Updated | Fri 23 June 2017

The Filmmakers Library of Video Essays

The Ultimate Guide to Video Essays on Film & Television

The following is a comprehensive list of the best video essays around the web that focus on analysing and studying the medium of film from script to screen. These videos could help you learn more about the history of cinema, the techniques of your favourite director, or open your mind to something you had never even considered before. These are thoughtful, creative pieces that are not only excellent as educational tools but also as hours of wonderful entertainment. So take the red pill, stay in wonderland, and see how deep the rabbit hole goes…

The Library

i. The Video Essays Channel List / Movie Related Channels (Google Doc)

The YouTube Library

Featured Channels

  1. Every Frame A Painting | ‘Every Frame a Painting is dedicated to the analysis of film form. Pictures and sound all the way, baby.’
  2. Now You See It | ‘Now You See It explores film themes and tropes. It’s like a college film analysis class minus the lecture halls, essay assignments, and student loan debts.’
  3. Nerdwriter1 | ‘The Nerdwriter is a weekly video essay series that puts ideas to work.’
  4. Lessons From The Screenplay | ‘With Lessons from the Screenplay, I make videos that analyse movie scripts to examine exactly how and why they are so good at telling their story. Part educational series and part love letter to awesome films, Lessons from the Screenplay aims to be a fun way to learn more about your favourite films and help us all become better storytellers.’

  1. AlternatingLine | It’s hit show ‘The Remaker’ compares original movies with their remakes
  2. Art of the Film Score | ‘Dedicated to the analysis of music in film. Video essays discussing such aspects as film scores, scoring, and issues of music as a topic of film.’
  3. Between The Lines | ‘A mildly immature look at movies and movie-related nonsense.’
  4. Beyond The Frame | ‘A literary and cinematic blog.’
  5. Channel Criswell | Content that examines the art of cinema
  6. Cinematography Database | Breakdowns and tutorials on all things cinematography
  7. CinemaTyler | ‘An in-depth look into the construction of some of cinema’s greatest movies. This channel is devoted to understanding filmmaking through watching, researching, and analysing movies.’
  8. City Absurdia | Video Essays
  9. Collative Learning | ‘Film analysis, film making tips, psychology, marketing techniques, media analysis, video games, activism and more.’
  10. Crash Course — Film History | Crash Course offers entertaining and easy to understand educational videos. This particular series focuses on the history of film.
  11. Digging Deeper | Video Essays
  12. Dr. Udru | ‘Horror film and genre analysis, retrospects, behind the scenes, and history of video essays.’
  13. Entertain The Elk | Video Essays spanning art and entertainment in all its forms.
  14. Fandor| Video Essays
  15. Film-Drunk Love | ‘Accessible video essays about film form and themes.’
  16. FilmInTheMaking | ‘Videos about films and what makes them so damn good.’
  17. FilmOwl Studios | Film Analysis Video Essays
  18. FilmRadar | Video Essays
  19. FilmmakerIQ | ‘Free film school which explores filmmaking topics in a unique and in depth way’
  20. Films&Stuff | Video Essays and Reviews
  21. Glowing Screens | ‘Film is art. Just like any other art, it’s made to be discussed. Let’s talk about it.’
  22. Jack’s Movie Reviews | Film Dissections and Reviews
  23. KaptainKristian | Vissual Essays
  24. Karsten Runquist | Video Essays
  25. Matt Draper | Video Essays: Dive Into Film
  26. Movies I Love (And So Can You) | Video Essays and Reviews
  27. Movies With Mickey | ‘Movies With Mikey is a comedic look at films by Mikey Neumann. Unlike other review shows, the aim of MWM is to celebrate film, not tear it down.’
  28. Mr Nerdista | ‘Film & TV dissection through the form of analysis and video essays.’
  29. Must See Films | ‘Helping you see films differently’
  30. One Hundred Years of Cinema | ‘100 Years of Cinema will be taking a look at one film a year, to try and discover how we got from the simple films of the early 1900’s to the complex block busters of today. Take a journey though a century of cinema, taking a look at the films that changed the art.’
  31. Patrick (H) Willems | Video Essays
  32. Renegade Cut | Renegade Cut is an analytical series about film techniques and philosophies espoused by individual films. Common topics include cinematography and social issues.
  33. RightBrainRants | Video Essays and Reviews
  34. Rocket Jump Video Essays | Video Essays from Rocket Jump Film School
  35. Rossatron | ‘The home of action film analysis’
  36. Royal Ocean Film Society | ‘Devoted to the style, craft, and analysis of everything film.’
  37. Scenes Not Talked About | ‘Casually discussing scenes from various movies of every genre that we feel don’t frequently get analysed. And even if they do, we might just feel like talking about them.’
  38. Second Viewing | ‘Making videos about great and wonderful movies’
  39. somersetVII | Visual Essays
  40. Storytellers | ‘Two best friends from Amsterdam creating video essays on media, and cultural questions. Focusing on film analysis.’
  41. Take Me To Your Cinema | ‘Where we take you to our cinema, and share our experiences, and try to use sounds and images to explain why something we think is great is.’
  42. The Discarded Image | ‘The Discarded Image is an online video series that deconstructs well known pieces of cinema.’
  43. The REEL Meaning | ‘Prepare to have your mind blown and eyes opened.’
  44. The Seventh Art | A video and text-based publication focused on cinema, featuring in-depth interviews and video essays.
  45. Thomas Flight | Video Essays examining the techniques that make great visual entertainment and media.
  46. Watch Meet Make | ‘Media Education for the Digital Age. We’ll show you what to Watch, who to Meet, and how to Make better content.’
  47. Wisecrack | ‘A collective of comedians, academics, filmmakers, and artists who are super curious about the world around us. Our channel explores cool topics in unusual (and hopefully super entertaining) ways.’

