TESOL Matters Vol 7. No. 6. Dec 1997 - Jan. 1998. (p. 16)
Video Resources in Cyberspace
by Randall Davis and Tim Newfields
Are you interested in learning more about media resources on the
World Wide Web? Would you like to find detailed information about movies
and educational videos? Fortunately, finding these resources to support the
use of video has become so much easier with the advent of World Wide Web.
Here are several sites which should help you get started:
1. Finding a Movie:
The Internet Movie Database
should be one of your first stops on the Web, with over 120,000 movie titles to browse
through. Search results provide plot summaries, cast members, movie trivia
and goofs, memorable quotes, viewers ratings and recommendations. Finally,
miscellaneous offsite links to official studio pages, fan pages, image and
multimedia archives, and newsgroup reviews are offered. Two other
informative sites are the All-Movie Guide, which includes star ratings,
movies reviews, and actors' biographies, and
Greatest Films, which specializes in detailed summaries of classic American films.
2. Purchasing or Renting a Video:
Reel: The Planet's Biggest Movie Store is an
extensive online video order and rental service , with over 80,000 titles
to choose from. For educational videos, check out Schoolhouse
Videos & More. They offer over 7,000 videos about topics such as business skills, travel, nature sports, the
environment, and historical documentaries.
3. Obtaining a Movie Script:
Drew's Script-O-Rama is a
comprehensive index of about 600 movie and television scripts which can be downloaded
right from the site. Another site, The
Script Shop, offers complete authentic screenplays for
about 3000 movies in printed form for US$15.00. Also NemoniC's
Unlimited Movie Script & Screenplay Page! has around 200
movie scripts online which can be downloaded free.
4. Finding Movie and Video Clips:
The Movie Sounds Page will help you
locate audio clips from a number of movies. Video Links<_CITE>
consists of a collection of hundreds of movie, music, and TV commercial
5. Searching for Background Information on Movie Stars:
he Celebrity Connection includes the mailing addresses of hundreds of famous personalities.
contains a listing of many movie stars and their fan clubs.
6. Understanding Copyright Laws:
Motion Picture Licensing Corporation addresses the
use of pre-recorded home videocassettes. Instructional
Television Fixed Services and
Guide to Copyright discuss the use of off-air broadcast recordings for educational purposes.
7. Locating Video-related Sites Focusing on Language Learning:
The JALT Video National Special Interest Group Homepage contains
information on current video events, a listing of presentations and papers
on video, including the interest group's online publication, Video Rising
Online, and network information about teachers working with video. Another
& Captioning, contains a list of
resources on using captioned video for educational purposes. Finally,
Media Classroom provides an assortment of ideas on how to use video in the classroom.
This list will help you ge started, but it is is far from exhaustive
because new sites are emerging each day and changes in technology are
constantly expanding. If you find an informative site, please send the Web
site address to http://members.tripod.com/~jalt_video/guest.htm. [Expired Link]
Copyright 1997 by Randall Davis and Tim Newfields