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Film, TV and Animation: Online Resources - Film, Television, Documentary

Useful links, resources and research assistance for all programmes involving Film, TV Production or Animation at IADT

Some useful websites - Film and Television

Resources - Documentary film making

BBC Academy is an educational arm of the British Broadcasting Corporation which trains current and prospective broadcasting employees in the skills of the broadcasting industry.

Making a documentary has become easier with the help of The Virtual Revolution from the BBC, which provides unedited professionally filmed footage which can be downloaded by film students. This includes interviews, aerial shots, graphics and music.

This Documentary Workshop is an online manual for documentary film-makers.

American Cinematographer is an international publication of the American Society of Cinematographers, a cultural organization dedicated to the science and art of cinematography. Its intent is to gather a wide range of cinematographers to discuss techniques and ideas and to advocate for motion pictures as a type of art form.

BBC Motion Gallery is the footage licensing division of BBC Studios. It offers creative professionals access to a collection of stock footage with licensing worldwide. 

Creative Commons Licenses enable the free distribution of an otherwise copyrighted work, A CC license is used when an author wants to give other people the right to share, use, and build upon a work that they have created., a leading online learning platform, provides access to cinematography and film-making tutorials. 

Nature Footage provides the largest niche collection of HD and Ultra HD 4K+ stock footage focused on the natural world. 

Film Sound is an online learning space dedicated to the art of Film Sound Design. 

Internet Archive is a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites and more.

DFG Docs is a website by and for documentary film-makers.

Just TV is a television and media blog from media scholar Jason Mittell.

Other resources

Image Banks

Magazines and Online Journals


Hyperallergic is a forum for serious, playful and radical thinking about art in the world today.

Museum and Society is an independent peer-reviewed journal which brings together new writings by academics and museum professionals on the subject of museums. 

Critical Inquiry is a peer-reviewed academic journal in the humanities published by the University of Chicago Press.


Artforum International is the online edition of Artforum International Magazine (current print copies available to read on Level 1 of the library). 

Frieze is the online edition of the contemporary art magazine Frieze (current print copies available to read on Level 1 of the library). 

Eye is the online edition of the graphic design magazine Eye (current print copies available to read on Level 1 of the library). 

Circa Art Magazine is an online magazine publishing reviews, essays, and projects around the theory and practice of contemporary art in Ireland. 

Art Monthly is the online edition of the UK's leading contemporary art magazine, Art Monthly. 

Art Journaling is a magazine where artists share their journals and demonstrate creative ways to capture life through art.

Podcasts for Film and TV Buffs

Unspooled is a podcast in which Paul Scheer and film critic Amy Nicholson watch the AFI’s top 100 movies of all time, dissecting iconic scenes, talking to industry experts and discovering how these films got made.

You Must Remember This is dedicated to exploring the secret and/or forgotten histories of of the first century of Hollywood. The podcast was created and is written, produced and narrated by Karina Longworth.

Filmspotting is a weekly film podcast and radio program from Chicago, hosted by Adam Kempenaar and John Larsen, featuring reviews, 5 top lists, interviews and more. 

Inside the Box: The TV History Podcast discusses a particular era, innovation, trend or program in TV history and spends an episode discussing it.

Art Galleries in Dublin & Worldwide