"At its core the video essay is, like its print counterpart, an attempt to figure something out—
not just with language but with image and sound". *
Video essays combine different forms of media such as video (film), audio (voice-over, music, sounds), and text to study or analyze a topic. Many have structures similar to a written essay, with an introduction, body and conclusion. An effective video essay will have a strong thesis or argument.
Video essays may include any or all of the following:
Media Literacy is a 21st century approach to education. It provides a framework to access, analyze, evaluate, create and participate with messages in a variety of forms--from print to video to the Internet. Media literacy builds an understanding of the role of media in society as well as essential skills of inquiry and self-expression necessary for citizens of a democracy.
*Bresland, John. "Call for Cinepoems and Video Essays." TriQuarterly. Northwestern University School of Professional Studies, 15 July 2013. Web. 24 July 2016. <http://www.triquarterly.org/issues/issue-143/call-cinepoems-and-video-essays>
Tisch Library Digital Design Studio, Tufts University. Storyboarding for videos. Medford, MA. Retrieved July, 2016 from http://researchguides.library.tufts.edu/dds/DDSStoryboarding