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Music Production & Sound Design for Visual Media: Media

A Subject Guide for the School of Music & Sound Design for Visual Media

Selected Sound Effects CDs

All CDs are located at circulation desk at the Library.  Click a link below for more information.

Citing Films or Videos

Title of Film or Video. Name of Director, Film Studio or Distributor, and the Release Year.

You may include other data that seems pertinent such as names of the screenwriter, performers, and producer after the name of the director. For films dubbed or subtitled in English, you may give the English title and follow it with the original title, italicized, in square brackets.

The format (film, DVD, VHS, etc.) on which the work was viewed is no longer included.

Example - Film, Video, DVD, VHS, etc.:

It's a Wonderful Life. Directed by Frank Capra, performances by James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, and Thomas Mitchell, RKO, 1946.

For audio and video content found online, include descriptive information to help readers understand the type of source you are citing. If the author and the uploader are the same, only cite once. If they are different, place the author’s name before the title.

Example - YouTube, Vimeo, etc:

“Academy of Art University April 2009 Fashion Show.” YouTube, uploaded by Academy of Art University, 29 June 2011,

Selected DVDs for Music Production & Sound Design for Visual Media Research

All DVDs are located at circulation desk at the Library.  Click a link below for more information.

Bernard Herrmann

Bernard Herrmann: Explores the life and work of Bernard Herrmann who created music for over 50 films. Features interviews with, among others, directors Martin Scorsese and Claude Chabrol, composers David Raksin and Elmer Bernstein, as well as home movies, archival photos and interviews with Herrmann himself.

Breakthrough to improv: the secrets of improvisation: 15 steps to musical freedom for all musicians

Breakthrough to Improv: The Secrets of Improvisation 15 Steps to Musical Freedom for all Musicians: Jazz pianist Dave Frank presents lessons through a system of "practice points" designed for any musician interested in learning to improvise.

The Hollywood Sound

The Hollywood SoundPays tribute to the composers who defined this distinctive musical style, with its roots planted firmly in 19th century classical music: Max Steiner, Alfred Newman, Erich Korngold, Franz Waxman, David Raksin and Dimitri Tiomkin. 

How to listen to and understand great music

How to Listen to and Understand Great MusicPresents a history and criticism of music and how to listen and appreciate it.

Lights, action, music: a documentary

Lights, Action, Music: A DocumentaryA look at some of the greatest living composers and directors as they share their stories, explain their craft, and go through the process of filmmaking and music collaboration.

Music by... Gabriel Yared

Music by...Gabriel YaredAwarded an Oscar for his score on The English Patient, Gabriel Yared has composed music for feature films as well as documentaries, ballets, and cartoons in his eventful career. This intimate film explores the inspiration behind the versatile composer's passion for music and his quest to learn more about his art.

Sound & motion: volume 1

Sound & Motion Volume 1A compilation of videos from various artists. Contains sixteen videos of house, techno, breaks, and drum'n'bass music.

DVD Checkout Policies

The Academy of Art Library’s film collection is located at the Circulation desk. Academy of Art Undergraduate and Graduate students may borrow three films for three days and are allowed one renewal.  Academy of Art Faculty and Department Directors may borrow five films for seven days and are not allowed to renew borrowed items. All films can be checked out at the Library’s Circulation desk. 

Selected Streaming Video