Dig Deep: Libraries, Archives and Filmmaking
There is a lot of information out on the open web, but it can be difficult to sort through, and you don't always know how reliable it is. In this session, a variety of electronic database retrieval experts will guide you through the ins and outs of navigating the hundreds of reputable sources available in your local public and/or university library as well as the information in local and national archives. Librarians and archivists can help you find historical data when preparing the first draft of a screenplay; track down drawings and photographs to make sure your costumes are accurate; tap into new funding and grant possibilities; and traverse the difficult terrain of public records and documents. Learn new search strategies and tips that can benefit all aspects and stages of filmmaking. From pre- to post-production, librarians and archivists can help make your limited budget work for you rather than against you.
Angie Oehrli is a Learning Librarian at the University of Michigan. She loves teaching people how to find information. Her teaching experience ranges from creating educational storytimes for preschoolers to teaching a for-credit undergraduate class to teaching grandmothers and other non-traditional students at an alternative high school. Librarians and archivists are prepared to help anyone who walks through the door find the information they need. Let us help you make your film!
Phil Hallman is the film studies librarian at the University of Michigan. He is the head of the Donald Hall Collection, a unique collection of films, dvds and screenplays dedicated to the art of film studies, productioon and screen writing.
Lisa has been a Reference Librarian at the Faulk Central Library for over five years. She is an expert in retrieving information from a multitude of sources. In addition to answering reference questions, she manages the Austin Public Library social media accounts, teaches classes to the public, purchases materials for the collection, and writes online content. She received her Master of Science in Information Studies from the University of Texas at Austin.
Tim Hamblin is the video archivist at the Austin History Center with holdings of over thirty thousand recordings. In addition to assisting researchers looking for footage, Tim has extensive knowledge of the other collections relating to the history of Austin and Travis County. These include over a million photographs, thousands of documents, biographical and subject files, books, architectural drawings, maps, and other materials which cover Austin’s rich heritage as the capital of Texas.