Archive for the 'Film & Video' Category

30 Days: The Complete Second Season

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

By  Morgan Spurlock

30 Days features a diverse group of participants, each given the opportunity to experience first-hand a world antithetical to their own, comfortable existence. Each episode examines a very different subject and is hosted by Morgan Spurlock, creator of Super Size Me. In the final episode, Spurlock is also a participant as he turns the camera on himself. Episodes include: “Immigration”, “Outsourcing,” “New Age”, “Pro-Choice/Pro-Life”, “Atheist/Christian” and “Jail”. Call number: HN59.2 .A13 2007

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I Remember Nelson

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

nelsonDirector: Simon Langton Cast: Kenneth Colley, Geraldine James, Tim Pigott-Smith

Kenneth Colley stars in this four-part miniseries (originally produced for British television) which dramatizes the life and adventures of England’s best-known naval officer, Lord Horatio Nelson. I Remember Nelson chronicles the great man’s life by telling his story as seen by several people who were close to him: his wife, a handful of good friends, a young soldier who served under him in a crucial battle, and his first officer. I Remember Nelson was aired in the United States as part of the award-winning anthology series Masterpiece Theater. Call Number PN1992.8 .H56 I23 2008

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The Ultimate Gift (2007)

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

gift2Starring: Drew Fuller, James Garner Director: Michael O. Sajbel

The Ultimate Gift is a tale of one man’s tumultuous journey toward personal growth and fulfillment. Surrounded in life, and death, by avaricious family members fueled by a sense of entitlement, billionaire Red Stevens (James Garner) wants to bequeath at least one member of his extended family “the ultimate gift”: something he perceives as immensely more valuable than material wealth. Red’s arrogant grandson Jason (Drew Fuller) holds a deep-seated hatred for his newly-deceased grandfather, so he’s surprised to learn from his grandfather’s friend and lawyer Mr. Hamilton (Bill Cobbs) and assistant Miss Hastings (Lee Meriwether) that he’s been mentioned in his late grandfather’s will. Far from a straightforward gift of cash, land, or stock, Red’s bequest comes in the form of a series of mysterious recorded instructions, the first of which requires Jason to hop on a plane for Texas the very next morning without a hint of the trip’s purpose or the nature of the gift that awaits him. Dropped into a life of hard physical labor on a ranch in the middle of nowhere, Jason’s bad-tempered fury eventually turns to resignation and he finds himself engaged in, and even taking pride in, the first real manual labor he’s ever done in his life. Unbeknownst to him, his journey toward claiming the ultimate gift has only just begun. When he returns from Texas, Jason finds his home cleared out, his car confiscated, and instructions to produce one true friend. While Jason is reduced to sleeping in the park, a young child name Emily (Abigail Breslin) and her mother Alexia (Ali Hillis) make his acquaintance and lead him to re-examine his personal prejudices and perceptions of what’s truly important in life. Jason’s journey of self-discovery continues throughout a series of other trying experiences and, in the end, Grandpa Red’s “ultimate gift” of life lessons profoundly and permanently improves the quality of Jason’s life. What’s more, Jason’s new perspective of his place in society has a very positive affect on the larger community. This very powerful film is funny, heartbreaking, and intensely thought-provoking. –Tami Horiuchi Call number PN1995.9 .M45 U4856384 2007


Chicago 10 (2007)

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

chicago10Starring: Jeffrey Wright, Nick Nolte Director: Brett Morgen

Some documentaries endow historical events with context, while others recreate them in all their messy glory, leaving viewers to organize the chaos themselves. Brett Morgen (co-director, The Kid Stays in the Picture) takes the latter tack in his multi-media reconstruction of the protests during 1968’s Democratic National Convention. Using the ensuing conspiracy trial as a framing device, he assembles archival footage and animated sequences into a Rorschach-type pattern (the title refers to the eight defendants and their attorneys). Call Number KF224 .D37 C55 2008


VJ (includes DVD): Audio-Visual Art and VJ Culture

Friday, July 25, 2008

by Michael Faulkner

Call Number: N6498 .V53 V55 2006

A major change has taken place at dance clubs worldwide: the advent of the VJ. Once the term referred to the video jockey who introduced music videos on MTV, but now it defines an artist who creates and mixes video, live and synced to music, in clubs or at concerts. This book is an in-depth look at the artists at the forefront of this amazing audio-visual experience. The book combines how-to, showcase and reference elements, opening with a series of articles on contextual and historical issues. The central section showcases the work of a wide selection of international VJs, and the last chapter covers equipment (hardware and software) and typical stage set-ups (explaining equipment, the use of space, how to create an environment to suit an audience, and more) along with supplementary guidelines and tips on how to master a performance. (Description by

