How to Make a Video Essay
Making a video essay may seem intimidating, especially if you have never done any video work before. But it is easier than it seems when you follow a few helpful tricks from team at Essay Basics.
To get started, first decide on your argument. Ideally, this should just be one sentence. Write it down and make sure to refer to it several times in the video but do not be afraid to modify it as you go through the entire essay.
You should also consider the type of video essay that you want to make. Is it a simple voice over? An image with texts? Or a supercut. Start small and do not try to do something too complicated all at once. Begin with simple ideas and use a limited number of materials at the beginning until you are confident that you can add more.
Argue your thesis creatively and engagingly. It is not just your opinions or the facts that you present that will make people pay attention to your video essay. Those who are very successful in doing video essays know how to entertain. These are channels like “the Nerdwriter” and “The School of Life” which is a philosophy channel. They are also well-informed. Break down your points and discuss them one by one. Answer a few questions that you think are important in a specific subject. Analyze the key points. Remember the questions that you listed and keep going back to them as you go through the video.
Make sure that your video essay is also well-researched. It should be multimodal. Aside from Google and sites like YouTube, use other supporting academic materials which you may find in your local library. Include documentaries, reviews, or information from other video essays. But lastly, make sure you include your references so you do not get into any legal trouble and copyright issues.
Keep exploring innovative ways of conveying critical ideas. Use still and moving images, spoken texts, music, split screens, and slow motion videos.
Teenagers are more likely to be influenced by advertisements and unhealthy images which make them vulnerable towards such things as smoking, drinking, drugs or unhealthy diet. Throughout her Project Smile grant Ani Derdzyan who is the Alumni Fellow of Undergraduate Exchange program supported by the US Department of State organized a seminar on healthy lifestyle for schoolchildren at Darpas village’s secondary school. The project was organized in cooperation with Youth Center for Democratic Initiatives NGO. Posters, informative leaflets, and Power Point presentations including common facts and statistic data were prepared to raise awareness on such issues as smoking, drugs, alcohol and unhealthy diet. The participants were also introduced to the proper ways of using computers.
Special interactive games were prepared for the seminar. The children were asked to work in groups and prepare their own posters on healthy lifestyle and present them to the others. In the end the participants were introduced to Beyonce’s “Move your body” song and the moves to the song.
The project was designed for a group of 20 young people, from Austria, Ireland, Armenia, Georgia and Moldova, that came together in VadulluiVoda, Moldova. This was a follow up project of a Contact Making seminar in Tbilisi. Among the Armenian team there were two representatives from Youth Center for Democratic Initiatives NGO.
The main theme of the project was The Migration and Unemployment Problems of the Society. The project aimed to foster the sense of solidarity, critical in difficult economic times, to empower young leaders to engage actively and constructively with the issues by learning practical (media) skills and public awareness raising skills.
Participants shared their knowledge about migration and unemployment issues with each other and represented the situation in their respective countries. Also they developed photographic skills by participating in photo workshops organized by professional trainers, and then they broke into groups and prepared their own projects (video and photo projects). All the results were collected and posted online on different portals.
Within the framework of European Program Youth in Action InfoEck- youth information center Tirol/Austria invited youth workers from Armenia, Georgia and Belarus to get to know youth information work and youth work in Tyrol, Western Austria. The project “Job Shadowing” lasted for two weeks from November 20 to December 1, 2012. AniDerdzyan, the representative from “Center for strategic Litigation” NGO, Armenia, was based in InfoEck but also visited other youth work institutions in whole Tyrol.
The aims of the project were to get to know methods and realities of youth work in Tyrol, share experiences concerning youth work in Armenia with local youth workers and youngsters and work on possible future projects with InfoEck. The activities were participative observation, team work, visits, discussions, planning and implementation of an event concerning Eastern Partnership Youth Window at InfoEck venue for youngsters and multipliers. The participants had a chance to share with their experience and ideas and also to make presentations of their countries and their own organizations.
The study session – “Responding to hate – learning to protect human rights online” took place at the European Youth Centre in Strasbourg, France from 19 to 25 of November, 2012. It was organized by Human Rights Education Youth Network in cooperation with the Directorate of Democratic Citizenship and Participation, Youth Department of the Council of Europe. The session aimed to develop online educational strategies targeted at young human rights educators, activists and defenders to increase their competences to protect human rights in virtual environment. Astghik Mkrtumyan represented the organization on the study session.
The study session was designed with 5-day working agenda containing different session components, group discussions, team work activities providing floor to all participants to be fully engaged in the whole duration of the project. Different exercises helped also to develop skills to analyze the impact of the session. Also, we had speakers from the Youth Department of the Council of Europe with the presentations on “Young people combating hate speech online”, as well as “Training youth human rights activists online – practice and challenges”. Along with group discussions and other activities we also had simulation exercises, such as “The impact of hate speech having on young people and how to respond to hate speech online”.
The project itself was really beneficial for each of the participant both for their personal and professional development. Talking about the formal part of the training, it is also worth mentioning about the informal activities that we were organizing – tour round the city, intercultural evening, dinner in town. Although we all were from different cultural and educational backgrounds it was so easy to communicate with everyone. I felt like I met the most unique and tolerant young people in the world. There was an invisible but very strong connection between all of us.
Now that we all realize that there are very common issues in each country that the society is facing globally, I can surely say that we can reach the positive changes on a local level by cooperating on an international level.