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Video Essays / Video Ensayos

Best Practices

Creating a video essay project with your students may seem daunting, impossible and exciting. To help you and your students through the process, we have gathered a collection of guidelines, technical handouts and examples from instructors who have integrated video essay projects in their courses on Latin American cinema. The Videographic Essay: Criticism in Sound and Image (Christian Keathley and Jason Mittell, caboose books, 2016) is an excellent resource that focuses on the practice and pedagogy of videographic production. The book's updated companion page, The Videographic Essay: Practice & Pedagogy, includes a series of videographic exercises with sample clips, as well as practical suggestions for incorporating video essays in your teaching. Please remember to share your results with Cinegogía to help grow our collection of student video essays. If you are looking for information about how to publish scholarly videographic criticism, please visit our Videographic Scholarship module under Resources for Research. 

Video Essay Guidelines

The following course materials may be helpful as you craft a video essay assignment or when guiding students through the technical steps of editing. 

Technical Handouts

Student Video Essay Collections 

Collection of video essays on Latin American films created by undergraduate students. Encourage your students to submit their work to our platform. 

The Contemporary World Cinema Project includes student video essays on films from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Ecuador, Honduras, and Peru

Submission of Student Video Essays

Students (or professors, with the creator's permission) may submit video essays for consideration to Cinegogía. Please note the following guidelines for publication: