Copyright 2010, by Frank W. Baker – Media Literacy Clearinghouse
This page is not intended to be an exhaustive, all-inclusive list, but rather a list of some DVDs that I am aware of and have watched that I think could be used in classes where “film literacy” and “film fluency” are being taught. There’s nothing like reading a book about film, but viewing, analyzing and deconstructing are best when you have access to films, and extras, that will help your students better understand the languages of film.


Looking At MoviesFilm, Form and Culture (CD Rom)How to Read A Film: Multimedia Edition
The Art of Watching Films (CD Rom)Making Movies Make SenseA Movie Lover’s Guide to Film Language
American Cinema: 100 Years of FilmmakingMoving Images Making Movies, Understanding MediaMoguls & Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood
Filmmakers on Film


Matching Identities: CastingWidescreen, The Bourne Supremacy
Building A Bad Actor (Title 2, Chapter 1)Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events
A Collaboration of Spirits: Casting and ActingThe Color Purple, Two Disc Special Edition


Peering Through The VeilParanorman (Blu-ray DVD)
Miniatures in Motion: Bringing Frankenweenie to LifeFrankenweenie (2 Disc Combo Pack, Blu-ray-DVD)
The Animators: The Breadth of LifeTim Burton’s The Corpse Bride, Blu-Ray Edition
Peering Through the Veil: Stop Motion Behind The ScenesParanorman, Blu Ray Disc

Art Direction:  Set Design

Behind Hogwarts: Dumbledore’s Office- Build a SceneHarry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets (Widescreen Ed. 2 Disc)
Inside Elizabeth’s WorldElizabeth: The Golden Age
Image Gallery:  Production DesignTristan + Isolde
Set Design/Exploring The SetsGangs of New York (2 Disc Edition)
Designing Middle EarthThe Lord of the Rings Extras, The Fellowship of the Ring

Art Direction: Storyboards

Storyboard ComparisonsA Beautiful Mind, Two Disc Awards Ed.
Storyboards and Pre-viz: Making Words & ImagesThe Lord of the Rings,  New Line Platinum Series
LOTR: Storyboard to Film ComparisonThe Lord of the Rings, Fellowship of the Ring
Storyboard ComparisonsStory Of Movies, To Kill a Mockingbird
Introduction to AnimatricsStar Wars: The Phantom Menace
State of the Art: Pre-visualization of Episode IIStar Wars: Attack of the Clones
Storyboard Pitch Deleted ScenesShrek
PrevisualizationWar of the Worlds, Two Disc Limited Edition
Storyboard To Film ComparisonWest Side Story, Special Ed Collector’s Set

Audio (see also Score listed below)

Breaking Barriers: The Sound of HitchcockRear Window: Special Edition
Through the Ears of Forrest Gump: Sound DesignForrest Gump, Special Collector’s Edition
Animation Sound Design: Building Worlds From The Sound UpWall E 3 Disc Special Edition
The Sound & Music of A.I. (Sound Design; Music)A.I. Artificial Intelligence Two Disc Special Edition
Third Trimester; Sound DesignThe Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Criterion Collection
Voices from the Underworld; The Voices Behind the VoiceTim Burton’s The Corpse Bride, Blu-Ray Edition
Designing the Sounds of Middle EarthThe Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, Full Screen, -Two Disc
The Science of SoundSpiderman 3, 2 Disc Special Edition

Visions of Light: The Art of Cinematography

James Wong Howe: CinematographerSweet Smell of Success (Criterion Collection)


The Look of a GeishaMemoirs of a Geisha, 2 Disc Full Screen Special Edition
The Costumes Are The Sets: The Design of Eiko IshiokaBram Stoker’s Dracula   Collectors Edition, Blu Ray
Costumes featuretteGangs of New York (2 Disc Edition)
Costuming The Aviator: The Work of Sandy PowellThe Aviator: 2-Disc Widescreen Edition
Second Trimester; Costume DesignThe Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Criterion Collection
Costume DesignThe Lord of the Rings, Fellowship of the Rings


Century of Cinema: A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies
The Eastwood Factor         Spielberg on Spielberg         Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures   A Talk With Hitchcock (1964)
Directors: Life Behind The Cameras (pt 3 Hollywood’s Best Directors Choose Their Best Movies)

Design (The World is Watching Making The Hunger Games)2 Disc DVD + Digital Copy  The Hunger Games
Chronicle of a DirectorThe Chronicles of Narnia The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe- Special 2 Disc Collector’s Ed.
Making of The Godfather
The Godfather Supplements: Behind The Scenes
The Godfather – The Coppola Restoration
Noah Baumbach Interviews Brian De PalmaBlow Out: The Criterion Collection
The Master’s Touch: Hitchcock’s Signature StyleNorth By Northwest, 50th Anniversary Edition, Disc 2
In The Master’s Shadow: Hitchcock’s LegacyPyscho Special Edition: Universal Legacy Series


