The module is designed as a combination of theory and praxis, enabling students to engage with theories about the convergence of film and new media, but also to produce an original piece of videographic criticism. The module asks students to consider how digital technologies have transformed the way in which we experience, think about and analyse films. It will contextualise the rise of the video essay by taking a historical look at the essay film. It will also explore the hybrid aesthetics of the video essay and some of its most effective strategies and techniques, as well as explain the notion of fair use in the handling of copyrighted material. The module will ultimately aim to shed light on the contribution that the video essay can make to the discipline of film studies, by articulating new forms of media literacy and scholarship eminently suited for the digital age.
A. Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the impact that the advent of the digital era has had on film theory and criticism
B. Construct an argument in the form of a video essay on one or several film texts
C. Contextualise the production of the video essay with reference to the concepts and debates discussed in the module
D. Critically reflect on the digital techniques used in the video essay