Last couple of weeks we’ve been looking at the ways voice-overs can help strengthen a video essay by allowing you to comment directly on what we’re watching. For the next two weeks we’ll be looking at how to present arguments and information without the use of voice-over audio.

First up, we’ll be looking at what’s been dubbed the “Desktop Documentary” format by looking at another of Kevin B. Lee’s videos:

TRANSFORMERS: THE PREMAKE (a desktop documentary) from Kevin B. Lee on Vimeo.

To record your screen you’ll need Quicktime and you can follow the instructions here.

Assignment (Due March 3rd 5pm): Create your own “desktop documentary” (no voice-over, just screen recording) to showcase your Top 5 Movies of all Time. Upload to Google Drive and embed it onto your own blog by Tuesday March 3rd.


About Manuel Betancourt

Manuel is a New York City-based writer, editor, and critical thinker. He's a pop culture enthusiast and an eternal Buffy fan. His work has appeared in Film Comment,, Backstage Magazine, Vice, INTO,, Los Angeles Review of Books, and Catapult, among others. He's a regular contributor to Remezcla and Electric Literature. | @bmanuel
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