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Subject Guide for Students in the Writing for Film & Television Program

Welcome to the Writing for Film & TV Subject Guide

This Writing for Film & TV  Subject Guide will help you connect to many resources involving with and relating to writing for films and television. 

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Streaming Video Resources

This library guide highlights free educational streaming movies, tv shows, and clips that you can view in your courses or use for research.

Copyright Protection: Streaming videos and audios cannot be downloaded to your computer. The owners of the content give you the right to view or listen to the files in real-time. However, the rights to save, copy or distribute the files are held by the copyright owner and protected by law.

Fair Use: As long as you view or listen to these files as part of a class session or by yourself, you are covered under fair use.  

Public Performance: We do not have public performance rights for any of these streaming videos or audios. For example, a group of students who watch one of these videos during a college student club or organizational meeting would not be covered under fair use. That would be considered a public performance.

See Swank's brochure, "Film and Video Copyright Infringement: What Your College or University Needs to Know About the Public Performance of Movies," for more information.

What is Screenwriting?

Screenwriting, also called scriptwriting, is the art and craft of writing scripts for mass media such as feature films, television productions or video games. It is often a freelance profession. Screenwriters are responsible for researching the story, developing the narrative, writing the script, screenplay, dialogues and delivering it, in the required format, to development executives. Screenwriters, therefore, have great influence over the creative direction and emotional impact of the screenplay and, arguably, of the finished film. 

Writing fro Film & TV Online Resources

The internet can be a wild place, but there are lots of freely-available gems that are useful to filmmaking research. Here are some hand-selected, librarian-approved resources and databases.

Writing for Film & TV Published Journals

A Database is a searchable collection of information. You may find databases that the Library is subscribed to, which you will need to access them with your LAFS username and password. Other databases or informational sites listed are public and can be used as open-sourced. Find related and useful material on Writing for Film & TV here! 

LOC Call Numbers

To help locate books in a particular subject, the following LOC sections in the Library are as follows: 

PN Motion Pictures. Books on radio, television and film studies. Mostly related to history, screenwriting, and analysis

TR Animated Motion Pictures. Editing of Motion Pictures. Books on technical areas of film-like editing, cinematography, and most of the technology-related film books.


Books on Screenwriting

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Writing & Grammar Resources

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Screenwriting Blogs

Screenplays & Treatments Resources