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    1. Your favorite video essays of 2020

      As a bit of a change of pace, I want to ask you all what your favorite video essays were on YouTube in 2020. Taking some queues from this Polygon article, The best video essays of 2020, here are...

      As a bit of a change of pace, I want to ask you all what your favorite video essays were on YouTube in 2020. Taking some queues from this Polygon article, The best video essays of 2020, here are some guidelines for a video essay.

      1. The video must be scripted. Momentary improvised asides are fine, especially if they come in the form of voice over added in editing, but the video must otherwise follow a written script.

      2. The video must have a thesis, and that thesis must be more than “this is good” or “this is bad.” The thesis should concern the impact of the subject matter, not just its content.

      3. The video also shouldn’t be a documentary (like NoClip’s documentary about the making of Pyre). The focus should be a subject from an analytical standpoint, not an interview standpoint.

      4. But this doesn’t mean the video should necessarily aim for pure objectivity; personal video essays are, in fact, a thing.

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