  1. Chris Stuckmann — Analysed Movies| ‘In-depth analyses of films good and bad!’
  2. Chez Lindsay | Long-Form Video Essays
  3. Dan Golding | Video Essays
  4. Rob Ager | ‘Film and media analysis and fiction films.’
  5. Ryan Hollinger | ‘Making films, games, television and media more fun through investigation and discovery’
  6. Steven Benedict | ‘Steven Benedict is a well-known radio broadcaster, college lecturer, writer, producer, and director of films and documentaries.’
  7. Tyler Mowery | Video Essays

Film & Media Related

  1. Burger Fiction | Movie Supercuts
  2. CineFix | ‘CineFix is the ultimate destination for true movie buffs & filmmakers on YouTube. We are filmmakers, writers, directors, animators and our goal is to entertain, inform and inspire. We provide dynamic original programming, in-depth interviews with new and established filmmakers and actors, and unique rants, raves and reviews about the world of filmed entertainment.’
  3. D4Darious | Tips on filmmaking, screenwriting and directing.
  4. Devour | Devour scours the web for awesome videos worth watching.
  5. How It Should Have Ended | HISHE make animated parody alternate endings to major motion pictures. ‘We make cartoons as fast as we can and hopefully we can make you laugh along the way.’
  6. io9 | Pop Culture, Film and TV.
  7. J. Matthew Turner | Interesting takes on movies including how Daniel is the REAL bully in ‘The Karate Kid’ and why ‘Willow’ is a subliminal feminist masterpiece.
  8. Magnus Prophecy | The ‘Criterion Retrospective’ series takes an analytical look into the films of The Criterion Collection and ‘A Film History’ is a documentary series showcasing the odd, eccentric and unknown facets of filmmaking history
  9. Oliver Harper | Long-Form Retrospectives and Reviews
  10. Rocket Jump Film School | ‘RocketJump Film School is an ongoing series of online filmmaking tutorials that follows RocketJump as our company gears up for bigger, better productions and as we learn to push ourselves as filmmakers. But really it’s a community built on support, learning, interaction, and a love of filmmaking. New content every week, at every level, from beginning to advanced. RocketJump Film School is for everyone, regardless of your level of experience, the type of gear you have, or where you’re at in life.’
  11. Screen Junkies | Home of the Emmy Nominated hit series ‘Honest Trailers’ as well as ‘The ScreenJunkies Show’ and ‘Movie Fights’.
  12. Super Carlin Brothers | Movie Theories and Facts based around Pixar, Disney, Marvel, Star Wars and Harry Potter.
  13. The Film Theorists | ‘Do you love overanalysing movies and TV? Then welcome to the community of Loyal Theorists! And when you’ve had your fill of theorising, hop on over to Did You Know Movies, bringing you incredible facts and little-known behind the scenes moments from all your favourite big screen hits! And finally Frame by Frame, all about the ART of moviemaking and cinematography.’
  14. Vox (Pop) / Vox (Culture) | ‘Vox producer Estelle Caswell dissects music, movies and TV’

The Vimeo Library
  1. Ali Shirazi | Film Director / Editor
  2. Between Frames | Between Frames is channel dedicated to looking deeper into the story, style & symbolism of popular cinema.
  3. Celia Gómez | Movie Supercuts
  4. De Filmkrant | De Filmkrant is the largest independent film magazine in the Netherlands.
  5. Everything Is A Remix | Brilliant Documentary on originality, innovation, creativity, copyright and remix culture in mainstream media, movies and music.
  6. Everything Is A Remix: The Force Awakens | A follow-on documentary short from ‘Everything Is A Remix’ focussing on Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens
  7. Fandor Keyframe | Video essays produced by Kevin B. Lee
  8. Jacob T. Swinney | Editor, filmmaker, cinephile. Video Essayist/Editor for Playboy, Slate, Fandor, & IndieWire
  9. Jaume R. Lloret | Editor and filmmaker. Movie Supercuts.
  10. Jim Emerson | Video Essays
  11. kogonada | Visual Essays
  12. Matt Marlin | Home of the film analysis series Framing the Picture.
  13. Michael Mirasol | Feminist. Polymath. Video Essayist. Critic. Roger’s Far Flung Correspondent in Oz. Columnist for MovieMezz.
  14. Nelson Carvajal | Digital Filmmaker and Video Artist at Bridgework Pictures. 2015 Webby Award Nominee for Best Video Remix/Mashup — Online Film/Video. Video Essayist & Writer at indieWIRE.
  15. Plot Point Productions | Video editor specialising in film trailers and video essays.
  16. Press Play Video Blog | The Vimeo page of Press Play, the video blog of IndieWire.
  17. Really Dim | Movie Supercuts
  18. Rishi Kaneria | Filmmaker and video essayist.
  19. Room 237 | Albert Gómez. Filmmaker and Editor
  20. somersetVII | Visual Essays
  21. Vashi Nedomansky | Motion Picture Editors Guild Member. Hurlbut Visuals Elite Team Member. Bandito Brothers Editor since 2007. Owner of M-Theory Productions.
  22. Vugar Efendi | ‘An aspiring filmmaker with an immense love for film, music and art in general.’
  23. Zackery Ramos-Taylor | Recent film graduate pursuing editing and cinematography. Production Assistant by day, video essayist by night.

By Craig Fox. Contact email at craig.fox182@gmail.com

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