Game Design

Friday, July 25, 2008

by Bob Bates

Call Number: QA76.76 .C672 B38 2004

“Game Design, Second Edition” offers a behind-the-scenes look at how a game gets designed and developed?from the day the idea is born to the day the box hits the shelves. This new edition offers information on the latest techniques and development models, interviews with 12 top game designers, document templates that can be used during product development, and numerous industry resources. It is a practical guide that covers everything from the fundamentals of game design, to the trade-offs in the development process, to the deals a publisher makes to get a game on the shelves. No matter what your role in the industry, understanding this entire process will help you do your job better. And if you’re looking to break in, you’ll find knowledge here that is usually only attained after years in the trenches. (Description by

Multicultural Films: A Reference Guide

Thursday, July 24, 2008

by Janice R. Welsch & J.Q. Adams

Call Number: PN1995.9 .M56 W45 2005

Welsch and Adams (both Western Illinois U.) present educators, librarians, students, and other film viewers with brief synopses and critiques of 150-plus motion pictures addressing issues of race and ethnicity in the U.S. Organized into sections by race/ethnic group—African American, Arab American and Middle Eastern American, Asian American, European American, Latino/a American, Native American, and intercultural—the individual film listings include the title; year the film was released; director; cast; length; rating; type of film; summary of the plot; aspects of the film that relate to race/ethnicity, and where relevant, ways that gender, sexuality, or class come into play; and suggestions for use of the film in a course or discussion. (Description by

Oxford Companion to the American Musical: Theatre, Film, and Television

Friday, July 18, 2008

Thomas A. Hischak

Call Number: ML102 .M88 H593 2008

From films ranging from An American in Paris and Flying Down to Rio to such Broadway landmarks as Oklahoma and West Side Story and television hits such as Cinderella and High School Musical, the American musical has thrilled audiences around the world. Now, in The Oxford Companion to the American Musical, readers have at last an engaging and authoritative reference to this highly popular genre—the only such book to cover stage, film, and television musicals in one volume.

With more than two thousand entries, this book offers a wealth of information on musicals, performers, composers, lyricists, producers, choreographers, and much more. There are biographical entries on stars ranging from Fred Astaire and Bing Crosby to Mary Martin and Mae West as well as such contemporary show-stoppers as Nathan Lane, Savion Glover, and Kristin Chenowith; on composers ranging from Irving Berlin and George Gershwin to Richard Rodgers and Andrew Lloyd Webber; and on choreographers such as Bob Fosse, Tommy Tune, and Debbie Allen. The plays and films covered range from modern hits such as Mamma Mia! and Moulin Rouge to timeless classics such as Yankee Doodle Dandy and Show Boat. Also, many musicals written specifically for television are included, and many entries follow a work (such as Babes in Toyland) as it moves across genres, from stage, to film, to television. The Companion also includes cross references, a comprehensive listing of recommended recordings, and a useful chronological listing of all the musicals described in the book.

Whether you are curious about Singin in the Rain or Spamalot, The Wizard of Oz or Grease, this well-researched and entertaining resource is the first place to turn for reliable information on virtually every aspect of the American musical.

iMovie ’08 & iDVD: The Missing Manual

Friday, July 18, 2008

By David Pogue

Call Number: TR896 .P644 2007

Whether you consider yourself a pro or a hobbyist, you have to admit that Apple’s iMovie 08 and iDVD 08 are amazing right out of the box. Unfortunately, the box doesn’t include much of a user’s guide, so learning about these applications is another matter. iMovie 08 & iDVD: The Missing Manual gets you up to speed on all of the themes, motion graphics, titles, effects — everything that lets you turn raw digital footage into highly creative video projects. You get crystal-clear and jargon-free explanations of all the iMovie 08 and iDVD 08 features, including the new video library, how to view transitions, titles, and sound in real time as you add them, and ways to publish your creations directly to YouTube. Renowned author David Pogue — tech columnist for the New York Times — uses an objective lens to scrutinize every step of process, including how to: Work on multiple iMovie projects at once and drag & drop clips among them Output your creation to a blog, its own web page, or as a video podcast with iWeb Use “Magic iMovie” to import your video and make a movie for you Integrate with other iLife programs to use songs, photos, and an original sound track And a whole lot more From choosing and using a digital camcorder to burning the finished work onto DVDs, posting it online, or creating versions for iPod and iPhone, iMovie 08 & iDVD: The Missing Manual zooms right in on the details in a concise and understandable manner. The book also provides a firm grounding in basic film technique so that the quality of your video won’t rely entirely on magic.

The Fundamentals of Sonic Art and Sound Design

Thursday, July 17, 2008

by Tony Gibb

Call Number: NX650 .S68 G53 2007

Sound is all around. In movies. On TV. On the radio. Now the idea that sound can be an artistic medium in its own right is shaking the art world. Written by an authority in the field, The Fundamentals of Sonic Arts and Sound Design describes and begins the process of defining this entirely new subject. Topics covered include new and radical approaches to sound recording, performance, installation works and exhibitions, plus visits with sonic artists and sound designers. Designed for students, yet packed with exciting examples of the principles and practice of this new art form, this book is on the cutting edge where technology and art meet. (Description by