The Essay Library

The Essay Library is a Discord server for video essay creators and viewers to chat about all things video essays. It's also the official server of r/videoessay. Click here to join The Essay Library on Discord. Links:
Beginner's Guide to Discord (from Discord Support)
r/videoessay subreddit
The Essay Library Anthology
Mentioned in Sight and Sound.
Compilations of 60-second micro-essays around a given theme.
Volume 1 | "Beginnings"
Volume 2 | "Time"
Volume 3 | "Death"
Volume 4 | "We Asked A Bot To Name 18 Video Essays"
Other Collaborations
NEW: "Tales from the Essay Library: Horror" - eight video essayists created work based on each other's horror movie recommendations. Round-robin style playlist with a time limit of 5 minutes per essay.
Essay Discussions
Our server has a dedicated channel (#essay-discussion) where members can start a discussion about any video essay. The goal is to ask questions that break down these pieces and help improve our own work.
This was previously known as "Essay of the Week," a more structured event where a single person would guide the discussion that week. A list of those videos (and their associated discussion questions) can be found in this Twitter thread.With our wide range of selections, we are constantly re-opening the debate over what defines a video essay. Are all of these works even video essays? Join our discussions on Discord to share your thoughts.Essays are chosen by server members in order to get a diversity of ideas. Their arguments do not necessarily reflect the views of the mod team.New to Discord? Getting Started in The Essay Library:
- Give yourself roles (Creator and/or Viewer) and indicate your pronouns in the #welcome-and-rules channel by clicking the corresponding emojis.
- Introduce yourself in the #introduce-yourself channel (optional).
- The #general channel is the main place to chat. If you have any questions about how to navigate the server, just ask here and someone can help you out.

Every week, one member of the server is chosen at random to choose a video essay for others to watch. In doing this, we can learn how to improve our own videos. With its wide range of selections, this has prompted us to interrogate what defines a video essay. Are all of these works even video essays? The #essay-of-the-week channel is home to these discussions.Essays are chosen by different members in order to get a diversity of ideas. The videos below do not necessarily reflect the views of the mod team.

Taskmaster: A Masterpiece Of Existentialist Philosophy: Sartre, Kierkegaard, Camus & Horne
Hermit Banana Monster

The Complex Problems with Mental Illness in Fiction
Hello Future Me

Control, Anatomy, and the Legacy of the Haunted House
Jacob Geller

Dead Doesn't Mean Gone - A Haunting of Bly Manor Video Essay

What Makes a Video Game Sublime? Kant's Philosophy in Video Games

Liminal Spaces (Exploring an Altered Reality)
Solar Sands

Monsters University and Disability
The Sin Squad

Scambaiting and the Robot of Global Capitalism
Big Joel

In Praise of Chairs
Every Frame a Painting

Why Generation 5 isn't as Bad as People Think

Overthinking It: Calvin & Hobbes | Separating Consumption From Identity
RomanBear Productions

How To Be Creative: How an Artist Turns Pro

Hayao Miyazaki - How Animation Comes To Life

Inextinguishable Fire
Harun Farocki

Ocean Waves - Studio Ghibli's (Accidental) Queer Film

Sonic Adventure 2 - A Postmodern Analysis
Jonas ńĆeika - CCK Philosophy

Sofia Coppola: The Politics of Pretty
Broey Deschanel

What Makes Satisfying Videos Satisfying? Capitalism.
Jordan Schonig

This Movie Offends You? Good.
Foundation for Economic Education

Monster Men: The Bureau

The History of Tomorrowland 1955

My Mulholland
Jessica McGoff

No Face is an Incel
CJ The X

What to Do If You Run Out of Hope
Pursuit of Wonder