DVDs and DVD Extras That Help Teach The Language of Film
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.

General 

Looking At Movies  

Film, Form and Culture (CD Rom)

How to Read A Film: Multimedia Edition
The Art of Watching Films (CD Rom) Making Movies Make Sense A Movie Loverís Guide to Film Language
American Cinema: 100 Years of Filmmaking Moving Images Making Movies, Understanding Media Moguls & Movie Stars:
                             A History of Hollywood
Filmmakers on Film



Acting/Casting

Matching Identities: Casting Widescreen, 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 Acting The Color Purple, Two Disc Special Edition

Animation

Miniatures in Motion: Bringing Frankenweenie to Life Frankenweenie (2 Disc Combo Pack, Blu-ray-DVD)

The Animators: The Breadth of Life  

Tim Burton's The Corpse Bride, Blu-Ray Edition


Art Direction:  Set Design

Behind Hogwarts: Dumbledore's Office- Build a Scene Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets (Widescreen Ed. 2 Disc)
Inside Elizabeth's World Elizabeth: The Golden Age

Image Gallery:  Production Design          

Tristan + Isolde

Set Design/Exploring The Sets Gangs of New York (2 Disc Edition)
Designing Middle Earth The Lord of the Rings Extras, The Fellowship of the Ring

Art Direction: Storyboards

Storyboard Comparisons                          

A Beautiful Mind, Two Disc Awards Ed.

Storyboards and Pre-viz: Making Words & Images The Lord of the Rings,  New Line Platinum Series
LOTR: Storyboard to Film Comparison The Lord of the Rings, Fellowship of the Ring

Storyboard Comparisons                          

Story Of Movies, To Kill a Mockingbird

Introduction to Animatrics                     

Star Wars: The Phantom Menace

State of the Art: Pre-visualization of Episode II   

Star Wars: Attack of the Clones

Storyboard Pitch Deleted Scenes 

Shrek

Previsualization

War of the Worlds, Two Disc Limited Edition

Storyboard To Film Comparison                     

West Side Story, Special Ed Collectorís Set


 

Audio (see also Score listed below)

Breaking Barriers: The Sound of Hitchcock          

Rear Window: Special Edition

Through the Ears of Forrest Gump: Sound Design

Forrest Gump, Special Collectorís Edition

Animation Sound Design: Building Worlds From The Sound Up    

Wall 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 Design The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Criterion Collection
Voices from the Underworld; The Voices Behind the Voice Tim Burton's The Corpse Bride, Blu-Ray Edition
Designing the Sounds of Middle Earth The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, Full Screen, -Two Disc


Cinematography

Visions of Light: The Art of Cinematography

James Wong Howe: Cinematographer Sweet Smell of Success (Criterion Collection)



Costumes

The Costumes Are The Sets: The Design of Eiko Ishioka Bram Stoker's Dracula   Collectors Edition, Blu Ray

Costumes featurette         

Gangs of New York (2 Disc Edition)

Costuming The Aviator: The Work of Sandy Powell The Aviator: 2-Disc Widescreen Edition
Second Trimester; Costume Design The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Criterion Collection
Costume Design The Lord of the Rings, Fellowship of the Rings



Directing

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 Director The 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 Palma Blow Out: The Criterion Collection
The Master's Touch: Hitchcock's Signature Style North By Northwest, 50th Anniversary Edition, Disc 2
In The Master's Shadow: Hitchcock's Legacy Pyscho Special Edition: Universal Legacy Series



Editing

The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing       

The Magic of Editing Harry Potter And The Order of the Phoenix, Two Disc Special Edition
3 Scene Editing Workshops MIB, Men in Black, Limited Edition
Film Editing Demonstration Traffic  The Criterion Edition



Makeup  

Kate Winslet on The Art of Aging Hanna Schmitz Blue-Ray Disc, The Reader

The Magic of Makeup          

Forrest Gump, Special Collectorís Edition

The Age of Glamour: The Hair & Makeup of The Aviator The Aviator: 2-Disc Widescreen Edition

Marketing

Poster & Cover Art        

Mirror 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 Scene 

The Water Horse Legend of The Deep. 2 Disc Sp Ed

       
Post Production

Putting It All Together: The Magic of Post Production     

Twilight, Disc 2, Three Disc Edition
Twilight, Disc 2, Two Disc Special Edition


Pre Production

The Partnership: A Look at Pre-Production   

Twilight, Disc 2, Three Disc Edition

Twilight, Disc 2, Two Disc Special Edition

Charting the Return: A Preproduction Diary Pirates of the Caribbean, Dead Manís Chest
Two Disc, Special Edition
Videomatics  (pre-production) Titanic, Three Disc, Special Collectorís Ed
Within a Minute: The Making of Episode III Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith (Widescreen Edition)



Production Elements

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 Collectorís Ed

Seeing Is Believing Forrest Gump, Special Collectorís Edition

Fx On The Universe                                 

Across the Universe, 2 Disc Deluxe Ed.

Capturing The Action: A Look at Production Twilight, Disc 2, Three Disc Edition
First Trimester; Tech Scouts The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Criterion Collection


Score

Scoring Wonderland Alice in Wonderland, Disc 2, Blu Ray

Scoring the Film: Interview, Hans Zimmer

Gladiator, Signature Selection

Scoring the Film A Beautiful Mind: Two Disc Awards Edition
Scoring The Aviator: The Work of Howard Shore The Aviator: 2-Disc Widescreen Edition
Danny Elfman Interprets the Two Worlds Tim Burton's The Corpse Bride, Blu-Ray Edition



Scriptwriting

Script-to-Scene Back To The Future, The Complete Trilogy

Script to Screen Comparisons                           

Crash, Two Disc Directorís Cut Edition

Inside A Scene: Location Scout Notes
Notes to Actors; Read the Script; View the Scene
The Insider

Reflections on Writing: Batman Begins          

Batman Begins, Blue-Ray DVD



Special Visual Effects

Visual Effects Flags of Our Fathers 2 Disc Special Ed, Blu Ray
Effects (The World is Watching Making The Hunger Games) 2 Disc DVD + Digital Copy  The Hunger Games
Effecting Wonderland Alice in Wonderland, Disc 2, Blu Ray
Special Effects: High Speed Compositing Reel Contact, Special Edition

Visual Effects (green screen and more)            

Titanic, Three Disc, Special Collectorís Ed 

Pan and the Fairies (prosthetic & visual effects)

Panís Labyrinth, 2 Disc Platinum Series    

ILM and Minority Report Minority Report Widescreen
Featurette: Water Work: Creating the Water Horse The Water Horse Legend of The Deep, 2 Disc Sp Ed


     

Stuntwork

Double Dare various clips available via YouTube
Stunts of Wonderland Alice in Wonderland, Disc 2, Blu Ray

Coordinating Chaos: Stunt Featurette

Vantage Point, 2-Disc Deluxe Edition

The Stunts of Minority Report Minority Report: Widescreen