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Digital Video

This guide supports the Digital Video & Cinema program within SMAD and general interest in film production. This guide focuses on production of film while the companion guide, Film Studies, focuses on research about specific films and the industry. Learn more about SMAD's Digital Video & Cinema concentration.

Reference Information

Filmmaker’s Dictionary (Ref PN1993.45 .S56 2000)

Over 5,000 specialized terms for filmmakers.  

The Script is Finished, Now What Do I Do?: the Scriptwriter's Resource Book & Agent Guide (Carrier Ref  PN161 .C35 2002)

The Ultimate Film Festival Survival Guide (Carrier Ref PN1993.4 .G67 2004)

Directory of film festivals throughout the world.  

Writer’s Guide to Hollywood Producers & Screenwriter’s Agents, 1999-2000 (Ref PN1996 .P74 1998)

Descriptions of producers and agents with contact information.  



JMU Libraries has many books about video production and related areas.To get you started, here are a few possible subject headings to search in LEO and the shelf areas to browse.

Note: many of our books in this area are online.You will find them in LEO, but you won't find them by browsing the shelf.

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Browse by Call Numbers


Intellectual Property

Carrier KF 2971 to KF 3193

Carrier Z 551 to Z 656

Carrier PN 2055 to PN 2065
ECL TK 6680 to TK 6687
ECL TK 7881.4 to TK 7881.9


ECL TR 845 to TR 899

Safari Tech Books

Safari Tech Books Online is a fully-searchable e-reference library that houses a vast collection of technical books from industry-leading publishers. These titles include software manuals as well as books about issues within video production. These titles are included in JMU Library Catalog, or you can use the link below to browse within Safari.


Legal Research

New Media Law (SMAD 330)

Guide for researching new media and multimedia law cases and topics.

Mass Communication Law (SMAD 370)
Guide for researching mass communication law cases and topics.

Legal Abbreviations & References
Cheat sheet for interpreting legal citations and abbreviations.


Production Resources: Source Files

Digital Juice

Browse JMU Library Catalog to find availability and learn more about digital audio, video and graphic clips from Digital Juice, designed to be reused in digital production work.

Finding Images at JMU

A collection of online resources for finding images, many of which can be used in production projects. This link takes you to the Research Databases & Resources area of our website.


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