellular data. It is known for its large collection of licensed film and television as well its critically acclaimed original television and film. While the platform is entirely streaming, some original films are limited released in theaters.
Nickelodeon is a cable network station aimed at child audiences, featuring original content spanning decades, including movies, cartoons, and series.
The Public Broadcasting Service is a nonprofit organization known for its public art and education programming for adults and children.
Showtime is a premium cable and satellite network station known for its continuous, commercial free programming consisting of licensed films and original, scripted television.
Entertainment News Publications
While neither academic nor peer reviewed, these entertainment news sources are regarded as trustworthy news sites with verifiable, sometimes award winning, reporting.
Deadline is an film industry website updated with production news, box office results, critical reviews, and business stories concerning the reciprocal influence of politics, law, culture, and social movements on film and television.
Aimed at a general audience, this periodical examines Hollywood's cultural influence through interviews, reviews, investigative journalism, and public opinion. Written with humor and insight, this is a resource for anyone looking to write or read about media and Hollywood from a popular-culture-focused perspective.
The Hollywood Reporter
A resource for Hollywood insiders and the general public alike, THR breaks stories, publishes features, provides industry insight, and hosts roundtable discussions between reporters, actors, producers, and directors, to discuss the changes and culture of television and film.
With sections on politics, community, life, and entertainment, this is a resource for both news and opinions. Formally the Huffington Post, here you will find a pulse on the cultural climate of the time.
This website is home to film review of lesser known or independent movies. IndieWire is a resource for anyone looking to write critically about the quality of low budget or industry neglected films.
Understanding Film Theory: An Essential Guide
Written by a No Film School staff writer, this comprehensive starter guide to film theory is a helpful resource for anyone looking to review, analyze, create, or discuss film.
With galleries, news, stories, reviews, and box office information, this is a resource of film and television content dating back to 1905. One of the most significant and historic trade magazines in the industry, Variety often publishes outside news stories to highlight the connections between Hollywood productions and world events.
Run by New York magazine, Vulture is a popular culture focused website. Full of news, interviews, reviews, editorials, and award coverage, this is a resource for staying up to date on the new stream of pop culture changes influenced by new movies and television seasons.