What is Filmography?
Filmography is the history of the films. It gives a comprehensive view of the person or the work that has been seen. Filmmakers are creative and they can make wonderful films even though they have made an average number of films or because they had a very good one.
Depending on the context, filmography has different meanings. It can be a valuable source of information and help determine whether you would want to see a particular film or not.
The information in filmography is collected by the critics, the editors and the film lovers. Some of the best sources of filmography are:
Movie critics – some critics give their opinion about a film and they may predict that the film will be good or bad. The reviews of film critics are of great value because many people believe that the critics have special knowledge of the films that they review. Therefore, the film critics are a valuable source of information.
Film-makers and creators – Film-makers have their own opinions and they create films based on their thoughts. People who admire their works look for films based on these creators’ works. Films such as Citizen Kane are among the most famous examples of film-makers and creators.
Video recorders – people who own video recorders can record the films of others. This is called documentary film-making. The greatest filmmaker in the world today is Alfred Hitchcock.
Archives – archives have a vast number of films. Filmography from archives can help someone to figure out how the films were made. Examples of film histories are the films from the archives of New York studios during the period when Hollywood was big. A good example of film histories films from the archives of California studios.
Library and archives – the libraries and archives offer large numbers of films. Many movies are available to view online in their online cinemas. These include movies such as Wag The Dog, Casablanca, Breakfast At Tiffany’s, Rebel Without A Cause, etc.
Libraries are also a good source of filmography. An example of a movie from the library is Richard Brooks’ movie The Little Girl Who Played With Fire.
Documentaries – film documentaries tell the story of a film and its makers. They are of great value and information for film enthusiasts. You can learn many things from documentaries.
Film historians – historians have a well-informed view of the history of films. The facts and the events they document can prove to be useful in your research.
Film-lovers – film-lovers share the enthusiasm and the desire to watch films. Film enthusiasts read filmographies and study the history of films. The best example of film-lovers is the director, Steven Spielberg, who has shown his films and kept filmographies at his home for many years.