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MLA 8th ed. Style Guide: Film, Television, Video

This MLA Style Guide has basic examples for citations. For more complex examples, please see the MLA Handbook, 8th edition.

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Film or DVD

Film 

If you are focusing on the contributions of a particular person, begin the citation with that person's name, followed by a descriptive label. 

Example 1:

Darabont, Frank, director. The Shawshank Redemption. Castle Rock Entertainment, 1994. 

If you are not focusing on an individual's contribution, begin with the title. You may include information about the director and other participants in the position of other contributors.

Example 2:

The Shawshank Redemption. Directed by Frank Darabont, performances by Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman, Castle Rock Entertainment, 1994. Netflix, dvd.Netflix.com/Movie/The-Shawshank-Redemption/70005379.

Television 

Example 1:

“Self Help.” The Walking Dead, season 5, episode 5, AMC, 9 Nov. 2014, www.amc.com/ shows/the-walking-dead/full-episodes/season-05/episode-05/self-help.

Example 2:

If you are focusing on a series and are not focusing on an individual's contributions, or a specific episode, begin with the title.


Grey’s Anatomy. Created by Shondra Rhimes, performance by Ellen Pompeo, Shondaland, 2005-2016.

Video 

“The Speech that Made Obama President.” YouTube, uploaded by THNKR, 30 Aug. 2012, www.youtube.com/  	watch?v=OFPwDe22CoY.

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