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Frame by Frame: A Look at 25 Seconds from “Winter’s Bone”

This is probably old news to anyone who saw Winter’s Bone when it was first released in 2010 or at any point in the 5 (!) years since: it’s a … Continue reading

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POV Hackathon 8

A 3/21 visual essay idea was accepted into PBS’ interactive experience hackathon put on by POV Digital! Over the course of a weekend in April 2015 at the Made in … Continue reading

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VE: Powers of Ten

Powers of Ten is the famous short film by Charles and Ray Eames. I would be remiss if I did not mention this film, one of the original visual essays. … Continue reading

February 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

All Media is Exploitative

The Sony hacks have put news outlets and the rest of us as media consumers into an unprecedented intersection of terrorism, media, and ethics. Journalists like Anne Helen Peterson of … Continue reading

December 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

VE: kogonada

kogonada is a visual essayist who has created some great studies on filmmakers and filmmaking. This one on Wes Anderson and his use of centering is a short, clever, and … Continue reading

November 29, 2014 · 6 Comments

Two Kinds of Imagination

The New Yorker’s Joshua Rothman recently wrote an article discussing the idea of being creative and how that has evolved from the Enlightenment Age through the Romantic Age to today. … Continue reading

September 7, 2014 · Leave a comment


1994 was a great year for movies. This month celebrates the 20th anniversary of The Lion King, a film that made a huge cultural mark in pop culture. I still … Continue reading

June 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

VE: The Illusion of Life

Part of what makes animation look animated are the exaggerated poses of the characters or objects. The techniques behind these poses were refined by the legendary Nine Old Men of … Continue reading

May 10, 2014 · 2 Comments

Visual Essays are Accessible

One of the 3 tenets of visual essays is accessibility. I was reminded why when reading Nicholas Kristof’s op-ed column in the New York Times. His article, Professors, We Need … Continue reading

March 11, 2014 · 2 Comments

VE: StemCellShorts

One of my favorite things about this animated series about stem cells is their deliberate decision to keep each short around one minute. I’m sure multiple reasons exist for this … Continue reading

February 15, 2014 · 4 Comments

VE: This is Not a Conspiracy Theory

Starting with this post, 3/21 will be more vigorous with featuring visual essays found around the web. Any post title beginning with “VE” (Visal Essays) is an indication that this … Continue reading

February 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Usefulness of Saying Something

On this morning’s NPR newscast, I heard a titillating soundbite: “What people are walking away from this film and this story with – and by the way, I put myself … Continue reading

January 16, 2014 · 1 Comment

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