Film Studies Textbook

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. most of the text on this website is being released under a Creative Commons license.

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 will officially kick off during the 2014 Fall semester. Updates and additions to the website will be on-going.

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.

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.

Photo Caption: The Kiss, 1896

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