When mentioning a movie in APA 7 format, you must provide a few distinct aspects, such as the director, title, year, and studio. You also put the label "film" in brackets. The standard APA method for citing a movie is: Director, A. A. (Director). Title of Movie [sic] (The title of the film). Year (Year released). Studio (Company that released it).
For example, if I were writing an essay about the movie Titanic, which was released in 1997 by 20th Century Fox, I would use the following citation: Kelly, Erin. "Titanic." Encyclopedia Britanica. Last modified December 12, 2016. http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/484384/Titanic.
Citing a movie is similar to citing any other form of media. The difference is that when citing a movie, you need to provide all five details mentioned above. Without these details, your essay will have gaps where information could be missing from the reference list. These gaps can affect how others perceive your work, so make sure you give complete information for every movie reference.
If you are using Harvard or Chicago style, there are some differences regarding movies. In Harvard style, you cannot refer to films by their titles; instead, you refer to them by their makers.
(Year). Motion picture [film] title. This form of citation is used when the source material is available on DVD or online.
If the film is not available online, then its full name must be used instead: The Movie Title. See also: Citing books, articles, and web sites.
Citing a clip from a movie is similar to citing any other form of media. Simply replace "movie" with the appropriate category label ("book" or "article") before placing it in your bibliography or works cited page. For example, if the clip comes from a book, then its full title would be used as the citation. If it's an article, then its abstract would be used instead.
It's important to note that only the main director is listed as the director for an anthology film. Each segment can be considered its own separate film, so they all need their own individual directors credited. The same thing applies to films that have multiple writers; each writer should get a share of the credit.
In APA style, name the director(s) as the author and the production firm as the publisher. The title is italicized and put in sentence case, followed by the label "Film" in square brackets. The director's surname and the year are included in the in-text citation. For example, the film "The Matrix" was written by Lawrence Bender and released in 1999.
If you are citing multiple films by the same director, it is acceptable to list them individually, for example "The Matrix, The Rock." Each film should have its own reference page at the end of the book.
It is also acceptable to reference a film by its first words, like "The Lord of the Rings." In this case, the rest of the title must be inferred from the content of the page or from other sources. For example, if the page about Gandalf the White has two lines on it, one under which it says "the Lord of the Rings," then you can refer to it as "The Lord of the Rings (film)."
Do not use any form of shorthand when referencing movies; instead, follow the above rule meticulously.
References should be published academic works that contain information relevant to the topic at hand. They can be books, articles, reviews, or conference papers. References are usually placed at the end of essays and papers to indicate where more information can be found.