The video essay above was a project I made for fun inspired by my enrollment in the BIDS 390 course "The Video Essay." If you do not know, the video essay is a rising form of new media that marries the essay tradition and the film traditions. The video essay is a discipline and realm of studies that is under scrutiny. The reasons for why the video essay is debated are discussions we are having in class and this post is simply to share this first draft of a video essay I crafted.
The video essay above is entitled "The Dangerous Woman" and I use my own footage of Ariana Grande as evidence in my argument that her performance is evidence of how musical performances are beginning to play with how they perform gender to reveal it as a gender construct. I include claims that mention representation of queer bodies and people of color, and I will probably flush these points out in the next draft of the video essay.
As I mentioned, this is a rough draft and my ideas were not fully developed yet, but the skeleton of my argument is there. I hope you enjoy this video essay and I hope your interests in this art form is ignited!
Author William Samayoa
Marketer by profession and storyteller by passion. L.A. raised, proud Latino, and pop culture enthusiast.