Guidelines for video essay best practices.
Worksheet for planning your video essay.
Communications Library Study Guide (archives for images, sounds and video)
Readings (general overview)
- What is a Video Essay? Creators Grapple with a Definition (Paula Bernstein)
- The Video Essay As Art: 11 Ways to Make a Video Essay (Conor Bateman)
- Sight & Sound: The Essay Film
- Video essay: The essay film – some thoughts of discontent
Background (scholarly websites about video essays)
- HOW-TO VIDEO ESSAYS by Greer Fyfe and Miriam Ross
- Tufts Library has a very nice guide for the various stages of making a video essay.
- This page features a very useful video and template for how to storyboard with PowerPoint.
Video script template:
Downloading and ripping video:
- Downloading and Converting video: Downloading-Converting.pdf
- Legal justification and how-to DVD ripping for educational purposes
- Savefrom allows up to 720p downloads of full video, 1080p downloads of video only (no audio). Select “download video in browser” on the site.
- Y2mate allows up to 1080p video downloads
Note: Try to to ensure that you download in 720p resolution or higher. Your minimum level of quality should be 480p. If searching on YouTube, you can filter the search results to only show HD or 4K results.
Free editing software options:
- DML Final Cut Pro X tutorial
- Final Cut Pro X tutorial (PDF)
- MacPro FCPX tutorial
- Tech Talk America tutorial
- We have Filmstro installed on DML workstations. It allows you score your projects with free, legal copyright free music. For a demo, follow this link.
- Copyright free music: Free Music Archive
- YouTube Audio Library
- Soundcloud Creative Commons Music / We Are Creative Commons
- For best practices, use the guidelines on this link for creating credits.
Copyright and Fair Use:
- Fair Use Evaluator
- YouTube’s Fair Use channel (very helpful)
- Society for Cinema & Media Studies’ “Fair Use policies”
Sample video essays
- Best video essays of 2018 (BFI)
- Best video essays of 2017 (BFI)
- Visit Fandor’s Best Video Essays of 2016 to see an assortment of excellent videos.
Youtube playlist of historically important films that helped define the concept of video essays
Adam Curtis – Oh Dear
WHY IS CINEMA: Women Filmmakers? NOT SEXIST, BUT LET’S BE REAL???
Women as Reward – Tropes vs Women in Video Games
Lorella Zanardo – Il corpo delle donne (2009) – English subtitles