The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editingincluded in Bullitt, the Two Disc Special Edition
The Magic of EditingHarry Potter And The Order of the Phoenix, Two Disc Special Edition
3 Scene Editing WorkshopsMIB, Men in Black, Limited Edition
Film Editing DemonstrationTraffic  The Criterion Edition



Gringotts & GoblinsBlue-Ray Disc, Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows, Pt 2
Kate Winslet on The Art of Aging Hanna SchmitzBlue-Ray Disc, The Reader
The Magic of MakeupForrest Gump, Special Collector’s Edition
The Age of Glamour: The Hair & Makeup of The AviatorThe Aviator: 2-Disc Widescreen Edition


Poster & Cover ArtMirror Mask

Music (see also Score)

Lights, Action, Music
(a documentary directed by Dan Lieberstein )
Introduction (via YouTube)

On Location

Spotlight on: Location (Title 4,Chapter 1 )October Sky
Featurette: Setting The SceneThe Water Horse Legend of The Deep. 2 Disc Sp Ed

Post Production

Putting It All Together: The Magic of Post ProductionTwilight, Disc 2, Three Disc Edition
Twilight, Disc 2, Two Disc Special Edition

Pre Production

The Partnership: A Look at Pre-ProductionTwilight, Disc 2, Three Disc EditionTwilight, Disc 2, Two Disc Special Edition
Charting the Return: A Preproduction DiaryPirates of the Caribbean, Dead Man’s Chest
Two Disc, Special Edition
Videomatics  (pre-production)Titanic, Three Disc, Special Collector’s Ed
Within a Minute: The Making of Episode IIIStar Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith(Widescreen Edition)

Production Elements

Anatomy of a Scene: The Explosive Bridge Chase SceneThe Bourne Supremacy
The Making of Mirror Mask Day 16
Production  Flight of the Monkeybirds
Mirror Mask
Production Stories (Chapter 1, Title 3 :includes cinematography, locations, set design, props, wardrobe)The Untouchables, Special Collector’s Ed
Seeing Is BelievingForrest Gump, Special Collector’s Edition
Fx On The UniverseAcross the Universe, 2 Disc Deluxe Ed.
Capturing The Action: A Look at ProductionTwilight, Disc 2, Three Disc Edition
First Trimester; Tech ScoutsThe Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Criterion Collection
Shadows of Suspense (Film Noir)Double Indemnity, Universal Legacy Series (2 Disc Ed)

Score (aka Soundtrack)

Scoring WonderlandAlice in Wonderland, Disc 2, Blu Ray
Scoring the Film: Interview, Hans ZimmerGladiator, Signature Selection
Scoring the FilmA Beautiful Mind: Two Disc Awards Edition
Scoring The Aviator: The Work of Howard ShoreThe Aviator: 2-Disc Widescreen Edition
Danny Elfman Interprets the Two WorldsTim Burton’s The Corpse Bride, Blu-Ray Edition


From Script to Screen (entire screenplay)Pleasantville,  New Line Platinum Series
Script-to-SceneBack To The Future, The Complete Trilogy
Script to Screen ComparisonsCrash, Two Disc Director’s Cut Edition
Inside A Scene: Location Scout Notes
Notes to Actors; Read the Script; View the Scene
The Insider
Reflections on Writing: Batman BeginsBatman Begins, Blue-Ray DVD
Screenplay; Original Screenplay NotesHellboy, 2 Disc Special Edition

Special Visual Effects

Visual EffectsFlags of Our Fathers 2 Disc Special Ed, Blu Ray
Visual Effects (Blue Screen)The Others Collector’s Edition, 2 Disc DVD
Effects (The World is Watching Making The Hunger Games)2 Disc DVD + Digital Copy  The Hunger Games
Effecting WonderlandAlice in Wonderland, Disc 2, Blu Ray
Special Effects: High Speed Compositing ReelContact, Special Edition
Visual Effects (green screen and more)Titanic, Three Disc, Special Collector’s Ed
Pan and the Fairies (prosthetic & visual effects)Pan’s Labyrinth, 2 Disc Platinum Series 
ILM and Minority ReportMinority Report Widescreen
Featurette: Water Work: Creating the Water HorseThe Water Horse Legend of The Deep, 2 Disc Sp Ed
Visual EffectsDie Hard With A Vengeance, Special Edition


Double Darevarious clips available via YouTube
Stunts of Wonderland
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