Video Essay

Description

The Video Essay is worth 20% of your total grade: 
4-6 minute Video Essay (or walk through) in which you make a claim about how the concept of the future mediates social, technological, and environmental relationships in a contemporary film, TV show, or video game of your choice. Video Essays must explore ideas from at least one of the theoretical readings, and submitted to Canvas as a YouTube link with a Works Cited.

Goals

Upon completion of their Video Essay, students should be able to
  • 1. Define ideas key to the course, i.e. future, sustainability, democracy, present, and ecology
  • 2. Recognize ways contemporary media represents ideas that are key to the course 
  • 3. Apply key features of visual rhetoric, i.e. contrast, repetition, alignment, and proximity to persuade audiences of the potential of their arguments

Prompt

Please produce a 4-6 minute Video Essay in response to the following:
How does the concept of the future affect society, ecology, and/or technology in contemporary media?

Requirements

For full credit, you video essay must include the following:

  • 1. Make a claim about the uses of the “future” in the text you chose in response to the prompt and develop that claim through textual analysis
  • 2. Cite and analyze at least one ideas from at least one of the theoretical readings (Lapore, Davies, Fritsch, or Sheldon)
  • 3. Explicate at least one scene or sequence from the text you chose via key concepts in visual design such as contrast, repetition, alignment, and proximity  
  • 4. Include some combination moving images, still images, audio queues, voice over, and/or animation
  • 5. Draw conclusions and/or provoke questions about the relationship between concepts of futurity and environmental health in the final portion of the video

Conventions

Please consider the following as you compose:
  • 1. You are welcome to compose the Video Essay in the tool of your choice, but please note that Georgia Tech supports iMovie
  • 2. Submit a YouTube link to your Video Essay to Canvas on or before the due date
  • 3. Submit a Works Cited that includes all texts, images, and videos used in the Video Essay as a separate document to Canvas on or before the due date. For instructions on how to cite texts see the MLA Page in Perdue OWL and for instructions on how to cite Images from a database see the Colgate Visual Resources Library.

Process Documents

Please include the following process documents in your portfolio:
  • 1. Theoretical Analysis
  • 2. Scene Analysis
  • 3. In-class Activities

Assessment

The Video Essay is worth 20% of your total grade:
  • 1. Rhetorical Awareness/Stance: Does the Video Essay address the situation (and assignment) completely? Does it make an argument, incorporate required source material, and fulfill conventional requirements? (20%)
  • 2. Stance:Does the Video Essay make a unified a claim about the effects of the “future” through an analysis of a contemporary media text of his/her choice? (20%)
  • 3. Development: Does the Video Essay develop the claim by citing/analyzing a key idea from one of the theoretical readings (Lapore, Davies, Fritsch, or Sheldon) and by explicating at least one scene or sequence from the contemporary media text? (20%)
  • 4. Organization: Does the Video Essay sustain the claim throughout?  Are transitions from one piece of evidence to another clear and logical? Is there a conclusion? (20%)
  • 5. Design for Medium: Does the Video Essay use the affordances of its mode to enhance the goal/content? (10%)
  • 6. Process: Does the Video Essay demonstrate that the author planned and rehearsed drafts? (5%)
  • 7. Conventions: Does Video Essay meet grammar, mechanics style, and syntax conventions with few or no errors? (5%)