December 24, 2017
This list reminds us what a big year it has been for video essays.
If I had to use one word to describe this year in video essays it would be “growth.” We’ve seen the number of video essays grow astronomically. We’ve seen the number of video essayists grow astronomically. We’ve seen video essayists grow in popularity, even in celebrity. Some have grown to become the creators of that which they have been analyzing all of these years, as in with kogonada’s feature debut Columbus, while others have grown out of the space they helped create, like Tony Zhou.
As 2017 comes to a lumbering close, we get to look back on all of the video essays that dug deep and opened our eyes to all the fantastic cinematic knowledge hidden beyond the high visibility of entertainment and surface-level criticism. Here is your 2017 Cinema Studies curriculum, complete with links to our write-ups of each informative video:
Screenwriting and Writing for the Screen
A good film can’t come from a bad script. Hopefully, these video essays will give you a few tools to ensure that you don’t write one of them.