Film Studies

Using a collaborative approach, Film Studies will provide a primarily student written overview of basic film concepts organized in such a way that the website will be able to be used as a basic undergraduate film textbook. This project will promote discussion between students and faculty as well as others who are interested in film. The collaborative effort will not only help us produce a quality product, but will allow students to develop skills they need for 21st century success.

Individuals interested in contributing to Film Studies are encouraged to make comments on the various pages or to contact

The Film Studies initiative was officially kicked off during the 2014 Fall semester. Updates and additions to the website are on-going.

Information for Students

Even if your professor does not use Film Studies as the textbook for your course, the various sections of the website will provide a starting point for your research and study of film. You are also encouraged to contribute to Film Studies to help improve and/or expand the text for other students. Anyone who contributes to Film Studies will be listed as an author of the website. You may submit contributions to Film Studies via

Information for Faculty

Film Studies is a collaboratively written website that is being designed in such a way that it can ultimately be used as an introductory textbook in undergraduate courses. In addition to directing their students to specific pages on the website, because of the Creative Commons License under which the text is being released, faculty members will be able to distribute print copies of the Film Studies materials to their students. If they desire, they can even build their own individualized course packs as long as students are not charged for the material and appropriate credit is given. Faculty members can also encourage their students to participate in the collaborative process on which this website is based.

Creative Commons License

Most of the text on this website is being released under a Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0) license. This license allows you to share and adapt these materials in non-commercial circumstances as long as you attribute the source and release your work under the same license.

Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)

At the beginning of 2018, we began a revision of the website to make it compatible with the most recent best practices for compliance with ADA requirements.

Although not all of the films and film clips cited on the website will be ADA compliant, we have begun marking ADA complaint films with a heart after the name of the film. ADA compliant films are those that are films with no spoken works and films that are closed captioned with 99% accuracy. We will also introduce an index of ADA compliant films by the 2018 Fall semester.

We will be using the HTML 508 Compliance Checklist) developed by the Department of Health and Human Services) and Chapter 5 of the ADA Best Practices Tool Kit for State and Local Governments (developed by the Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division) as a basis for the changes. We welcome suggestions for improvement.

Two people kissing.

When Thomas Edison's The Kiss (1896) was first published, it was considered very risqué.

Printer Friendly Versions

An image of a wood print created in 1568 will appear throughout the Film Studies website. The image means that a printer friendly version of the page is available. Under the image will appear the words "Printer Friendly Version." This hot link will take you to a .pdf format of the web page. As we update pages and add new pages, two printer version friendly versions will be available; one in .docx format and the other in .pdf format.