Welcome to Hollywords®!

This is Who We Are and What We Do

Hollywords® is a family of media and entertainment reference materials and subject matter experts:

  • An on-line directory of industry support organizations, including trade and professional associations, guilds and unions, festivals, and educational programs.
  • A line of encyclopedic dictionaries and glossaries that cover the full media product lifecycle from content creation to final delivery across all content forms and media—motion pictures, television, home entertainment, Internet, multimedia, and video games.
  • A team of media and entertainment industry contributors, editors, and consultants with expertise ranging from the back office to the production set, from asset identification to stereography.

Hollywords® covers the world, striving to provide the most accurate, complete, and encompassing collection of media and entertainment industry reference materials, subject matter editors, and industry experts.

We welcome contributions from the public—particularly clarifications or corrections addressing any errors or omissions you may find in our published materials (online or in print), subject to our standard terms and conditions. All contributions will be reviewed by our subject matter editors before being published to help ensure that the Hollywords® reference materials are as accurate as possible and conform to our Style Guide. (Please also see our Guide to Contributing.) If you are interested in becoming a direct part of the Hollywords team – as a content contributor, subject matter editor, or member of our support staff – please contact us at info@hollywords.org.

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3D A-to-Z: An Encyclopedic Dictionary (Foreword by Ray Zone)

“Every page [of 3D A-to-Z] brings either entirely new terms or causes me to rethink terms I thought I already knew.” — Rick Baumgartner, 3D Visual Effects professional

“If 3D is the future of screen media, then [3D A-to-Z] is the handbook to guide you through the technology. Wide-ranging and up to date, with clear illustrations and diagrams. The definitions are crisp, authoritative and comprehensible even to those without a science background.” — Christine Geraghty, Professor of Film and Television Studies, University of Glasgow

A/V A to Z: An Encyclopedic Dictionary of Media, Entertainment and Other Audiovisual Terms

A/V A to Z is ... destined to be the bible of the industry for at least the next century!” — Harvey Rachlin, Author, The TV and Movie Business

A/V A to Z [is] a must-have for students (and teachers) of film studies courses, from the most basic film appreciation class to the most advanced graduate theory seminar.” — Aaron Adair, Ph.D.


3D A-to-Z Book Cover

The process of compiling a dictionary or encyclopedia of media and entertainment industry terms (words, phrases, concepts, expressions, etc.).

[A blend of the French cinéma (the art or technique of filmmaking) and –graphie (writing about a specific subject).]

See lexicography.