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Making a Visual Essay at Level 3

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Vanessa Jarman

on 23 May 2014

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Transcript of Making a Visual Essay at Level 3

Achievement Standard 91477 - 3 credits
Create a fluent and coherent visual text which develops, sustains and structures ideas using verbal and visual language
Making a Visual Essay at Level 3
An example of a visual essay:
Determine a source text that could be used as the basis for developing a visual essay. Discuss with another student what you know about the source text.
Brainstorm everything you know about the text and then create categories for the different items from your brainstorm. If your source text has been part of work you have covered in class, refer to your notes.
Use this material to develop a focus for your visual essay. You should focus on an important
social, political or environmental issue that has been raised in a documentary.
This means selecting the issue and deciding what you wish to say about it.

Develop a focus:
You can work or in a
If you opt to work in a pair you must individually complete a log of progress and you will be interviewed after the text is completed.
You will be assessed on how effectively your visual essay communicates your ideas.
You will be given firm deadlines for the completion of different stages so that you
are clear about time-frames.

Develop a storyboard

Review your storyboard and the visual and verbal elements you plan to include in the visual essay. For each element consider the
tools you have available and your expertise or the expertise of your group members
. Plan how you will finish each part of your text with the resources you have available and the time you have remaining.
Aim to communicate all the important ideas that make up your focus as effectively as possible. For a list of reflective questions to help you develop your visual essay, refer to Resource D.
Your teacher will direct you to a number of electronic and hard resources you can use for creating your visual essay (see
Resource E for some software tools)
. You could also negotiate the use of your own resources with your teacher.

Decide on tools
and create

Will you develop, structure and sustain your ideas through
• A voice-over
• Sound effects
• Music
• A combination of the above
What will you use?

Decide on your sound...
GIMP – an open-source graphics tool.
Audacity – an open-source sound editing, mixing, and recording tool.
Inkscape – an open-source vector graphics tool.

Prezi – an online Flash-based presentation tool. Non-linear animations and potential for showing relationships.
Wikimedia Commons
Windows Movie Maker

Resource E: The tools
Recreate the mood
Look back at your focus and consider which scenes from the source text relate most clearly to it. Re-watch or re-read these scenes from the source text.
Write a phrase describing your interpretation of the mood of the text.
Note take: the experts, quotes, statistics and facts, settings of time and place, events, symbols/objects that show this focus.

Draw up a
• outlines the order of the visual elements (images and text) to show your ideas will unfold.
• details the
visual language techniques
that you will use with the images
For more guidance on developing a storyboard, refer to Resource C.

What do you think about this visual essay on The American Dream, an idea presented in "The Great Gatsby"?
Resource C: Planning the visual essay
As you create your visual essay think about the
order of your ideas, images, and scenes. Ordering these elements in a particular way can effectively develop your ideas as the text progresses.
Introduce the focus of your text.
Divide up the different ideas
that make up the main focus of your text and add these as the text progresses.
Plan for a progression of images and sound
that tell a story of your own, and that communicate literal and deeper meanings clearly and effectively to your audience.

This is a visual essay but it does not develop, sustain or structure ideas.
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