A scene from Apehood, A Boyhood/Planet of the Apes parody by Nelson Carvajal.Several years ago I moderated a panel for the Independent Film Festival of Boston (which we sadly will miss this year) on the Video Essay, with Kevin B. Lee, Nelson Carvajal, Serena Bramble, and Drew Morton, whose works have been published/posted on a number of major media outlets. It was then I discovered just how informative and well produced audio-visual essays can be. These short productions have been characterized as “the articulation of thought in audiovisual form.”
I have gathered some of the best sites for video essays on the art of film. Some are amusing, others more scholarly. A few have thousands of subscribers, others have more personal appeal. Several come with a Patreon subscription option, but all contain free content. Studios have been known to occasionally block content on video essays about film because they draw on copyrighted material. All the sites listed below are fully available. The videos offered on the sites are generally short and entertaining — there is enough content here to provide a pleasurable education in the cinema for your days and nights.
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