What Is a Video Essay?
Also called “media stylos,” the video essay, according to Eric Faden,
- is designed initially to move across a series of potential platforms from classroom to conference presentation to web streaming
- does not abandon the tools and techniques of oral or alphabetic culture; it simply can use them in new ways
- moves scholarship beyond just creating knowledge and takes on an aesthetic, poetic function
- should evoke the same pleasure, mystery, allure, and seduction as the very movies that initiated our scholarly inquiry
- should consider formal issues in addition to content (i.e., the creator must consider ideas of image, voice, pacing, text, sound, music, montage, rhythm, etc. In effect, s/he has to deal with the very same problems that his/her subjects deal with)