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J 430/530: Black American Media

Production Information: Primary Sources

How did a film get made? What was its budget? How were decisions made about locations, hiring crew, and developing the screenplay? Was the film financed through a major studio or independently? How was it promoted to potential audiences and exhibitors? The following sources can help you find information about these aspects of film production.

The databases immediately below provide primary sources, which you will have to interpret and make sense of. Secondary sources like books and articles from journals and magazines can provide useful context for understanding primary sources (see second box below).