The Moving Image Source Research Guide is a gateway to the best online resources related to film, television, and digital media.

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  • Ralph Baer  
    A site developed and maintained by Ralph Baer, inventor of the home video game. Includes design documents and patents.
  • Ray Carney  
    The official website of Ray Carney, a leading critic and scholar on American independent film and art film. The website has three sections with selections from Carney's lectures, interviews, and writing: the John Cassavetes Pages, the Independent Film Pages, and Film and Other Arts Pages.
  • RCA TV Equipment Archive  
    A hobbyist maintains this website, which is full of photos and information about television cameras and broadcast equipment from RCA.
  • Refractory: a Journal of Entertainment Media   Peer Reviewed
    A refereed, peer-reviewed e-journal that explores the diverging and intersecting aspects of current and past entertainment media (including animation, film, television, games, and the Internet). The journal is published by the Cinema Studies Program, School of Culture and Communication, University of Melbourne.
  • Rentrak International Box Office Essentials  
    With the acquisition of Nielsen EDI in 2010, Rentrak established Rentrak International Box Office Essentials to provide instant data on a film's box office performance.
  • Robert Bresson  
    This website devoted to the French director features a print bibliography, as well as articles and an extensive gallery of film posters. Edited by Doug Cummings and Trond S Trondsen for Masters of Cinema.
  • Satyajit Ray  
    Site about the director from Maanvi Media, a Bombay-based media company, which has been augmented by Ray fans for years. The "Books and Videos" section has a bibliography with information on how to find each book.
  • Satyajit Ray Collection at UC-Santa Cruz  
    A wealth of information about Ray, including a filmography, biography, and two extensive bibliographies. Founded by Dilip Basu, a Ray scholar who has organized many retrospectives, the site is also host to a number of articles by Basu and other scholars, as well as digitized images from Ray's own sketchbook. The collection section allows you to search the items in the physical archive, which is in Santa Cruz, California.
  • Scottish Screen Archives  
    While its primary purpose is to provide an online catalog of films in the Scottish Screen Archives collection, this website also offers over a thousand clips extracted from its holdings. In addition to these clips, each listing includes a detailed description. Users may browse the films and television programs in the archives' holdings by place, subject, biography, or decade.
  • Screen Actors Guild   Paid Subscription Required
    Non-members can access current issues of the SAG publication Screen Actor Magazine. There is also an extensive SAG history section, which includes an interactive timeline and access to historical artifacts in the online museum.
  • Screen Site   Peer Reviewed
    The website accompanying Screen-L, a listserv for teachers and students of film and media studies. Includes job listings, conferences, college programs, and syllabi.
  • Senses of Cinema Great Directors Index  
    The online journal's permanent collection of articles, each introducing and describing one famous filmmaker and his or her work. A wide range of directors are represented.
  • Shakespeare in Film and Television Database  
    This site, run by the British Universities Film and Video Council, is a database of all film and video adaptations of Shakespeare's work. Each entry features a very short synopsis and production information. Includes a "references and reviews" section, which features bibliographic references to the film listed.
  • Silent Film Bookshelf  
    Curated by David Piece, this site reprints original documents from the silent film era. Includes reprints of historical reviews and magazine articles about the industry, as well as information about musical accompaniment of silent films, articles on famous theaters (such as the Roxy Theater in New York), and much more. Active through 1999.
  • Silents Are Golden  
    This website contains a huge collection of vintage reviews of silent films. The site also includes photos of hundreds of silent-film actors, a calendar of theatrical and TV screenings of silent films, and an exhaustive list of available DVDs and videos. The articles and essays on the site are mostly written by fans.
  • Siunattu Teknologia: The Kaurismaki Web Site  
    An independently run English-language website about the film directors Aki and Mika Kaurismaki. The detailed filmography, which is organized by date, includes complete cast and crew lists, soundtrack information, and lengthy synopses. The "Books" section is a great bibliography mostly Finnish books on the filmmakers.
  • Slow Motion Angel: Derek Jarman  
    A fan's site dedicated to the films of Derek Jarman. The links section gives access to many external reviews and critical articles about Jarman's work. The site's filmography provides short summaries of the films, with a few still images for each.
  • Small Screen: Vintage Broadcasting  
    This website features a wealth of vintage television clips, along with explanatory articles.
  • Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers   Paid Subscription Required
    SMPTE is a professional organization "founded in 1916 to advance theory and development in the motion imaging field." The website includes information on the history of SMPTE as well as current information about the society's ongoing projects.
  • Soviet Estonia: Film Clips  
    Clips from the 1950s Soviet newsreel archive. The main website gives more information about Estonian film and information on their national archive.