This is the fourth of a four-part video series of presentations given at the Independent Film Festival Boston Film Summit, hosted by the University of Massachusetts in Boston. These presentations explored how video essays seek new insights and diverse approaches to investigate the art and culture of cinema. Video essayists Kevin B. Lee, Nelson Carvajal, Serena Bramble and Drew Morton discuss the current state of this emerging art form and speculate where it might go next.
In this presentation, Dr. Drew Morton, Professor at Texas A&M University at Texarkana, offers his definition of what video essays are. He distinguishes between two modes of video essays, the poetic and the argumentative. To demonstrate each, he shows excerpts from two of his video essays, “Good Dads, Bad Dads: A Tribute to Cinematic Fathers” and “From the Panel to the Frame: Style and Scott Pilgrim.”
Special thank you to Chico Colvard organized the event, and Tim Jackson who moderated the panel.
Dr. Drew Morton is an Assistant Professor of Mass Communication at Texas A&M University-Texarkana and the co-editor of [in]Transition, the first peer-reviewed journal focused on videographic criticism. He is also the author of the forthcoming book Panel to the Frame: Style, American Comics, and Blockbuster Film.