TVR Motion Graphics, Animation and 3D

About this Guide

This guide is a pathfinder to books, articles, DVDs and websites. Why research in the pre-production. To research the lives and artistry of master filmmakers (inspiration), film techniques, and current trends .  You can also research contemporary news for story ideas "ripped from the headlines" or base your film in myths or fairy tales.

Research an artist or film

Use the library catalog, reference resources, and library databases to research an artist or film-maker, classic stories (myths, fairy tales, and fables), and film criticism and reviews.

Library Catalog
  • Library Catalog: Try searching the artist of film title for book and videos.
  • Film tab:  Use to browse new films or to search for films
Search encyclopedias and directories to find background on an artist or film: Library databases contain many trade journals that can keep you abreast of what is new and provide you with current news that may provide a story idea.  Also search scholarly journals for criticism.
  • Academic Search Premier A multidisciplinary database that includes some of the most popular magazines, journals and newspapers.
  • America: History and Life   Use this to find articles on the history of animation.
  • Business Source Premier (Original Interface)   Use this to find articles on the business aspects of animation (industry and company news).
  • Communication Source   Use this for scholarly treatment of animation by scholars in the field of communications.
  • Film Literature Index (Print)(1973-2004) REF PN1993.A1 F4
    International coverage of film, television and video journals from 1973-2004
  • Film Literature Index (Archive) Online (1976-2001)
    Index to backfiles of citations of film literature including international film, television and video. Citations from 1976 to 2001. There are no plans to update this online resource.
    JSTOR provides access to academic journals and primary sources in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences.
  • Nexis Uni (replaces LexisNexis)   Use this to find news and reviews (10 to 15 years worth or so) on recent releases.
  • MLA International Bibliography
    The MLA International Bibliography is a classified listing and subject index of scholarly books and articles on modern languages, literatures, folklore, and linguistics which has been compiled by the Modern Language Association of America since 1926.
Here are generic searches from an EBSCO database search. I combined some of these EBSCO databases: America: History & Life, Newspaper Source, Alternative Press Index, Communication & Mass Media Complete, Business Source Premier. You will be prompted to authenticate yourself as being at Ithaca College; to do this type your email (Netpass) user name and password.  Try focusing the search by adding additional search term (ex. Burton AND corpse) in the second and third boxes. 

Company and Industry Information

Use the following databases to search company and industry information: Industry

Copyright Resources for Filmmakers


We have ebooks, for example:

Braha, Y. (2011). Creative Motion Graphic Titling for Film, Video, and the Web. Amsterdam: Elsevier/Focal Press.

Find books in the library by subject:

Prof. Sinclair recommends:
  • Barbican Art Gallery. (2011). Watch Me Move: The Animation Show. London : London ; New York: Barbican ; Merrell.
    "Watch Me Move: The Animation Show is the most extensive exhibition ever mounted to present the full range of animated imagery produced in the last 150 years. It brings together industry pioneers, independent film-makers and contemporary artists including Etienne-Jules Marey, Harry Smith, Jan Svankmajer, William Kentridge and Nathalie Djurberg alongside the creative output of commercial studios such as Walt Disney, Aardman, Studio Ghibli and Pixar. Presenting animation as a highly influential force in the development of global visual culture, Watch Me Move: The Animation Show explores the relationship between animation and film and offers a timely insight into the genre as a cultural phenomenon. Cutting across generations and cultures, the show features over 170 works, from iconic clips to lesser-known masterpieces. Taking the viewer behind the dream-world of the finished film, it includes puppets, stage sets, storyboard drawings, wire-frame visualisations, cel and background images. The exhibition opens at Barbican Art Gallery, London, on 15 Jun 2011."


Blogs & Websites
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Software Training & Manuals Computer Software vendor sites: Free Online Training & Resources Selected Manuals:

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Video Collections online

  • American Memory: Motion Pictures from 1894-1915
    150 digitized films from the Library of Congress. Includes agricultural, industrial and recreational activities of Americans from 1894-1915. See also:  American Silent Feature Film Database, 1912-1929
  • Europa Film Treasures
    A film initiative from the Treasures of European Archives project that provides free streaming films. The films date from 1895 to the present and are representative of film efforts in Europe and the Americas.  Note: July 2015 was not connecting; the link was changed to
  • Europeana
    European collection of cultural materials from museums, archives, libraries, and audio-visual collections such as the Rijksmuseum, the British Library, and the Louvre. Includes images, texts, sounds and videos.
  • Filmarchives online
    This website is currently a work in progress, but content is growing.  Contains online footage from 18 European film archives, primarily documentary and educational films.  Some travel documentaries, sports clips and even early animated shorts are included.
  • Focus on Fim
    Examine historical film footage and dramatic recreations of events from institutes such as the British Film Institute and War Museum.  Use the archive of films, letters and documents to analyze how films are constructed.  Registered users have access to editing tools to construct films of their own. 
  • Hulu
    Video distribution site of NBCUniversal, News Corporation, The Walt Disney Company, Providence Equity Partners and the Hulu team. From: More about Hulu.
  • SnagFilms
    Full length commercially supported documentary films that can be streamed anywhere on the web. Currently includes over 5,000 independent movies, TV shows and documentaries.
  • TED : Ideas worth spreading  This organization records lectures by leading thinking on topics of technology, entertainment and design.  Here are videos on design.
  • Ubu Web  Contains avant garde films, sound recordings, and papers of modern cinema, music, dance, theater and poetry.
  • UCLA Film & Television Archive
    "The UCLA Film & Television Archive is, after the Library of Congress, the largest collection of media materials in the United States, with more than 220,000 film and television titles and 27 million feet of newsreel footage."
  • Videvo

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Saul Bass and Paul Rand

Use to find  biographical entries and articles on:Here is an entry on film Credits in the Schirmer Encyclopedia of Film .

Finally, here are a couple articles to read:

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TV trade journals
The first links are to access through the library (which will extend further than the publisher's website).  Consider signing up for alerts or RSS feeds for the latest industry news.
There are a few publications that may be of particular interest: Browse all online TV or Film journals (scholarly and trade)

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